Bola Sonola (The Genie) was born on 31st October in London. A proud Scorpio and an avid Arsenal fan, Genie started his foray into the radio broadcast industry when he was still in school at the University of Jos where he studied Mass Communication. He was influenced to go for an audition by his late friend, McArthur Fom, an actor in the then popular television soap “Behind The Clouds”, where he made a few cameo appearances. Genie got the job and became one of the pioneering radio hosts of the radio station and an instant hit with the listeners. After 2 years on the station he decided he wanted to return to London.
During his stay in London, he did a few stints at some community radio stations, and worked as a Foreign Correspondent for Rhythm FM in the Lekki area of Lagos. Afterwards he was homesick and he decided he wanted to come back to Nigeria. He joined Classic FM in May of 2009 and March 2010 joined Smooth 98.1 FM where he felt was home for him. He has interviewed some of the world’s famous stars like 112, Jennifer Lopez, Tyrese, Vesta Williams, Deborah Cox, Chaka Khan, Next, TQ, TLC, TOTAL, Faith Evans, and Queen Pen.
Genie, whose aim is to make Smooth 98.1 FM globally known and is making headway there, has also interviewed Donnell Jones, Teddy Riley and Blackstreet, Rena Scott, Femi Temowo, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Angela Johnson, Gerald Albright, Richard Bona, Mike Stern, and Pamela Williams on Smooth FM.
Catch The Genie on Strictly Soul, Club Classics, Luxury Soul, and The Sunday Brunch.
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