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Edo girl making waves on German TV
•Most Europeans don’t go to church or believe in God, she says
By FRED IWENJORA
Saturday, April 10 , 2010
Kate Imasuen, a young Nigerian lady, would pass for an African ambassador.
In Germany, she runs two television programmes, through which she projects
Africans and blacks.
With her programme, Great Africa Live, aired on television across Europe and
on You Tube, this pretty wife of wave-making Pastor Imasuen, has been able
to tell the world Africa’s story in a positive way.
In this interview with Saturday Sun, she talked about her television
programme, her experiences in Europe and many other things.
How did your TV programme in Germany come about?
I did not plan it, but things started falling in place when I arrived
Germany. My husband is a missionary pastor, who has travelled wide. When he
was posted to Germany, I was already making myself known, as a television
presenter in Nigeria. It was not, therefore, a new ground for me.
I presented Kingdom Connection, a television programme with my then boss,
Nworah Aghadi and Arthur Otuya, for Billtop Group. The programme was aired
on Minaj TV. It was later aired on NTA 2, Channel 5. I was also a master of
ceremonies. My manager, Mr. Ashley Nwosu, gave me a lot of encouragement in
those days. I also remember the years we spent going around Lagos for
modelling castings. Kate Henshew-Nuttal was my contemporary and a host of
others. We all used to meet at castings.
I started as a model. I won my first modelling competition when I was at
Mary Harney Girls School, Oron, Cross River State, in 1984. I was Miss
Calabar in 1986. I was still modelling at Yemi Fawaz Modelling School,
called People in Pictures, when I gained admission into University of Lagos,
where I studied English Arts and graduated in 1995. So, the klieg lights and
cameras are not strange to me.
What are the major challenges you face as a presenter and producer in
Any one who finds him or herself any where in Europe, where English is not
spoken, would have language problem. You can never communicate with people
except in their local language, be it Italy, Spain, France, or Netherlands.
When I got to Germany, language was my first challenge. At present, I am
still learning Deutsch language. The good thing is that the programmes I
present are in English.
For how long have you done the programmes?
My programmes have been on for almost five years now. I do two programmes.
One is live and the other is recorded. The most popular is Great Africa
Live, which is aired live twice in a month. In the programme, we showcase
Africans, especially Nigerians. We have hosted several people, including
ambassadors, director of organizations, African entrepreneurs, community
leaders, immigration lawyers and activists. I also present another
programme, entitled, Why I believe. It is a Christian programme where we
propagate tenets of Christianity. It is common knowledge that most Europeans
do not attend church, let alone believe in God. Berlin has a population of
approximately 3.5 million inhabitants and just about 25, 000 are religious.
The so-called representation of Pergamos, the seat of Satan talked about in
Rev 2.12-13, in Turkey, was brought in during the war and is in a museum
right in Berlin, if you know what l mean
What drives you?
I must say that the inspiration for the programme derives from the need to
promote, educate, empower and inform the vast majority of the German public
and its environs of the positive aspect, success, input and contributions of
the black man to humanity. These achievements are being viewed against the
backdrop of negative perception and racial bigotry faced by people of
African decent in Europe. In other words, we produce the programmes to
project a positive image for the black in Diaspora. A major aspect of the
programme exposes rights and privileges with emphasis on integration into
the society, as a means to properly enjoy living in Germany. However, my
greatest challenge is my inability to run the programmes in Deutsch.
Who are your guests in the programmes?
We choose our guests based on the level of challenges they have overcome or
still dealing with to survive in Europe. We have hosted people who have
experienced racial attacks or discrimination. Also, issues, like election in
African countries, international relations and politics or new policies by
the government is often discussed with heads of missions of the countries,
as the case may be. We also interview visiting ministers and governors, and
thereby give them the opportunity to explain to their people and the
Diaspora certain controversial issues back home.
What have you learnt from meeting Nigerians and other Africans abroad?
I have learnt so much that I can’t begin to enumerate here. But one of the
basic things is that not all Nigerians, who believe in God, come to Europe
and continue with their belief. The way of life and the problems they see
make them derail. I have also learnt that people’s problems are as diverse
as their faces.
What do you think is the future of these programmes?
The future, for me, is very bright, as more doors are opening, both on
satellite and for the broadcast on the net. However, my greatest desire is
to own the first black TV in Germany. Currently, my programmes are beamed on
a Berlin channel that is also on the net. You can watch from any part of the
world. Right now, we have an agreement with MediaNest-OBE TV broadcasting
from Hamburg and in England and a daily newspaper soon to be out
As a Nigerian, how do you feel about the stigma that follows Nigerians
around the world?
That the image of Nigeria is battered abroad is no longer news. However, for
us who live abroad, it is a pain because not all Nigerians are fraudsters.
The truth is that Nigerians are unique wherever they are. Sadly enough,
every Nigerian is a suspect. I always make this point in all interviews
granted to foreign media: that in every society you have the good, the bad
and the ugly. Nigeria is no exception. The best way for all is to be
exemplary in character and work ethics. Strive for excellence with the
highest level of honesty.
As an ambassador who promotes Nigeria and Africa abroad, what is your wish
I wish that we had a country, where every thing works. The leadership and
followership must change things. My intention is to get the authorities; I
mean people in government, to convince our foreign investors that Nigeria is
safe because there is so much negative report about Nigeria with regard to
419, Niger Delta problems and general safety. They simply don’t want to hear
of it. You can ask some of our German businessmen. Those going to Nigeria
are diehards, who have been there before or some who want to see things for
themselves. So, we need to do a lot of campaign to attract investors to
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