MATSE UWATSE PROFILE
Matse Uwatse was born in the tropical rain forest town of old Warri in the then Bendel state. According to tales, I named myself before my birth, choosing MATSE which means "DO IT". True to its meaning, I never stop till I get enough.
Growing up was an adventure. I was a tomboy who had the penchant for climbing trees. I also tore my note books to write little story books which I sew at the middle with a needle and thread and painted it with crayons. Albeit being a very academically sound student, "she talks too much was always written on my report cards". Arts and creativity have always been a part of me.
I went to John Fitzgerald Kennedy International school for my primary education and then Federal Government College Warri. I studied Languages and Linguistics (French and German) in Delta state University Abraka and then proceeded to Village du Benin in Togo.
My project was on Chaka de Zulu from southern africa, whom I admired so much for his courage it was titled "ETUDE THEMATIQUE DE CHAKA DE LEOPLOLD SEDAR SENGHOR,” meaning "Thematic study of Chaka Zulu according to Lepold Sedar Senghor". Sedar Senghor was a great Senegalese and a great writer.
Before and after my service year (NYSC) I worked with Bang and Olufsen (a luxury hi-tech electronics company) where I was an admin/sales executive. I thoroughly enjoyed the job because of my fascination for technology and the new people I interacted with each day.
Then radio came calling in 2007 at the birth of 95.1 Wazobia Fm. I auditioned for 95.1 Wazobia Fm and due to my enthusiasm for the job and being the Warri born that I am, got the job. The beginning was rather exhausting but with training and determination I remained on the job and saw it grow to be Nigeria's number one radio station. Then, the "itch" returned once more, I decided my job had been done on 95.1 Wazobia Fm and moved onto 99.3 Nigeria Info Fm...
Q & A
1) When I was young I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer or a pilot. I may fly a plane someday, I haven't given up on that yet or better still Sky dive.
2) My greatest inspiration is my mother. She never gives up and believes strongly in hard work and integrity.
3) I love rock! I used to climb up my bed, jumping up and down with a short stick as my electric guitar. I also love Classical music, the likes of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Peter Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart etc and modern day eccentric artistes like Enya, Yanni, Deep forest, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Cranberries. I am also a huge lover of African Music; Youssou N' Dour, Samite, Black Mombazo, Angelique Kidjo, Asa, and Femi Kuti.
4) I enjoy cooking, reading or surfing the net. I write when I am free to. Mad fan of National Geographic, NatGeo Wild and the Discovery Channel. I enjoy swimming and just started learning how to ride a bicycle.
5) Classical music soothes me and when I go on my knees in prayer to Jehovah God.
6) I would love to interview Oprah and would have loved to interview the late Michael Jackson.
7) My voice is my greatest strength. It can cause change. I love to champion humanitarian causes.
8) I love the fact that I can reach out to people and help in the little way I can.
9) The Challenge for Africa - Wangari Maathai, The heart of a Leader -Ken Blanchard, anything from Robert Green, anything from John C Maxwell
I have too many favorite books.
10) I would own a restaurant or be a teacher/lecturer or a politician.
11) I love fresh fish banga soup and starch.