Andre Blaze

OAP Profile – Andre Blaze Henshaw

Name: Andre Blaze Henshaw

Nationality: Nigerian

Date of Birth: August 14, 1983

Age: 35 years

 

Profile

Born in Calabar, Cross Rivers State on the 14th day in the month of August, 1983, Andre Blaze Henshaw is a Nigerian radio personality, television host and executive producer.

He is also a rapper and one time member of the hip hop group Tuck Tyght Allstars. Andre co-hosts the show Men’s Corner on Ebonylife TV alongside Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Mazino Ofoh.

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Andre Blaze’s Early Life

Andre Blaze was born to a mother from Anambra State and a father from Cross River State. He grew up in both Port Harcourt and Calabar. Andre would describe himself as the ‘son of an Efik man and Ibo woman from Umudioka in Anambra state.

He had his secondary education at Bishop Crowther Memorial Secondary School, Port Harcourt. He then proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt for his undergraduate studies in Linguistics and Communication and graduated with a B.Sc. degree in 2006.

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Andre Blaze and Radio

Between 2001 and 2002, Andre Blaze worked as an underwriter with Epoch Magazine even before gaining university admission. He began his broadcasting career working for Rhythm 93.7 FM Port Harcourt in 2002. However, he started as an intern with the radio station at the tender age of 16. That, he did for more than 2 years before being placed on the regular working schedule of the radio station.

Despite the fact that he auditioned before becoming an intern with Rhythm FM, Andre would admit that never wanted to be a broadcast journalist. All he wanted to do was to write as there was no enough inspiration; nobody for him to look up to as a broadcaster at the time.

Andre Blaze (Image Credit: Star Gist)
Andre Blaze (Image Credit: Star Gist)

This went on until 2005 when he acknowledged Loknan Eldee Dombin, a one-time Head of Department at Rhythm FM Port Harcourt as his mentor. According to him, it was ‘between him and the late Tope Brown’ that he was born as a broadcaster.

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While with Rhythm FM, Andre Blaze held various positions such as the Head of the Presentation Department, Duty Continuity Announcer, Radio DJ and OAP.

 

The Stint with Nigezie

Andre Blaze left Rhythm FM in 2008, switching over to Visual Media Networks’ Nigezie. Between 2008 and 2012, he directed lots of TV programs in the country, including shows like True Search, Battle of the Year and Peak Talent Show.

In May 2012, he quit his job at the cable TV channel after four years. He later accepted an offer to host Nigeria’s Got Talent, a reality television show based on the Got Talent series format.

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Big Brother Naija

Andre Blaze is currently the voice of Big Brother Naija. He took over the Biggie position from former Cool FM OAP, Ejike Ibedilo.

You can reach him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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