Tolulope ‘Toolz’ Oniru, is a vivacious and award-winning on-air personality.
She currently hosts her own radio show ‘The Midday Show with Toolz’ (weekdays) on one of Nigeria’s top urban radio stations – The Beat 99.9FM. (www.thebeat99.com) She is also Deputy Program Director for The Beat 99.9FM.
Before trying her hand at radio presenting on the Beat 99.9FM, Toolz gained extensive experience within the British entertainment industry, having worked at MTV Networks Europe for several years before moving on to the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.
Toolz’s desire for new challenges had her considering a move to Lagos in mid-2008…she eventually took the plunge in 2009 and auditioned to be a radio presenter at the Beat 99.9FM after a friend mentioned the new radio station to her before she moved to Lagos. After a successful audition process, Toolz began hosting her own radio show in April 2009 and her blend of natural humour, love of most things showbiz, passion for music and strong African entertainment knowledge makes her show one of the most sought after –by listeners and celebrities alike.
Toolz is extremely passionate about Nigerian/African music, and in 2012 she approached the organizers of Nigeria’s biggest music awards ceremony – The Headies (formally known as the Hip Hop World Awards) and successfully introduced a new category called the ‘Rookie Of The Year’ which gives recognition to talented upcoming Nigerian musicians.
Writing is another one of Toolz’ passions, and she has a column – ‘Toolz’ Thoughts’ on BellaNaija, Nigeria’s most popular lifestyle and entertainment website which she began in 2012. She is also a contributor for the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 show.
Toolz has served as a judge for the Channel O Music Video Awards both in 2011 & 2012.
Toolz was also a judge for the MTV Base VJ Search in 2012.
In 2013, Toolz hosted the first season of Glo X-Factor West Africa.
In 2014, Toolz guest co-hosted 10 episodes of Ebony Life TV’s The Spot
In 2014, she was listed on YNaija’s 10 Most Powerful People In Media list.
Toolz has graced the cover of numerous magazines (In Nigeria) including This Day Style, TW, Complete Fashion (twice), YNaija! Magazine, Allure and My Streetz.
When Toolz isn’t on radio or MCing events, she loves to relax with family, read, socialize with friends, watch movies, travel and SHOP!
‘Radio Presenter of the Year’ - Nigerian Broadcasters Awards
‘Radio Personality of the Year’ - Dynamix All Youth Awards
‘On-Air Personality of the Year’ (Radio) – FAB Awards
‘Sexiest Media Personality’ – Nigerian Broadcasters Awards
‘On-Air Personality of the Year’ (Radio) – The Future Awards
‘Media Personality of the Year’ – Nigerian Entertainment Awards (N.E.A)