234 Essential

234 Essential

Join AOT2 and Ugochi on their wild journey as they discuss everything Pop culture, music, movies and more. 234 Essential focuses on Nigerian pop culture but goes beyond trending topics on social media. It looks at the bigger picture and provides accurate historical and societal context to what is trending online.

Recent Episodes


Oct. 13, 2021

This week, AOT2 and Ugochi discuss customer service, increase in food prices, brands choosing better representatives to showcase their brands, and WHO approving a new vaccine for Malaria. Episode shownotes: Prices of food …

A Year Later

Oct. 7, 2021

In this episode, AOT2 and Ugochi discuss their NYSC camp experiences, the controversy about legalizing marijuana, reminisce of the Endsars protest and its aftermath, and rampant kidnappings in Lagos. Episode shownotes:It is…

September To Remember

Sept. 30, 2021

In this episode, AOT2, and Ugochi discuss having a Chinese bank in Nigeria, the reality between the mainland and island, untamed sexual experiences, a soldier bullying a Corper, and more. Episode show notes: The reality of …

Save In Dollars

Sept. 22, 2021

In this episode, AOT2, and Ugochi discuss what it feels like to be 30 and living in Lagos, what goes down in the underground of Lagos, The plot twist forecast, and more. Episode show notes: Sadly, hospitals on the island do…

Power is Power ft Frakyln

Sept. 15, 2021

In this episode, AOT2, Ugochi, and their guest Franklyn discusses Governor Wike’s inauguration of value-added tax, the inability of some Governors to provide for their state, and more Episode show notes: We need more film …

Intimate Spaces

Sept. 8, 2021

In this episode, AOT2 and Ugochi discuss Email culture, child pimping, the shut down of telecommunications in Zamfara, highlights from Big Brother Naija, scandal between Tuface and his African Queen, and the NCDC Director-G…

Recent Blog Posts

234 Essential Celebrate One Year of Podcasting

It has been one year of podcasting for Ayomide ‘AOT2’ Tayo and Ugochi Anywawu, ever since they linked up to record their very first episode of 234 Essent…

About the Hosts

Ugochi Anyanwu


Ugochi is a seasoned sales professional and a podcast co-host with over seven years experience in the retail industry and currently works as a Sales Manager for a reputable private tailoring and design brand in Lagos.

With her innate passion for building relationships, her training and interactions give way to her interest in people oriented service and also a trainer on customer service and satisfaction to SME's.
When she's not working, she's living her best life ^_^

Ayomide "AOT2" Tayo


AOT2 is a Nigerian journalist, podcast host, scriptwriter and founder of the Naija Times newsletter.

In the past, he has worked with Hip Hop World Magazine, Hip TV, THE NET, SoundCity Blast and others. He also worked at Pulse Nigeria for five years, where he rose to the position of Senior Editor. He is presently a Senior Editor at Opera News Nigeria.

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