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

Juju Story

Jan. 26, 2022

In today’s episode, AOT2 and Ugochi discuss the rise in kidnapping and killings in the country. They also read fan mails and talk about trains coming to Lagos, as announced by the Lagos state government.

Let The Blue Bird Sing

Jan. 19, 2022

In today’s episode, AOT2 and Ugochi discuss the potential political implications of lifting Nigeria’s Twitter ban. They also talk about Mo Abudu’s statement on the backdrop of poor reviews on Chief Daddy 2 the movie.

Like A Rapture

Jan. 12, 2022

In today’s episode, AOT2 and Ugochi talk about state police in Nigeria on the backdrop of the Lagos State governor getting sidelined by the police force in Magodo. They also discuss President Buhari’s most recent interview a…

Circle Of Pain ft Franklyn and Tony. Part 2

Dec. 23, 2021

This week, AOT2 and Ugochi sit with Franklyn and Tony to speak on bullying, coping mechanisms, and how the trauma reformed them.

Circle Of Pain ft Excel Joab and Jessjessfinesse Part 1

Dec. 8, 2021

This week, AOT2, Ugochi, and their exceptional guests Excel Joab and Jessjessfinesse speak on the bullying and death of Slyvester Omoniri of Dowen College.

Snake Phobia

Dec. 1, 2021

This week, AOT2 and Ugochi speak on the Grammy award nominations, dirty December playlist, the demise of Baba Suwe, the overpopulation in Lagos, and more. Episode Show notes: Don't be mad when you don't get nominated on the…

Recent Blog Posts

234 Essential Podcast Live at #AFRICANXT

Join Ayomide Tayo and Ugochi Anyanwu as they host a live podcast at the upcoming #AFRICANXT 2022.

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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