A woman has been applauded for demanding that a talk show presenter pronounces her name correctly.
A lawyer and activist named Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is gaining widespread praise on social media after featuring on the British news channel, Jeremy Vine Extra.
The presenter in question, Dawn Neesom, tried to say her guest’s name in full and failed. She acknowledged her verbal fumble and asked: “How do you pronounce your name, Shola?”
“Read it, my dear,” Mos-Shogbamimu simply replied.
After another failed attempt from the host, Mos-Shogbamimu voiced her dissatisfaction, saying: “So this is terrible, especially for presenting,” before explaining that her surname could be read phonetically.
Neesom – who was still struggling – then read her guest’s name slowly before giving up and attempting to move on by exclaiming: “Shola, welcome to the show!” with a laugh.
However, an undeterred Mos-Shogbamimu would not allow the interview to continue without her name being said correctly and declared: “No no, you will say my name – now read it phonetically.”
Footage of the exchange was shared on Twitter with the caption: “Auntie Shola said we’re not moving on until you pronounce my name right,” and it garnered 6.6 million views on the social media platform.
Many users praised the lawyer for standing up for the proper pronunciation of her name. One person commented: “Who is the presenter? This is so unprofessional. Fair play to @SholaMos1 for insisting she at least try and pronounce it correctly.”
Another person linked the moment to their school experience, saying: “The disrespect was real in school. They’d make up names for you cause they couldn’t pronounce your last name.”
An author named Bolu Babalola remarked: “Because as a professional this is the sort of thing you establish *before* the show if you have any respect for your guests. I am glad Ms. Shola stood her ground.” Neesom responded to this comment by writing: “I couldn’t pronounce my own name this morning!”
Clearly amused by the commotion, she also left a laughing emoji under the viral video.
This is the second time Mos-Shogbamimu has called out hosts for their lack of effort in getting her name right. Last January, she insisted that Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway took the time to learn how her name should be said.
After attempting to say Mos-Shogbamimu’s surname a couple of times, Garraway gave up and asked the guest to introduce herself but the doctor urged that she tries.
“I’m not going to let you get away with that. Read it phonetically, pronounce it as you see it,” Mos-Shogbamimu said.
The presenter then managed to enunciate the name accurately to which the guest gave her a round of applause. She then quipped at the end that she struggles to pronounce the name “Smith” too.
“So you know, it’s nothing to do with anything else. I just struggle to get my words out most mornings,” Garraway clarified.