Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Entertainment is My Calling - Uti, BBA Winner

interview

Since after BBA 2010, he has remained in the spot light. He has taken bolder steps than the Big Brother Africa and in the process won several awards. Uti Nwachukwu shares a moment with Weekend Magazine.

Weekend Magazine: How has life been after the BBA?

Uti Nwachuku: Life has been nothing but awesomely great! If I wasn't me I would envy me! Ok but seriously. God really used the BBA to open doors for me! Doors that can never be closed, because when God opens a door, nothing can close it.

A lot has happened! I'm living the life I always fantasized about! Thank God I can afford my own comfortable place; I can travel the world if I want to! Most importantly God has used me to touch lives! So many people are inspired by my stories and testimonies! Career wise, I have stared in movies, walked on runways, hosted numerous shows, anchored my own TV show and even recorded music!

The most humbling part is that I have actually won awards at everything I do, 17 so far in just two years. If you asked me, I feel truly blessed.

How far would you go for your quest for fame?

I was raised so well. I'm thankful to my parents for raising me like this. I'm not carried away by the glitz, glamour and fame and all that just come with my chosen profession. I mean if you watched me on the BBA, you would understand who I am. I didn't fake anything for three months. I would never do immoral things just for fame and success! I am a Christian and I see myself as an ambassador of Christ. As long as I have the grace and favour of God in my life, all I have to do is trust God and success would be effortless. So, I will work hard and do what I can to succeed as long as it doesn't compromise my upbringing and faith.

What inspired your choice for entertainment?

I grew up watching a lot of TV! My father made sure he filled up the house with family movies, recorded shows, music records! Etc...Ughelli and Sapele are quiet towns so I spent all my time watching television during the holidays. I always fantasized about becoming like the people who entertained me. It was just meant to be! Even from kindergarten to the university everyone always used to say 'Uti, you belong on TV o!', 'Ur personality na wah' and stuff like that. I just didn't see myself working in an office! I did work in a bank for a year and that convinced me that entertainment was my calling.

What are the down sides of your popularity?

Ah the regular! No time for yourself like before. Invasion of your privacy, people judging you even when they do not know you. It's funny how people look at entertainers like objects, like they don't have feelings. And then they feel they can say anything to anyone without consequences. Most people can't handle what they throw at entertainers. I'm lucky and favoured that God gave me tough skin, but others might not be so lucky. So, this industry is not for everybody! Just as it excels some, it also destroys others. If you are not ready to be real and honest with yourself, then prepare for a huge downfall, but my philosophy is this- Focus on the positive and be oblivious to the negative!

How have you been able to cope with the negative news about you in the media?

There's no such thing as negative PR. All PR na PR. The thing is if I wasn't making a mark in the industry, people wouldn't manufacture lies and pay low lives to spread their lies. So, for me it's another assurance that God has tagged me for greatness! I know it's people who were my friends that were up to no good, but hey I forgive all of them. I really do. I really hope they can forgive themselves, because envy and jealousy are great tools that the devil uses to destroy people. One thing is I have noticed that people hate themselves cause of who they are, so, what they do is tag you with the same thing they are trying to hide, because a drowning person always drags the next person down with them. A good swimmer trained by a good tutor always escapes a downer. In this case, God has always been my tutor. So, with God on my side, no one can pull me down, because HE lifted me up.

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