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Uti: Everything I grew up watching on TV is what I do now

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
18 December 2021   |   3:51 am
Uti Nwachukwu is a TV presenter, event host, actor, model, musician, and winner of the Big Brother Africa – All-Stars reality show. Born on the 3rd of August 1982, in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria, as the last child of his family, he hails from the Aboh Kingdom, Ndokwa-East local government area, Delta State. Uti attended…

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Uti Nwachukwu is a TV presenter, event host, actor, model, musician, and winner of the Big Brother Africa – All-Stars reality show. Born on the 3rd of August 1982, in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria, as the last child of his family, he hails from the Aboh Kingdom, Ndokwa-East local government area, Delta State. Uti attended the Igbinedion Education centre for his secondary education; he holds a diploma degree in Computer Science and Education from the University of Nsukka, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City. Uti rose to limelight in the entertainment industry after he won the All-Stars season of Big Brother Africa in 2010. Before his big win, he had featured on the Nigerian reality TV show, the Next Movie Star, where he came second. He has featured in a couple of movies and TV series including, Tinsel (Season 3), In the Cupboard, 10 Days in Suncity and Chief Daddy. In 2011, Uti and his fan club started the ‘Uti Leads the Stars’ charity project to cater to the needs of widows. He also has a partnership deal with the European Union and the British Council to raise awareness of the stigma of rape. Uti has been able to bring its Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARC) to different states across Nigeria. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, he shares his passion for his craft.

What informed your decision to go into the Big Brother Africa house at the time that you did?
I wanted to do what I do now and it was a platform for me to advertise my talent and to launch me into the entertainment industry.

What was your growing up like that influenced your passion for entertainment?
I grew up watching Television and I enjoyed the movies and TV shows. Basically, everything I enjoyed watching is what I am doing now for a living.

As a host on the popular TV programme, Jara, how has it further boosted your career?
Jara was on Africa Magic every week for 11 years and it is one of the most watched channels in Africa, which is huge and a big deal. So, of course it boosted my career; it kept my face in the minds of people and it advertised me to other people who were looking for a talent like mine.

Any challenges so far in the course of your career?
There are definitely challenges, but I choose not to see them as challenges, I look at them as experiences that hold and shape me to be who I am today.

How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I will say relaxed, easy, comfortable, modern and progressive.

What is your favourite fashion piece?
I love Shirts; different kinds of shirt are my go-to any day.

What is your favourite food?
I love to have Starch and Banga, with assorted meat and fresh fish.

How would you describe yourself?
Uti is whoever you believe him to be and perceive him to be, I have no intention of changing that, because my friends don’t need an explanation and my enemies will never believe me.

What are you working on presently?
I am always working on something new, I never spill until they are released; I like to surprise people.

What was work for you like during the COVID phase and now that there’s Omicron?
I went through the period just like everyone else; slow period, anxiety, uncertainty, acceptance, gratitude, love and knowing what is important and what is not. I went through it all and here I am today, God has been faithful and he has blessed me regardless of what we have been through.

Where do you hope to see Uti in the nearest future?
I don’t know; I hate to predict these things. I only look on to God and trust him to take me to where I want to be

The Christmas season is a period of love and giving, what is your message to your fans?
Just as you have said, it is a season of love, sharing, giving, forgiveness and gratitude. This should be extended to everyone around us. Christ is the reason for the season, spread love, be patient, don’t rush, take it easy, be kind to one another and most importantly, go through your personal spiritual awakening.

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