Maria Chike: Nothing has come easy in my life, I worked for everything
Maria Chike Agueze is one of the housemates at the just concluded Big Brother Naija (BBN) Shine ya eyes competition. Born on May 20, 1992 into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Agueze from Imo State, she attended Trinity High School, Manchester (MANCAT) College and holds a degree in Communications from the University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK). The bi-racial former housemate worked in the UK as the front of House representative, Grosvenor Casinos between 2006 and 2011. She also worked as an administrative assistant at Goderough College, UK. In 2012, she joined KBC Financial Products as human resources assistant. She has also worked as the personal assistant to the chief executive officer of Deloitte, UK. While switching career paths, the 29-year old joined an airline, working as airhostess. The job took her across continents before venturing into real estate with focus in Dubai. However, having gained fame with the BBN competition, she is giving up her career as a realtor and willing to explore the entertainment scene. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, Maria shares her moments in the BBN house.
Tell us a bit about your growing up
I grew up on different continents: Nigeria and the United Kingdom and then back to Nigeria and off to the United Kingdom again. So, it was like going back and forth across countries. I lived with my family the whole time, but then I spent more time in the UK than I did in Nigeria.
What was life like for you before venturing into the BBN house?
I have been a very hard worker; nothing has come easy in my life, hence I worked for everything I have got. I have worked since the age of 16 till Big Brother came, so I have always worked. I did three jobs while in the university. Nothing has ever come easy in my life. I have always worked hard for whatever, no matter how little, that has come into my life.
So why did you decide to apply for BBN?
My girlfriends pushed me. They were like, ‘you should go’, and just like a joke, I got in.
Having been groomed in the UK, do you speak your local dialect?
A hundred per cent. I speak Igbo fluently.
What, for you, was your high point in the Big Brother house?
The housemates, the tasks everyday was like a highpoint. And then being a wildcard too.
What does fashion means to you?
Fashion is not all about expensive stuff. Fashion is confidence, it is how you wear and put your outfits together. Fashion is you and how you choose to create it.
What is your favourite fashion piece?
I am very comfortable in my joggers, a T-shirt, and my slippers or trainers.
What is your favourite local food?
I love my Ofe Owerri with pounded yam.
Describe Maria in three words
Forgiving, loving and unpredictable.
What is your beauty regime?
I actually don’t do anything. I wash my face with soap, and I literally don’t do anything. I drink a lot of water and I try to change my sheets, like my pillowcases. I change them about three times a week, but the bed sheets I leave them for about a week. Apart from that, I honestly don’t do anything. Maybe I need to start because I am growing older.
After BBN, what should we be expecting?
Stay tuned. With God on my side, definitely a lot of things would be coming our way, which is definitely in the entertainment scene. You will be seeing me more on your screens, not acting but I will be on your screens a lot, so don’t worry.
Are you abandoning your career as a realtor?
Yes, I am no longer a realtor since leaving the BBN house, not anymore.