Ex-BBN Background housemate Uriel Oputa was a guest on Sunday scoop, and she talked a lot about herself and the her relationship with Charley Boy her uncle.
I come from a family that is entertainment-oriented and I had always known that I would become an entertainer . I am the only girl out of five children. My mother and my brothers were into music ; so , it seemed like the natural path for me to follow . I always wanted to become rich and famous, so I could look after my mum .
I had my education, from elementary to university level , in the United Kingdom. I studied Nursing at the university . However, I am not comfortable about releasing the details of my childhood; I don ’t want to mention the name of the schools I attended. I ’ m not trying to hide anything about my childhood and upbringing. Before you get into Big Brother , you have to show the organisers your birth certificate and proof of educational qualifications. I chose to study Nursing because I had always been fascinated by children . I actually wanted to become a midwife .
I ’ ve been in the entertainment industry for over 10 years . I started recording songs in the UK and the first song I ever produced was titled Tell Me . It was produced by someone named Olly Jay. I continued doing my thing in the UK until I decided to move back to Nigeria about five years ago . I had been releasing songs and performing at shows in the UK before then. When I got to Nigeria , I first contested in the Glo X – Factor competition . I also auditioned for the Project Fame, but things just weren’ t working. The industry can be very tough. I auditioned for Big Brother Africa three years ago . I made it to the finals but I didn ’t make it through . I contested two years ago as well but I didn’ t make it through the final round. I felt really terrible. I knew I had a purpose and I wanted to be famous, so, I continued pursuing my dream . I then applied for Big Brother Naija last year and I eventually made it through. After I left the ‘house , ’ I didn’ t want to go into music immediately . I decided to explore other areas such as the media, and securing endorsement deals . I will also be starting my own TV show very soon.
Shortly before my stint in Big Brother Naija , I released a song titled Desire. It was done in house music style because that was what I grew up listening to in the UK . It was with a blend of Igbo language , which is my heritage. In all my songs , I always try to combine my British and Nigerian identities . You can basically define my music as Afrohouse/ Igbohouse. I haven’ t paid attention to my music career for a while because I have chosen to try out other areas .
Charly Boy is my uncle and he inspired me in a very huge way . I was encouraged by what he had achieved with his entertainment career. However, I wouldn ’ t say that anybody really paved the way for me in the entertainment industry . I struggled for everything and where I am now . I made sacrifices like everybody else , and it took me about 10 years to get to this spot. Meanwhile, this is nowhere close to where I want to be. I believe I still have a long way to go .
Big Brother Naija?
Big Brother was a very great experience for me . I enjoyed every aspect of the show and I am so happy that I was able to make new friends . It is a great platform; so , it has done a lot to boost my profile.
I have a very great relationship with my mom . She ’s my inspiration and my rock . She has dementia but we are dealing with it and we have a happy relationship . She has always been supportive of my career and she taught me almost everything I know right now .
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For this year , I ’ m focusing on getting more endorsement deals and doing more TV jobs. My show , Make Me by Uriel , which runs on Instagram , will soon start to show on TV . A lot more things are coming this year . I feel very positive and excited about the possibilities ahead .
A lot of people think that you are ready – made and had money waiting for you after the show . Sometimes , people don ’t believe you when you say that you’ re still climbing up the ladder and trying to make headway . Many people also say terrible things about you simply because you’ re in the public eye . I am a free person and I say things as I see them . But I have discovered that that doesn’ t go well with some people . However, I get messages everyday from people who tell me that I have touched their lives with the things that I do .
I am a very deep and happy person . I am also very smart and I don’ t need anybody to validate that . I am a caring person with a very big heart . I ’ m also very observant . You cannot lie to me or cheat me . I know that some people would have tried to cheat me but nobody has ever succeeded in doing that . That ’s because I ask questions and take precautions .
There was a time some people criticised me , saying my boobs were drooping but I don ’ t want to say anything about that again. I ’ ve grown a thick skin so things like that don ’t even faze me anymore . Whenever things like that occur , I always retaliate in a positive way , because I believe positivity always cancels out negativity . When somebody says something nasty to you and your reply to them is positive , they would be shocked. It makes them evaluate their action, and they understand that what they just did was uncalled for.
I am single at the moment. When it comes to the things I love in a man , I don ’t really have a particular taste . I just want a man that is not a liar. I want an honest man . I am not fixated on looks , because it fades away . I consider things like good character and intelligence more important .
I don ’t really relax and I haven’t been able to unwind for a long time now. However , I also relax by spending time with my family. I am in the UK right now and I am having a very good time.
I like to appear classy , trendy and urban . My hair is my favourite part of my body and wigs are my favourite fashion items.