Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, one of Nigeria’s top Media personality and fashionable TV host, has made it to Schick’s digital cover as “TV’s Man of the Decade”, for hosting the biggest TV shows in Africa.
15years ago, Ebuka partook in Big Brother Africa, although he didn’t emerge as the winner, he turned out one of the continent’s biggest names in entertainment.
In an interview with Schick, the TV personality talked about his journey from a housemate to an incredible host, hosting one of the most TV shows in Africa, living life in the limelight, and much more.
“I wasn’t really excited by the Law practice at the time. I wanted to study for a Masters abroad, then I saw an ad for this show with a $100,000 prize and that was all I needed. I really had no plans to go into the media or entertainment industry; I just wanted to win the money and disappear! When I got evicted and saw the crowd outside screaming my name, I was like, wait, you mean this show is popular? I almost ran back into the House to re-strategise! It was a very eye-opening experience for me, but I was now also thrown into this world I knew nothing about; fame. I had to figure out how to make a life out of it”, Ebuka narrated.
He went on to talk about his childhood and how he met his wife, Cynthia. “I met her on Twitter. We followed each other, DM’d a few times and then kept it moving.
The connection wasn’t instant, but over time I think I realised that, beyond how much of a happy person she is, our values aligned so strongly that an attraction started to form. It also helps that she has the biggest smile in the world and laughed a lot at things I said and vice versa. From the day we started talking seriously, I knew literally 2 months later that I wanted to marry her.
We talk about any and everything. Nothing is off-limits and that honestly helps. Knowing that, at the end of the day, you’re excited to go back home and tell your partner how your day went and hear theirs… it’s the ultimate connection for us – talking. It helps that we both like gist!… We’re evolving into a true partnership and I’m hoping it can only continue. Still, a long way to go”.
Ebuka revealed that family is something he holds dear and he is infinitely proud of where he comes from. The TV host who was looking all dapper on the digital cover also revealed that he doesn’t mind being scrutinized for his fashion sense and style because it doesn’t define him.
“I don’t mind it. I also don’t mind being known for being stylish; doesn’t harm me in any way. I just don’t want to be known only for that. I have a whole career with too many parts to simply be seen as ‘the fashion guy’ on Instagram. As long as people appreciate it, but also recognise it as one of my many parts, I’m good. Just don’t make it what I’m all about.”