Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Uriel Ngozi Oputa is indeed very driven to accomplish her set goals. After she was evicted from the reality TV show some weeks ago, the Oguta, Imo State-born house singer has started putting plans together to launch herself into the mainstream entertainment world.
She’s planning to set up a blog in addition to launching her own TV talk show. Besides, Uriel describes her experience in the BBNaija house as “soul-lifting”, declaring that “I left the house with my dignity intact.”
Here are some except from her interview with Vanguard:
How would you describe your experience in the Big Brother Naija house?
It was an eye-opening experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the house. I learnt a lot of things there; I learnt how to appreciate myself in ways that I never did before now.
You were also looking forward to winning the star prize of N25 million?
Not at all. I wasn’t looking forward to emerging the winner of the reality TV show. Rather, I was actually looking forward to having a good platform to launch myself into the mainstream entertainment world. I knew I wouldn’t win, but I also knew I would need a good platform.
Why the sudden conclusion?
I don’t know, but I had this feeling that I wouldn’t win the star prize. People are saying Uriel is a likeable person. I am okay with the favourable remarks about me as well as having the right platform.
Were you expecting your eviction at the time it happened?
No, when I was on stage I was shocked to learn that I have been evicted from the house. I was waiting for Biggie to take me back into the house, but he didn’t . I didn’t want to go home then, but now that I am out of the house, I don’t want to go back there again.
What actually happened?
I don’t know, it’s just life. Nothing went wrong, rather I see it as a lesson and my fate. It was time for me to leave and I left the house.
What was the strategy you adopted while you were in the house?
I didn’t have a strategy. I was just myself from beginning to end. At a point, you were almost falling in love? I didn’t fall in love. I liked the guy in the house. That was it. I can’t fall in love within six weeks. And I don’t believe in love at first sight. But I liked the guy.
What are you taking away from your six-weeks stay in the BBNaija house?
It doesn’t matter when you finished, but it matters what you do when you finished. I am also taking away a lesson of tolerance. I have learnt to tolerate people from different cultural backgrounds, I have equally learnt to love people from different walks of life. I have learnt new things from people and I have learnt the most important lesson, which is never judge a book by its cover. That for me is the biggest thing I learnt in the house.
Now that you are out of the house, what’s the next thing for you?
I’m going to set up my blog, and focus on my TV show. Also, I’m going to do a lot of cooking. May be, there might be a cook show in the offing. I will be growing my fan base and later, I will release my songs. But at the moment, I will be focusing on my blog and my TV show. Do you think you disappointed your fans? Never, I left the Big Brother house with my dignity intact. Most importantly, my fans are proud of me. People call me on the telephone and tell me “Uriel you are a good person, I love you, and we are proud of you.”
For me, that’s more important than winning the star prize of N25 million. I’m honoured to have so much support and loved by my fans.