Television Personality and Actor, Uti Nwachukwu sits with Chude Jideonwo, host of #WithChude and founder of Joy, Inc. to discuss, his life in Big Brother Africa House, what losing his father taught him, dealing with a failed relationship, and handling the rape allegation against him.
Sharing in the interview, Uti says: “What I have learned over the past few years is that people will judge you based on how they judge themselves. People will project their flaws on you. People recognize what they consider as flaws in themselves, So It doesn’t have anything to with me, it is about you. I don’t take their opinions seriously. When I am to speak out, I speak out. In fact, what I do, is that I use to prepare my points going forward”
“I think being on the show helped me to conquer validation because regardless of any thought of me, I still won, so that has been my approach towards life. The people that are for you are for you, the people that are not for you, if you like to be well behaved as ‘Mother Theresa’, they will always find something that they will use to discredit you.” he added.
On losing his father, according to Uti, it was at the point where he went from dodging his father to absorbing knowledge from him that he died. He said: “I was still alive till now, because there is so much I won’t have had to go through. But it is okay, it is just finetuning me more. So, it was hard for me, but it was easier to chest it in the house because When trauma happens, it is when you experience the effect on other people that it magnifies the feeling. Being with siblings and with my mom, it would have hit me harder. But, when I heard in the house, it was just the initial feeling of ‘I’ve lost my dad, someone who is my best friend’. When I won, and my sisters came on stage and they were wearing black, it hit me again. So, that night when I was in my hotel suite, I cried uncontrollably. It was like the proudest moment of my life and the man who was my role model was not around to physically witness it”
When asked about how he handled the rape allegations against him, He said ” I think that why I wasn’t rattled at all was that it was a troll account. So, I wasn’t going to take it seriously, until I saw blogs feast on it and I was disappointed. I hated that I had to go to those lengths to prove that it was a lie. Because rape is such is huge allegation, so is murder and the likes, I just went about it the legal way.”
Watch the excerpts from the interview here:
#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit.
All past and new episodes of #WithChude can be watched at watch.withchude.com. You can also watch the premiere of new episodes every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, and every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm.
An extended play podcast is up on listen.withchude.com, as well as on Apple Premium.
Everyone can join the conversation.