Nina Chinonso Onyenobi was just like the each day lady-subsequent-door till Big Brother Naija catapulted her into the entrance seat of fame in 2018…
In this unique interview, the undergraduate of Imo State University opens up on life earlier than the truth TV present, how she survived bullying within the Big Brother home and her affair with former housemate and winner, Miracle, amongst different attention-grabbing points. Enjoy.
Tell us about your childhood
I’m from a contented household, not wealthy, not poor however simply common. At least, we ate 3 times a day. We are 5 youngsters and I’m the fourth born, three ladies and two boys. I used to be a straightforward-going youngster, extra of an extrovert. I’m 21 going 22. Growing up was enjoyable. My dad and mom took excellent care of us. They offered our wants.
Before Big Brother got here alongside, what have been you doing?
I used to be a scholar and mannequin. I made wigs and in addition did make-up. I had curiosity in make-up and facial modeling. I used to be aspiring to be an actor, although I used to be already performing in church, I actually appeared ahead to a Nollywood break. Back then, I keep in mind I starred in a film entitled, Twin Affairs the place I performed the position of a gold digger, it was a significant position.
How did you uncover your potential to act?
When you’re obsessed with one thing, issues occur naturally. Acting is one thing I like. With love and fervour you’ll be able to obtain something.
Big Brother remodeled you from the lady-subsequent-door to a celeb in simply three months. How did you get to find out about it?
The ardour to be a part of Big Brother began after I watched a earlier version. I used to be so moved I made a decision I wished to go for the present, after which, a good friend despatched me the audition flyer. I used to be so excited and I simply wished to do it. First, I went to church and dedicated my dream into the palms of God. In truth, I went to Shiloh, which ended on a Saturday, the day I used to be supposed to audition. But then, I did my auditioning on Sunday and handed. That was the primary audition and the group was huge! I made it via the primary audition in Port Harcourt and the second audition in Lagos, after which there have been extra auditions and I simply saved going till I landed within the House.
Did your dad and mom encourage you?
They have been comfortable, encouraging and praying for me. Even in the event that they did not, I might nonetheless have gone for it, as a result of it is my future I’m constructing. The thought of ending faculty and being jobless was terrifying! So, I actually wanted to begin constructing my life by way of what I like, what I wished my life to appear like and in addition to, if I succeeded, it will be a giant enhance to my household, particularly my siblings.
What do you suppose made you stand out of the group throughout the auditions?
It was as a result of I did not go there with any technique. I went there being Nina. During the audition, they noticed that I used to be actual. I later requested one of many organisers and he mentioned that the explanation why they selected me was as a result of I used to be actual. You see, I used to be open and trustworthy on each query they requested me. They noticed the honesty in my solutions. I consider that is the main motive they selected me. Back within the House too, they requested me if I had a technique and I mentioned ‘no, I’ve none’. Truth is, I did not even know what my life was, so I wished to go in there and watch my life. I went there as a plain lady that anyone may learn and perceive.
Tell us, who’s the actual Nina?
I’m a really trustworthy, open and down-to-earth individual, with a really pure coronary heart. And I do not gossip. If you annoy me, I’d come straight and let you know. I do not gossip. I’m similar to that as a result of that is who I’m and I am unable to change. I hate gossip and I hate proud folks. I do not fake and I’m not proud.
What was the best recommendation you acquired that contributed to your success on the present and who gave it to you?
That was my sister, I. J, and Aunty Oge Okoye. They suggested that I shouldn’t fake however go there and simply be Nina. So, I went there and I used to be Nina; I used to be me. I did not even know Nina till I went into the Big Brother home. But I actually wished to know who Nina was. You do not actually know who you’re till you go there (Big Brother), as a result of the platform will outline you. It’s thrilling. I went to Big Brother and found myself.
Did the folks you met in the home intimidate you?
Yes, as a result of they have been older and really loud. They made an excessive amount of noise and I do not like noise. I’m not used to loud folks. I’m a really calm and reserved individual. They all wished their voices to be heard, so it actually held me again till they began getting evicted and Biggy’s recommendation and Miracle’s recommendation impressed me. They at all times suggested me to be robust. At some level, I used to be crying quite a bit and even wished to go dwelling, however Big Brother made me robust. I observed Big Brother favored me due to the recommendation he used to give me. Big Brother confirmed me love via his recommendation as a giant brother.
What’s your take-away from Big Brother present and the way has it constructed you?
I can now specific myself very properly no matter the place I’m, no matter who’s there. In the Big Brother home, I used to be with celebrities, dignitaries and plenty of nice folks that visited the home. So in the present day, anyplace I discover myself, I’m in a position to specific myself.
Was it love at first sight with Miracle?
Miracle and I met earlier than we moved into the House. So, we have been already associates. It’s simply regular, mutual friendship. We met on the audition and obtained into the home, and earlier than we knew it, nature ran its course. I’m not regretting something as a result of I discovered he was true to me. It wasn’t his technique.
What attracted you to Miracle?
Wow! He mentioned as a result of I used to be actual he trusted me. He discovered that I used to be very actual. And Miracle by nature may be very actual and open. He would not concern anyone. That was what really attracted him to me. Miracle is somebody you’ll be able to speak in confidence to, and in addition to, he is a person of his phrases. Yes, no matter he says, he does. He promised to be there for me until the finals and he was there for me.
Back in the home, when was your breaking level?
(Laughter) That was when everybody was bullying me.
Why do you suppose they have been bullying you?
They all knew my age and have been anticipating me to respect them, as a result of I used to be the youngest. But after they did not get that respect, they determined to bully me. So, when Big Brother instructed me to ignore them, as a result of all people is equal no matter age, my vocal chord was activated! I began speaking. Initially, I used to be scared however when Big Brother began telling me this stuff, I felt I had been liberated and began speaking very properly.
Who would you want to act with in Nollywood?
I like her persona. Tontoh Dike is my position mannequin; she’s simply wonderful! What’s your recommendation for individuals who need to take part in Big Brother 2019?
Go for auditions and pray onerous. If it is you, it is you. If it is not you, it is not you. If they decide you, simply go there and stay your life. People might not such as you when you stay another person’s life, however folks will simply love you extra when you’re true to your actual self.