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I’m still waiting for Mr. Right – Ofunneka

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Article found @ allafrica.com

Nigeria: I’m Still Waiting for Mr Right – Ofunneka
Vanguard (Lagos)

INTERVIEW

23 February 2008
Posted to the web 25 February 2008

Despite her successful but controversial outing in Big Brother Africa 2, BBA2 where she ended up as first runner-up; Ofunneka Molokwu has not had the time to look back because the lines ever since are falling for her in pleasant places.

Indeed, the Pure Chemistry graduate of University of Ibadan has a goodly heritage as she keeps rising and rising.

Ofunneka has just concluded a role in a movie which is awaiting release and she is at present pre-occupied with a new love; a youth project she is doing in partnership with Heart of Africa which she hopes to market around Africa and the world. Ask her, and the happy-go-lucky pride of Nigeria will tell you that this is a dawn of a new era in her life. And according to her, her success story started from her home.

So tell us, where did your success story in life begin?
It started from my upbringing. As a child, my parents inculcated in us the fact that success and hard work go hand-in-hand. And I was brought up in a strict religious background as a Catholic and I guess that has kept me going in life. I was never the one to be influenced by peer pressure.

I always had an independent mind and feared only God and my parents. I would not talk about my family that much but I can tell you my parents are very hard working people who don’t believe in taking short-cuts. The right way is the only way and I grew up believing the only way to success is the right way. My siblings and I shared this view when we were growing up and so, we never looked for any short-cut in life as a way of survival.

Where you are today, did it ever cross your mind that someday, you would attend a TV reality show like BBA2 which would bring you to the limelight and fame?

I’ve always had this spirit of adventure and I know that my adventurous spirit could take me anywhere. It’s nothing new to know. I’ve always known that I’ll embark on some kind of adventure. So, it wasn’t a surprise when I entered it. Of course things are no longer the same and I’m enjoying the limelight.

So, what’s going on with you now. What are you into?

Of course, you know I’ve been an ambassador for Heart of Africa Project under the Ministry of Information. I’m also working on a TV Talk show that would be able to address issues: people that are in distress, youths that need help. By the grace of God, by April, we should be on air.

Is it something like the Oprah Winfrey show?
Not exactly. It’s a make-over. We make-over the community, we make-over life and make-over people that need help: women, youths, children; even men. It depends. We reach out to those we can. We have done the pilot of the programme and there are a few individuals who are already benefitting. There’s a widow we are helping and a young man we are also helping with his school fees. It’s a project that helps people. You can call it a marriage between Oprah and a show called Esteemed make-over. It’s about changing people’s lives, especially the young people because they need help. We all need help.

Can you compare your life before and now?
It’s incomparable. You cannot. It’s like two ends of a pole. I was at one end of the pole and now I’m at the other end. Two different lives. People recognise me now when they see me. They want to talk to me; they want to hug me, congratulate me. And it’s all welcome. I appreciate the fact that some people who saw me on TV are happy with what I did. I’ve got a lot of commendations from people inside and outside Nigeria . It’s a good thing. It’s something I’m very happy about and I thank God for it everyday.

There was a lot of criticisms about BBA2 Africa especially the issue of nudity on set with the cameras rolling. What would you say about that?

I don’t know what to say about it but I hope you will ask me that question another time.

You had a boyfriend sometime before the programme and we learnt you have parted ways with him now. Have you reconciled?

My parting ways with my ex-boyfriend has nothing to do with the Big Brother thing. We have parted ways long before the BBA2 came out. People have their differences. Some work it out, others don’t. In our case, we couldn’t revive it and so, it’s over.

What if he comes back?
(Long laughter). Nothing. I’ve moved on.

You’re a woman. Even the Bible says it’s not good for man to be alone.
Yeah. But it has to be with the right person and right now, the right person is not there. I’m busy with my project and so, there is no right person. People are coming but you know I have to single out one person from the lot. But I’ve not had time for that yet. I want to focus on what I’m doing now. Along the line when I’m ready, I will pick the right man from the lot. Or he picks me, whichever way.

I hope you are not a liber?
Not in that sense. I believe a woman should be seen and be heard because they are also human beings who exist in the world. And we should be given our own regard which is what has been happening anyway. And for crying out loud, we have a woman president in Liberia today. And look who’s running for president in America ! Hillary Clinton.

In Nigeria , we have women who are making impact in the lives of people. We have the Ndidi Okereke-Onyiukes the Oby Ezekwesilis and so on. So, it’s a good thing. A woman doesn’t need to sit at home to prove her humility. All these women are married but they are making a difference in other spheres of life. A successful woman can be good at home and at work.

What happens if you meet and marry a man who wants a conventional wife; not a house-wife but one that is not in the limelight so as to have her undivided attention?
Me housewife? No, never. I will never be a housewife. Whoever I’m going to be with will have to accept me the way I am right now because it’s not something I’m willing to put aside. The level I am, I feel I can be able to make a difference in the lives of people.

So, the man I will end up with eventually should have to appreciate that; because I will also have to take cognisance of what he too is doing. I cannot be able to put aside my youth project.

One would have thought that after BBA2, you would go into the movies or something like that.
I’m doing many things. I just finished a movie about few weeks ago. There are other projects I’m working on which will come out with time. I was invited to act a role in a movie and I just finished that. If I get another role and I like it, I would go for it. And no, it’s not something like BBA2. It’s different and when the producers are ready, they will talk about that. And it’s not a movie to replay what I did in Big Brother. Not at all.

Women in the movies complain about sexual harassment but I want to believe you are too big for that now?

Sexual harassment is everywhere. In Nigeria . Outside Nigeria . But everything depends on the way a woman carries herself. She can be able to put that off because, really, everything depends on the woman.

That means you are coping well with the cat calls and hungry looks from the men?
I’m too big for cat calls (laughter). A man would always make passes at a woman whether she is a celebrity or not. It doesn’t matter.

How have you coped with life’s challenges?

Everyone has challenges but people also overcome challenges. Nigerian women are getting more respect than they were years back and I’m happy about that. Again, I’m happy that the women are beginning to excel in their field and I hope that this trend continues. The Nigerian woman that I know is a home-maker and she loves her man very dearly.

Would you be a politician someday?

No. I don’t want to go into politics. And I don’t want a political appointment either.

What things would you do differently if given the opportunity to do them again?

Mistakes made are mistakes and one moves on with life. You don’t continue to depend on what was done in the past. Things done in the past cannot be undone and I don’t dwell on things that would make me keep beating myself to say, I hope I didn’t do this. No. I don’t dwell on such.

What does friendship mean to you?
I have a lot of friends from school and even though I don’t see them most often, we speak on phone all the time. I have friends of thirteen, fourteen years who have been there for me. I don’t want to mention their names but they have been friends indeed.

What attracts you to a guy?

Sincerity. That is what I like most in any human-being. If you are not a sincere person, you cannot be my friend. I like sincerity in a man. I look out for inner attributes, not basically the outer person that the eyes see.

My man has to be God-fearing and he has to be sincere. It’s not about being tall, dark, handsome and tall those outward considerations. I want the man inside. And he has to be very intelligent. This is very important.

(Laughter) I hope he is taller than me o. But I’m look for inward beauty. My man has to be beautiful inside.

What’s your advice for young people for whom you are starting your project?
That’s a good one. I want to tell young people to be focused in life and ensure what you are doing is what you want to do. Do not let anyone distract you from what you are doing. Be determined on following the right path and with God there is nothing you cannot do. Get focused. Be determined. Don’t go for shortcuts because it leads to nowhere. A lot of challenges could come but keep on the right path.

Where would you want to be in the next two, three years?

I would wish my youth project has taken off. I want to take it outside the country with my partner in the project and I want to take it as far as I can within Nigeria and beyond.

What about family?

I will settle down to family life when I meet the right man. I know one would come someday. I’m still thirty. Some people find real at thirty, or thirty-five or above. I will find my kind of man someday.

robza171

55 Responses to “I’m still waiting for Mr. Right – Ofunneka”

  1. thanks @zb hope everything goes well for ofunneka and goodluck with ur show
    wish all the success in whatever u do u go girl any news on tatiana please.

  2. What a refreshing interview. Ofunneka is so broad-minded and full of energy. Thanks for the article. I wish you well in your project Ofunneka and stay focused and don’t change.

  3. Offuneka….so nice to here from u, gudluck on everything u do and god bless u.

  4. This is real girl power. You go Ofunneka, you are hardworking , therefore it is easy to continue with your success.
    I luv your wisdom and spank.

  5. @ZB, a million mwaahs for u, thank you for looking up this interview, Ofunnemama was and is still my all time fav bba2 contestant, followed by Tatiana..these two know d meaning and value of friendship, this interview is simply divine, the woman has DEPTH and makes a whole lot of sense, she’s obviously not a BIMBO and I know she’l excel in all her endeavours, not just because she has drive but cos she has the fear of God.Some of her answers lik d nudity bit was very diplomatic and thats how its done..infact i’m so excited there’s something bout her here..and cnt be rational right now so i’l just leave&savour it

  6. THE RETURN OF OFINGERMAMA

  7. fish! Foxy hope u enjoy every peace of what u r doing right now.May God bless u i know u r a hard worker, trust God and u will never fail in life.Please keep ur the relationship with Tati.

  8. correction,
    ur friendship with Tati.

  9. Ofunneka, I appreciate you mama. Very focused, informed, firm, gregarious and clever. Credit to your parents for building such a wonderful foundation for what you are today. Please Ofu, pass my heartfelt greetings to the Queen of Africa, Tatiana Teresa Dos Santos Durao. She is always special and number one into our hearts. Tell her, we love her and we are missing her so much. Can’t wait to see her in Tanzania.

    Love you too Ofunneka. Wish you all the best.

  10. Firstly..all thanks to @zb
    Secondly….all the best to you Foxy in everything you do.

  11. I am happy that the owner of this website listens to constructive crititism. We can’t be reading about Richard all the time. I am happy that we are beginning to read and comment about other housemates as well. Richard may have won but the other 11 housemates are equally winners in their own rights. Kudos.

    It is nice to read about all offuneka has been up to. I look forward to watching the movie she acted in. I wish her all the best.

  12. im so happy to know that our frcan Queens our doing very well including my home gal LERATO big up keep on keeping on

    @ROBZA
    THANKS A LOT THATS WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR, WE SOOOOOOOOO SO SO SO TIRED OF RICHKI

  13. congratulaitions foxy! you go girl!!! you have such a positivie spirit. GOOD FOR YOU!!

  14. Way to go girl. Luv lots

  15. AMEN………..FINALLY SUM NEWS WICH HAS NUTHN 2 DO WITH RICHAAAARRDD…!!!!PHEW……..WELL DONE ROBZA…4 A MIN I THOUGHT DIS WAS TURNING 2 A RICHIKI BLOG…LOL……WEL SPOKEN OFFU NO DOUBT DA RIGHT GUY WILL COME ALONG….!!!

  16. Finally something interesting to read here other than the stupid couple. Thanks robs for this interview, its quite refreshing. Ofunneka na wa o, you get sense sha, mek una keep up the good job. I hope to hear news about Tati soon too, she’s such a breath of fresh air.

  17. HEY OFUNNE…I’VE ALWAYS ADMIRED YOUR PERSONALITY!!!
    YOU ARE WHAT THIS GENERATION NEED…SOMEONE POSITIVELY INSPIRING, WORTH EMULATING. U ROCK…& WITH YOUR KIND OF MINDSET, THE WORLD SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR IMPACT!!!
    MAY YOU REMAIN IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF “WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE” & YOUR QUOTA OF HARDWORK!!!

    TELL YOU WHAT SOME GUYS ARE OUT THERE DYING TO HAVE YOU AS A WIFE BECAUSE YOU WILL MAKE A GOOD ONE…

    SUCCESS IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOUR…

  18. Way to go Ofunneka. Good luck with everything. I hope you find your Mr Right some day!!

  19. @Robza, @zb…..thanks 2 u guys we have something refreshing 2 talk about……Ofunema keep on rocking gal. & not 2 worry u’l find ur prince charming al in due time gal, and keep keepin it real dawg.

  20. Offuneka, what a great surprise to have something so REFRESHING ON OUR SITE. Thank you Foxy Lady.

    Please stay in contact with Tatiana.

    Some of your phrases have stayed with me “you are responsible for your own actions” “Let go and let GOD”. Your patience in that House was absolutely amazing your patience was really tested and you passed with 150%. WELL DONE, for being the care taker, the peace maker and in some cases the “head doctor”.

    Take care FOXY LADY….FISHHHH….

    All the very best for you and I sincerely hope its not the last we hear from you, or about you OFFU MAMA………

    LET GO AND LET GOD. BIG UPS TO YOU ….TAKE CARE

  21. personaly i dont kno how any1 could eva get ova the fingergate. sorry but that was so humiliatin. i still feel ashamed like it was me. she must be very strong or shes pretendin. all the besl still.

  22. Well done Foxy, it’s so good to hear all the good work you’re doing. I wish you all the best in your career as well as your love life. Do keep in touch with Tati, you make a good team, no wonder you clicked so much with her. Only you could recognise the good traits Tati possesses and she found a good friend in you. I admire the way you avail yourself to help the youth, a grounded person like you Foxy can be trusted with the youth. They need guidance and you have proved to be the one as you did in the BBA house to all those who cared to listen to your wisdom. FISH FOXY!!!

  23. God is your strength Ofunamama, all the best in your endeavours.

  24. To all Tati fans,

    I just want to introduce myself to you as one big Tati fan and will always be. I love that girl and wish to hear more about her. If there are any news about her (especially the long awaited Award photos), please post them. Thank you guys for supporting the Queen, what can you do but just love her. Miss you Tati!!!

  25. @Ogee, well said, Ofunneka is blessed.
    Never mind how ugly “Fingergate” was, the lesson was that Ofunneka did not blame ANYTHING or ANYBODY. She accepted responsibilty for her part in it and showed us that we are human, can make mistakes and learn from them. That is MATURITY and “LET GO AND LET GOD”
    Wish you only the best gal!!!!

  26. ofunneka my name sake, love u girl, no worry u go go places, but abeg dey contact TATIANA , i like am so much, and i like d combination, u and her. i wan make she follow u do movie 4 9ja, cos i wan watch am. connect am 4 me. i just like u kpatapata wen u tell vanguard say u like TATIANA as ur favourite. me na PH base 4 9ja.

  27. Too The FOXY LADY well done!! You have certainly made us proud to be women. Like Tati you present independence, maturity and itegrity. You both are examples of when you live your life according to the universal principles of respect, fairness, honesty, care, love , hardwork, trust, genuineness etc success and happiness will be your reward. Keep it up and may you continue to witness for Christ by serving others.

  28. Oh Foxy, good to hear from u, keep dat spirit on and live yo life to da fullest without worry. U ar still our best and da winner as well. Diplomatic answers, very very clever Lady and YES “with God everything is possible” so take yo time da Mighty GOD has a better plan for u and as u said (da right PATH) ya its da right way to follow not dose short CUTs which never LAST.
    God bless u as u move on with yo life.

  29. Welcome Ntshadi to loonieville where al d happy people blog…..we feel ur love gal, u jus cant help but love d Queen……and don’t forget we are LOUD and we are PROUD…..say it as it is!!!….PROUDLY TATI FANS.

  30. Good girl!

  31. Hey Ntshadi
    Always good to hear from another Tatiana fan. Like you say, one just can’t help loving her. Keep watching this space, I’m sure there will be another update real soon!

  32. LET GO AND LET GOD
    i love this, u go girl

  33. i wish u are the one who won the money other than this stupid boy whom someone calls a husband,cheating hubby,he has not had any influencial project he has done like helping the poor people,instead he has engaged himself in hurting people who have been there for him like tati and his sister,he is so ungrateful god will punish him if he doesnt make peace with them

  34. Yes welcome Ntshadi, great to have another Tatiana fan on this site, the best site of the lot. Tatiana and Ofumama I am sure will stay in contact, keep your comments coming Ntshadi, one of these fine days we will have Tatiana on the one and only site soon.

    Please Robza and thank you for ALL the news about the other housemates, how is Mr T doing.

    Take care as always be safe, prepare for ‘load shedding” next week people, starting all over again. OH NO MAN.

  35. Ntshadi a very big welcome. As a Tati fan u have to say it as it is and say it as u saw it and say is loud and proud. Like you say, one can help loving her. WHY? cause she is true to herself and appreciates her fans. Tati the woman who says it as it is.

    Ofumama I know u are intouch with Tati thanks for that and hope one day u’ll join force in one of the projects and do a big thing.

  36. KEEP WAITING YOU CAN NEVER TELL FOXYMAMA. ATER ALL ‘MEN ARE ON EARTH BECAUSE VIBRATORS CAN’Y BUY DRINKS”.LOL
    NO STRESSE.

  37. correction

    One just can’t help loving her..

  38. ALL TATI FANS.

    I managed to talk to Tati yesterday eventhough she was just about to go for a meeting. She is fine and told me she thinks of her fans every now and then but does not really have the time to get to greet us. She was pleased to receive a call from afar and thanked me alot. I told her that I was calling her on behalf of all her fans. Unfortunately I have to be fair to Tati as she has asked that I shouldn’t reveal her number as it will really disturb her as she is busy the whole day until late. I have really promised her that. The way I got the number from Ofunamama u won’t believe it. It was a bit tricky but she just had to give in. That’s how I do it when I want something – just saying and doing it the right way.

    Tati has promised to reveal her cell number soon.

    (It took me a full 20 minutes to talk to Tati – u know what – communication breakdown I had to listen carefully to what she said but believe you me I really enjoyed talking to her and just her voice made may day – reminded me of BB.)

    I also asked Tati about the Moment with Mo show she said she really does not know when it will aire and what the delay is for. If I happen to hear anything about the show will definetly update u. I am one person who is really waiting for this show.

  39. EEH LADYK.WOMAN SUCESS…..FINALLY..LOL.!!!!SO U DID TALK 2 HER FOR ABT 20MINS….WATELSE DID U AXE HER….?IS THERE AAA SPECIAL SOME1 IN HER LYF??

  40. @ladyk thank lol on d news on our Queen….it’s great to here she’s keeping busy but stil have time 4 her fans…..we love u Tatiana dos santos

  41. Evepitt
    The first thing I asked Tati is if she is intouch with Rich. She said it is difficult to talk to Rich since there were people who came between them and made communication difficult. I asked her if Rich ever talked to him after the Nigeria trip – she says no but she has really gone ahead with her life. She thought at least they could have just been on speaking terms as she had always wanted Rich to go back to wife. Which she really respects.

    At the moment she has MTN, Endemol and a certain perfume (she said it by name but I forgot) she will be advertising. There are also deals she hasn’t signed for cutting movies and RSA soapies.

    Maureen is arranging for her to visit Uganda in the near future.

    I enjoyed talking to her and had to listen very carefully as she kept on saying I’m pleased u called, but how did u get my number but I am not worried since u are my fan. I said all your fans are behind u Tati. She said she is always thinking of her fans because if it was not for us she would not be where she is now – things are really running smooth for her but it is hard work.

  42. Lady K as dzax said we have kept Richard into our prayers,one day day he will be out of the cagement and he will realise that you dont creat enermies in your role as a celebrity,I have a dream that soon or not later,he will wake-up and stand up as a man and work out of Rickis controling motive.I am his ghost mother whether he likes or not this is a truth no human being can lie on his confinement for so long,beleive me he will get out of prison soon and start to talk to people who helped him a lot.I am also reminding him to call Mnet and Endomol to continue with the process of contracts if he hasnt done yet,becouse I am worried he might even spend his winning over the arranged limits, by now so he needs more contracts for his own future,without the damager closer to him.The companys whont deny him even if the dates have passed they know he is passing through the very difficult situation,the damager doesnt want him to be successful so that he can keep on controling him imagine ricki is older six years than Richard,I dont care with all the name Ricki,Tara,capri,Cadepri,susan will come with after my post,But real I feal as a Tanzanian i need to remind Richard to go and sign contract with the above companysbeforre its too late,please Richard grasp the opportunities never comes twice

  43. At the moment she has MTN, Endemol and a certain perfume (she said it by name but I forgot) she will be advertising. There are also deals she hasn’t signed for cutting movies and RSA soapies
    ——————————————————————-
    @lady K
    ha than k God, i just want her to be fine, next time u communicate, say me hello to her, thanks so much, for ur time and money, i love u.

    LONG LIVE TATIANA.

  44. FIRSTLY WELCOME NTSHADI,ITS ALWAYS GREAT TO GET TO KNOW ANOTHER TATI FAN.I DN’T MEAN TO GLOAT BUT TRUTH IS TATI FANS KICK ASS!!!!!!!!

    @LADY K
    U SO LUCKY U GOT TO SPEAK TO TATI, ITS SO GREAT DAT SHE SHOWS SUCH A HIGH LEVEL OF APPRECIATION FOR HER FANS,DAT JUST MAKES ME LOVE HER EVEN MORE.

    @ALL TATI FANS
    EISH GUYS WE REALLY DO SUPPORT ONE BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE,CARIN HUMAN BEIN. i’M JUST SO PROUD TO BE A TATI FAN,N I’M SO HAPPY TO HEAR DAT SHE’S DOIN REALLY WELL.
    THANKS A MILLION 2 LADYK 4 MAKIN A VERY EXPENSIVE INTERNATIONAL CALL TO FYND OUT HOW OUR GIRL IS DOIN.

    LOTS OF LOVE TO ALL TATI FANS,N I HOPE U GUYS HAVE A FAB WEEKEND.

  45. Hope everybody is well and enjoyed the weekend. Tati fans let’s unite and support our Queen in whatever she is doing and pray that she signs more and more contracts if they come her way.

    dzax – As I have said Im a mum of 50 and staying in GC working somewhere at BBS Mall. Dont u want to meet me? How old are u – maybe my son can marry you… hahaha.

    MamaJ – All our prayers are with Rich – your message is very loud and clear.

    If Rich doesn’t open his eyes in the next 2 weeks from now then Rich fans know that it will be the end of him, of his road.
    Rich I pray for you in all my prayers day in and day out that please sign contracts and keep your celeb status on track. Opportunities only comes ones and I am sure you know that.

  46. My brothers and sisters in Africa who have been united by BBII lets keep blogging, let’s greet each other in the morning and say good night when we knock off.

    We will soon receive something about Richiana soon…. stay tuned…

  47. Morning everyone. I’m having a lovely busy Wednesday at work. Hope u all well.

  48. Hi everyone hope work doesn’t take all your time. Blog here and say hi.

  49. “dzax – As I have said Im a mum of 50 and staying in GC working somewhere at BBS Mall. Dont u want to meet me? How old are u – maybe my son can marry you… hahaha.”

    Lady K you are killing me……I will be turning 31 this year….your son….give his photo …ha ha ha…i work in mail mall and leaves around bbs maill-Tshweneng-will be moving end of march to tlokweng.

    Let’s talk more

  50. dzax – We are neighbours – I stay in Tawana low costs. My work place is next to Nandos in BBs (double glass door) the name of the law firm I work for is written there just go upstairs and say u looking for Kefilwe u’ll definetly find me. Make sure u visit anyday from Monday – Ok. O tsile go tshega ga o mpona.

  51. hey lady k, sup with your son? how can we see his pic? lol

  52. Morning everyone hope u had a lovely weekend.

    Hawa are u also in GC – his photo at my office. U can visit me at the above address I’m waiting for u.

    Robza please bail us – we need something new and have you heard anything about the Moments with Mo show – why the delay? Or is it still on what they call the pipeline..

  53. Morning everyone – hope u’ve by now seen the new blogs on Rich and Meryl.

  54. yes Lady K..Am glad there are together again as friend..Merly was a very good friend with Richard ..Is only that game of untouchables and touchables..Anyway Richard is a very great guy with good heart..

    Mama J thanks for your prayers..We can see now he even get the deals ..Going to the places …This is the begginning ..the best is yet to come …..Bravo Richard

    Ofunemama ..I pray fo you ..Mr Right is on the way .though i also have the same prayer ….Keep the youth Project rocking ..we love you ofunemama

  55. pls i will like u to feature in my music video call 08033621181


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