Uti Nwachukwu is a Nigerian TV presenter, event host, actor, model, speaker, musician, and winner of the Big Brother Africa – All-Stars reality show. He owns Kenzie’s beard essential, a grooming product for men.
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Uti Nwachukwu Background
Uti Nwachukwu was born on the 3rd of August 1982, to Mr and Mrs Nwachwukwu in Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria, as the last child of his family. He hails from the Aboh Kingdom, Ndokwa-East local government area, Delta State.
Uti attended the Igbinedion Education centre for his secondary education. He holds a diploma degree in Computer Science and Education from the University of Nsukka, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City.
As a child, Uti was gifted and outgoing. His friends usually described him as a prankster because he derived joy in making fun of his friends and family. He was an authority amongst his peers and was known as the one who always had the craziest ideas. Uti loved breaking the rules and would convince his siblings and friends to do the same.
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Uti Nwachukwu Career
Uti rose to limelight in the entertainment industry after he won the All-Stars season of Big Brother Africa in 2010. Before his big win, he had featured on the Nigerian reality TV show, the Next Movie Star, where he came second. He also worked in the bank for a while, before he started participating in reality shows.
In 2008, he participated in the Big Brother Africa 3 reality show and was the third housemate to be evicted. He gained a huge fan base, so he returned to the house in 2010 and was known as the housemate who always teased other housemates. At the end of the show, he emerged as the winner and was awarded a cash price of $200,000.
On Uti’s return to Nigeria, he started getting roles and features in big movies and music collaborations. Uti’s fan base kept increasing, and it helped him become the official ambassador of youth for Delta State and the tourism ambassador for Cross River State. Asides acting, Uti has also recorded a few music albums of his own.
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Uti’s Music Career
He released his debut album, Go Down in 2010. Music helps Uti cope with problems. Even though fans love his song, Uti doesn’t regard music as a career, but as something, he does for personal pleasure.
Uti’s music style is alternative rock, and he hopes Nigerian rock music fans would fall in love with his music because he’s passionate about it.
He delved into music as a means of self-expression. Uti has released a few albums and is working hard to be named amongst top alternative rock singers in Nigeria.
- Fear Not – 2009
- Bursting Out – 2009
- Tinsel (Season 3) – 2010
- Red Hot – 2013
- Devil in a Dress – 2014
- The Inn – 2016
- Breathless – 2016
- Duplicity – 2016
- In the Cupboard – 2016
- Clueless – 2016
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- Love is in the Hair – 2016
- 10 Days in Suncity – 2017
- Whose Meal Ticket – 2017
- Trials of Mape – 2018
- Mummy Dearest (The Wedding) – 2018
- Malice – 2019
- Chief Daddy – 2019
Uti’s Philanthropic Works
In 2011, Uti and his fan club started the Uti Lead’s the Stars charity project to cater to the needs of widows. The charity uses donations from Uti’s fans and friends to put smiles on the faces of widows. They do this once every year.
He also has a partnership deal with the European Union and the British Council to raise awareness of the stigma of rape. Uti has been able to bring its Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARC) to different states across Nigeria.
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Uti Nwachukwu Awards And Nominations
- Best New Actor at the GIAMA Awards – 2012
- TV personality of the Year at the Mode Men Awards – 2012
- Benson Idahosa Honour Award in appreciation and recognition of his role in Advancing the Entertainment Industry – 2015
- Glam and Essence Award for the Most Stylish TV Presenter – 2015
- Scream All Youth Award for the Favorite Youth Actor – 2015
- Special Recognition Award for On-Air Personality at the African Entertainment Legend Award – 2015
- Nominee at the African Movie Academy Awards for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role – 2016
Uti Nwachukwu Quotes
“When people lash out at you for little or no reason or treat you badly, ALWAYS remember it HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU, but everything to do with who they are as a result of their childhood trauma and adult insecurities.”
“Forgive toxic people in your life, but never ever give them access again.”
“When we wear crowns, we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting acts of love and humanity.”
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“Most of the time we fail to recognize and appreciate the progress and love we have around us just because we are targeting a specific interest. Stop right now, take a deep breath, forget your goals for just 24 hours and PAY ATTENTION to all you have going for you, no matter how small.”
“It’s never about who came or started first, it’s about doing things in an exceptional and different way.”
“Do not be like the people that hate you. You know why? Because hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
“Climb up high so you can see the world, NOT so the world can see you.”
“When you fight with pigs and trash, you get covered with dirt and the stench of both.”
“Getting used to growth and progress regardless of whatever environment you are in, is a sign of positive transformation.”
“Funny how when you’re very young, you can easily walk to your best friends’ houses. Cherish every genuine friendship/relationship you have when you are in your teens and early 20s. Because when you grow up you will realize all the friends you truly love and care for live far away from you.”
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Never Give Up
Uti Nwachukwu has a fighting spirit, he doesn’t give up easily. At the Big Brother Africa Season 3, he was the third evicted housemate, but he didn’t let that deter him. Instead, he went again for the second time and emerged winner at the end of the fifth season.
While in the BBA house, he lost his father to cancer. Anyone in his shoes would have a genuine reason to leave the house at that point, because of their emotional stability, but Uti stayed put. He decided to give the competition his best and win for his father, who was his source of inspiration.
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