Last week, Nollywood actor IK Ogbonna revealed that he was offered N20m by a desperate childless woman to donate his sperm, but he rejected the offer.
Read the full interview below
So What Has Uti Been Up to Lately?
Oh, what have I not been up to? I’ve been hosting events, walking runways both home and abroad. I’m preparing to start shooting more movies both home and abroad not Hollywood but African productions. It’s not the best of years but it’s been a very good year for me.
So the recession is not hitting you?
I’m not going to lie. I won’t say I’m getting more than what I got last year but I’ve been getting way enough to sustain my lifestyle since I’m not frivolous and can live a comfortable to pay my bills and live a happy and comfortable life.
As a fashion icon, do you intend flagging off a fashion brand?
I’ve always been looking forward to pushing my own label but for now, I’d rather partner with a designer to release an Uti inspired line. To be honest, I am extremely afraid of starting my own business in Nigeria. I’d rather partner with someone than start my own. Respect to those who have run successful small businesses in Nigeria because all the factors are against you from power to the labour force and having dedicated people to run your business like their own. I do a lot of things in entertainment and combining all that will be difficult. I’m not ready to give up doing what I enjoy doing to run a business. I am more of a performer than a businessman and once I can get people trustworthy enough to run my business and I’m sure I’ll be getting a good return on investment, I will. I can’t handle my own business right now.
Since you model how much money will make you go nude for a shoot?
That’s not my brand.
Even for a Billion Naira?
Honestly if I have to do that, it will be the kind of money to put me in a position where I don’t have to lift a finger again. If its a billion dollars, obviously… No thinking of it, there’s something sacred about my nudity. Even at big brother when they showered naked, I never showered naked. I always had my boxers on. If my nudity is brought out to the public, it’ll definitely be against my will or a situation where I was tricked. Back nudity, yes, everyone has bum bum nau. As a man, the only thing you can hold sacred is your penis so if everyone sees your penis, there’s no sacred thing you can hold unto. That’s see finish and I’m not comfortable with that. Even with that $1B. In the future, you’re going to have kids in the future. We have to preserve our sense of decency and conservation. I’m not judgmental, won’t judge anyone but I want to have something that will leave people guessing. The only person that should see my penis is who I’m sleeping with.
Talking about that, who are you sleeping with at the moment?
(laughs) Really, that’s like me asking you did you shave or how big is your.. I don’t kiss and tell.
Everyone is asking when Uti will get married.
Really? They are just wasting their time. They attach importance to cultural issues. I’m pro marriage. One of my most popular articles was on marriage. It went viral. With the response from that article I can tell that many people are under pressure to get married. It’s not an obligation. Even churches make it seem like without marriage, you are a failure. That’s why they are a lot of unhappy couples.
If I do marry, it will be because I woke up and met an amazing person and said I can spend the rest of my life with this person. Marriage shouldn’t be dependent on age or societal expectations just like the way you don’t care how I ate this morning. Everyone has a right of free will. If I meet someone that makes me complete inside, I will marry. I ask God, if you have a wife for me, divinely connect me. Give me that confirmation in my heart. Until then, I am not even bothered. I don’t do things when others are doing things. I graduated in 2009 my mates graduated 2003 at the end of the day in 2010, I made x2 of all the money they had been saving over the years while I was trying to still trying to find myself. If you compare yourself to others, you will miss the road God has paved for you.
Are Your Parents In Support Of This?
I come from a family of 2 boys and 4 girls and my parents never put pressure on us. All my sisters married over the age of 30 only one married before 30. I am single and I have one other single sister. My married sisters have given birth and they are all 30. I am the last born in my family. My dad never said you must marry and my mums never said give me my grandchild before I get old.
No pressure from my family, pressure I receive is from other people which I don’t tolerate. I analyze a few married friends and see that they are not happy. 80% of married people are not happy. If you are happily married, you will not be concerned about other people’s status.
What’s your relationship with Timi Dakolo? Recall that the marriage thing caused a stir between the both of you on Instagram.
Timi is my friend. If you go through me and Bryan’s timeline, we are constantly insulting each other and laughing about it. I and Beverly Naya have that kind of relationship. I am not a sweet sugar coating kind of guy. We insult each other on phone it doesn’t mean we hate eachother. It’s the same thing with Timi. All of that was just online drama. It’s just yabbing. Timi is my guy anytime any day. I’m sure he will laugh if he reads this.
When was the last time you took a lady out on a proper date?
That was at the AFW in London where I met a very interesting Nigerian based girl. It was a bit awkward where we met. We met where I’d not be interested in seeing her again but there was something very special about her. I’m not saying we’re dating but I just decided to have a proper sit down and eat and we genuinely talked and got to know each other. It was fun, I felt like I was 21 again.
After the date what happened?
Distance sucks. I am not a good long distance person, once or twice, we keep in touch but the relationship will suffer.
Are you implying you’re in a long distance relationship?
No no! Just like I said, it will suffer; we are keeping in touch and want to see where this goes. We talked for one hour last night.
Could she be the one?
We have not even spent up to two weeks physically together. There’s a difference between talking to one over the phone and being together. I get frustrated with people. I am not a control freak but I like things to be done in a way that is not too inconveniencing for me.
What is your vice?
I have a little OCD (obsessed compulsive disorder), I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I have a little patience issues with people. It is a lot better now. I don’t tolerate inconsiderate people. At times, sharing my space with someone, I’m not selfish I just like things doing in a way I’m comfortable with.
Do you have any intention to go into Movie Production?
Ummh, when it’s right, am not one of those people that will delve into movie production without proper funding. I want to go into it at the right time to direct and produce well respected movies like Obi Emelonye, and Stephanie Okereke, who did a great job in her movie ‘Dry’.
I have not been known for Mediocrity, so going into producing will be at the right time to produce a movie with Perfect writing, Perfect scripts, Perfect directing, Perfect locations and nice costumes.
Ever since you started hosting, who is the most difficult partner you have worked with?
Well, I think about two or three persons, not necessarily they were boring but slow. But in terms of clash, the only person I have clashed with is Helen Paul on Jara. Our personalities are a bit different, when we first started working, early 2011/12, we used to clash not a lot but maybe once a Month and later on we apologise, laugh over it and move on. Some days, we clash on set, in-between tapes and when the Camera comes up on us, we are like ‘Welcome back to the Jara Show’. Currently, Helen is the best presenter to work with because every time we get to work together, off Jara set, is actually a blessing and exciting to me. I think she’s one of the best things that have happened to my career and I love her so much, she’s like the sister that I never had.
How long does it take you to get styled?
It actually depends on where am going and what I will be wearing to that occasion, but on a norm, let’s say maximum of 20 minutes.
So which actors are you looking to work with?
I don’t really care. I am not looking up to work with actors. I’m looking forward to work with directors like Desmond Elliot, Kemi Adetiba and other good directors because those are the people that actually make the movies. I’m way over personalities or being star-strucked because when you meet most of them, you are either really impressed or disappointed. With age and time, I think I have been more disappointed at other celebrities I have met. They have lost that very essence that makes us human, they get lost in the whole Fame thing. Their fake lifestyle is so alarming, that you can see so clearly that these people are not wealthy like they try to portray. The only very few people that I have met and was impressed, that I always give shout to, are my top Nollywood personalities from day one, Rita Dominic, Desmond Elliot, Chidi Mokeme just to mention a few. They have had my back all through and I respect them so very much. They are so human, very real and down to earth.
Do you have an anger problem?
Ooops, no I don’t, am only an impatient person, like when someone acts stupid and less expected of him or herself. I really have a problem with unintelligent people.
I don’t understand, why someone will be unintelligent, am not talking about book smart but life, reality and street smart, I just can’t tolerate it.
Can you donate your semen for N20M?
I have actually thought about it, it’s very interesting giving life, so it’s no big deal, If am going to make a woman and her family out there happy, why not? I can, it’s very doable, I will consider selling my sperm to someone that wants a child, because N20M will pay a lot of bills for me.’
Between Yemi Alade, Seyi Shay and Simi, Who Would You Smash, Kiss and take to Mama?
Of course I’ll take Simi to mama. Simi has that home quality, she reminds me of the kind of girls I liked in secondary school. There’s something very cute and African about Simi.
For smashing, hmmm all of them are very “smashable”. I will smash Yemi and Kiss Seyi Shay.
Haha! Don’t you think Adekunle Gold and Falz will be mad at you if you take Simi to mama?
(Laughs)… That’s why it’s a question. We are speaking hypothetically. There are female artistes that people just love. People like Chidinma, Simi, Tiwa. They are so sweet and you will just know that in real life, this person will be amazing. I’ve met Simi, she’s so soft spoken, nice and has a good personality