Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

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Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
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Born Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu
(1982-07-14) July 14, 1982 (age 32)
Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
Residence Lagos
Education University of Abuja and American University
Occupation Lawyer and Media Personality

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is a Nigerian lawyer and media personality from Okija in Anambra State, Nigeria.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Benin City, Edo State to a banker father and a mum who is a nurse, he is the third of four children with an elder sister as well as one older and younger brother. He went through with his nursery and primary education in the mid-western Nigerian city of Benin, remarkably passing the Common Entrance Examination into secondary school from Primary Four. He subsequently moved to the capital city of Abuja with his family.

He had his secondary education at Christ The King College Abuja, graduating in 1997, before getting his university education at the University of Abuja, up until 2004. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja finishing in 2005 and then returned to school after a 5 year working gap, graduating in December 2010 from the Washington College of Law of the American University Washington DC, with Master of Laws degree specializations in Intellectual Property as well as Communications law from the Law and Government program.

Career[edit]

Big Brother and beyond[edit]

In 2006, he went in as one of an eventual 14 housemates on the first and only ever season of the popular reality show Big Brother Nigeria. On Big Brother, his involvement in a three-way affair between fellow contestants Helen and Francisca was a notable storyline.[1] Although the 6 ft, 2in housemate finished in eighth place, Obi-Uchendu became popular due to his affable and easygoing nature and viewers created numerous fan sites.[2] To date, he is one of the most visibly successful BBN castmembers.[3][4]

After the reality show, he signed endorsement deals with a major telecommunications brand as well as a popular brewing company and as such hosted Friend or Foe[5] on NTA, the GLO Show,[6] also on NTA, as well as Guinness' Greatness TV.[7] He also maintained a weekly column called Contrast with a Nigerian national daily newspaper, Thisday[8] for upwards of 4 years and has written for other publications including What's New & Ace Magazines.

In the run up to the 2011 general elections in Nigeria, he hosted the first ever presidential debate focused on youth issues, which was broadcast live across Nigeria.[9] He also freelances as an MC for events[10]

At present, he is a contributor to several online publications including the Y! FrontPage on the youth oriented YNaija, general lifestyle inclined 360Nobs, Breaking Times which deals mostly with current affairs, and StyleVitae a fashion and style portal.

Rubbin Minds & EbonyLife TV[edit]

In 2013, producers of Rubbin’ Minds, the popular TV talk-show for young Nigerians, announced that Ebuka Obi-Uchendu would be the new host of the show.

That signaled a major upgrade for the show which also came with new segments broken into news analysis, discussion and culture interviews effective January 6, 2013.

According to the Executive Producer of Rubbin’ Minds, Adebola Williams; “It’s been five spectacular years, and we are excited to take this to a whole new level in 2013.”

Williams explained that Obi-Uchendu has been an influential voice for young people across issues from pop culture to politics over the past few years.

"As an issues columnist on Thisday Newspapers, anchoring the country’s first youth-centered presidential debate, writing for the YNaija FrontPage and for Leadership, among others, he mirrors the ‘Rubbin’ Minds prime position as the conversation driver for young people nationally, and he will be an effective face and voice for that imperative.”

Obi-Uchendu did express his joy at taking on the new challenge. “I am very excited to be joining the A-team at Rubbin’ Minds. This is the show to be on to know what young people are talking and thinking about at any time. If it’s real and if it’s topical and it concerns young people, we will be discussing it, and I look forward to that ongoing conversation.”[11]

He has gone on to interview some of the biggest names in the Nigerian youth circuit including Banky W., Gbenga Sesan, Seun Kuti, Oluchi Onweagba, Davido, Japheth J. Omojuwa and Chika Unigwe.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is also one of the co-hosts of The Spot, a show that combines a bit of reality TV with talk show and sitcom, showing on EbonyLife TV on DSTV channel 165 alongside Lamide Akintobi and Zainab Balogun. The show airs every weekday across 48 African countries and looks set to change the perception of talk shows completely.[12]

In July 2014, he joined Arit Okpo as a cohost on the brand new chat show Naija Politics.[13] The show which has experts and panelists discussing diverse issues as they affect politics in Nigeria, airs every week across Africa on EbonyLifeTV.

Filmography[edit]

Title Type Date Role Notes
Big Brother Nigeria Reality TV Series 2006 Himself Finished 8th out of 14

Awards and Recognition[edit]

He was nominated in the On-Air Personality category of The Future Awards for 2007[14] and 2008[15] consecutively. As well as Outstanding TV Presenter of the Year (Male) at the Nigerian Broadcaster's Merit Awards in 2013 and 2014.

In 2011, he was selected as a Global Shaper - an exclusive group of young emerging leaders across the world - with the World Economic Forum.

In 2013, he was honored by the Federal Government as one of the Best 100 Young Nigerians in one of the events to mark Nigeria's 100th anniversary as a union.

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