BN Saturday Celebrity Interview Flashback: A Review of the Weekend Feature + BellaNaija’s Pick of the Top 12 Celebrity Interviews in 2012

In January 2012, we started a series of celebrity interviews at BellaNaija tagged the “BN Saturday Celebrity Interview”. Our aim was to bring our esteemed readers closer to their favourite celebrities, asking them the questions on the minds of their fans and to give the celebrities a chance to express themselves on the BN platform.

We wanted the interviews to be as intimate as possible so we adopted the one-on-one chats where the celebrities had to speak and answer their questions immediately rather than via email. It has been an interesting journey so far.

Week after week, I’ve had the opportunity to get into the homes, the offices, the studios and the lives of our favourite celebrities. Each celebrity has been unique in his or her own way. Despite the glitz and glam surrounding their careers, my regular interaction with them revealed that they are just regular people like you and I with their unique talents, their good qualities and their flaws. I am especially very grateful to ALL the celebrities who have let me into their world and given me a chance to ask them numerous and sometimes really private questions.

We’ve had a rich blend of celebs on the weekend feature. Actors, musicians, DJs, filmmakers, beauty queens, TV presenters, OAPs and more have been gracious with their stories and we are grateful for the opportunity to share them.

On this last Saturday of the year, we have decided to let our very special readers review our performance on the BN Saturday Celebrity Interviews and give us feedback and suggestions on what you would like to see in the coming year. The reason why we do this is because of YOU, so we want to know what you think about this feature and would like to have your suggestions on how we can make it a more interesting experience for you.

We are also using this opportunity to recount some of the most popular and favourite celebrity interviews this year. It’s been a tough job putting this list together. Every interview has been unique in its own way, but some have stood out.

Here is a list (in no particular order) of what we think are the top 12 celebrity interviews for the year 2012:

Halima Abubakar, Toke Makinwa & Uche Jombo

Halima Abubakar – Nollywood Actress
Halima’s interview was one of the most popular for several reasons. She did not shy away from any question asked, including the controversial ones and she was as blunt as ever.  The interview also revealed her charitable side as she spoke about her affiliations with several charity organisations and her desire to help the needy in the society.  Click here to read Halima’s interview

Toke Makinwa – OAP/TV Host
As one of Nigeria’s most popular female OAPs, Toke’s interview created quite a buzz. From her style, the reason behind her controversial comment about Linda Ikeji to her career rise, Toke bared it all in one of our most sizzling celebrity interviews. Click here to read Toke’s interview

Uche Jombo
– Nollywood Actress
I got a chance to have an interview with Uche just a few weeks after her wedding and she was glowing like a newly wed. It was her first exclusive post-wedding interview and she held nothing back while answering questions about her husband, her wedding and her career.  Click here to read Uche’s interview

Lynxxx, Rukky Sanda & Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Lynxxx - Musician
Lynxxx showed us just why he is one of Nigeria’s hottest music stars. He exuded confidence and class through his interview, opened up about his family, his music career and the most importantly, talked about the qualities that attracts him to a lady. Click here to read Lynxxx’s interview

Rukky Sanda - Nollywood Actress
Several controversial reports had been said and written about Rukky and she expressed during her interview that she cared less about any negative press. We also got to see another side of her. Rukky spoke about her several projects in movie directing and producing revealing that aside from being a popular celebrity, she was a very hardworking lady. Click here to read Rukky’s interview

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – Nollywood Actress
Omotola already had a huge fan base and it was again made obvious through the response to her interview. During her interview, she revealed intimate details about her family, her acting career and her much talked about music career which got some mixed reviews when she mentioned she was working on releasing yet another album. Click here to read Omotola’s interview

Clarence Peters, Kate Henshaw & Uti Nwachukwu

Clarence Peters – Ace Filmmaker
The interview with Clarence got mixed reviews from our readers, but one thing that stood out was that he is intelligent, inspiring and has a lot of respect from his fans. Clarence addressed several issues concerning Nigerian music videos and spoke about his special relationship with his mother, Clarion Chukwura. Click here to read the interview

Kate Henshaw - Nollywood Actress
Through her interview, Kate only gave us more reasons to love her. She was open, encouraging and inspiring at the same time. Despite the challenges she had been through, Kate revealed that she had put the past behind and got us all touched with her positive attitude. Click here to read Kate’s interview

Uti Nwachukwu – TV Host/Actor
Uti’s interview re-established the fact that he is one of Nigeria’s most popular entertainers. He spoke about several topics during his interview including his Big Brother Africa experience, his frequent appearances at major events and many more. Uti also introduced something new on our site – he responded to questions and comments by our readers which made his interview even more interactive. Click here to read Uti’s interview

Bimbo Akintola, Stella Damasus & Davido

Bimbo Akintola – Nollywood Actress
After a long break from the big screen, Bimbo returned in the movie Hoodrush giving us a chance to catch up with one of Nigeria’s most versatile actresses. Her interview revealed that despite her long break, she was still a favourite to many. She spoke about several topics including her career, love, family, relationships and her future plans. Click here to read Bimbo’s interview

Stella Damasus – Nollywood Actress
Catching up with Stella was very interesting. In one of her most revealing interviews ever, Stella talked about the challenges she faced around the time of her late husband’s death and how she has been able to overcome those challenges and deal with the irreplaceable loss. She also talked about her various charity projects and how she has been able to move on. Click here to read Stella’s interview

Davido – Musician
Davido was still in the early stages of his rise to fame when we caught up with him for an interview, and as such, his interview created a lot of buzz. During his interview, he spoke about coming from a wealthy family and losing his Mum at a young age. He also responded to controversial questions about his age, reactions to his video and his tattoos. Click here to read Davido’s interview

We’ve also had a host of interesting interviews this year. Please click on the name of the celebrity to read their interviews on BN.

Bryan Okwara                                   Chelsea Eze                                                Dencia

Yvonne Ekwere                                Oge Okoye                                                 Djinee

O.C Ukeje                                             Omoni Oboli                                             Sound Sultan

Chris Attoh                                        Joseph Benjamin                                    Naeto C

Iyanya                                                 Eldee                                                            Praiz

Gbenro Ajibade                               Eva                                                                M.I

Helen Paul                                          Bez                                                                WAJE

Damilola Adegbite                          DJ Xclusive                                              Ice Prince

Illrymz                                                 Kaffy                                                           Karen Igho

Beverly Naya                                    May D                                                         Brymo

Vector                                                 Monica Ogah                                           Sasha

DJ Caise                                              Goldie                                                         Kenny St Best

Feyijimi Sodipo

So tell us, which was your favourite celebrity interview this year? What are your thoughts and suggestions for the BN Saturday Celebrity feature as we move in to the coming year?

We appreciate your feedback and would love to hear from you! Thank you for visiting every weekend.

22 Comments on BN Saturday Celebrity Interview Flashback: A Review of the Weekend Feature + BellaNaija’s Pick of the Top 12 Celebrity Interviews in 2012
  • Nkan be December 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

    @bellanaija…when are we to choose for the best wedding featured so far?…waiting o

    • laide December 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      how can you choose best wedding ..doesnt that sound vain to you, it is suppose to be an achievement?

      • Bidi bang December 31, 2012 at 4:56 am

        Wats wrong with that? Aren’t royal weddings incomparable? All fingers are not equal there are some trend setting weddings on here that needs voting jor! Got it flaunt it

  • Bode December 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Omosexy for sure! Loved the fact that she always re-invents herself and her confidence and REALNESS was contagious! Totally Blessed woman.

  • ola December 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    whoa great celebrity intake from you guys… more gist here at http://www.gistyinka.com

  • Karonwi December 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I think it was a good idea BN started this in Jan. We hope it continues and go round the various industries. Thumbs up!!!

  • NAtalkamoh December 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Omotolaomotolaomotolaomotolaomotola

  • Mma December 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    very nice.

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  • mama December 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    omotola
    then bimbo next.
    followed closely by lynxx

  • Anon December 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Just listened to Lynxx’s songs here for the first time and read his interview. Too gbaski!

  • merry xmas BN readers December 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    This interview is clearly incomplete without the “like of Genny,pete Edochie,Ukwa etc..will be looking forward to it.Meanwhile kudos to BN…I really luv every section on BN..but I wonder why the response from the interviewed celebrities were later stop..

  • sweetie December 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    OMOSEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anon December 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Please interview: Nse Ikpe, Eku, Mercy Johnson in 2013. Thanks

  • Bode December 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Just went back now to read all the interviews. Missed. Omotola has the highest positive responses , she had 158 comments only second to Uti who had 230, unfortunately his had mostly negative . It’s never an easy task to generate so many positive comments so I say, Kudos Omotola.
    You inspire us all even though I’m a dude! Ironic .

  • Shey December 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Please BN interview Mercy johnson and Nkem Owoh

  • Busola December 30, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Hi bellanaija team, could you organise an interview with styl-plus. I am sure a lot of people are interested in knowing what they are up to. Especially with their music career.. Why it is has turned out the way it did. They had what it took back then to hit it :(

  • Hi December 30, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Rita Dominic nko?

  • Hi December 30, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Please may I add wizkid, Genevieve nnaji, D’banj, 2face, psquare, uche Pedro ;-), tiwa savage, storm rex, flavour n’abania, phyno, bracket, Mr raw nwanne, j martins, banky Wellington, ikechukwu, et al. :-)

  • Triangle December 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I really hope Ebuka will kick off that of 2013. He’s someone I know a lot of pple will like to know what he’s up to.
    Then another suggestion, it seems the interviewed celebrities are just Lagos people, nothing ever comes to Abuja. Some people in Lagos become celebs just by being red carpet hosts, when we have musicians etc pple who have actually worked hard to get to where they are.
    Your readers are not only in Lagos. I’ll like to hear about Abj, PH OAP’s etc. Yvonne Vixen, Toke etc I heard abt them here for the first time.
    All in All, I enjoyed the interviews and didn’t miss any. Cheers

  • faith December 31, 2012 at 12:38 am

    BN pls staRt a segment that tells us the wereabout of celebraties like Alex o, Edna, n. Somany I can’t remember ryt now..thanks for the.SCI..U guys r d best!

  • Lily December 31, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Would love to see and read on Omawumi, Matse, Kefee, Tiwa, Fade and Kaylah.

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