BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: Inside the “Vivacious” Mind of Channel O TV Presenter Denrele Edun – His Style, His Persona, His Family & More

There are very few people on the Nigerian entertainment scene who are as daring and as different as Denrele Edun. The Channel O TV presenter is well known for his unique style and outgoing personality. He started his career on TV at the age of 11 presenting a children’s show, Kiddie Vision 101 on NTA. Thereafter, he delved into modeling as an undergraduate and joined Sound City as a TV presenter soon after graduating. During his five year stint with the music channel, he established himself as an eccentric and humorous presenter who is also very spontaneous. He joined Channel O in 2011 and has continued to build an impressive career reputation. He is also a well sought event host. In this exclusive interview with Bellanaija’s Adeola Adeyemo, the English Education graduate of University of Lagos talks about his personality, his style, his career, his family and much more!

If you are moody, and not ready to be playful, then you certainly can’t be around Denrele. I had assumed his spontaneity and playfulness was just for show, part of the “Denrele” brand but I was to realise that on and off camera, he was just being himself. It was hard to keep a straight face around him. He was friendly, playful I had a good laugh chatting with him. 

Denrele, I’ve spent a while observing you and I realize your personality at home is not any different from what I see on camera. You’re just as lively as ever. What can you attribute your personality to?
I’m just a regular guy. I don’t take myself seriously. I’m fun, I’m lively, I’m vivacious, I’m all over the place. I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is scream. Sincerely, I’ve always been like this and I live each moment like it’s the last one. With me, what you see is what you get.

Why do you scream when you wake up every morning?
I don’t know, I just like it. I do it wherever I am; in any state, in any country. I just like looking for trouble really, especially in the middle of the night.

The “Denrele” brand
Let’s talk about your brand. Tell me about your journey into the limelight from the very beginning.
My first shot at fame was when I was really young, just a year old. I was born in Hamburg, Germany. My Dad took me for a photo shoot because I looked very exotic (I wish I was still as fine as I was then. Now I look like horror film). Some days after, he saw the same pictures of me with a baby milk product all over the place and went back to the photographer. He didn’t know he was supposed to get paid but all they gave him was a hundred cartons of milk. We came back to Nigeria later and I fell in love with music as a young boy. I always thought I was going to be an artiste. My dad had stacks of albums of artistes like Bonny M and Abba. Looking at all those album art covers, I got influenced and started to style my hair to school.

Have you been growing your hair since you were a kid?
Yes. It used to be so curly and wavy. I liked to experiment with fashion; I put a lot of stickers on my school bag, had an extra heel under my school shoes. I was in SS1 when I got my first real presence on TV at Kidivision 101. It was when I got into UNILAG that I went bunkers.I’m very intrigued by your style. There are only a handful of people around who would dare to dress like you. What influenced your unique style?
I didn’t have too many clothes but I wanted to be different from the guy next door. I started off wearing baggy shirts and baggy jeans and because I was unsure of how to flaunt my hair, I used to hide it under a cap. At a point, people thought I was a girl hiding under guy’s clothing. But when I started modeling, I came in contact with clothes people wear on the runway but not off the runway and I was fascinated. So I went back and I started the trend of the mono-sleeve. I will cut one sleeve off my long-sleeve shirt and wear it. I cut and shred my jeans in different ways. People thought I was crazy but I stood out at every casting. I was the shortest and skinniest model but I always landed the runway jobs. All the designers saw me as flexible and dramatic so I did a lot of drama with their clothes.

Despite how unique your style is, it is not generally accepted. Some people think it’s crazy, some think it’s a bit feminine.
Fashion is all about the clothes but style is in the wearer. What I think I have done with myself is I have picked different things from different places and I’ve fused it into my look. My look is fun, it’s not serious at all but at least it’s serious enough for me to get compliments, good or bad, I really don’t care. Good publicity is good publicity, bad publicity is good publicity, no publicity at all is bad publicity.The VJ
You’ve spoken about the modeling era. Let’s talk about the VJ era. As a VJ and TV personality, what we see on you now are clothes that look really expensive.
They are expensive but I’d be very sincere, I do not spend a dime on clothes. I get a lot of freebies. The shoe collections I have are all gifts. People buy them and give me. Every item I’m wearing now are gifts from different people.

Lucky you. But really, when was the last time you bought something expensive for yourself? 
I’ve only splurged once on a pair of shoes. I was in Atlanta and that was the first time I met Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana. The shoe was from the Elvis Presley collection but I got to pay half price after walking the runway with the shoes and their clothes. They gave me the clothes free.

You became really popular while working with Sound City. How did you get your job with the music channel and what was your experience like?
I graduated in 2004 and got my first job with Sound City right after in 2005. I had previously worked with Tajudeen Adepetu on Everyday People. He called me and said he wanted to set up a music channel. When I joined at first, I was the only one who didn’t have a show. So I planned and strategized for several months and I came up with the Red Carpet Show. They didn’t think it would fly but after doing three Red Carpet Shows, my name was on the lips of every brand manager, event planner, agency and consultant. I think it was hardwork that paid off at the end of the day. I worked with Sound City for five years from 2005 to late 2010.

Your exit from Sound City was followed with some media buzz. Were you sacked or you did you leave voluntarily?
It was a little of both. I heard beforehand that they thought I was overexposed for the brand and that I was going to be let off so I decided to leave before that. But I asked for all the things I felt I was being owed and I didn’t get but I just let it go. It was a very dramatic exit. Someday, maybe when I write my book, I would put everything in it. I am going to be 30 in June so I’m thinking of releasing my book then. I’m really going to chronicle what happened. Nobody should be scared about anything but I think a lot of people deserve to know what really happened.

I didn’t know you were a writer.
My mode of writing reflects my personality. When you read it you’d know this is Denrele writing. I used to write a couple of articles for The Future, now Y Magazine and when we had Sound City Blast Magazine, I was the head writer.

How soon did the Channel O job come after you left Sound City?
It came in May 2011.

You have a bigger platform now at Channel O, but you still do similar things as what you used to do with Sound City.
Because Channel O understands what brand expansion is all about. I’m very spontaneous when it comes to the red carpet. The red carpet as they say is a place where stars are born and sometimes buried. I feel the red carpet is one place I can express myself to the max. It gives me the opportunity to say what I want to say without giving a hoot.

The Red Carpet
As someone who has interviewed a lot of celebrities on the red carpet, tell me about some of your favourites who never disappoint with their outfits and composure.
I love this question! There are people I look forward to seeing on the red carpet and some who I have to force answers out of them but I usually know what to say to make them loosen up. One person I look forward to interviewing all the time is Stephanie Linus. She pushes the envelope. I call her style casual sophistication. We chat and we laugh and we tease each other. Ramsey Nouah is also someone I always look forward to seeing on the red carpet. There is one side to him people don’t really know which I’ve been able to discover. He is a comedian! D’Banj is also very spontaneous. We’d look for something around us and start cracking jokes with it.

Give me more female names…
I love interviewing Goldie not because she’s my friend, but because you always look out for what she’ll wear on the red carpet. Helen Prest Ajayi is so graceful but I make her do one or two crazy things once in a while. One person who always makes me feel happy is Remi Tinubu. After every interview, Remi would send her entourage to call me and she would give me an envelope. I will quickly put it in my pocket and when my producer asks me, What was she telling you? I’d say, Ah, she was shaking my hand telling me well done.

What is the craziest thing you’ve asked someone to do on the red carpet?
There was someone who showed me her underwear on the red carpet, I can’t remember her name. I said “everybody has told me you are not wearing underwear but you need to prove it to me”. She showed me her bra and then she lifted the hem of her skirt and showed me her underwear. Clean, sparking, Victoria Secret!A few weeks ago, Karen Igho was allegedly slapped at an event by a mobile policeman. It was reported she attended that event to support you. What really happened there?
I’m not going to deny that, I was the one who invited her. During the show, she came backstage to meet me and said “Denrele when are you bringing me on stage?” I said “Soon, you must come and do small craze for me”. That was the last conversation we had before the incident. I think she wanted to go to her car to touch up. I was even looking for her and when I didn’t see her, I had to introduce the last act for the night. Later my cousin who was with her when it happened ran to call us. Everybody was livid with rage including the Smirnoff officials and security guards. I had to calm her down and got someone to take her home. She was really distraught. By the next day, it was all over social media and people kept asking me what I did about it.

I have to ask too. What did you do about it?
I’m not going to go into details on what I did but I did make a lot of calls and the person who committed the act has been called to order. They have fished out the person. Smirnoff and the agency handling security for them are looking into it.

Family & Relationships
On a lighter note, your relationship status and sexuality has been a hot topic on some media platforms with some alleging that you’re gay…
I am very single, I’m searching and ready to mingle. A lot of people brought up that sexuality issue. When you are in this industry, people tend to look for loopholes. I am just a sexual outlaw, very adventurous. People have judged from my dressing and my effeminate nature.

How would you describe your ideal woman?
I love heels on a woman, that is why I have a thing for models. I’ve dated a lot of models. I love to see women strut in heels. I love women who can strike up a very good conversation. I like someone I can go to the salon with and we are washing our hair together and she is not freaking out or saying what her friends are thinking of the fact that I’m under a dryer. I love a woman who has a good sense of style and not somebody who would try to change me. And also a woman who would not be threatened by the female friends that I have because I have loads of female friends.

I’m curious. Would you cut your hair if you were paid to do it?
Ah, I would cut it oh! Bring money.

Give me a figure.
I haven’t really thought about a figure but I would cut it for as low as N5million. The hair would grow back.

You have long and soft hair. Who do you take after?
My Mum, her hair is so long. Her Dad is Indian and her Mum is from Mauritius. My Dad is a Yoruba man from Abeokuta. So I am even nationality confused, I don’t know where I’m from.

You must have very supportive parents who allowed you express yourself while growing up.
My parents are amazing people. Family is the best gift anyone can have. I remember when people used to attack my Dad in church about me and my crazy style, we would laugh about it. I haven’t seen my Mum in 12 years because she is not in the country. She travelled to Dublin when things got really tough at some point. My Dad lost his job and my Mum had to take up about four jobs. We were staying in the family house so there were conflicts everyday.

12 years is a long time. Are you going to see her soon?
I am going to see her early this year. We’ve been in touch, she calls everyday, she has even called this morning. I have an amazing family. They allowed me express my individuality.

It was great chatting with Denrele and from Bellanaija.com, we wish him the very best!

Watch some Red Carpet Moments with Denrele

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57 Comments on BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: Inside the “Vivacious” Mind of Channel O TV Presenter Denrele Edun – His Style, His Persona, His Family & More
  • i no send January 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    wao 12yrs without seeing your mother…… thats since he was about 18yrs..hmmmm

  • naijapose.com January 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Denrele is a very unique guy and he does “whatever” he does pretty well enough to be the cynosure wherever he goes.

    naijapose.com

  • Anon January 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Funny guy and for some reason he doesn’t annoy me.

  • Someone January 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Lol, Denrele is so real. I like how he doesn’t hold anything bad. We need more celeb’s like this. I hope he finds Mrs.right

  • Favor January 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Denrele is not 30yrs old!
    He is much older than that.

  • merry xmas BN readers January 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    “I’ve dated lots of models”?”havn’t seen my mother for twelve years”?

  • Lady Jaye January 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    This was a wonderful interview!

  • ANN January 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    i just love him, keep up the good work. great and interesting interview

  • MelonX January 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Denrele should share his shoe and clothes size so when we see nice stuff we can buy and send to him. I really like the guy…he is himself.

  • adenike! January 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I like Denrele a whole lot. I respect his doggedness. No,I won’t allow my son walk same route but I see him as a very cool guy. Heard from industry folks that he’s also a very dependable person and friend (that’s a very rare attribute these days). The Remi Tinubu giving him envelope angle should have been edited/left out in my opinion. I’m sorry Bella,you could have done that. But all in all,I still love Denrele. Well done!

  • Simya January 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    ‘I wish I was still as fine as I was then. Now I look like horror film’ LMAO
    Denrele is crazy, special, very very unique individual….he said he is ‘adventurous’ when it comes to sexuality…that say’s it all.
    Never really thought much about him other than ‘crazy’, but after this interview…I like him. I still want to know what happened with Karen

  • E-joe January 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Denrele Edun cool interview but am not judgmental but ur style amazes me all the same if ur straight cool if ur gay dtz ur busy we all have our different varied decisions we make in our lives.

  • Yeoal's Blogzine (@yeoal) January 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    It’s official…I’m a big Denrele fan . His answers were fun and direct. No hanky panky with his replies which is refreshing.

    http://www.yeoal.blogspot.com

  • iba January 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This is a really interesting interview. I have always loveddddddddddddddd this guy’s personality. He is a free spirit and a unique individual. I dont care what anyone says about him, he is an asset to Nigeria and truly there can only be one Derenle. God bless you man
    By the way i always said it, something exotic about his looks.

  • Msunderstood January 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I don’t know sha but I find him very boring. For instance, on glo naija sings-totally not needed on dat show. I hear he has a good heart sha. Good luck to him. I’m sure he enjoys wat he does.

  • Roomandparlor January 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Are you gay? Excellent response: ” A lot of people brought up that sexuality issue. When you are in this industry, people tend to look for loopholes. I am just a sexual outlaw, very adventurous. People have judged from my dressing and my effeminate nature.

  • Cee Frank January 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I enjoyed reading the interview. Denrele is so outward and plain.I had always loved seeing him on tv doing some ‘ go-gaga’ stuffs at least with his unique dress sense and personality. I had always knew his type would be good writers so anticipate the release of his book. However, I will borrow this quote from him;’fashion is all about the clothes, but style is in the wearer’.

  • Gen January 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Wonderful and VERY loyal friend. I love him to bits. No airs or pretences around him.

  • ola January 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    this guy is always on point…

    gistyinka.com

  • Gen January 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    And madam Favor, calculating his age for him…..Na wa o. He says he is 30 why do you have a problem with that? He is actually 30. He was born in 1983 and even if he’s telling untruths, it’s not your bloody business. Look for the good in people,don’t just mouth off.

  • a hater! January 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    “Are u gay? =People have judged from my dressing and my effeminate nature.” Wat an ans. 2start 2013 wit… Well who am I 2 judge u wen said so urself “a sexual outlaw” n ur family are so cool wit even my fellow Nigerians are so indifferent abt u ds days GOOD JOB U did on us but seriously U are indeed d weirdest Nigerian dats afta beating Charly Boy handsdown eeish!

  • jyde January 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Just as in the western world,certain powerful and deviant forces influence the media,fashion and the party industry in nigeria too.These kinds of powerful influences mustnt be allowed to take hold in nigeria,as we have talented people who can make us successful in these sectors without going down where MR D has found himself.
    Lets call it what it is and be done.
    I dont understand why women like gays,it seems as if you women dont either.
    Imagine yourselves in his mums shoes.I myself pity the woman sha.
    As i said before,we have numerous talented people who im sure have lots to offer.
    Nijah can do without fags,so people,stop encouraging this deviant lifestyle.
    No be everytin wey oyinbo dey do wey we get to follow abeg.
    Make gay dem commot for road jor,e no be better tin.
    .Una like dis like dat wetin nijah no like sef i wonder.
    If we put goat wey dey use chewing stick come lick dog nyash,shey we go like am too?
    Man tire for all dis follow follow sef.
    I close mouth joor.

    • To Jyde and other bigots January 6, 2013 at 2:05 am

      I used to think you had sense, based on your previous comments, apparently the holiday hiatus has muddled your brain. He is living his life, trying to make a living doing what he loves, he is not breaking any laws, and he comes across as a very decent person. Do we live in the slavery era, where it is up to certain people to dictate how a person dresses. So all those celebrity women on the red carpet exposing everything, is okay abi. Because Denrele’s is not dressing like the norm he is now committing a sin of exposing our society to rubbish. I remember you commented on the Miss Universe post with women wearing bikini’s and boobs and butts on display. Which is even worse than this in my opinion. I remember you were salivating then. So that one is not affecting people’s minds negatively. You didn’t see western influences or deviant forces in that one. Hypocrite. Anuofia. We have enough powerful homegrown influences, trust me, the western influences have got nothing on us. Aluu 4, Cynthia’s murder, Boko haram, kidnapping, corruption, house helps molesting children, runs girls, husbands cheating not heir wives and vice versa. Those are affecting us directly, not how one man dresses. If you detest him so much, you shouldn’t have clicked on this link, don’t watch him on tv, don’t look at any photos of him. Carry your hate elsewhere, this is 2013 please. The world needs people with love and acceptance in their hearts. If we examine your own life too, there are loads of things we will judge you on. Common ten commandments, tell us how many you are adhering too. Mschew.
      Denrele and other celebrities in this business are not there to be role models to anybody’s children. You will be a sorry case as a parent if your children can’t seek role models in you, and they will be looking up to people they see on tv. End of

      • handsignals January 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        #gbam

      • iba January 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        Well spoken…

      • Simya January 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        LMAO….I love you for this. Well said

      • Funke January 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        Choi!!!! God bless you ooooo. All your dreams will come true this year.

        Jyde, Jyde o, na your life be this? Sorry o.

  • Tammy January 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I officially like him! Funny, smart, adventurous, spontaneous, all the works. What more can one ask for? Continue to be yourself ojare.

  • Idak January 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I respect this guy’s hustle. I may not want my son to go down this route but i would sure want him to be this passionate and single minded in his pursuits. I am not worried about his dressing, nor who he sleeps with . I actually hear from the grapevine that he is a very loyal friend and always eager to help. It is just that sudden lightening of his complexion (cough, cough).

  • Meredith January 6, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Take it or take it, Denrele Edun is the most selfless person I have ever come across. Always ready to help, always willing to support and always gingered to move people onto the next level.
    Who in this industry has success stories like Denrele? The list is endless; Karen Igho, Flowssick, Dammy Krane, Ashley Stephanie (who he carries to every show, I have seen them at the airport so many times), Goldie (even after the BBa drama, this dude stood by her and made us or rather some of us just love her back with force), JJC, Uju the model from Sleek who he brought in from Enugu and groomed her to perfection, that girl opens every runway event now, Efe Tommy (he did bring this boy from Warri too), Adams Soundcity, I can go on and on. The list is endless!
    At least these are the names I have heard about and I’m sure there are more.
    Only snag is the sudden bleaching but na him skin,meetin concern me o?
    Go Denrele, we all love you and honestly, keep being real.

    • Idak January 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      you forgot Brymo from the list. Even the famed Linda Ikeji counts him as a very loyal and true friend.

  • Regina Askia January 6, 2013 at 4:14 am

    GOD bless this boy and the day he came into our lives. He never has anything bad to say about anyone and when there is a situation, he would proffer solutions without even bothering about him inconveniencing himself. There is no one in this ndustry like him, humble and respectful to the last.
    Always has something good, hilarious and funny to say to u. Met him in Atlanta and my daughter and I cracked up endlessly. He even took my daughter to her first modelling agency, Click or so.
    Best of all, the guy has connects everywhere. I fear you ADENRELE but I love you more.

  • loo January 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    this is the best interview have read on bella naija since i found bella naija sooo interesting and truthfully…………..am now a big fan of denrele

  • feisty chic January 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

    what problem do you guys have with his response to the sexuality issue? he said he likes women and he is a sexual outlaw. it might be that he is willing to try anything in the bedroom. He doesn’t even strike me as gay sef. Denrele, please keep being you. its not easy especially in a world where people want to inflict their unhappiness on you.

  • mama January 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Its such a pity how someone will be so gay and not ashamed of it. Guys that have a lot female friends are usually gay,stop evading the sexuality question and give a straight answer

    • Idak January 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Does he owe you or anyone else a straight answer? Has he come to your doorstep to question your choices?
      I am not a fan of his assumed sexual orientation but he owes me nothing as long as he is doing it with a consenting adult and not one of my own sha.

    • poshilla! January 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      hahahaha! in as much as i dnt support being gay,gay guys r d best girlfriends,me talkin from experience o#clearsthroat

    • Tosin January 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Are you serious? Why are you homophobic in this day and age? Are you like a great-grandmother or something?

  • a hater! January 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

    @Regina Askia as in seriously???

    @feisty chic “He doesn’t even strike me as gay sef.” U gat 2b kidding

    Evryone is now loving u Denrele but still disassociate demslvs havin ur kind as a son. Wat an irony

  • Sparkle January 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Mama and how is that your business? Denrele, keep on being real. I love your swag.

  • faith January 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I av always seen him as a crazy mf….but after dis interview, I see him in a new way….good luck in all dat you do d…..

  • Kweenie January 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Denrele in person is the sweetest person i’ve met. And he has no malicious bone in him. People talk about him all the time, it must get to him but he just shrugs it off and keeps moving ahead. a speech never moved me but when i heard his at The future Awards I was so happy for him. God Bless ya man

  • Dakore January 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Denrele is one of such people with no counterfeit. He is originally made and there cant be two of him lailai.
    He is so full of life, bubbly, always throws compliments your way, leaves a lasting impression on you simply because u can’t forget him; Let’s just say he is the best politician in the industry. He doesn’t forget a face and even when he can’t remember you, he wil make u feel like you’ve known him for ages.
    His family is very lucky to have him as their kid. Selfless humility to the last.

  • Deee January 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    i love this dude, it’s so refreshing to see someone who’s stays true to himself in this environment where it is so easy to try and hide who you are just to try and conform. Keep living your life and having fun, life is too short anyways.

  • olutayo January 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I don’t know wat is wrong with pple, why do pple love to critize derenle, he’s a free-spirit person,straight,direct. And truly he is clocking 30 by June(we are both birthdaymate). Derenle (renle fondly called) just continue to be urself remb u can’t satisfy everyone. U said u are single my cousin is single as well . (Wink) Wish all the best in life

  • Nana January 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I have been following Derele on twitter and I like the way he handles hateful tweets, he will Yab u back stylishly in a way that will just make you laugh.
    Saw his tweet about the BN interview and I must commend Adeola for really garnering solid responses from him. Derele alWays speaks the truth, hides nothing and is like an open book. That I admire about him and that sets him apart form all the other so called celebs we know.
    He is very hardworking and is always hopping from one show to the other. Trust me, he is one friggin billionaire. You guys don’t know that just yet.

  • fashionandstylepolice January 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    He is so adorable. I am a Fan.

  • Tosin January 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I love Denrele. Wish I could do exactly what I want with my hair, fo’real. Maybe after my current job. Denrele, much love, more power to you.

  • eva January 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    The hair is all i care about. lol

  • Ronnie May January 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    AwWwww! Was dt Regina Askia 4 real? Love u girl. We missed u when u left Nollywood. Saw ur pics online 2 months ago and u were still looking gorgeous

  • bola taiwo January 7, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I love the interview and Denrele’s response…Denrele is an ICON in Nigeria take it or leave it,he has done something no one has ever done before..he’s intelligent,downtoearth,loving,a genius,creative,hardworking,fun,crazy&all and to all the haters out there saying he’s gay,you can all slice ur dick or pussy&shove it down your throat…that’s the true story of denrele,you can roll your eyes all you want!

  • hush January 7, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Never really given him time of the day or thought, but was at a party of a mutual friend and his actions only left one sentence in my mind…………. Duno if its publicity stunt or he was just playing around

  • Candice Boucher January 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I met Derele sometime back in 2009 and I swear it, he is the best Nigerian entertainer I know.
    His brand is a total package….he is sooooo friendly and warm and best of all, he has ready answers for every question. Hilarious though.
    We went shopping at Macy’s in Atlanta and trust me, everyone stopped him for a picture. Old, young and even the conservative Arabs. They all wanted a picture with him despite not knowing who he was. That’s Star quality!

  • Purpleicious Babe January 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I thought the interview was nice….. it did him justice becos it was insightful and original.
    He must be pleased with the lovely comments from people that know him personally.

    I can see why he is different. Anyhoo, he has done a good job of maintaining his random personality and outrageous dressing. It must be harder living in a society of close minded people (not in a derogating way), Nigerians hold STRONG VIEWS n OPINIONS.

    O btw, the interview is a great PR for him, I think it will alter alot of negatives views people might have of him. well done hun. xxx

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  • Ameriie Rogers January 8, 2013 at 1:59 am

    My name is Amerie Rogers now known as Ameriie. I was in Lagos Nigeria sometime in 2008 with Lil Kim and the Jamaican sisters (cant recall their name) to perform at the Starville concert. I was very nervous about the Nigerian crowd knowing who I was and even singing along to my go-go vibe of music. But that nervousness was dispelled in the guardian angel of this waif like roller coaster being who made me feel welcome and overtly sexy in the name of Derenle. This dude catapulted my energy level in leaps and bounds. (I actually got inspired to compose “Outside your body” 2years later because of this va va voom BoyGeorgesque being)
    I read his tweet about this interview and he personally harassed me with series of DMs to digest this special excerpt. Nice one Bella Africa by the way, first timer here.
    Derenle is amazing, no masterpiece can ever match his face. His energy is overwhelming, none can match his grace. His smile is mischievously sweet, leading us all to a better place. I love him s much and we still keep in touch.
    Incase you are wondering who tha heck I actually am, “One Thing” should do the answering!

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