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Catching Up With Bhaira McWizu! AMBO 3 Winner Rebrands to “Bayray” | Speaks on her Acting Career, Marriage & Pregnancy Rumours



Catching up with Bhaira McWizu- May 2013 - Bellanaija001

During the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) Season 3 reality show, one contestant that really captured my attention and went on to win the show that year was Bhaira McWizu. It was one of the seasons which I followed keenly and I wasn’t surprised when she clinched the ultimate prize. Shortly after winning the show, she starred in the AMBO produced movie ‘Cindy’s Notes’ where she played the lead role alongside Nonso Diobi. She later featured in ‘Kiss & Tell’ and soon to be released ‘7th Commandment’.

Recently, I ran into the beautiful actress and I couldn’t resist the urge to ask her a few questions. The 29 year-old actress seems to have been off the scene for a while and I was curious to know what she’d been up to. She was in a bubbly mood, excited about her new projects and was quick to point out that she has a brand new image and now goes by the name ‘Bayray’.

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Hi Bayray. It’s so good to see you. Since winning the AMBO a few years ago, how easy or difficult has it been getting movie roles and establishing yourself as a professional actress?
If you’d asked me that a few years ago, I would have said it’s been quite breath taking but now I think I’ve adapted to the situation and I know the terrain more. I’ve always been a determined person so no matter how hard it gets, I keep getting back up and I keep doing what I believe is right and I would always succeed God willing.

As Nollywood gets bigger, lots of new talents are  being added into the industry. What qualities do you think one must have to succeed in the face of competition?
I must give a shout out to actresses like Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde who have been able to keep their ground for so many years. It’s not been that easy, it’s quite competitive and you have to be determined, you have to know your craft, you have to look good and have the right attitude. If you have all of these things combined, there is no competition that can disturb you.

Aside from acting, what else has been taking up your time recently?
Fashion! I just started officially my jewellery and clothing line, Bayray McNwizu Classic Collection. The website would be open soon so that has been taking a lot of my time and it should explain why I’ve been away for a while.

Some years ago, it was reported that you got married and were going to take a break off acting.
I am not married! People should stop marrying me off to people.

Oh really. The rumour was everywhere. It was also reported that you were pregnant.
Someone saw me and said “Congratulations, I saw it on TV that you got married. Happy married life.” I was so surprised. No, I wasn’t pregnant.

What do you think prompted the rumours?
You know how they say, every smoke has a fire somewhere. Of course, I took time out to do things I considered personal, things that I’ve never really talked about and I don’t feel obliged to talk about now. I was supposed to get into something like that but it didn’t really work out as I planned. The rumours would always start from something small and blow up to something huge. But this is me, still standing, still focused and enjoying my life.

Did you at any time take a break off acting?

Even when I supposedly took a break, that was when I did ‘7th Commandment’ and when people watch that movie, they will see what I mean by taking a break.

How have you moved on since then?
Things happen but you just have to get back up and continue the work, it’s not a new thing. We are getting back on the second season for a TV production called ‘Knock Knock’ and I do believe that I would be doing some interesting film projects this year. I’m glad for the opportunities.

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We look forward to seeing more of Bhaira on the screen in 2013.

Bhaira in Cindy’s Notes

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Love

    May 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Bhaira is such a fine actress. I’d love to see her acting more often. She’s got real talent. And she’s beautiful too.

  2. Nollywood REinvented

    May 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Aww she looks really pretty in the pictures and from the auditions for that season it was pretty obvious she was going to win

  3. dp

    May 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I like her too, really loved her acting in super story, lovely lady

  4. Nooce

    May 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Cool Stuff!

  5. pynk

    May 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm


  6. toya

    May 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I love that movie Cindy’s Note. one of my favorite Nigerian Movies

  7. eniola

    May 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Nice. I

  8. eniola

    May 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Nice. I loved her in Cindy’s Note. She really got into the character, i know this cos i was posted to Taraba for my NYSC too. My good luck wishes to her please.

  9. Joy

    May 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    What is her real name pls cos i cant even pronounce that her name. 9ja celebrities and their name

    • jfk

      May 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm


  10. nene

    May 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    bayrah what? is she a musician or a actress? her real name isn’t even bhaira, now she has changed it to bayrah. she’s a good actress though, and i didn’t know she was married.

  11. nene

    May 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    *i didnt think she was married

  12. damepenelope

    May 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I really like this lady.She is good actress.

  13. pearl

    May 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    She’s a good actress….

  14. Ebun

    May 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  15. favour

    May 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Nice babe, but. Really u said u were never pregnant? We attend same church and you have a son! So why are you denying it

  16. eve

    May 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Pls what does this chic mean by she wasn’t pregnant? I saw her sometime last year in lagos islan she probably came shopping, and she was very pregnant,I never stopped to say hi because am not a fan of hers but not without taking a good look at her.. D only excuse she can give for dat day is that she had a prostethic bump on her tummy and was at that time shooting a scene of a movie…if not she should pls cut the crap

  17. Winny

    May 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    You should be very ashamed of yourself what Mother in their right mind denies a child. Jezz smh.

  18. Keek Dat

    May 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

    my my my your child will grow up to read this someday

  19. nkyy

    May 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I saw this chic with a bump last year o.

  20. joy

    May 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    She is lying. She has a child and they worship in my church and she covers her face all the time so people wont notice her and the child. I see no reason why u should deny a child you carried for nine months. Abeggggyyyy all superstar

  21. Sally

    May 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Please say a word of prayer for Bayray, she lost her mom two days ago.

    • Meeeee

      May 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      If its true, may God comfort her and her family and see them through, amen.


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