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BN Celeb Style Chat: “I Dress Up for Myself, Not for Anyone else” Tinsel Actor Gideon Okeke dishes on his Style to BN



Gideon Okeke Celerity Style - June 2013 - BellaNaija001We first met Gideon Okeke on our TV screens on Big Brother Nigeria where he captivated us with his real self as well as acting skills. Now, he is simply known as ‘Philip’ on the M-Net soap, Tinsel. However, that isn’t what “Dee Gidi” is all about. Starting out in the streets of Ajegunle, Gideon has certainly come a long way as barely 2 years after his Big Brother début, he got bit by the Tinsel bug.

Gideon hit our screens again, this time playing the character, Philip Ade-Williams; a mischievous heir to his father’s movie production company. Since then, Gideon has gained a lot of fans of all ages for his great acting skills. He wasn’t finished there, he now hosts the show that keeps on giving if you get the answers right – The Money Drop Nigeria.

From playing the heir to billions, hosting a TV show and keeping up his appearances on and off the red carpet, we can’t help but wonder how Gideon keeps his style personalities together.

So, on the second edition of Celebrity Style Spotlight, we got Jennifer Obiuwevbi of BN Style to get the scoop from Gideon directly. Now, we get to find out about his style, how he always looks so good and what makes him different from the rest.

People have described your style using words like ‘suited up’, ‘dapper’ and ‘neat’. In your own words how would you describe your style?
Style to me means ‘Freedom’. Whatever takes away my sense of freedom has most likely undermined my personality. So I would say ‘Free’.

Do you have a stylist?
Of course I do – Mrs. Julia Olaotan. She is the Tinsel wardrobe department head and probably one of the best I’ve worked with in 5 years.

In your role as Philip Ade-Williams, you always dress up in proper shirts, suits etc. Is that your personal look?
Oh no, that’s the characters look. It’s definitely not self inspired. To be honest, I never considered myself stylish till I encountered the character. So I feed off of Philip’s style.Gideon Okeke Celerity Style - June 2013 - BellaNaija005

Would you say you act out your role as Philip in your real life?
I get this question a lot. The character comes easy to me, probably owing to the research I do to learn about him. Also, “we” feed off each other.

Your fans love you on the small screen, would you be doing anything major on the big screen any time soon?
Yes. I’m gradually making a seamless transition to the big screen. Most of my works are unreleased as we speak. There is “A place in the stars” by Steve Gukas, “Heaven’s Hell” by Katung Aduwak and “Kigali” which I’m currently working on. So I pray y’all, patience please.

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Knowing that most of your fans tend to be female, does that affect how you put your clothes together?
Nope. I dress up for myself and not for anyone else. ‘Hit or miss’ for me is a relative variable.

What are the 5 things you think every guy should have in their wardrobe?
A lot of dress shirts. Suits, ties, shoes, perfume. You have the freedom to choose. I’m not exactly an authority here.Gideon Okeke Celerity Style - June 2013 - BellaNaija004

What would you say is your worst red carpet look?
I probably have so many, in my opinion. Most times, by way of not getting the memo.

What is the worst style advice you have ever gotten?
The time I was told to wear skinny jeans. I hear I have chicken legs.Gideon Okeke Celerity Style - June 2013 - BellaNaija002

Who is your celebrity style crush? and why?
For the real celebrity style crushes I would have to say; for ladies, Genevieve Nnaji, Damilola Adegbite, Susan Peters and Osas Ighodaro. These ladies always come ready. For the guys, I’d say Uti Nwachukwu and Alex Ekubo dress well. As for the real ‘crush’ – Omo I no know ooo.

Hey, we tried. A big thank you to Gideon for sharing his style with us. From BN, we wish him well with his future endeavours.

Also, as you share your thoughts, please let us know which Nigerian celebrities you would love to see in the future Celebrity style spotlight posts.

Photo Credit: BellaNaija

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at) or style(at) | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle


  1. loveth .O

    June 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I hear i have Chicken legs lol

    • NOKSIS

      June 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Seriously ooo. That is one line that struck me

  2. Positive

    June 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Ehen! Well done BN. …. More of these please…
    Agbani Darego is the way to go!

    Thank you.

  3. nnenne

    June 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    [email protected] i hear i have chicken leg. i like his stubbornness in tinsel. lol

  4. Retrochic

    June 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    love agban darego, uche pedro, lol, she shys away from the spotlight, omowunmmi akinnifesi, adaeze igwe

  5. amarachi

    June 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    9ic one

  6. pynk

    June 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Gideon Gideon! OK oh! God is watching!

  7. tee

    June 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Go Giddy… I have had the hots for him since his Big Brother Days….. he is definitely dapper…

  8. Hurperyermie

    June 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    chicken legs me hear o lmaooooooooooooo

  9. scorpio

    June 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    susan peters ke….’nuff said! Good looking guy though

  10. nene

    June 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    he does have tiny legs sha.

  11. Topsy

    June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Humble talk…iv alwaiz liked hs personality on Tinsel nd hs character….d guy dey rep..

  12. sistergirl

    June 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    well, well, this is one guy I been crushing on forever. His personality, humility, character. he just goes deep on all.

  13. joke Davies

    June 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    pls do one on DR SID!!!! THANK YOU

  14. Nkem

    June 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    i heard this guy speak as an mc for one of the departmental hows in school then, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, he was realy good,never met him, never saw him after that, but he made quite an impression, welldone, you have really done well for yourself

  15. Purpleicious Babe

    June 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Nice style…not bad.

  16. Chicadimples

    June 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Nice one BN!
    I luv dis guy scatter!
    He is just IT!
    Kisses Boo!!

  17. lalaroses

    June 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    liar dressing for yaself ko dressing for yaself ni

  18. adaku okonkwo

    February 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    PHillip ade Williams u are the true seed of ur dad Fred ,u are always on point.ur accent n acting skill is also 100marks.Infact without tinsel ,every evening here in Deutschland is boringgggggggggg

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