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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: “Bad Gist Is Easier To Spread” | Video Vixen & Big Brother Africa Housemate Beverly Osu is Back & Ready for Business

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The young star that is Beverly Ada Osu started making her mark in the Nigerian entertainment industry as a music video model. Having featured in some of the biggest and most iconic music videos from the likes of Goldie, Ice Prince and Djinee, her ebony skin never shone so bright.

2013 saw a huge rise to fame for the lingerie model and video vixen as she was picked as one of the contestants to represent Nigeria in the eight season of Big Brother Africa, “The Chase”.

After three arduous months in the Big Brother house, Beverly set the record for being the first housemate to never have been put up for eviction even though she emerged a runner-up in the end. But, she did take home a prize of her own, a new love interest, the South African housemate – Angelo Collins.

Now, she’s back home and ready to put her new found fame and platform to good use. Beverly invites BN for a brief chat on all things Big Brother and what she’s got planned to do next.

After three long months in the Big Brother House, how did you feel as soon as you hit the shores of your home, Nigeria?
I didn’t expect the negative side. Right from in the BBA house, I couldn’t wait to come back home and just eat my natural food and everything but coming back, I was wondering what was going on because people were saying all kinds of things. At the same time, as much as I’ve gotten a negative vibe, I’ve still been getting a positive vibe and it’s very good and even more than the negative.

I understand that the negative vibe was what I would experience first because well, ‘bad gist is easier to spread’ but people that really watched the show saw my good sides and I’ll stick with the positive stuff.

What are some of the most outrageous things you have heard about yourself since you got back that are totally untrue?
Wow! I heard that I was a porn star. Yes, they have called me that. I hear that I LOVE sex and I’m like “Okay, Cool”

In that case, are you saying that you don’t?
Everybody in their own way, ‘admires’ it or whatever but I’m not joking when I tell you that for the past four months, I haven’t; If I LOVED sex that much, I would have done it. I’m a very principled person in as much as I flirt around.

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There was some footage that got leaked online from the Big Brother House of you and ‘Chasemate’ Angelo getting ‘intimate’.
Angelo and I were taking our bath. And, as you all know, everybody takes their baths naked. Personally, I take my bath naked but in the BBA house, people just limit themselves and wear panties and bras to take their baths. Me on the other hand, I took the Big Brother House like my home and did what I would do in my normal day life. Angelo was one of them. He’s a weird person. He takes his bath, not with boxers, but with knickers. So, what you saw of me kissing Angelo in the bath tub – nothing happened. It was just an awkward moment. I was just fooling around with my man but nothing happened.

So, what’s your relationship with Angelo right now?
Angelo and I are doing great (laughs). We want to take it to the next level. The distance is far but we’re coping.

Angelo had a girlfriend before the whole Big Brother experience. Is she still in the picture somewhere?
They were not dating when he entered the house. He dated her, she broke up with him and a week before Angelo got into the Big Brother House, she came to tell him how much she loves and cherishes him. And, he told her that as he was going into the Big Brother House but when he comes out, they’ll see what happens. So, coming out of the house now, I hear that she’s flaunting a promise ring. I know the babe is not that type of girl and Angelo got engaged or proposed.

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There were times in the house when Angelo did mention that he had a girl waiting for him on the outside.
Yeah! That was in the beginning, when he didn’t even know me. I remember when we started getting close, Feza and Annabel told me that Angelo was a no-go area because he had a girlfriend outside. Later, he told me the full story. I didn’t even ask him about it; he just opened up himself, telling me that there was this babe that told him she would wait for him.

How was the Big Brother experience for you? I’m sure being in the same house with many very different people from different backgrounds wasn’t an easy chore.
It was a beautiful experience. I had to adapt to different situations. I had to learn how to tolerate people. And, I learnt that I could be patient. I’m very observant and the house made me even more that. Even though I always jumped around and played, I knew everybody’s move to the extent that they started calling me ‘propaganda’ (laughs). I’m always alert and active so I could never be left behind. In the house, I learnt so many things about different African countries because I was very arrogant. At first, I didn’t want to know anything about any other countries. I’m from the best country in Africa, Nigeria, so I was thinking that every other country should just chill but, I learnt so much about them. Getting to close to people from other African countries was a beautiful experience for me.

Beverly Ada Osu

So, what is post-Big Brother Beverly Ada Osu like? Has she changed?
First, my personality has changed. There are some things I can’t do outside. I’m a really playful and jumpy person and before, I could just walk up to a stranger and say ‘hi!’ but now, I can’t do those things. My management reminds me that I can’t do some things.

Is this new fame taking a toll on you?
It’s not as if the fame or anything is not letting me be myself. I am myself but in a very reserved way. I am not a reserved person but now, if I want to be mad, I have to be mad inside or with insiders. Outside, I’m conscious of my image; I can’t be lousy. It’s actually a nice grooming. It’s teaching me how to carry myself.

What’s next with Beverly Ada Osu? What is your next career move?
I’m going back to school. I obviously need a degree and I’m going to study Mass Communication all the way. I’m in 200 level. I’m also going to rebrand my reality TV/talk show, “Beverly Says”. I’ll probably go into acting because that is where I always wanted to be so I’m thinking of going to school in New York sometime soon to study it. I want to have a degree in my talent to prove, not only to mum but to myself as well, that you need a degree in anything you do.

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Until you return to school, what are you going to be keeping yourself occupied with? Will you be going back to music videos?
As for music videos right now, no offer has come and I’ve been very busy. So far, I’ve been getting offers to make appearances and do interviews but I just got back so, it’s still early. There are so many things I want to do but I’ll write them down in a diary and take them on one by one.

Your new found fame has made you a trending topic on social media and even in songs. Ace Rapper, Vector sent a subliminal message to you in his verse for Olamide’s “R.I.P”. He said, “Life is a b***h and I put my hands to work like Angelo in the BBA”. How did you feel about that?
I don’t know if I should feel good or bad about it because I don’t really understand the line. I’m still trying to understand the lines first for me to appreciate it.

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Any endorsement deals on the way?
Not yet but we’re getting there. I wouldn’t mind Glo or Etisalat or probably a make-up line because I’m a make-up artist even though I don’t love make-up on my face. Yeah, a make-up line sounds good because it relates to my personality.

In the past, runners-up from BBA, for example – Munya, have taken home large sums of money from outside the TV show. Being a finalist, but not winner, in this recently concluded season, did you take anything home?
In our case, it was ‘winner takes all’. The only thing we brought back was the platform and exposure that Big Brother provided so we have to use it.

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Have any old friends or distant relatives, who were previously unsupportive of your career choices just popped out of the woodwork?
Oh my! A lot of people, not even relatives, have. They say, “haters will always turn around to love you”. I didn’t know what was happening in the outside world when I was in the house but my best friend, Charity Owoh has told me and showed me munched screens of what some people said. I’m the kind of person that trusts people a lot but right now, I just have a permanent smile for all those people I can’t avoid. You have to just accept people like that because people pretend a lot.

Not long before you left the house, you made some statements about being in a violent relationship. That sparked official comments from Veteran Nigerian rapper 2Shotz and his wife. What do you have to say about them?
If you watched the show properly, you would find out that I didn’t call anyone’s name. I just said it because we were talking about our life experiences and showed them where I was hurt, which has affected my body shape till today. But, I didn’t call anybody’s name so if 2Shotz and his wife felt they had to make statements to the media then that is their own problem and their business. But, if they want to be involved in my little platform, I have no problem with it; they can actually put their mouth in it. I’m not a selfish person. Everyone can tap from where they want to tap from so, if they think they can just talk, just to be part of Beverly Osu Big Brother Africa Season 8 – “The Chase”, then I don’t have a problem with it.

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With so much experience doing music videos and having been an MC at fashion shows, do you ever think you will try out making your own music?
Are you listening to my voice? Can’t you hear how husky it is? I cannot sing to save my life. Somebody told that Tonto Dikeh has a husky voice so I can try it but no. Tonto has charisma. I love her songs. I don’t know… if music comes later in the future, may be, because I write a lot of poems so if it comes my way, I might take it.

Before Big Brother fame, you were well known in the Nigerian entertainment industry for being a music video model. How did you set yourself apart from the rest to attain some sort of celebrity status as a music video model?
I think, first is God and then, my charisma. Some of the videos I’ve done, some of my friends will say “no, they can’t pay me 10,000 Naira oh!” I look at who is shooting the video, the concept of the video and what I’m meant to do. On set, I put in so much work. In the business of being a model, I went all out.

How did you get started as a music video model?
From the age of 16, my cousin told me that I had to get into modelling and then, I was a size 12. I was really reluctant to go for auditions because then, I thought the modelling industry was about who is sleeping with who. I started by just carrying friends for video shoots. I remember there was a stylist I was helping for Djinee’s “Overkilling” music video and all of sudden; she said I should be in the video. That was my first ever music video and based on that relationship, I was in Ice Prince’s “Oleku” video next.

All these people, from Djinee to Ice Prince, they believed in me and believed it was just the beginning for me. Being a video girl is not really a good reputation but they told me I could stand out. So, sometimes, I would want to do a video and they would be against it. They were there for me. It was not all about the money, you have to pay your dues first. I’m not like most girls who have done like 25 videos before they got noticed; I got noticed from 2. From there, I started hosting fashion shows and making appearances to increase my visibility. I won so many awards for being a model. I worked so hard that I lost weight. Now, I’m a size 4. Hard work will surely pay.

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What’s your secret for losing all that weight?
First of all, it was stress. I lost weight without even knowing. There was a time in my life when I was under a lot of stress so I just lost a lot of weight. A lot of rumours went around that I had gotten AIDS. It was a very hard time for me because it’s not like I can do an AIDS test and go around town pasting it everywhere to show that I don’t have it. So, I said that I wouldn’t let bad gist break me. I did the test, it was negative and I moved on. I’m the type of person that if it turned out to be true, I would make sure everybody knew.

Now that you’re a lot slimmer, how do you manage to sustain your weight?
I don’t go to the gym. I do a lot of dancing and sweat it out. I don’t eat much either.

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Would you consider yourself a Nigerian sex symbol?
I don’t know. Back in university, a lot of people told me that I have sex appeal but I don’t think I am; there’s Tiwa Savage for goodness’ sake.

Do you miss any of the housemates from the Big Brother House?
Yeah but I still talk to all of them. The only people I don’t talk to are Annabel and Natasha. As for Denzel, I’m yet to hear from him, especially since he said he wanted to do some things to me because I’m sexy. Denzel made passes but he’s a great mind. I can do business with all of those housemates because they are great minds.

We loved chatting with Beverly and from BellaNaija, we wish her the very best!

Beverly Says – Pilot Episode

Djinee – Overkilling

Ice Prince – Oleku

Timi The Black One – Yansh Police

Photo Credit: BellaNaija

35 Comments

  1. Lilly

    September 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Whew! This babe is just toohot.

  2. is that so?

    September 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Lol i like Beverly but girl you are not principled, a principled person would not sleep with married men. Anyways all the best, i hope you achieve your dreams….

    • Madman

      October 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      I like Beverly too. Check out this song dedicated to her. Really funny stuff! youtube.com/watch?v=aTwfvJNVAFk

  3. Lisa

    September 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    You is really down to heart,I felt she was kinda crazy on the house and exposed a lot about herself but in all….she is a promising kid and had been through a lot.i wish you well girl,God bless you.

  4. Stephanie

    September 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Cool interview. I just hope she keeps her head down and do something creativy sha
    blogsvila.blogspot.com

    • Layo

      September 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Awww borke…i see you 🙂

  5. Hurperyeahmie

    September 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    hmmmmmmmmmm

  6. meldibson

    September 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    her best features, her lips and her height. he should enhance herself a lil bit more

  7. Amebor

    September 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I have really tried to hate on this girl, but I can’t. She just seems like an honest sincere person. I’d love to chat with her some day too. It’s just too bad that she exposed her secrets to the whole continent but at least she told the truth. I just hope she controls herself and her tongue in the future. I wish her luck in her future endeavors

    • Ada

      September 15, 2013 at 3:26 am

      Thank you!! I never even tried to hate her. I just understood her. I feel she’s burdened. She’s been through a lot and I wish there was someone who could just sit her down, listen to all she has to say and advise her. The hate that was spewed towards this girl from flawed and imperfect people just like her got me so angry. Some human beings are just so wicked and judgemental, it’s amazing. I remember that saying of don’t judge me because I sin differently. Everybody needs to keep that in mind and give people a chance. Let there be empathy for the mere fact that she’s a fellow human being.

      I hate to bring up Goldie but I learnt from her death. Live and let live. Correct or critic with empathy.

  8. Miss_Flygerian

    September 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    hahahahaha!!! did y’all see that subtle diss at Tiwa Savage and the part where she said 2shotz and his wife want to tap from her fame? LMAO!! I don die. Beverly is mouthed…wallahi!!

    • Bling

      September 15, 2013 at 2:30 am

      I’m lookin for the diss o! Hian.

  9. Que

    September 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Bellanaija if Celeb don finish, just come my house come interview me…Nansense!!!

    • chichi

      September 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      lmao

    • Angry immigrant

      September 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Roflmaooooooo

  10. YungFab

    September 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Beverly is my girl any day or time! She’s real and I like her for that. we all make mistake and I believe she has learned from hers. Beverly hustle harder and shame your haters! Much love all the way from Portsmouth UK.

  11. swagu

    September 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    You just cannot h8 Beverly Osu….. lol

  12. Msunderstood

    September 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    She’s not bad.

  13. krimmyk

    September 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Yea u jst can’t hate her……, well I think she is very kul and kinda pretty and hot.

  14. Okoks

    September 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    na wa ooo! so we’re promoting immorality now eh? the essence of this interview will be?????

  15. iba

    September 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    While i agree she is an honest down to earth girl, i must say Bev could have done alot better in that BB House. She made things difficult for herself by running her mouth in the house. And now someone is talking Etisalat or Glo endorsement deal? You get endorsed when you have stood out not just because you are famous. Its not going to drop on your lap like that. And calling out the names of those company wont mean they will call you. Thats the sad thing for me about Bev, BBA was a platform that she messed up big time. You dont even have to win to be noticed. You are very good and BBA opens doors for you. The likes of Gideon, Ebuka to mention a few had gone on to do well without winning. I think Bev will have to work hard to redeem a bit of her image. Goodluck girl

  16. sideyeblankstare

    September 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    damage control done wrong

  17. Sylvia

    September 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Nice Interview, all the best for the future babes

    http://sylviachima.blogspot.co.uk

  18. Chizzy

    September 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

    What she confessed in the BBA house was what so many African young girls do. Am not in support or envy her past live but believe that she has realised her mistakes and so much ready to change. Go girl!

  19. Modella

    September 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Luv her lips…

  20. Tayo

    September 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t fancy this girl in an interview she also said she knew 2shot would deny what he did you is she being two faced? And she’s really looking older than her age,don’t fancy her @all….she talks too much and doesn’t keep track of her lies

  21. Georgie

    September 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I said it while she was in the house that she would come out a better person.i know a troubled child when I see one.Girl I hope you get better and I wish you the best life has to offer.cut down on the cigarettes ….muah

  22. Eve

    September 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Bev ur sex appeal? Ur lips… Work it. Just keep moving girl. U will go places….

  23. Chu-Chu

    September 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I hope she learns from her misconduct in the bba house and does a lot more positive stuff with herself going forward….

  24. Tee

    September 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I weep for naija.hustle harder now means use wat u have to get wat u want.Readers if ur parents say no to dis,that means she lacks morals.If u pray ur own child turn out like Beverly Osu to realise their dreams,then there’s fire on the mountain.ppl go tru worse but in life but choose to live a godly life.D ball is in ur court.ur life is in ur hands

  25. oloori

    September 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Beverly i hope this work out well abi. whats d purpose of u inviting Bn to cm interview u in d first place. i am sure u av learnt ur lessons . bathing naked Angelo was a big mistake d videos and pictures says it all my advise pls when next u re asked abt ur relatnshp to Angelo and d bathing pls politely say no comment.. youths pls always watch ur actions.

  26. Yvestshie

    September 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    She still needs some media training. Her PR & management team need to school her. Some parts of her interview really made me cringe. She kind of says too much & rambles on without really giving much thought to what she says. I undetstand that she’s young but that could cost her one day.

  27. TeeWii

    September 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I like her.. All the best girlie

  28. Bar Baric

    September 16, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Uhm! The total amount expended on PR in trying to launder this young woman’s self-destroyed image may have exceeded the $300,000 winnable in BBA. It’s not hard to tell that someone is sponsoring all this, and trying to make a success story of a very woeful outing.

    Well, as an ardent student of Public Relations, I’d like to see the end of this, but to quote the wise words of a legendary Nigerian philosopher, warrior, politician, and farmer, “I DEY LAUGH O!”.

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