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Eku Edewor: “My Background Didn’t Get Me Here, I Earned It”



Ebuka Obi-Uchendu & Eku Edewor - Rubbin' Minds - Januay 2014 - BellaNaija

Eku Edewor is letting us know she climbed the career ladder all by herself, without the help of her family.

The Nigerian TV personality and actress recently sat down with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on the Rubbin’ Minds shows to dish about her career, rumoured rivalry with Dolapo Oni and running her own race.

Check it out!


  1. mama

    January 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

    abeg she shud go n shit mehn…..she earned it indeed….the fact is that her family/last name will always be relevant. this is naija for Godssake. her last name opened doors for her fullstop! doesnt dispute the fact thats shes a hardworker but pls lets jus call a spade a spade. yimu

    • Blossom

      January 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Please where have you even reached that you are talking about what got you there? #JustSaying

  2. Troll

    January 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    No, she climbed the ladder with the help of her surname..*rollseyes

  3. Nneks

    January 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I love these two….they would be my favourite naija couple if they get together…Dear Eku I love you but you need to bury this issue…

  4. Vanessa

    January 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    It doesn’t matter how you climbed the ladder. What matters is that there was a climbing. Don’t sit at the first rung, get to the top. BTW, I got here by sleeping with Aliko Dangote.

  5. Sexxie

    January 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I think I’m missing something here…please what’s with the Edewor name sef? A brief history will be appreciated. Thanks.
    Eku should please give it a rest already! Good thing is, she’s successful.

    • Anon

      January 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      One of the biggest names in old Bendel, now Delta.

  6. ijeoma

    January 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    This is like when white people deny their white privilege. It’s disgusting.

    And if this is what “rubbing minds” means in Nigeria then We have a problem.

    • Proud village woman

      January 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm


      Make it plain sister!

  7. missy J

    January 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Can someone please throw more light on her background? Is she the princess of her village, niece to Femi kuti or commissioner daughter..?

  8. tish

    January 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    We haf hear!!!

  9. Ewa

    January 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Okay. We’ve heard do much on this. Moving on Bella Naija

    • Ewa

      January 13, 2014 at 11:09 am



    January 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Many things got her where she is, her great WORK ETHIC, her family name, money, her biracial light skin. There many biracial pretty girls with RICH families in Nigeria but not all of them have been as successful, she must be hardworking and have a good work ethic.


      January 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      well said. She did not waste the opportunities that came her way. Thats what is most important

    • iba

      January 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      well spoken
      well spoken well spoken.

  11. Maria

    January 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    le sigh. ku is hardworking and nice. Like all the time

  12. JWEZEE

    January 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    way to go EKU,HARD WORK and Determination got her there, cant even be mad..and EBUKA be feeling like piers morgan not a fan…

  13. charliexavier

    January 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Eku dear, think it’s time to hush…… Nothung wrong with a lil help from daddy or mummy, Lord knows in my own small pond my parents influence have opened several doors for me. It’s one thing to get that door open and it’s another to walk through it and stay behind it. So obviously you been able to walk through the door (that takes courage) and stI’ll be relevant (that’s hard work). So if been light skinned helped your career, bless God, thank God for it, if you have influential parents thank God! Long n short whatever people saw or heard to open that door for you…..Thank God!

    • Nanciejul

      January 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      God bless you for this comment. Eku should give it arest already, its like she wants to prove a point. Besides who cares!

    • Iris

      January 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      That’s it exactly. Exactly! I’m sure she worked for it, but if all it took was hard work a lot more people in Nigeria would be successful. There’s no shame in admitting what has opened a door for you as long as you’ve earned the rest of it. All over the world a little connection helps. Plus there’s the fact that if she was 7 kinds of ugly it is unlikely she’d have made TV. Did she work for her beauty too or did that not come as a natural gift?

    • Nessa

      January 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you and well said! And she is the only one pushing this issue at the moment. Eku we don hear, moving along.

  14. Titi

    January 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Got her here being where? What is it that she does that is so relevant? Please someone shed some light as I’m curious………..

  15. keeps it real

    January 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Ok. Am a big fan of Eku but all this her recent talk is starting to tire me. Beware my dear, you may just loose some fans. Just keep doing your thing cuz that is why I liked you in the first place. Do not make the mistake many other celebrities make with too much unnecessary talk. Let your actions speak for you. Have a happy 2014. Peace out.

  16. Swagu

    January 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Well for starters Eku. Maybe if you had actually stuck to your real surname ” Thorley”. We wont be having this argument. You knew answering your mother’s maiden surname Edewor will give you that preferential boost in the Nigerian entertainment industry. So please enjoy the doors it has opened for you and give it a rest. Thank You. Now you have invited the likes of Cuppy Otedola and co into the mix. Rich kids not content with being silent. They want fame badly now…. Ok oh

    • trufactoid

      January 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Jesu… OMG ain’t that the freaking truth. THORLEY huh?

    • imsexyandiknowit

      January 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      you get me blad! the babe should be thorley (her fathers name) not edewor (her mumsys name)..funny thing is in england she was known as thorley…she moved to naija and added the edewor cos she knew the doors it would open…the babe is trying to play a fast one…smh!

    • Idak

      January 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      When she goes back to the UK, she will revert to Thorley. For now make she dey use Edewor.
      All hustle na hustle. Ko easy!!

    • Rick

      January 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Her first name is actually even Georgina. She was “Georgina Thorley” in England, that was the name she used on Britain’s Next Top Model. She came to Nigeria and switched to “Eku Edewor,” which is fine, but she needs to drop the attempts to convince us she was some sort of random success story. Especially as she’s not that good at her job to begin with. Just roll with it and go.

    • *Real* Nice Anon

      January 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Oh yeah? I had no clue. Interesting stuff.

    • corolla

      January 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      So because they are rich kids they shouldn’t pursue their dreams?

    • Energybill

      January 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you o. She could have stuck with ‘Georgina Thorley’ when she came back from England and lets see how many doors that would have opened!

    • idoublecrossmyheart

      January 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      The only door “Georgina Thorley” might open is working as a secretary at the BRITISH COUNCIL or something.

      Homegirl should be QUIET. She does not have TALENT except MODEL. And these days even cat fit pose under proper lighting and better camera.

      She should be grateful that her MOTHER’S name and her skin tone opened doors for her. Success story? Which success story? The poor woman who sells akara to send her children to school, THAT IS A SUCCESS STORY. Living off NIGERIA’S WEALTH is NOT A SUCCESS STORY.

      If Eku is claiming that it is hardwork, why didnt that hardwork PAY OFF FOR HER SISTER who is stuck in England? Abi, twins no dey think alike again? Identical twins no ni?

      Be grateful for your blessings, acknowledge your privilege so that you will be grateful for your blessings. The Nigerian public is not the gullible. GREEDY yes, GULLIBLE, please give us some credit.

      Dolapo Oni presented BETTER than Eku or is it Georgina….but I suspect she was constantly overshadowed by Eku’s brightness in our stupid Nigeria society that she decided to make a better career move.

      There is NO CHARM in Eku’s presenting skills. No personality. Nothing. So which hard work? Even the acting is….well…let us just say there is no Oscar nod for that role.

      But at least she is in Nigeria….trying to “better” Nigeria. I use better so vaguely.

    • nene

      January 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm



    January 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    You go girl. Hard work truly pays. Family name alone cannot get you to the top so I believe you.

    • idoublecrossmyheart

      January 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      In Nigeria IT DOES. In fact, it can give you more opportunities if you are ILLITERATE. Nigeria is a country where if mosquito is Obasanjo’s first cousin, it will get preferential treatment.

    • falalala

      January 14, 2014 at 6:39 am

      ha yes!!!!

  18. yostic

    January 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Wo, Eku it don do. BN please find other topics apart from light skin issues and Toke Makinwa to discuss….Site gist becoming monotonous.

  19. Stella Kashmoney

    January 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Lol @ some comments.

  20. mama

    January 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    and the funny thin is if ppl hdnt been goin on and on and on and on about her surname;edewor, i wdnt even know it meant sumthin. never heard of edewors, i mean not like dangote,abiola or adenuga so rili who r the edewors? my point exactly. she shud giv it a rest. they r unknown in the bigger picture, the bigger elite picture.

    • Nanciejul

      January 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      10 likes…… BN please add a like button.

    • Nanciejul

      January 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      10 likes……BN please add a like button.

    • kilipot

      January 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      My exact thought.

  21. Idak

    January 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I actually thought this Rubbin’ Minds was designed to be a slightly more serious program?
    These frivolous and banal topics are a waste of Ebuka’s genuine talent.

    • Nanciejul

      January 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      What talent?????

    • imsexyandiknowit

      January 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm


    • Idak

      January 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      seriously, the lad is an intelligent guy and very aware of happenings in his environment. In addition, he has a very inquisitive mind.
      I was expecting a program that will tackle relevant issues and ask the sort of questions young people are asking and explore the views of same.
      Instead I see an exceedingly vain program where their celebrity friends come around to talk the same crap we hear on tabloids and gossip blogs. Who really cares whether Eku or Georgina earned her perks or not?

    • SugarSugar

      January 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      LOOOOL Gbam! Cant really stand him. I cant watch the rubbin minds show, he’s trying to shine as much as the interviewees

    • ms lala

      January 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      lwkmd….Ebuka schooled in DC American University and trust me ……smh he tries tooooooooooooo hard IDAK….said it in the comment posted under yours..i don’t know whose worse Ebuka or Noble Igwe….

    • Nanciejul

      January 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      @Idak your reply said it all, this is where talent comes into place.

    • falalala

      January 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Ebuka went to University of Abuja for undergrad then AU long after BBN


    • iba

      January 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Unfortunately i dont think Ebuka really has what it takes in the world of TV and presentation. Ive seen a few episodes of rubbing minds and all i can say is ”blah” ITS JUST THERE. No sparks no real presence nothing flies off at me. I liked him on big brother though and i think he is a pretty face on the red carpets!

    • Idak

      January 14, 2014 at 9:51 am

      He might not be a good presenter but he is certainly more than a fine face. My opinion.

  22. Amh

    January 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    So this albino girl go and sit down jot, which name, are you from abiola, obasanjo or babangida or adenuga s family. Nobody knows your family sin which one is useless talk deceiving yourself. How successful are you that you feel important . You wasn’t to compare yourself to cuppy otedola or what. Get lost and continue with your struggle. Who cares if you are afin the albino or not.gerrout with your white mentality. Is mo abudu fair skinned or genny or louche or nike osiinnowo. Go and sit down, wannabe.

    • ms lala

      January 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      I died on your comment…uh huh gurl why evils ….hehhe the funny thing is that dolapo oni and her were stars on a show and the light was poured more on eku than ms oni….now both girls come from well off family …the Edewors…hmmmm are like old money that is’nt rich anymore just in the name because her granddad shooked places back in the days…take it from someone whose from Delta state…THE MAN WAS A BUSINESS MAN SHAAAAAA made investments and made money..but eku shud chill be thankful that’s she’s blessed…there are lots of biracial kids that are born into poor homes and are BROKE…..


    January 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    for some time now I have been seeing this random yellow chick hopping from website to website shouting about how she got to where she is using her talent. my question is: WHO IS THIS YELLOW CHICK AND WILL SHE CHANGE THE PRICE OF JIK????

    • whocares

      January 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      oooh I LOVE JIK!

    • whocares

      January 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      oooh I LOVE JIK!

  24. silvabubbles

    January 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm


  25. Swagu

    January 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I miss Dolapo Oni on 53 extra tho…. That lady can present for days… Anyway more deeper topics on EbonyLife TV. So i have switched. @Rick … She knows she wasnt some random success story. She should keep deceiving herself….

  26. Joan85

    January 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    The fact that she even has to emphasize and defend that she earned her place in the industry…well, what do I know. They say certain things in life just speak for themselves. 🙂 Still love Eku though…

  27. oyoyo

    January 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    n***a please lol

  28. Chum chum

    January 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    wetin she for talk before.

    • omada

      January 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      LOOOOOL. Best comment.

  29. AYaB

    January 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    but una dey do research sha! How did y’All get to know she is Georgina Thorley? lol!

  30. Emy

    January 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Give Nigerians chance they will gladly fall your career for you. FBI’s in the building! Thorley n Eku? Issorai

    • Rick

      January 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      No research needed. When she first appeared on the Nigerian social scene a couple of years ago, BellaNaija and other blogs used to tag the photos as “Georgina Thorley”. Many people began to know her as a fashionista/socialite, then the name change happened. The rest is history.

  31. nollare

    January 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Abeg Eku go and rest jare. We are bored already and be careful before you become the next Toke Makinwa. You better keep quiet as u have in the past coz the public will eat raw in a heartbeat. And yes your beauty got you to where you are. You are not that talented but you will make a great print model or runway model (in Naija of course and according to naija standards)No offence but nobody knows your family. I have never heard of an Edewor before so must not be that relevant jare.

  32. jcsgrl

    January 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This girl sef…now she’s beginning to annoy me

  33. Great Portland Street

    January 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Kai bella naija peops una go kill person lol. Georgina ke . Nawaoo una don research sharp sharp.

  34. African Man

    January 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    This girl should go and sit down somewhere and put a sock in it. First it was about her skin colour, now it’s about some family influence. If you believe it’s all through hard work, why don’t you attain the same level of your perceived success in a predominantly white country and then yan. Babe, get over yourself, and as a public personality learn to ignore ‘talk’.

  35. sizle

    January 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    @Nollare pls hun biko nor make the chic head swell oo…beauty kor ..Edewor ni…biko Georgi luks lyk a shrimp i beg….make she parkwell eya….we no need all this familiar spirits for this 2014!.Thank you…BN biko post my comment iyoooo…

  36. Sunshine

    January 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    U guys are just the best. The comments here are killing. BN please for the sake of God add like buttons on this site. I will go back to this page to savour and laff. Which one be “for some time now I have been seeing this random yellow chick hopping from website to website shouting about how she got to where she is using her talent. my question is: WHO IS THIS YELLOW CHICK AND WILL SHE CHANGE THE PRICE OF JIK????”

  37. nene

    January 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    nne, biko u didn’t earn anything. r looks and family name got yo to where yo are. yo are not even a good presenter or actress, and yo studied theater arts. be happy for what you have.

  38. Megzy

    January 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Please who is she?

  39. nene

    January 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    she should have stayed back in england, then if she makes it there, i’ll know she has actual talent. in nigeria there are few rich, mixed race girls, so she’s “hot cake”. she’s good as a model, but her presenting and acting are nothing to write home about.

  40. Vicky

    January 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Really enjoying the comments,keep it coming.Eku Geogina Thorley Edewor,pls keep quiet before people start digging for dirt on you.

  41. Great Portland Street

    January 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    This is somebody that when she interviews peops she is looking at her ipad o for the next question. Nne go and take several seats in asaba

  42. sassycassie

    January 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Bellanaijarians, una no go kill person. Eku, next time just put a lid on it before folks remind you of ya papa name.LOL

  43. chinco

    January 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    These comments are so vicious and sarcy… Loving every bit of it

  44. Cancel Reply

    January 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I thought Ebuka would be a better presenter than this.Which one is “your lips are a little too red”??

  45. Great Portland Street

    January 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    No mind Ebuka , okoro man. Feeling like Piers Morgan. Ta!

    • Idak

      January 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      being compared to Piers Morgan is no compliment. That is actually an insult.
      Meanwhile make una yab Ebuka small small o. Na my person,i beg.

    • voiceofreason

      January 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm


  46. omo

    January 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Hahahahahahahaha… Chai, u guys comments are wickedly funny. LWKMD!!! At this point Eku should give it a rest abeg. I was just telling my girlfriend few days ago how I go to BN site just to read comments sometimes when am bored to get some good laffs. We both started laughing & my friend concluded with ” 9ja pple get mouth o, we get mouth die.” And I luv my pple for that.

  47. dobz

    January 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Edewor was an old school rich warri man. Who still has properties in delta. But had many wives and kids. His “empire” isn’t thriving as much. And not all his kids and grandkids are rich or beautiful

  48. The Buttery Hotness.

    January 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Aunty Eku, I gbadun your publicity strategy o.

    Tell the people my background didn’t get me here, blah blah blah. The people get confused and start to ask, what background does she speak of? Then they begin to google and talk about me in the comment sections of the blogs, in their offices, salons, and wherever 2 or 3 people are gathered.

    You evil genius, you.

    • Another Controversy Plot

      January 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      I’m with you. Her PR team is working OVERTIME!!!

  49. Leah

    January 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Lmao @ the comments.

  50. SOLO ACT

    January 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    gurl your skin COLOR and your LAST name got u where u are! i know u think u worked extra hard but so is the struggling girl studying journalism in LAG. she prob would not get a job. they would giv it to u because ur parents are rich.

  51. mio

    January 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    hahahaha….Jisox! laff wan kill me die. @ cancel reply….funny comment. never a fan of ebuka’s presenting skills

  52. Lol

    January 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    You ppl are being silly with this last name thing, she was already a bit known before magazine came out she just became more popular after am sure she would ve still gotten to where she is now without it and he asked her about it. Amp yay dehm eku u talk a lot! Thou try listening for a change. But you are well spoken nd I love your energy. Ppl will always feel their opinion matter

    • loool

      January 14, 2014 at 2:48 am

      this is either eku or her sister lmaoooooooooo

  53. Another Controversy Plot

    January 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    she’s taking cue from Toke. Bring controversy into the media, people jump on it, blogs keep talking about you and boom, you become more “famous”. it’s working. 80 comments and counting on a post about her…

  54. Olive

    January 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Oh my goodness she should shut up already. If her looks and lastname did not get her up there, she does not need to prove it to anyone. But conducting press releases and interviews as a cathartic way to prove she did not climb up the ladder kind of depicts her as apologetic or defensive. If she actually ‘earned’ her work due to merit and qualified skills there is no need to prove it. Flaunt it! But we all know the truth. This debate needs to end.

  55. labelle

    January 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    These comments, lawwwwd!

  56. CC

    January 14, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Please the people or television network in charge of rubbin minds or who ever need to change/upgrade their graphics/background and sound!!!!! Ahan its just too poor! looking like something from 1996 NTA channel 5 this is 2014 get with the program.. you dont see studio 53 o r Ebony life looking this.How do you expect this to be viewed on a pan-African platform not to even talk of world wide…


    January 14, 2014 at 2:57 am

    buahahahaaahahaha!! See yabbis o heeoo…lmao

    Eku, you see yasef now…see as you carry torchlight find trouble? Well now more people know your ‘history’. lol

  58. Judy two

    January 14, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Ok she said ” my background didn’t get me here,I earned it” …get her where tho? Ain’t like she owns a business empire or something…chile….take several seats and pop some Motrin.

  59. falalala

    January 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Not an engaging interview. Ebuka couldn’t ask questions and Eku couldn’t answer without ’emm umm hmm errr.’ Neither of them is very talented in this space but its naija.

  60. laffs

    January 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    oh my gosh!i have never laughed so hard!!! you guys are killing me. Eku/geogina has just walked the plank! but on a serious note! i need Egyptian cream oh if being lightskinned gets you famous plus i can revamp my surname. Welcome to the new 9ja

  61. Naveah

    January 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Oh I see, my comment didn’t make it. #BNPoliceVenganceCnotK

  62. Constructive crit

    January 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    My dear Eku,I really like you! But truth be told, when you started presenting you were not fantastic, but you have grown on the job, you are really good now but you are not a good actress, who knows you may also get better, also you and I know that your beauty, family name and accent made it a lot easier to climb the ladder of success in your carrer if you don’t belive me ask the following people. About the rejection, the struggle and how long it took them to get to the top, Funmi Iyanda, IK, frank edoho etc, they STRUGGLED!!! So my dear just count your blessings, thank God, thank your mum for her name and thank your mum’s friend Biola Alabi of Mnet

  63. The Real Madam the Madam

    January 15, 2014 at 3:16 am

    All of you sound really bitter.

  64. rachelbrezy

    September 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    jeez….. why dhe hate… yhu all knw her… bt she doesn’t even knw y’all

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