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Ojinika Obiekwe: Behind The Stories – 12 Years & Counting | Love Stories with Colin Farrell

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Ojinika-223Ojinika Obiekwe‘s vivacious spirit is evident when she gets in front of the camera. This hardworking and professional journalist, has worked for the past 12 years wearing multiple hats just to get the job needs to be done.  At BellaNaija, while we seek to entertain and educate, we also hope to inspire our readers and show them that there are people who keep striving  to make a difference in their chosen careers. In this vein, we spoke with Oji and shared her story with you.{Click here if you missed it}.

As she looks back on her journey so far, she has chosen to share 12 memorable stories from her career. As she recalls her growth path and the lessons she has learned, she hopes to reach as many people as she forges ahead to an even brighter future.

Read part XII of her chronicles below:

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I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason. Most of the time, the reasons in my case are ridiculous
For instance, in my head, the reason this Colin Farrell interview happened was to help me realize that I never really had a valentine. I never ever thought about it till it came up during this interview.
Like, for real, no joke. Never!
And I’m not being funny, that’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The movie is called “Winter’s Tale” – a romantic suspense thriller which is pretty much about love, miracles and destiny – and it opened on Valentine’s day, so those topics had to come up. I brought up pick up lines too because although it was set in the early 20th century; his lines in the movie were just incredible.

It just moves you, well, it moved me.
I love when words can just do that. You know, sound so simple, but mean so much.
In part of the trailer, he says “Is it possible to love someone so completely they simply can’t die”
That’s how strong he’s implying his love for her is, that it will not just last forever, but make them live forever.
There’s this one scene, he’s dancing with her and he says “you’re impossibly beautiful.”
That’s really sweet, right?

It might not be a big deal to some people but I think it’s the intensity or maybe he’s just a really good actor.
Another line in the movie that he used on her was when he went to rob her house when they first met; he was open about being a thief. She asked him “what’s the best thing you’ve ever stolen?”; he looked her dead in the eye and replied: “I’m beginning to think I haven’t stolen it yet.”
I just died and woke up.

I mean, if i ever meet a thief in real life and he says that to me in that exact way, I’ll let him steal me o.
I’ll even quit my job so he and I can become kinda like our own “Bonnie and Clyde”.

Maybe it’s easier to fall for lines like that because it’s Colin Farrell delivering them.
I wouldn’t normally but maybe its the accent or his cuteness, who knows?
He did seem cuter just because he was sooo nice and I totally believe having a good attitude makes you seem more attractive. That’s what I think; so don’t quote me on that one.

He did say he doesn’t use pickup lines; I told him he doesn’t have to because I’m sure girls throw themselves at him so he technically doesn’t need lines.

I also got advice on how to find love from Hollywood icon Eva Marie Saint.
Not just because she’s older and wiser but because I figured she’d have a few tricks up her sleeve – she’s been married since 1951, happily. Do the math, because I’m not good with numbers; I’m really not… I still add with my fingers.
For the record, I wasn’t seeking love advice from her for myself o. I was asking for other people 🙂

Back to why my “valentine-less” life came up. I had to ask their Valentine’s day plans, since the movie release date was set for February 14th. Colin Farrell had no plans; he said cupid missed him yet again (kinda didn’t believe it, but I went with the flow) Jessica Findlay Brown who co-stars in the movie kinda really didn’t have plans either

But because I have no shame, I invited myself over to her place in London where she said she would be eating icecream and watching a movie…Colin said we should all go: ofcourse I wasn’t going to go, who dash me?
I stay in my lane jor.

Oh and the point is not for anyone to feel sorry for me over this my whole “I never had a valentine” situation.
I’m totally fine with it…my name is not Cinderella so I don’t expect story book endings or those fairy tale/fantasy stuff. This isn’t to say that if some Prince Charming got me glass slippers I wouldn’t wear it. I totally would…but I know that’s probably not going to happen. And it’s not because I’m being pessimistic; it’s because I have really big feet for a girl so I don’t think any Prince Charming would want to waste all that glass on slippers; just saying
By the way, when I say big, I mean big…I wear size 11s.

It’s like I’m the female version of Shaq; point made, I hope.
Another great thing about not having a Valentine is not having to stress out about having to plan stuff and find a present. I’m not good with that.
I would totally force myself to do it though if the person is cute…I’m kidding!

On a serious note, one thing I loved about this movie is that it just wasn’t your regular romance. It had one of the greatest life lessons I’ve ever gotten.

And I’ve been here on this earth for a pretty long time (I’m not complaining though)
In the movie, Colin Farrell’s character never died because he was destined to save a red head.
He assumed it was the girl he met and fell in love with…turns out it was a different person that was born at least 100 years later.

A little girl; so he lived all those years till he saved her. At the end of the movie, the narrator says, so what makes this little girl so special that the universe went through all it did just to save her? And it said, there’s really nothing that special about her; and that maybe it’s the same way for all of us, we are all special, and miracles happen everyday in our lives for us to be here…the only difference is that we don’t pay enough attention to notice or appreciate it.

The narrator says it better than I do but you get the gist. It made me start paying attention and appreciating the miracles in my life, no matter how little it may seem.

So I remind myself everyday I wake up that its a miracle that I’m here.
Colin Farrell might not be involved in my miracles (I wish) but it doesn’t make me appreciate them any less.

Who knows, maybe a miracle might happen and I could end up with a Valentine finally?
Maybe even with an African Colin Farrell..is there even one? If not, I’m sure there’s an Indian or Chinese Colin Farrell?
I’m open.

Not for anything serious, just to make me a pair of glass slippers, that’s all, I don’t ask for much. Oh and maybe I can pretend to be African Cinderella.

Even more importantly, maybe I should end this my “crazy talk” so you can at least watch the interview.
And maybe even enjoy it…
No, definitely enjoy it. Hopefully 🙂

Here ya go:

With a career in television that has spanned more than a decade, Ojinika Obiekwe is a Nigerian-born Emmy award-winning journalist who has interviewed people from all walks of life - from A-list celebrities to politicians to the newsmakers of our time. A chance encounter brought her to New York’s WPIX-TV/Channel 11 as an intern. Now as a producer/correspondent for PIX11 Morning News, Ojinika not only writes and produces for the news program but also steps in front of the camera to interview some of Hollywood's biggest names which include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston and many more.

4 Comments

  1. Tosin

    December 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Emmy, you say? WoW!

  2. Vics

    December 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Oh she’s genius! Love her

  3. ella

    December 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Are you advertising Oji!

  4. fiya

    December 7, 2014 at 7:39 am

    That her glassesgets me all the time

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