A couple of weeks ago Bold Magazine collaborated with DStv Nigeria to feature all the contestants of Big Brother Naija in a candid “Stripped” series interview.
The latest former housemate to be featured is singer and actress Bisola Aiyeola who talks about her time in the house, her current projects and how her daughter is dealing with life after BBNaija.
Read excerpts below.
On her experience in the Big Brother House: My time in the big brother house was very interesting, I had fun in the house. So many things I never thought I could do, I found out that if I push myself more and I don’t put myself in that box of fear, I could actually achieve a lot. Physically I do a bit of jogging, but that house made me go all the way. I also found out that I had a little bit more determination than I thought I had. So all of these summed up together made the stay in the Big Brother house interesting. And I started out as a singer in the entertainment industry then I stopped for a bit, but going into the house, and being with the other housemates they kind of pushed me. They suggested I give music a shot again as you never know, so I am definitely going to do that.
On raising her daughter with her busy schedule: It is not easy; I have the support of my mum and my sister. My mum has been a huge backbone. She tries as much as possible to make sure my daughter doesn’t feel my absence. I just try; I still try to strike a balance with it. The time I have to spend with her we talk, we go out…what I try to do when I am in Lagos is every morning I take her to school, if I get home late or early the next morning, I cross check her assignments and make sure she’s fine before leaving for school.
On how the BBNaija experience affected her daughter: Yes she does get attention, and I am trying really hard not to put her in the public eye because I still want her to have her childhood. People can be really nasty and I have heard a few comments. People are sending messages regarding my daughter and I am not really impressed with that. So I’m like let me allow her to have her childhood and be herself. If she wants to grow up and be in people’s faces or go into entertainment on her own, let her have that option. I would not be the one to shove her out there. But for her she is still a child, she’s pretty much the same. Maybe she does brag about her mum to her friends. She likes to show off a bit and I still spank her when it’s needed.
On managing her fame: I am still trying to manage it. It’s not been easy, I have seen people get drowned in fame and I really don’t want that to be my case so I am treading softly. The good thing I now have a management company that will help me with that, I am just hoping I tread softly, cautiously and that I am able to achieve all that I have set out to achieve.
Creative Direction and Styling; Bella Adeleke
Photography; Ademola Odusami
Makeup and Grooming; Leylarh Cadne