I won't make money with Bri­tish ci­ti­zen­ship - Uriel Oputa

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For­mer Bb­naija con­tes­tant, Uriel Oputa, was ec­static when she fi­nally clinched her Bri­tish ci­ti­zen­ship dur­ing the week even though she was born and raised in the UK.

Shar­ing her ex­cite­ment with Sun­day Scoop,

Oputa said, “It is my birthright. I have al­ways lived in the United King­dom and a lot of em­pha­sis is placed on be­ing a Bri­tish ci­ti­zen. My ac­cent comes from the fact that I was born and raised in Eng­land but the rea­son I was not able to be­come a ci­ti­zen at birth was be­cause at the time I was born, there was an act passed in 1983 by the then Prime Min­is­ter, Mar­garet Thatcher, which stip­u­lated that even if one is born in the UK, one may not be en­ti­tled to ci­ti­zen­ship, es­pe­cially if one’s par­ents are not Bri­tish ci­ti­zens.

“My mum is a Nige­rian ci­ti­zen and she didn’t nat­u­ralise. If the law wasn’t in place, I would have be­ing law­fully Bri­tish. It’s very hard to get Bri­tish ci­ti­zen­ship and I’m the only one amongst my sib­lings that had to go through this. The oth­ers be­came Bri­tish at birth.”

The so­cial me­dia per­son­al­ity also said that she had been get­ting a lot of male at­ten­tion since she be­came an of­fi­cial Bri­tish ci­ti­zen. “Some­one said to me that I could make a lot of money by mar­ry­ing some­body that would pay me $25,000 but I don’t want to marry any­body be­cause I want to give them papers. I am go­ing to marry for love. I’m a busi­ness­woman and the money will al­ways come. It’s not an is­sue. I’m a very straight­for­ward per­son and I an­nounced it be­cause it’s such a big achieve­ment. I don’t think it’s some­thing I want to hide.”

Abud­ding all-girl singing group, Fah­mili, cer­tainly means busi­ness with their mu­sic ca­reer. The group made up of three girls— Ay­o­mide, Tere­lay­ifa and Rokewe, re­cently re­leased their sopho­more sin­gle, Ife.

Speak­ing on what in­spired the new song, Ay­o­mide said, “It was in­spired by love, re­demp­tion and re­la­tion­ships, es­pe­cially ones in which love is un­ap­pre­ci­ated. The song speaks to all who must take greater con­trol of mak­ing love come to them and stay with them. We have the back of all those who want a last­ing af­fair. If it is so good, why not make it last for­ever.”

An­other mem­ber of the group, Tere­lay­ifa also stated boldly that the group had its sight set on be­ing the best in the world. She told Sun­day Scoop, “We aim to be­come the big­gest and most recog­nis­able mu­sic brand in Africa. We talked about this at the for­ma­tion of the group. Though some may feel it is a her­culean task, we feel up to it and we will take ev­ery­thing that comes with it— fame, money and in­flu­ence.”

On some of the chal­lenges the group faces at the mo­ment, Rokewe stated, “The major chal­lenge for us now is how to pro­mote our mu­sic with­out throw­ing our mu­sic at to­tal strangers who didn’t ask for it in the name of free down­loads. A lot of opin­ions say we should join the band­wagon but we do not think so. We have good mu­sic worth buy­ing. So we are go­ing to keep do­ing what we do. We will work harder to make mu­sic that stand out. So we have cho­sen to do it the hard way. We are go­ing to cul­ti­vate true fans and sup­port­ers. They will buy our songs and come to our shows to sup­port us. Let’s just say we have our strat­egy.

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