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