Winner of Big Brother’s seventh season, Josephine Otabor, popularly known as Phyna, has given her two cents on why many marriages in the Nigerian entertainment landscape fail.
The reality TV star, in a recent feature on TVC, also spoke of the hurdles that her likes face while struggling to hit the limelight.
She said, if she were to change anything in the industry, it would be to platform more upcoming entertainers.
“I would start giving opportunities to upcoming entertainers, especially the females. We face lots of hardship in the industry. I think I would change that and give all female entertainers that platform,” she said.
Phyna spoke of the “fake it until you make it” mantra that many upcoming entertainment stars uphold in Nigeria.
“Only they know what’s there to fake. Even fake life is now more expensive. The money you would spend on living the fake life, you can live a decent and real life from it. So faking it till you make it is really nonsense,” she added.
Quizzed on the frequent marital crisis among entertainers, Phyna blamed those who take their fame to the head.
“[An entertainer marrying another entertainer] is nice because they both understand what they’re doing. They both understand the business, so when I tell you I’m busy, you’d understand. But a non-entertainer don’t,” she said.
“You just need to be at the table with someone that understands. Many celebrity marriages fail because most of them front the celebrity life. When I’m with my boyfriend, I don’t even look like celebrity or talk celebrity.
“I’m like any normal girl. It’s when you start bringing in talks about you being this and that in a marriage that you start having problems. Make your relationship like that of normal people with normal lives.
“That way, it’s going to be successful. We have celebrities that have a successful marriage now.”