Reality TV star, actor, and model, Uti Nwachukwu, will host this year’s SMVA Awards. Uti, a recording artist himself, continues in the tradition of performers hosting the SMVA’s (The 2008 and 2009 awards were hosted by D’banj and Darey Art-Alade, respectively).
Uti will draw on his recent fame and success, having just won the 2010 season of the Big Brother reality show, Big Brother All-Stars. Through that platform, Uti connected to audiences on an unprecedented scale. He has proven himself capable entertainer, and performer – combining his trademark affability and charm with an unforced coolness.
Uti began his career as a housemate on the third edition of the Big Brother Africa reality show in 2008, and was evicted on the 42nd day. He returned to the Big Brother house this past July, and was eventually crowned the winner in October, walking away with the $200,000 prize money. He switched lanes after returning from the first stint on BBA, to launch his singing career, when he released his debut single, ‘Go Down’, which offered Nigerians his rare blend of Soul and R&B.
~Photo: Tyna Ezenma