YVONNE EKWERE STRUCK FAME ON THE RED CARPET PAYING LAVISH COMPLIMENT - SOMETIMES WITH TONGUE-IN-CHEEK - TO CELEBRITIES AS SILVERBIRD’S SHOWBIZ REPORTER. SO IT’S FITTING THAT SHE HAS ESTABLISHED A PROGRAMME DEVOTED TO THE RED CARPET AFTER HER EXIT FROM THE PLATFORM THAT SHOT HER TO LIMELIGHT, WRITES AZUKA OGUJIUBA
Briefly tell us what Vixen Red Carpet is all about?
Vixen Red Carpet is an online-based entertainment production; a TV show that offers a unique and interactive approach to celebrity interviews thereby capturing the more approachable sides of the stars. On the show, we focus on fashion, show bits and news features from intimate, casual style interviews. Our slogan “anything, anytime and anywhere” reflects our ability to create any kind of content at any period and at any location while maintaining the key ingredient which is fun. I am currently partnering with Tobems Productions for the post production of the show.
You started your career as a TV presenter and a red carpet host; was that what inspired Vixen Red Carpet?
Certainly! With my five-year experience on TV, stage and mostly on the red carpet, I felt it was the right time for me to branch out and start something of my own. I find that new media is the future and being the driven and passionate person I am, I decided to use the online platform to expand my viewer base and share information about Nigerian showbiz with the rest of the world.
How true is it that you were a model and had featured part in some movie role?
I am not a professional model, but being a lover of fashion, arts and photography, I often express myself through these medium. I’ve been approached by various fashion houses to engage in campaigns for their collection and I never hesitate to say yes if their designs strike a chord with me. As for movies, acting runs in the family. My aunt, Liz Benson, is a person I truly admire, a Nigerian film icon of repute so it is only natural for me to follow in her footsteps. I’m excited about acting as it comes natural to me.
How did the name Vixen come to be?
Vixen is my on air name. It literally means a female fox and also translates into meaning a very attractive young lady. I have often been complimented about my eyes and exotic looks; so when the opportunity for an alias presented itself, the name vixen came to mind.
Who is Yvonne Ekwere?
Yvonne Ekwere is a down-to-earth, strong-willed, multi-talented, intelligent, passionate and principled young lady. I’m a person who adores the arts and appreciates life’s true values. I am simple girl in a complicated industry, or sometimes a simple girl with a complicated but beautiful mind.
What was your background like?
I come from a family of seven beautiful girls out of which I’m the seventh. I’m a native of Akwa Ibom State; was born, bred and schooled in Lagos State. Attended Home Science International Primary School, Holy Child College, Lagos and studied history and international relations briefly at the Lagos State University.
How old are you?
26 years old.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt about life?
Never to trust anyone but God; to learn to allow pain strengthen but not break me and to apply more of wisdom rather than logic in every situation I find myself.
And what is the biggest business lesson you have been taught?
To draw the line between friendship and business; put every detail in writing and to keep sentiments far away from implementing ideas and money matters.
What will I find if l flipped through your bag?
Three phones, my diary, a bottle of “la vie est belle” perfume by Lancome, my Ventolin inhaler, a cheque book, hand sanitizer, my make-up kit, mint and pieces of jewellery.
What are your beauty mantra?
Exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturize. Drink loads of water, sleep well and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
What are the three things you can’t do without?
My phone - it’s my mobile office; my inhaler - I might have an asthma attack; and a bottle of water.
Who is your kind of man?
An intelligent, God-fearing, respectful, affectionate, patient, ambitious and hard-working person who will defend me, protect me and care for me. For some weird reason, I have a strong thing for foreign languages too. It’s like an aphrodisiac; so he may have to know how to speak any one of these - Spanish, French or Italian.
What does love mean to you?
Love means kindness, it means purity, it means patience it means endurance. True love will never go back to a person void. There’s always that unmistakable feeling on both parties and if it’s not there, then it’s not love.
If you were the president, what is the first law you will implement?
What are your fashion fetish?
I love rings, knuckle dusters especially. Perfumes, wrist watches and Goth lace up boots.
Which is your favourite reality show?
Kimora’s Life in the Fab Lane and American Idol.
If a fashion police scours through your wardrobe, do you think you would be arrested for any fashion blunders?
I think so. I’m not perfect. I’ve got this strip of faux fur and we all know Nigeria is hot; to where would I wear that?
Which celebrity in the world is a sex siren?
Channing Tatum. He is super sexy. Robin Thicke is smoking Hot.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling sexy with your body?
Not every morning, but after I’m done with my mini routines, I feel great.
Which celebrity in the world do you think has a near perfect life?
The Kardashians. Everything seems so effortless for them.
Which is your favourite perfume?
Womanity by Thierry Mugler. It’s strongly-scented, sexy and lingers almost all day.
What are five things that will attract you to a man?
If his mind is beautiful and his thought process is mature and seamless then I’m almost sold. He’s got to have a very attractive face and body. His finances have to be in good shape because a girl has to be taken care of sometimes. A man with whom I can discuss issues of faith and pray with is a man I would certainly love to keep. My man has got to be stylish; together we’ll cause fashionable chaos.
What impact do you hope to make in the world with your kind of business?
To show the world that entertainment lives in Africa. To encourage cultural and artistic exchange, to promote African values and business opportunities in showbiz.
Age - 26 years
Profession - TV personality, red carpet host
Education - Read history and international relations “briefly” at the Lagos State University.
Biggest business lesson learnt - “To draw the line between friendship and business; put every detail in writing and to keep sentiments far away from implementing ideas and money matters.”