StyleVitae Meets – Zainab Balogun

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We were very excited to pin down Zainab Balogun, The Spot co-host, model and TV presenter and ask her a few questions about what she does, what a typical day is like for her and of course her fashion obsessions! 

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Myles Igwe for SV: Tell us about yourself – what it was like for you growing up, your family, education etc.

Zainab Balogun: I’m Zainab Balogun, a very cheeky, fun and all round workaholic. As typical as it sounds, I always wanted to be a lawyer. I graduated with a Law degree from Kent University and specifically wanted to work in media and entertainment law but somehow my creative side drastically took over and won the career battle. I was born and raised in London and have a pretty big family. There’s just something about having so many characters, cousins, nieces and nephews that made growing up one big event!

MI: So what exactly do you do for a living?

ZB: I have a habit of doing a lot of things but I’ll keep it simple here. I’m a TV and film actress as well as a presenter/producer for EbonyLife TV. I’m currently featured on ‘EL Now’; a daily entertainment news show for what’s cool, black and happening. I’m also one of three hosts on ‘The SpOT’; an original daily talk show with a unique hang-out style and format.

MI: You’re definitely a rising star on the Nigerian entertainment scene. What has your rise to fame been like and how did it all start?

SV: Hmm…’Rise to fame’, it all still sounds very new to me. I fell in love with acting in my teens when I was modelling and got sent for commercial castings looking for extras. As an extra, your role can be very small yet significant and you had to be convincing. I enjoyed playing these roles and being a different person other than myself even if it was just for 30 minutes and small change. From there I started to audition for more leading and supporting roles to see where it could get me and to my surprise I was actually getting booked. Presenting started much later when I created an online entertainment web show geared towards Africans. Again, this was my first stint on the job and despite the fact that I didn’t have any experience what so ever, I learnt my skills along the way and created my own platform rather than waiting for someone to give me one.

MI: So what’s a typical day like for you?

ZB: A typical day starts pretty early for me. We get into the studio and are ready to shoot by 9am all the way to whenever we are done. The day requires a lot of make-up for television, energy and countless outfit changes. When I get home, I try not to work but I fail every time and find myself working on scripts, pre-production for our other show and preparing for auditions.

Read the rest of the interview on StyleVitae here.

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