Chukwuebuka Obi-Uchendu popularly referred to as Ebuka (born July 14, 1982) is a Nigerian lawyer and media personality and a former Big Brother Nigeria contestant from Okija, Anambra State, Nigeria. He is known for hosting the reality show Big Brother Naija, the defunct MTN Project Fame West Africa, the long-running Rubbin’ Minds talk show on Channels TV as well as co-hosting The Spot and Men’s Corner on Ebonylife Television.
Ebuka was Born in Benin City, Edo State to a banker father and a mum who is a nurse, he is the third of four children with an elder sister as well as one older brother, and a younger brother. He went through with his nursery and primary education in the mid-western Nigerian city of Benin, remarkably passing the Common Entrance Examination into secondary school from Primary Four. He subsequently moved to the capital city of Abuja with his family.
He had his secondary education at Christ The King College Abuja, graduating in 1997, before getting his university education at the University of Abuja, up until 2004. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja finishing in 2005 and then returned to school after a 5-year working gap, graduating in December 2010 from the Washington College of Law of the American University Washington DC, with Master of Laws degree specializations in Intellectual Property as well as Communications law from the Law and Government program.
Big Brother Nigeria
In 2006, Ebuka went in as one of an eventual 14 housemates on the first season of the popular reality show Big Brother Nigeria, finishing in eighth place. To date, he is one of the most visibly successful BBN 2006 cast members. In January 2017, he was announced as the host of the second season of Big Brother Naija as well as the third season.
After the reality show in 2006, he signed endorsement deals with a major telecommunications brand as well as a popular brewing company and as such hosted Friend or Foe on NTA, the GLO Show, also on NTA, as well as Guinness’ Greatness TV. He also maintained a weekly column called Contrast with a Nigerian national daily newspaper, Thisday for upwards of 4 years and has written for other publications including What’s New & Ace Magazines.
In the run-up to the 2011 general elections in Nigeria, he hosted the first-ever presidential debate focused on youth issues, which was broadcast live across Nigeria. He also freelances as an MC for events
He has gone on to be a contributor to several online publications including the Y! FrontPage on the youth-oriented YNaija, general lifestyle inclined 360Nobs, Breaking Times which deals mostly with current affairs, and StyleVitae a fashion and style portal.
Rubbin Minds & EbonyLife TV
In 2013, producers of Rubbin’ Minds, the popular TV talk-show for young Nigerians, announced that Ebuka Obi-Uchendu would be the new host of the show.
He has gone on to interview some of the biggest names in the Nigerian youth circuit including Banky W., Gbenga Sesan, Seun Kuti, Oluchi Onweagba, Davido, Japheth J. Omojuwa, and Chika Unigwe.
Also in 2013, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu became one of the co-hosts of The Spot, showing on EbonyLife TV on DSTV channel 165 alongside Lamide Akintobi and Zainab Balogun. The show airs every weekday across 48 African countries.
In July 2014, he joined Arit Okpo as a co-host on the new chat show Naija Politics. The show which has panelists discussing politics in Nigeria airs every week on EbonyLifeTV. In July 2016, he became the host of Men’s Corner, Nigeria’s first all male TV talk show.
On April 15, 2015, Ebuka got engaged to an HR manager, Cynthia Obianodo in Lagos. They got married on February 6, 2016, in Abuja. The beautiful couple have two children; a boy and a girl.