Big Brother Naija 2018 contestant, Oluwabamike Olawunmi, popularly known as BamBam, is a multi-talented young lady. She’s an actress, broadcaster, singer, voice over artiste, event host, Creative Director, and On Air Personality and entrepreneur. BamBami is one of the fastest growing brands in the entertainment industry having stormed Nollywood after last year’s BB Naija. A close encounter with the young enterprenuer throws a glimpse into her brilliance and passion to make a mark in the dynamic Nigerian entertainment industry. In this interview with KEHINDE OLULEYE, she speaks about her career and other sundry matters.
HOW would you describe Bambam?
First of all, Bambam is an actor. Acting comes first for me and I also have a passion for music as well. I’m a lover of anything art, which explains my high sense of creative fashion.
What was your growing up like?
Growing up was majorly adventurous, which is usually the case of an average diplomat’s child. I had the opportunity to live and tour round some parts of the world because that was what my dad’s job required and though I had to change schools & friends frequently, I would still pick the languages, culture learning benefits over that.
What inspires you?
A lot of factors inspire but I think my source of inspiration is one thing I always tell myself, ‘Bamike, you are going to be one of the most influential women in the world. This drives my everyday self; it’s even more interesting now that a lot of goal-driven Nigerians are breaking barriers and the level of attention the world has on us now makes me want to do more.
How do you unwind?
I take a break from that one thing that is steadily increasing pressure on me at that particular time, separate my energy from what is needed and what’s not. This way I have a clearer view of what I want to achieve and how I want to achieve it.
What determines what you wear?
For my regular days, I wear clothes based on my mood and what’s most accessible in my wardrobe. By accessible I mean what I have pictured myself wearing for the day even before leaving my bed (smiles). Then for my event appearances, I love to wear what’s out of the norm and I have my creative team to thank for that.
What is fashion to you?
Fashion is art and art is unique to your identity expression. So I take every fashion opportunity to fully express myself.
How would you describe your fashion style?
My style can be relatable either at first sight or when you look deeply. However, I like think of my style as dynamic, because everyday, I discover new desires in fashion and the way I want to express myself. My style keeps evolving as I’m a big fashion enthusiast.
Fashion items you can’t do without?
I can’t do without accessories but somehow, it’s literally last on my mind when shopping. I still don’t know why.
What is your go-‘ ‘ to outfit?
A jumpsuit with or without a kimono is my go-to and my favourite.
Are you a label freak?
I can be.
You talked about having a shoe and belt collection in Big Brother house, are you still going to do that?
It’s something I’m still very much interested in, like all business ideas. It’s important to understand the market well and how profitable it is before plunging into it.
Simplest fashion item in your wardrobe?
Who is your favourite designer(s) home and abroad?
My favourite designer home would be House of Jahdara. Abroad, I love Stella Mccartney , Toni Matièevski and Olivier Rousteing of Balmain.
Most expensive fashion item in your wardrobe?
My Chanel Bag.
What makes you happy?
Seeing my plans in motion and watching them fall into place beyond my expectation.
Celebrity style you really love?
Can you go a week without your stylist?
I can in as much as there isn’t an event appearance or outing that week.
Beauty things you do before going to bed?
I exfoliate and use my Bam Beauty Oil.
Describe yourself in one word?