You see her everyday on T.v donning a beautiful smile and talking with such grace and an amazing voice. As far as Ebony live Tv goes, Zainab is a household name. without further ado, here’s a bit about ZAINAB BALOGUN.
- A Brief introduction (Family, Education, Social life, Work, e.t.c)
My name is Zainab Balogun and I’m a woman of many talents! I started as a fashion model at 16 working both national and international campaigns in London. From here I started booking work as an extra in television and film and shortly after that I started to invest in my desire to act. Although I graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree, this led to me being featured in BBC One’s drama ‘‘Material Girl’’ and ‘’The Charlatons’’ by Ashley Walters. The highlight of my career so far was finding myself on set with legendary Hollywood director Christopher Nolan in 2011 for The Dark Night Rises.
I am the youngest of four children, I moved to Nigeria in 2012 to play a part in the growth of Africa and have never looked back since.
- What do you do? For how long?
I’m a TV presenter for EbonyLife TV; a brand new global black entertainment network on the DSTV platform. I feature on EL Now; a daily entertainment news show and The SpOT; an original daily talk show with a unique hang-out style and talk show format. I’ve been presenting for just over 2 years now.
- What do you think about the fashion culture in Nigeria?
The Nigerian fashion scene is still in its early stages but budding pretty quickly. We’re learning to love our own and make a statement within ourselves. I totally love the fact that some of our designers are getting more global recognition. It makes me smile to see that the world sees more than just Ankara and beads when they think about African fashion.
- How fashion conscious are you?
I believe that fashion and style shouldn’t break the bank. You can look stunning by working with the simplest things. I am fashion conscious but wouldn’t describe my love as an obsession. I do like to look on trend yet infuse my own style depending on my mood.
- Ourblogazine is looking into the fashion culture of Cross River State. You’ve been here for a while, what do you think?
Just like anywhere else in the world, fashion in any city is shaped by its surroundings and people. This is pretty much the same in Calabar. I would say that most of the young people I’ve come across in Calabar are risk takers and quite on trend. There are things I’ve seen out here, that you’ll only catch a few people In Lagos trying. With this, it can only get better!
- What are the extra efforts you put in to stay on top of your game?
I would say that I don’t necessarily do anything more than the average person. Personally I believe with research and organization you can avoid challenges that make it easier for you to stay on top.
- What challenges have you encountered so far?
Challenges are necessary in making you better at your craft. The hardest thing for me since moving to Nigeria would be adapting to the way of life and how things work out here. I had to reel things back a little because I was excited to try and do it all. This environment certainly humbles you.
- What has been your lowest point so far?
My lowest point has to be being away from my comforts such as my family and friends in London.
- What has been your highest point so far?
This has definitely has to be the day EbonyLife TV went live. It was a great feeling to finally see our hard work on the screen. It made everything worth it!
- Has this always been your dream? OR would you rather be doing something else? (If yes, what?)
I grew up wanting to be a lawyer and don’t get me wrong I love the law. Modeling, acting and presenting just happened to fall into my lap. I thoroughly enjoy them and now I’m running with it as far as it will take me.
- Generally, how has it been so far? (work)
Work is always fun yet challenging. Every day is different at EbonyLife TV. My work is very unpredictable but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else right now.
- What’s your typical day like?
My typical day in the studio begins with a 7 am call time. We’re rushed into wardrobe and make-up to be in the studio ready to shoot by 9am. From here, the day is jam-packed with episodes and constant make-up changes. The highlight of the day has to be when the studio roars once the floor manager calls ‘it’s a wrap!’
- What designer labels do you patronize the most?
I’m a bit of a free sprit when it comes to shopping. I love designer, high street labels and vintage pieces. I’m in love with most African designers but my favourite at the moment is Maki OH! I’m slowly stoking up on other designers and have added the likes of CLAN and April by Kunbi to my list.
- What’s the most expensive item in your wardrobe
This would have to be my Vivienne Westwood handbag.
- What’s the most treasured item?
My most treasured item would have to be my laptop. I can replace most of my material items but my laptop holds my life, literally!
- Where would you consider the fashion capital of Nigeria?
At the moment, I would say Lagos is the fashion capital simply because it is THE destination right now. Some of the most popular fashion houses are based in this buzzing city and it has seen most of the development the industry has to offer. Things are constantly changing and the capital could end up anywhere!.
- Which fashion trend would you love to end if given the chance?
It would have to be the body con dress. This trend has definitely expired in my eyes!
- Are you in a relationship?
I am single at the moment.
- What do you see yourself doing in the next five years?
I hope to have proven myself in the media world. I’d like to still be in the world of production, television and film. I’d hope to take my talents beyond the remit of Africa so watch this space!
- Any last words?
For anyone who wishes to plunge into the world of the media, I’d just say that it’s important for you to be mentally prepared. Production isn’t all about make-up and wardrobe. Get ready to learn and absorb but most importantly, have fun with whatever you choose to do.
*She has recently been nominated for a TV Presenter of the Year at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards.
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