My husband must Love to eat plenty food and must not look like a monkey – Silverbird TV’s Victoria Pepple + “Why I don’t have a role model”

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Vicky and GDA after the encounter


Meeting Victoria Pepple the Co-host for Silverbird Television’s flagship program, Today-on-STV could be so interesting and hilarious at the same time; witty, frank to fault and at times, charming with words. However, you discover that Vicky as she is fondly called knows what she wants out of life.
For years on, she has become one of the beautiful faces that saunter into people’s homes and sub-consciousness on the early hour week-day flagship program. Victoria and her co-host, Chinyere Favor Ejemi (Her interview ran on this blog yesterday) compliment each other in terms of ideas and views.  She opened up to your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika penultimate Monday morning inside the Victoria Island, Lagos based STV Studios. The Rivers State Southern Nigeria born On-Air-Personality gave us a chance to laugh and ruminate when she reeled out a quality-list for a supposed Mr. Right that might be willing to come her way. You won’t believe some of the things you will hear and if you want to be her suitor, better be prepared. Enjoy! 


Victoria Pepple to Asabeafrika...'I have a long list for the man that will take me to the altar'
You are the Co-host of Today on STV, can we have a brief about you and how you came into broadcasting?
My name is Victoria Pepple, I am from Rivers State. Broadcasting is something I have always wanted to do. So, I was given an opportunity by Silverbird and I am happy that I took that opportunity and 7 years down the line as a broadcaster I  still have many high places unreached I am looking up to expand into the future.
How did you convince your parent about becoming a broadcaster?
My father didn’t understand it initially and he was like ‘no, you cant do this’ but I would say it was a desire that came to pass because even right now, he is very much supportive than my mum having come to see my success several years later and he sees that it was a desire for me to be in broadcasting and as a good parent he want to support me in every way possible. 
“I started up with the gossip segment on JAJ’S Top Ten (Jacob Akinyemi Johnson’s Top Ten) on Silverbird Television. I was doing well on that show and my mouth was running at the time and suddenly there was a vacancy on the Breakfast Show and luckily for me we were called in to fill in the gap”.

What is his name?
Macaulay Pepple.
Were there people you look up to for inspiration while growing up?
I wasn’t sure where I want to go initially, I didn’t know weather I wanted to go into advertising, I was not sure weather I wanted to be on the TV, I didn’t know weather I wanted to act, I wasn’t sure. But having tried several things I can say that I have found what I am most comfortable with at this point. It is not an easy decision, some people wake up and say to themselves, ‘this is what I want to do’ while others spend a number of years, even up to 20 or 50 years to discover their passion. But I am happy I am not there yet but I am not doing badly at all.
At least you are famous?
I am still playing in the local league I will like to play at the top league some day soon; I hope you know what I mean. (Laughter)
Why Silverbird TV?
I didn’t start up with the breakfast show; I started up with the gossip segment on JAJ’S Top Ten (Jacob Akinyemi Johnson’s Top Ten) on Silverbird Television. I was doing well on that show and my mouth was running at the time and suddenly there was a vacancy on the Breakfast Show and luckily for me we were called in to fill in the gap. Chichi and I became a pair on the show and we have remained the most consistent presenters on the breakfast show in the last couple of years; the men have come and gone but the girls have remained. Women are stable (Laughter)
The TV Gal with the Celebrity blogger
What was your first experience like on TV?
Basically the producers had to record several episodes to ensure I became properly schooled in the art of presentation. It was much more of a herculean task for me but I was determined to be a perfect presenter. There were lots for me to learn because I was not even a political person but here I was being prepped up to present a breakfast show where you have a pot-pouri of issues ranging from politics, lifestyle and current affairs. I won’t say I got it all at once, first time on air, I was shaking, the words were not coming out right and I had no idea of what to say half the time, but today the story has changed. It has to do with consistent structuring by my producers and the ability to master what one is doing well. I think at the end I am good for what I do.

“I am not even going to miss words about it, he has to be rich. In addition, because it is not just about money, he has to posses good looks; I will like to have a man who doesn’t look like a monkey, thank you”

You are still single and very beautiful, how do you handle pressure from male admirers?
Oh, you mean what they are telling me could be encouraging right?
Of course, someone needs a lovely lady in his life?
I don’t think mine is above or more than what other ladies get in this days of social media, every girl you find these days by the time we paint our faces and wear the clothes, it doesn’t matter, men can love some ten girls at the same time, it doesn’t make anybody special so to speak, on social media these days you meet a lot of the annoying ones who have not met or seen what you look like before  and they already telling you how beautiful you are and how wonderful you could be with them. So, I think I get about the same compliment any other girl will get.
Victoria Pepple to Asabeafrika...'I don't have role model because i believe nobody is perfect'
What do you look out for in a potential Mr. Right?
Ok, that is even a good one; you see, you have to have money, I mean m-o-n-e-y! I am not even going to miss words about it, he has to be rich. In addition, because it is not just about money, he has to posses good looks; I will like to have a man who doesn’t look like a monkey, thank you.  I also like a guy who is smart because for the kind of job I do I need somebody who could think with me and be on the same frame of mind with me.
Vicky to Asabeafrika...'I will love to use all my talents before I die'
Maybe somebody who can tame you?
I don’t need a tamer I am okay enough to understand myself; I just need a man that we can talk together, reason together who is smart to understand me and  who I know I can talk to about anything. Then, I also advise that he has a great sense of humor. My list is long ooo. (Laughter) I wouldn’t mind a guy who will also help sometime with a walk-out because I love exercise. I also want a God fearing man, somebody I can pray with and he has to love to eat ooo, because I love to eat. Please, so that we can be eating together and walking out together. Character, he has to be an honest person, I live on character. I can’t do the job that I am doing, lambasting some people over bad reputation when the man I am leaving with or the man I am dating has a bad reputation. So, reputation means a lot to me.
Heart-to-Heart with the GDA
What has kept you long at STV, working without leaving for other stations?
Well, Silverbird is a station I have always wanted to work even as a child, I just discovered that I wanted to work with STV. I know how many auditions I went for before I actually got the job here. So, for me, it has been always Silverbird or nothing. As a child growing up, when I decided to be a broadcaster, it was Silverbird it wasn’t anywhere else. And I personally love my bosses, they are real people, they are people you can talk to, people you can laugh with, it is like home here. So, having to go and start elsewhere is not a dream because my work place is cooler than that, it will make you want to stay and put your best into it.

“The thing is that it is hard for me to have one role model because I really don’t keep up with people’s lives like that but I know that there are fantastic people in this media industry. I know them, I can mention a few names but I wouldn’t use the word role model because I think nobody is perfect”
L-R; Gbenga Dan Asabe, Victoria Pepple, Mr. Kanmi Olatoye (Producer, Today on STV) Mrs. Chinyere Favor Ejemi & Chairman, Nigerian Bloggers Association Mr. Chris Kehinde Nwandu (CKN)
What are the challenges of co-running a breakfast show like Today on STV?
Keeping abreast with what is going on and also for me, I will say that even though you want to come across with your occurrences, you don’t want to be boring. There is a market for everybody, I know my personality and you also want to reach as many people as you can. Especially the young people because you want them to be ideological about the country and have their own opinion. You don’t want to come across as boring, you want to pass on the information you need to pass and it is about respect as well. And presentation I think add a lot of respect to you and your organization because the kind of people you meet and relate with enables you to build new relationships. This job has exposed me to a lot of people that I would never have met, because it is like a bank job and the exposure is okay, it is not just about knowing them and appreciating their various ways of life, characters, philosophies and idiosyncrasies. It is also about using them for value driven purposes on the show.
Victoria Pepple to Asabeafrika...'To start it, my man must be handsome and fit'
Do you have a role model?
The thing is that it is hard for me to have one role model because I really don’t keep up with people’s lives like that but I know that there are fantastic people in this media industry. I know them, I can mention a few names but I wouldn’t use the word role model because I think nobody is perfect. I am not saying they can not be my role model but I am just saying I haven’t had that close interaction with them. If I should have role models, it will be those who have…. Please, I don’t want to answer this question.
Victoria Pepple to Asabeafrika...'My husband to be must love to eat because I equally love to eat'
If you are to give a very important advice to a thousand displeased young people in a ball room what would you say to them?
Life is full of ups and downs and what you see is not always what you get. What life promises is not a sweet journey weather you are a Christian or you are a Muslim, you have to fight for what you want and money is a lot of thing; I personally like money. Where I am right now I am not rich but I know I am not going to die poor.  Life is about keep doing what you do, building on what you have, and working towards your dream; never give up on your dream. In the Bible we learnt Sarah became a mother at 99 that means if it can take that long for God to answer prayer it means He is not sleeping on your matter. So, it is just about patience, perseverance, being diligent and being able to continue to do what you do and one day your story will change.
Have you ever been embarrassed on TV before? 
Ah, the embarrassment plenty o but I no fit remember the next embarrassing one but that is life, that is life. Everybody has an embarrassing moment and since the television is my job, it will happen on TV. It is basic.
Victoria Pepple to Asabeafrika...'I had challenges of professional choice before i settled down for broadcasting'
What is your fashion sense like?
I like to look good but I have to be comfortable with my style I hate not to be comfortable in looking good. One thing that annoys me is body shaming. I know that there are certain things that certain people shouldn’t wear but people, especially our ladies should be polite on social media. You don’t have to type everything you feel and you don’t have to wear anything in the public domain.
Lastly, tell me your philosophy of life?
Live your life to the fullest and don’t let anything keep you down. It is easy for you to be bothered about something but do not let it keep you down and be a blessing to other people.

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