Some weeks back, the first female winner of MTN Project Fame West Africa, Chidinma Ekile was in the news for an alleged s3x scandal. The ‘small but mighty’ singer would have surely been devastated by that bitter experience. The video, which many thought was the ‘Kedike’ crooner, turned out to be another lady having a striking resemblance of the MTN Brand Ambassador.

Recounting how she dealt with the situation, Chidinma told Punch in an interview that it was not easy for her. She disclosed that her manager had to tell her to see herself as a balloon in the air, surrounded by needles below and being waited to be deflated.

She however submitted that the incident has turned out to be a big blessing to her.

In her words, “I woke up one morning and I was greeted on the internet with ‘Chidinma and s3x tape’. I was worried primarily because of my mother. I didn’t let her see the video but I had to show her the photos. I didn’t want to go out that day. I couldn’t go out. But my mum felt otherwise. She told me to ignore the mischief makers. I almost took some actions but I thought against it.

“I met Sound Sultan on a set. He told me, ‘Babe, you are now a star. I welcome you officially into the industry.’

“I trended for three days. Even people who didn’t know me got to know me. My fan base grew. And then, I was happy because more than 90 per cent of the public didn’t believe I was the one in that video. There were people who didn’t need to see the video to believe I couldn’t have done such thing. I am just grateful to everyone who didn’t believe the story.

“My twitter account was hacked and the people created another account. They kept releasing nasty pictures and they were even responding to the tweets as if I was the one doing it. I was just watching and laughing. It put me in the spotlight. I used it for good.”

© 2013

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