28 year old #Ovie Mughelli is single, handsome, the highest paid #fullback in the NFL and one of its hardest working athletes. In an interview with #African Vibes Magazine’s #Amabel Niba for the Jan/Feb 2009 Issue, Mughelli talks about his experience growing up in the US with #Nigerian parents, their cultural differences and some of the challenges he had to overcome to become one of the best fullbacks in the NFL.
The Interview Preview:
Amabel Niba: Did you feel any different from the African American kids?
Ovie Mughelli: I always knew I was different from the African American kids. My mother would usually say “you are not like everyone else. You are an African child”. Some of the things that the other kids could do, I wasn’t allowed to do.
Amabel Niba: You took a tough journey and are now the highest paid Fullback in the NFL. Did you ever doubt yourself?
Ovie Mughelli: I doubted myself in college. Wake Forest was a very distinguished school. I was the only football player there who tried to go Premed. I was taking all the hard classes such as Organic Chemistry, Biology… I even took Anatomy. The students in the class were not athletes so they had twice as much time to study; to prepare and to be involved in the class. Being a student athlete, I didn’t have as much time. I was flying to Texas, New York … all over the place to play games and then I had to practice. It was difficult for me. I would go to class sometimes, tired and sleepy drinking coffee trying to stay awake. I would sit in the class for an hour and have no idea what the teacher was saying yet the test was tomorrow.
There are times when I would say “Am I even good enough to try to be a doctor like my Dad? Am I even good enough to be a Premed student? The stuff is so hard. I can’t even understand it.” Whenever I got into situations like that, I would go back to what my parents taught me as a child. I would look at everyone in the class and say “If these people can do it, I can do it too. I just have to work hard. There is no reason I can’t do it. I just need to calm down, work harder, get more help and properly schedule my time.” Time management is what my parents preach. That’s how they got to where they are today. I had to cut out the partying, cut out hanging out with girls so I could spend more time on my major which was Sports Medicine. If I wanted to be good, I had to work at it.
The same thing goes to football. When I got into the NFL, I doubted myself so much. I thought to myself “I was good in College. I was actually great in college but can I make it in the NFL? The guys are so big and so fast.” You had Guys like Ray Lewis … I could beat linebackers in college but in the NFL, the line backers were monstrous. They were beastly. They had veins popping out of their arms. They were like gladiators with red eyes. That’s how they seemed to me at the time; Like these immortal monsters. I felt like there was no way little old me could block them. I remember going up against Ray Lewis who is a perennial pro baller and one of the best in the league and he knocked me down. I went up again and he knocked me down. I got up again the third time and he knocked me down. It took every bit of courage that I had, to get up again and say you know what? I’m going to keep on coming at this guy full speed until I knock him down. It took me a couple of weeks of getting into the weight room working out and working on my technique but eventually I was able to not get knocked down. Soon I was able to hold my own and push him back.
It’s just about working at it. I would never have gotten to the point where I could knock him down, where I could take on any linebacker and feel like one of the best at what I do if I had given up. It’s all about persistence, sticking to it and not giving up on yourself because if you give up on yourself you will not have a chance to know how good you really are.
Read the entire interview in the upcoming digital and print edition of the African Vibes Magazine coming out January 1st 2009.
Preview the African Vibes Magazine Afronista Photoshoot for Issue 17
Issue 17 of the African Vibes Magazine features Nollywood Actress Stephanie Okereke.
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Afronista and the City Fashion Shoot
- African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary Event
- Relationship lesson from a couple married for 52 years
- Africa’s highest paid soccer millionaires
- Our Favorite 5 Albums
- Books we recommend
- The Face of Rape
- 7 Smart Ways to Make Money Online
- 9 Red Carpet Hair Style Inspirations
- Question of the Issue: Who Are the Hottest Africans In Movie Entertainment?
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African Vibes Magazine 5th Anniversary Event Recap and Photos
African Vibes Magazine had a successful fifth anniversary event with African designers on the “I Wear African” Runway showcasing contemporary African fashions, special performances from DJ Oudy 1er and the Brown Family Group at its all white 5th Anniversary event which took place on May 1st at the Avalon in Hollywood, California.
#African Vibes Magazine shone a bright light on up and coming #African designers and performers at its all white 5th Anniversary event which took place on May 1st at the Avalon Hollywood. The event kicked off with a Pre-Show Glam Lounge where Beauty Sponsor, Milani Cosmetics glammed up guests while VIPs sampled some delectable desserts and sipped on complimentary champagne. Guests received exciting gift bag items including a selection of Milani’s Passport of Color Spring collection items. The show kicked off with an opening dance act from renowned choreographer, #Titus Fotso along with members of his troupe (Wilfried Souly, #Michel Kouakou, #Rachel Tisby, #Malik Sow and #Soro Gnenmon). Other performers included #the Brown Family (#Somto Madu, #Samuel Dosumu and #John Paul Arabome) and Oudy 1er whose performance and dance moves had guests on their feet asking for an encore.”
This year’s participating designers included jewelry designer #Su Beningfield from South Africa, clothing designer Solome Katongole from Uganda, jewelry designer #Monalisa Okojie from Nigeria, shoe designer #Joseph Ntomp from Cameroon, clothing designer Oyin Ayoola from Nigeria, clothing designer Princess Latifat from Nigeria and clothing/jewelry designer #Wawi Amasha from Kenya who closed the show with models dancing down the Runway in her clothing.
Designers have previously showcased clothing items and accessories for women but this year, the men were all too happy to spot Joseph Ntomp’s shoe collection while the ladies cheered as the male models walked down the runway with a swag in their step. Other designers who included pieces for men in their collection were Princess Latifat and Monalisa Okojie.
Editor In Chief, Belle Niba and Actress #Tangi Miller who hosted the event kept the audience entertained throughout the evenings. As part of the event, the African Vibes Magazine African Diamond Award was given to #Senator Curren Price Jr. for encouraging trade and investment opportunities between Africa and California, #Dr Condessa Curley and #Anita Gent Williams for the work they do to help African communities through their Charity organization, Project Africa Global. The Awards were sponsored by Arik Air along with Supporting Sponsor, Gigi Jewelry.
Following the show was the VIP After Party where VIP guests, designers, models and artists joined in celebration with International DJ Fly kept guests on their feet on the dance floor throughout the evening. Hors d’oeuvres were served along with complimentary champagne for Gold, Platinum and Diamond VIPs.
For those who missed the show, Television media sponsor, Afrotainment TV, will be airing it on May 7th at 6:15pm (PST) and on May 8th at 11:50am (PST). The show will be on their DishNetwork Channel 751 available nationwide.
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Kenyan Designer to bring the East African Khanga to the IWA Runway
Kenyan artist and designer Wawi Amasha is behind Mami Afrika Designs, a brand featuring clothing, jewelry and wearable art. Amasha’s designs reflect the celebration of life with the use of vibrant colors inspired by the Motherland, warming the heart at a glance. Every item is handcrafted with love, totally unique and never exactly duplicated. She is one of the designers who will be featured on the #African Vibes Magazine “#I Wear African” Runway.
She mainly uses a fabric called “Khanga or Lesso very common in East Africa. The khanga is a colorful garment worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa. Each has a unique Swahili saying; usually of bright colors and bold patterns with a decorated border around the main design.
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