âShe is keeping it locked.
âI wasnât going to hide it just because Iâm on TV,â the Nigerian star told People. âIâm grounded in who I am.â
And to show just how much she is dedicated to keeping her virginity, she created a clothing line to promote abstinence. âI have a clothing company called Rock Your Stance, and we sell shirts that say âKeeping it locked till I get that rockâ,â she said, adding, âEntertainment chose me. Before any of this happened, I sat down with myself and with God. I said, âI know why Iâm here. Itâs to make you proud.ââ
Yvonne Orji went further to speak about her career as an actress, adding that her parents, like most Nigerian parents, wanted her to be a doctor.
âIt sounded noble,â she said. âBut then I took organic chemistry and I was like, âWell, maybe not.â I ended up getting my masterâs degree in public health and then working in war-torn Liberia to stall from crushing my parentsâ hopes and dreams.â
She continued, ââIt would take me eight years to become a doctor, but give me eight years to make it in entertainment,ââ she recalled telling her family. âAnd Iâm happy to say, I did it in seven!âShe did it, and is promoting abstinence until marriage.
Orji emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria at age 6. âIt was the traditional immigrant story of my parents wanting the best for us and bringing us here,â she says. But life in Maryland wasnât always easy.
âI was bullied because I have this thick Nigerian accent,â she recalls. âMy mom would say, âWe didnât come to America for you to be popular.â Which is fair, but as a kid, youâre just like, it would be really nice to have this thing that everyone else has.â
Later, after graduating with a masterâs degree in public health from George Washington University, Orji says she shocked her family (who had always hoped sheâd be a doctor), by announcing she wanted to move to New York to pursue stand-up comedy.
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