‘RHOP’ Star Nneka Ihim Explains How Her Beef With Wendy Osefo Started
Real Housewives of Potomac star, Nneka Ihim, hit the ground running when she landed in drama shortly after Bravo introduced viewers to the successful lawyer with Nigerian roots.
Nneka, who is married to Dr. Ikenna Ihim, recently spoke to Bossip about how it feels to see her life play out on the Bravo series, describing the experience as a “different level of joy.”
The Bravo freshman revealed her initial thoughts about her new role and shared her first impressions of her co-stars.
“When I heard that I might be [a housewife], I was like, “Okay, this is cool.” I’m in a new area, I’m in a new state, so I’m like, “Okay, this will allow me to meet the people I’m trying to meet and just get acclimated,” said Nneka. “I was excited. I was excited to show my life.
“My first impression was that everyone was nice,” she added. “Mostly everyone was nice because sometimes you just never know how someone’s going to receive you, and also with reality TV shows like this, sometimes there’s a whole bit of hazing that goes on, so I wasn’t sure how I’d be received.”
Nneka addressed the controversy that swirled during the first episode, after co-star, Ashley Darby, told Dr. Wendy Osefo about a conversation she shared with the cast newcomer. She referenced an AllAboutTheTea.com article that featured Wendy and a discussion about an African caste system.
“There was this article about you being Osu or something,” Ashley told Wendy about her exchange with Nneka.
A clip of Nneka explaining the term “Osu” to Ashley was featured next, during which she remarked—“I don’t know if she [Wendy] is [Osu], but I’m not.”
Ashley implied that Nneka was being shady but later admitted that she had twisted the truth, blaming her pot-stirring antics on her tipsy state.
Nneka shared that she felt vindicated by Ashley’s admission.
The RHOP rookie said — “I did feel vindicated. And I also feel that people got a sense of my personality and who I am, and I feel like the authenticity of myself kind of came out in that moment.”
She added — “It was kind of messy what she [Ashley] did. She switched up quite a bit, and said something that was completely untrue, but I’m glad that it was very clearly shown and cleared up.”
“Ashley is my friend, so she apologized even prior to what you guys saw,” Nneka explained. “I think you guys will see some of those apologies and some of the actions that she takes to remedy it. But she has apologized. She didn’t understand the sensitivity, as expected. It’s a huge cultural difference.”
Nneka shared — “But she has apologized and I forgive, don’t always forget all the way, but I move on and I live off of the grace factor. Everyone deserves some grace.”
Nneka shot down the idea that Ashley was responsible for the ongoing tension between herself and Wendy.
“I understand why people see that, I would say that Ashley is not the cause,” Nneka told the outlet. “There were some preexisting things, and I think Ashley’s messiness kind of exacerbated things from how they would’ve naturally been handled. She just kind of caused some explosions and flare-ups.”
Nneka accused Wendy’s mother of threatening to put a hex on her, via a shrine, during Sunday’s episode.
Nneka addressed circulating fan chatter about her claim via a social media statement, writing in part—“There is nothing to clean up when you’re telling the truth.”
The Real Housewives of Potomac airs on Sundays at 8 pm ET on Bravo.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.