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A. J. Odudu Quotes

    With the support of my family, my constant pillar of strength and protection, I have risen above hate with love and excellence, and a very strong sense of self.
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    Judge people by their behaviour, not their platitudes.
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    If you’re lucky enough to have a Black friend who has tolerated your racist parents while you turned a blind eye to the mistreatment they’ve suffered, maybe start by saying sorry, and then actually change the record. It is that change that could literally save lives, or at the very least, save friendships.
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    When I spoke to pupils at Sydenham School in London, I was shocked and saddened to hear some of the teenage girls say they felt pursuing a career in television was not even worth the effort as a Black woman.
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    I nearly drowned in a park pond when I was six years old and I’ve been terrified of water ever since.
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    I’m thrilled to be part of Channel 4’s Black to Front – which quite rightly gives a platform to deserving Black British TV talent across our industry, both on and off-screen.
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    As well as running I enjoy skipping – it’s fun but at the same time really works your body. Moreover, it’s great for your co-ordination and anyone can do it! I tend to skip for around 10 minutes at a time and would do one minute on and then 15 seconds off.
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    We’re all human and we all need a rest now and again!
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    Sometimes someone telling you what to do, and helping you push through often brings out the best in you.
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    When people are busy, fitness and working out are the first things that people stop doing so we’ve got to be mindful of making time to do it.
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    Like anything in life, nothing is guaranteed but I’m certainly hopeful of the positive change that could come from the Black To Front Project.
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    I just think we need to keep having open, honest, and encouraging conversations to ensure people are represented across all industries including our TV screens when it comes to diversity.
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    I’m very much a get up and go kind of girl. So just the one alarm for me, never hit snooze!
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    I love the beach.
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    I don’t want to have to kneel down to my husband, I don’t want to be submissive.
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    I have anxiety and self-doubt all the time, it’s a battle.
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    I think it’s really important to embrace what’s different about yourself.
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    Being different means being unique and that’s what makes the world and exciting place to be in.
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    I have experienced first-hand what a confidence boost can do, for my morale, spirit and belief in myself. So to be able to pass it on to one person is brilliant, but to help thousands of people is incredible.
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    In Blackburn where I grew up, there was no other black children.
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    I looked different, I had different skin, my hair was different, so I would get called names in school. It would always be reflective of what my hair and skin looked like.
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    When I was a little girl and said I wanted to be inside the TV, my mum really did believe that I could.
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    Being born and raised in Blackburn, it was difficult for me to even visualise how I get to London to embark on a career in broadcasting and TV.
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    I was doing lots of work experience opportunities for free, which were amazing but also hard when you don’t have family in London as you are paying for hotels and travel.
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    I felt like a lot of odds were stacked against me to begin with, be it financial, racial, class, gender.
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    On average we’re meant to drink 2-3 litres each day, but for regular runners I’d recommend 3-5 litres.
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    People who are exercising to lose weight often try cutting out carbs, but that’s when you need them the most. Don’t you dare put down the sweet potato!
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    I might have 10 almonds straight after a workout, then a protein shake and then a meal.
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    2020 is not the year for my love life, sadly.
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    I do not mix business with pleasure.
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    My parents have a very unconventional arrangement but they are still together and married, my dad lives in London and my mum lives in Blackburn. So they have these honeymoon periods every few months and it’s just jokes.
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    I’ve been in Nigeria myself personally alone when elections have been going on and it was a bit ropey.
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    Variety works for me and the reason I’ve been able to maintain a certain level of fitness is because when I get bored I just admit I’m bored, then I switch it up.
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    The first thing I do in the morning is run up to Greenwich Park and see the views of London, it’s what keeps me motivated… though sometimes it gets too cold and starts raining.
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    Running and pilates work hand-in-hand together, and to get a good sweat on, boxing is a great choice.
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    I just say rise and grind and hustle for the muscle.
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    One of the great things about running is that you don’t need fancy clothing or expensive equipment to get started. All you need is a good pair of trainers that are right for you, usually with good grip on the sole and one’s that are comfortable for you to wear.
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    Running a marathon is appealing to runners for many reasons. It’s epic! A real test for your mind and body and a challenge that truly fills you with complete elation when you cross the finish line. But it is in no way a trivial undertaking.
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    Pilates is great for stretching and building core strength, which is vital when it comes to getting the most out of your runs.
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    I was always encouraged to really root myself in a strong sense of self and not to believe all the nasty things people were saying.
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    I really just hope people feel able to achieve because of society, and not in spite of it, and I hope it’s not so much of a battle as it was for me.
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    My motto is never let anyone dull your shine.
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    I’d like to inspire Black girls to think: ‘If she can do it, I can.’
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    My trips to Blackpool have created a lifelong love of the seaside.
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    Being by the sea is a balm for the soul.
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    There’s only so much cold a Nigerian family can take.
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    My parents worked really hard – my mum was a cleaner and my dad a joiner – so holidays were rare for us.
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    I tried to fit in by ironing my hair and gelling down the front bits.
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    Mum was bold and brave and knew herself. She’d pick me up from school dressed in colourful Nigerian fabrics, and even though I’d be like, please just wear jeans, I admired her for it.
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    There’s always a way where we knock ourselves back down. It’s the culture that we’ve been born into.
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    My birthday is two days before Valentine’s Day so it has always been about that rather than romance.
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    I realised I owned eight pink suits, which I did not need.
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    A sit-up is a very basic exercise that only puts strain on one small portion of your abs. If you want a washboard stomach you need to work all your core muscles.
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    If you want to squat below your knees, go for it. It’s going to work the hamstrings, glutes and lower back more, and tighten up that booty.
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    Excessive eating and lack of exercise are to blame for weight gain, not carbohydrates.
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    Carbohydrates have been unjustly vilified as the cause of weight gain.
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    I am the sort of person who, if there is karaoke somewhere in the area, I am that person who is like, ‘Let’s go to the karaoke club,’ it’s not necessarily something I plan to do.
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    I jump at the opportunity to have fun and just be a bit silly.
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    I’m so excited about ‘Cooking With The Stars,’ what an amazing opportunity to actually learn how to cook properly. When I got asked to do it I just thought, ‘I can cook, I can do this,’ and then I got put with a professional chef and realised quickly that actually I’m not a cook.
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    I like to use the stage and there’s nothing subtle about me.
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    I love bright shades because they’re just so uplifting. They boost your energy and mood.
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    My bedroom is the place where I wake up to a fresh start each and every day, so it was important that it felt calming.
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    Gardens aren’t just for summer.
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    Come rain or shine you look out onto your garden every single day, so it’s important and uplifting to have it done properly.
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    A good night’s sleep makes a massive difference to my day.
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    If yoga was the only thing I’d ever done, maybe I’d think exercise is boring, but there’s more to exercise than downward dogs, or running, or squats.
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    Dressing up for the gym is just as important as dressing up for a night out! It makes you feel motivated; if you feel you look good, then you feel good.
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    When you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, I think you get the most out of your workout.
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    My skin issues started with dry flaky skin as a child. It was a sucker punch to my confidence.
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    Let’s face it: life, and the way skin reacts to it, can be unpredictable.
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    For my skin, I take the same clean approach to my skin that I do for my diet.
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    Foods with a high-water content like cucumber, tomatoes and melon, getting plenty of sleep and learning not to sweat the small stuff to avoid stress were all important in keeping my skin calm.
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    I have taken pride in my pain, knowing full well that I am stronger than those who have none and despite the many injustices that still exist in our world, the racial disparities that continue and the bigotry that pervades I still remain hopeful about the future.
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    If you are filled with resentment, try letting that feeling come and then let that feeling go.
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    Many companies are now promising to educate their employees in a pursuit of a culture that better values and respects diversity and the incredible work of black authors, black owned businesses and grassroot foundations are finally being recognised.
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    I like to remember happy memories from my childhood growing up as a girl in Blackburn and while this mostly speaks true, there were also deeply dark and painful days when I experienced shocking racial and cultural bullying.
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    I don’t want to change who I am or where I’m from and online I don’t hesitate to delete and flex the block button.
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    My advice to anyone experiencing racial or cultural bullying, either in real life or online, is to remember that these cowardly acts of unprovoked nastiness merely display the bully’s own insecurities, as what they point out as weaknesses are simply ways in which you differ from them.
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    Remember that, ultimately, it is your differences that make you who you are and distinguish you from the bland and humdrum, and without your differences you can never hope to truly be special.
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    If there’s one thing I know, it’s don’t train with a PT unless you’re fuelled.
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    Naturally, my workouts vary each week. That said, I try to keep Saturday and Sunday as my rest days.
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    On days when I must wear a full face of makeup I’m always careful to take it all off at night!
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    When doing my own makeup, I tend to keep it simple for the most part and stick to my go-to products.
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    I’m really playful with eyeshadows and love to experiment with colour.
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    I have a shower first thing in the morning and I’ve got an array of products I like to alternate using depending on my mood!
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    The highs of having a big family were that there was always someone to play with and you get loads of birthday presents. The lows were sharing the bathroom.
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    In London everyone lives in small spaces so I found living in flatshares easy. I’ve never been bothered about privacy. If I’m home alone I feel a bit weird, I want people to come round.
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    My big sister’s an engineer, my oldest brother is a lecturer at Cambridge University, another is a kidney specialist, another is an engineer, one set up his own business, my other sister’s training to be a teacher and there’s me wanting to be a presenter.
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    My mum used to take me and my younger sister to work with her. She said: ‘You don’t want to be a cleaner like me.’ We worked as cleaners before we went to uni to save up money so we always had a strong work ethic.
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    I like to have the first hour of my day without looking at my phone, the news, the TV or anything. I put on some music, have a shower, have a coffee with oat milk, set my intentions for the day before I do all of that.
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    Masterclass.com is my favourite place to learn new skills.
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    When it comes to skincare, I keep it really simple in the morning. I wash, moisturise and go.
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    My skincare regime in the evening really helps me relax, unwind and get ready for a decent night’s kip.
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    When I was 10 years old, there was a competition on the CBBC page on Teletext to be on a game show called ‘Insides Out,’ and the winner would get a backstage pass to the BBC. And I won!
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    There are so many highs and lows working in TV. I learnt that the hard way when my contract for ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ wasn’t renewed. Nobody gave me a reason, so I felt rotten.
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    The biggest obstacle when I was younger was geographical. I was living in Blackburn and the ITV and BBC studios were in London, and I thought: ‘How do I get there? I need to be there.’
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    In our living room back home we had a black and white TV, but in our front room, that only visitors got to sit in, there was a colour TV.
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    One thing I learned from being on ‘Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins’ is I don’t spend enough time switching off. I’m a workaholic, so when I’m not travelling or renovating my house, I try to find time to relax.
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    Running is endorphin inducing and will power your day.
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    Post-workout smoothies are good for my body, an espresso martini is good for my soul.
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