Meet South African based 28 years old Nigerian native, Chris Adah otherwise known in the industry as “Krixville” is a fitness fanatic, athlete, Entrepreneur and model.
Check out my exclusive interview with Chris below:
Hey Chris! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am CHRIS ADAH (NIGERIAN), a Model, fitness/health fanatic and a business man.
Talk me through an average day in the life of you?
It’s simple, I am more like the guy next door. I wake up and attend classes on days I have to, and then I hit the gym just to make sure I feel good and inspire others. I have people who run my business, so I only attend to that when my attention is needed.
What institution(s) did you attend and what did you study?
I went to FUT Minna, Niger state (Nigeria) and studied GEOLOGY.
How were you discovered and what inspired you to go into modeling?
No I wasn’t one of those who got discovered. I pushed really hard, got rejected a lot of times but that never stopped me. Except for photography modelling, that happened on this day I was walking home from gym and this gentle man, drove past, stopped and got off his car. Walked to me and introduced himself as a photographer that would like to work with me. The taught I would make a good photography/Fitness model. That was it for me.
Will you say the fitness industry in South Africa is doing well?
Not just in South Africa. It has become a global thing people are beginning to embrace a healthy life style.
Looking at your photos from 2013 to now there as been massive changes and improvements. What will you say motivated/inspired you to go into fitness and stay dedicated in it?
Yes there is a huge improvement which is really exciting. I only needed to challenge myself further and wanted to be taken seriously. I have had a lot of NO’s in my life time. Dedication is from the mind, if your mind is ready, your body won’t give up.
What’s your 5 Dos when it comes to fitness?
1. Eating healthy
2. Gym right
3. Avoid carbs at night
4. Drinks lots of water
5. Eat lots of fruits/vegetable
Will you say we Africans take our health and fitness seriously?
Yes we do and it gets better by the day.
How do you balance your professional and personal life?
It’s all about being discipline. I draw a line and try to maintain it.
You released some nude photos from your recently done photo shoot and it got everyone online taking, what inspired the shoot?
SMILE. ART/NATURE and my Body inspired it all and thanks to @theokleinphotographer for pushing me and making me comfortable shooting nude.
What do you consider the most common stereotype about the modeling industry?
Most people assume models are not as smart. They feel all they have going for them is their bodies. If people could look past that, it will be just fair.
Looking back to when you started in fitness and modeling, is there anything you would like to change about the industry?
It has got its ups and downs like other fields. But if you have wagtail the agencies are looking for, you will get signed.
Which brands, clients, models, photographers, etc, have you worked with?
I have worked for Globacom Nigeria, Martina Nigeria, Knorr Cubes Nigeria all shot here in South Africa. Also worked with a few model. Worked with photographers like @marcell_portfolio, @72_photography and @Theokleinphotographer all amazing People.
What do you consider your biggest professional success so far?
I haven’t hit that spot yet. It’s a journey for me so I am still getting there.
Who do you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
BRANDS actually like ADIDAS, NIKE, PUMA, CALVIN KLEIN and other sport/ underwear brands. Also photographers with amazing ideas can also contact me make ART.
Tell us two things people don’t know about you?
I am quite SHY and an introvert.
You are very active on social media. Do you think its important to be online and if so why?
Most definitely. It’s all about networking and people get discovered in social media. Others get signed to a brand or more. Lots of people are watching so yeah you got to be active and keep the fire burning.
You are based in Johannesburg, South Africa. How is that working out for you?
It’s a journey and we all know what it takes to live in a foreign country. It means you have to work 3 times as hard as u would in your home country. It’s been tough, I will be a lair not to stress this but yeah it’s been worth all the struggle, pain, tears, rejection and all. I am grateful to God almighty for the strength to carry on.
What are your must visit travel destinations?
Definitely New York quite a lot of people think I should be there (smile)
Name 5 things we should take seriously about our style choices?
1. Good shoes
2. Good perfume
3. Comfy jackets
4. Nice pair of Jean
5. Good track pants
How would you describe your style?
My style changes. I am comfortable with whatever looks good on me.
What style genre appeals to you the most?
Really I go for What looks good on me.
Name your five must have accessories/essentials?
5. And my phone (lol)
What are your favorite fashion trends?
Sincerely I do not follow trends, I try to create them for my self. I am quite different.
What is your favorite dish?
I am easy with dishes, I go all out just as long as it’s healthy for me.
What songs are currently on your playlist?
Iyanya’s (HOLD ON)
Apart from fitness, modeling, what other projects are you currently working on?
I am focusing on studies and my business but yeah, I have got quite a lot planned. Just waiting on the right time to go WOW!
Seeing you’re doing your dreams, what advice can you give others to pursue their dreams?
Just make sure your thoughts are positive, words are powerful, especially the ones we say to ourselves. Trust GOD, hold onto him and do not ever ever ever give up.
Any specific plans for the future?
If I could see the future. But only God knows. Then again, I am taking it one day at a time. I am a businessman and a core Hustler. So it seem positive.
Any final words?
Thank you for granting me this interview. It means a lot BRO!