From: The Underwear Expert
Sitting down to talk with Cheddy Oakafor, the last thing we expected to find out first was how the Andrew Christian model takes part in Nigerian celebrations from time to time in which men dress up like roosters and perform a traditional dance. The beat of the drums used in those circumstances continue to pulsate through the blood of Cheddy, who holds traditions close while also showing off his moves in the now infamous Andrew Christian “Twerk Off” video. That said, life hasn't always been so vibrant for the 6’1″ model, who admits that his sexuality continues to be a topic not widely accepted by his family. All in all, the West Hollywood native, who currently lives with fellow AC models Noah Wright and Jeffrey Hawkins, approaches life with enthusiasm and positivity, not taking anything for granted and embracing the moment whenever he can.
Born: Beverly Hills At Cedars-Sinai Hospital (where celebrities are born)
Current Location: Glendale, CA
Relationship Status: Single
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Weight: 200 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Ethnicity: Nigerian American
Growing up…outside was America, inside was Nigeria. We weren’t allowed to spend the night over friends’ houses because my parents didn’t want us bringing those traditions into our house. We held a lot of celebrations, parties, and masquerades. During a masquerade, a man will dress up in a garb and wooden hat/mask. He’d be possessed by a demon. He’d run and do a traditional dance. It’s almost like you are emulating a chicken/rooster. It’s like seeing two roosters fight. They’d squat down, open their arms up like wings, and do a peck. I don’t go as much now since I live in LA; but, if I do make it to a certain celebration, I’d take part in the dance. It’s tradition. Growing up around the drums definitely helped with my rhythm for the twerk video!
My favorite Andrew Christian video was…the twerk off. It was a lot of fun. It was rigorous too. The set was hot, and it was take after take of twerking. The reason I liked it so much because it was the first time I really got to hang out with Noah, Jon, and Jeffrey, and start building friendships.
When I am not twerking for Andrew Christian I am…working at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. It’s the hotel where they shot Pretty Woman.
I got involved with Andrew Christian…through a friend. He was doing fashion shows for Andrew Christian, and I went there to support. One of the models couldn’t do the show, so my friend got me into the show. They liked me in the show, so they had me do another show with Andrew. He liked me. He started to put me in different things. Now, I’m here. It happened really fast.
My favorite Andrew Christian underwear is…the Almost Naked in a bikini cut. I like how everything looks in them. I’m trying to get into their jocks. Working on that bubble butt. Before Andrew Christian, I wore a lot of Calvin Klein, but there was still something missing from the fit. Like Cinderella, my first pair of Andrew Christian underwear fit perfectly.
The underwear I can’t stand are…boxers like the really loose Joe Boxers ones. Also, I’m not a fan of Hanes boxer briefs.
My roommates are…Noah Wright and Jeffrey Hawkins. Jeffrey was looking for someone via Facebook, and I reached out. I was nervous at first because I looked at him as The Jeffrey Hawkins. But, we all click. We have movie nights; we fall asleep on the couch watching New Girl; we chat about each other’s problems; we’re like brothers.
When it comes to diversity, sometimes I feel…like black guys are stuck to a specific genre. A lot of time, it has to be hip hop or thug. There aren’t a lot of guys showing you can just be fun and carefree. That’s why I’m happy to be doing things with Andrew Christian. Andrew Christian is for everyone, of every skin tone and walks of life. It’s guys having fun, twerking, and dancing in the street.
West Hollywood…is a tame version of Las Vegas. You meet a lot of interesting people there. I love going out in WeHo. Mondays you can find me at the Abbey for Lip Service. Wednesday is Stripper Circus. Always something to do.
When I joined a football team when I was young…my dad followed the the team bus, honked the horn, and told me I wasn’t playing any sports. School came first in my household. My mom’s side of the family is full of doctors and surgeons and my dad’s is all business. I was my dad’s brain child. Andrew Christian calls me his nerd. Anything with computers, I can fix it. I got my degree in Business Management.
The ability to make me laugh…is sexy. I like guys who are just naturally funny and don’t have to try as much. I also like a guy who can be sincere and kind. Physically, I love a man that has a nice stomach and hips. Shakira knows what she was talking about. A great smile and hazel eyes are also pluses.
Being gay in a Nigerian household…was something my family didn’t discuss. My mom will still try to introduce me to girls and my dad will tell me that I need to get married. I’m out, but there isn’t much acknowledgement of it. I try not to think about it that much. Where I come from, being gay is seen as a bad thing. I love my family regardless. I’m not going to cut them off because they don’t 100% agree
The one food that I love…is lasagne. Like, I love it to death. When I was little, I learned to make a vegetable lasagne. I don’t feel guilty eating it…I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.
Ultimately…I want to get into physical therapy and training people. Growing up, I looked up to Tyrese. I wanted his abs. I would do crunches 24/7, after lunch, before bed, etc. Now people admire my abs, and I like helping them achieve their goals.