First Big Brother Naija housemate: On January 22, the Nigerian version of the reality TV show Big Brother will be back. This is coming 10 years after the first edition was held. The show, which featured 14 contestants with $100,000 prize money, was won by Katung Aduwak, while Sandra Osaigbovo and others came in as runners-up. Many of the former housemates have since moved on to various pursuits — some into private businesses which have kept them out of the spotlight, while others remained in the limelight. Here’s a bit about what seven of the 14 housemates have been up to 12 years after:
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We all cannot forget that moment when 26-year-old Katung was announced the winner. His win was surprising since he came into the house after the second eviction and won about 80 percent of the tasks. He and his co-housemate, Sandy, were kept in isolation with no external contact and zero access to TV or news for three weeks before being introduced to the show.
Katung proceeded to New York to get a directorial degree from the Digital Film Academy, after which he returned to Nigeria and worked on several projects. He produced and directed the movies Unwanted Guest and Heaven’s Hell.
He also directed a number of music videos for Chocolate City, Styl Plus, Gabriel Afolayan and starred in EbonyLife TV’s Desperate Housewives. Currently, Katung is the Senior Channel Manager MTV Base and Executive Director at Chocolate City.