The maiden edition of Big Brother Naija reality show hit the TV screens 13 years ago. It was aired on DSTV channel 37 from March 5 to June 4, 2006. As the first reality show from the popular Big Brother franchise solely dedicated to the Nigerian market, it was fresh and exciting.
BBNaija took a long break after it’s maiden edition and came back to our screens for the second time in 2017..We are on the fourth edition and it’s 2019, you can guess it is here to stay. Different religious bodies, sects and even top government officials have made their disapproval of the show known but somehow, it’s still on.
We all just need to take the positives and see it as a viable institution that has heralded the emergence of talents in different sector ranging from aviation, banking and of course entertainment. Give or take, we have had close to 80 contestants in the history of Big Brother Nigeria and we would love to take an herculean task of picking out 8 that are doing extremely well since they left the house. Enjoy the read!
1. Katung Aduwak
Katung was 26 years old when he won the inaugural edition of BBNaija going home with the $100,000 prize money. Despite being the first to get a confirmation to be a contestant in the show, Katung didn’t enter the house with the initial 12 contestants. His win was therefore surprising since he came into the house after the second eviction and won about 80 per cent of the tasks.
In an interesting twist, 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.
Shortly after winning reality show, Katung went on to study filmmaking at the Digital Film Academy in New York. After 7 years, Katung who has been privileged to work with top organisations is currently pursuing his passion for film making.
2017 Big Brother Naija housemate, Bisola Aiyeola was one of the strongest contestants in the ‘See Gobe’ edition. The former housemate will always be indebted to the organisers of the show has she as taken to her Social Media page to thank Multichoice. Her relationship with Tiny Tall Tony TTT was one of the highlights of her stay in the house.
She was the first runner-up at the 2017 edition of the show. Prior to the show in 2017, she was a contestant at MTN project fame in 2008, she came fifth.
She has gone to feature in big blockbuster movies after big brother. Movies like : Chief daddy, picture perfect, payday, Gold statue to mention a few.
She won the AMVCA trailblazer award at the Africa Magic viewers choice awards. The award came with a brand new car.
She signed a management deal with top management company, temple management company. Temple almost houses Don jazzy, 9ice and other celebrities. She has also attended the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York as an Ambassador of One Campaign Initiative after the show. The multitalented actress suffered a dip in her personal life when news of the demise of her baby daddy broke.
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