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Ex-Housemates Excelling: The continuing legacy of BBNaija ~Omonaijablog


By Amarachi Okeh

The Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show is no doubt the biggest reality show in Nigeria.

The show which had its maiden edition in 2006, involves a group of strangers sharing a camera-filled house for a set number of weeks.

In the reality show, every move is monitored and broadcast 24 hours a day to millions of
viewers across Africa via a dedicated TV channel. The housemates interact with each other
and participate in physical and mental challenges while in the house.

Each week, at least one housemate with the lowest number of votes is evicted. The eviction
follows secret nominations by the housemates and voting by viewers, and the last
housemate with the most votes emerges the winner of the reality show.

It’s a winner takes all reality show but on several occasions fans of the show have asked
what happens to their favourite ex-housemates who have spent weeks and perhaps months
in the house providing quality television content?
The answer to this question is simple: all ex-housemates of the reality show (including the
winner) have been given a platform; a platform to emerge from relative obscurity. Prior to
participating in BBNaija, most of the housemates were relatively unknown in the
entertainment business. Upon appearing on the BBNaija platform, these housemates have
gone ahead to excel in the entertainment and media industry. Below are examples of ex-
housemates who have excelled in the entertainment industry.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu- He was an ex-housemate in the first edition of the reality show. After
the end of that edition, Ebuka launched himself into the showbiz industry. He has played
host to several television talk shows and interestingly, has also hosted three editions of the
show. Currently, Ebuka is co-hosting a series on DStv known as Judging Matters.
Gideon Okeke- He was also a housemate in the first edition of the reality show. Immediately
after the reality show, Gideon launched his career in acting by joining other cast of Tinsel,
the longest running TV series in Nigeria. Besides Tinsel, Gideon hosted The Money Drop
show and several other shows. A renowned actor and thespian, Gideon has featured in
several Nollywood movies as well as stage plays.
Bisola Aiyeola- She was not the winner of the reality show during the See Gobbe edition,
but this much-loved and bubbly lady has a lot of things going on for her in the
entertainment industry. Her song Controller blew the airwaves when she released it and as
an actress who has starred in several blockbuster movies, Bisola emerged winner in the
Trailblazer Award category in 2018 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards
(AMVCA).
Tobi Bakre- Tobi is another BBNaija ex-hosuemate who used the BBNaija platform to launch
himself into fame in Nigeria. After the end of the Double Wahala edition of the show which
Tobi was part of, he has become an ambassador for many brands, a show host, a model as
well as an actor and is still very much sought after for in the entertainment industry.

Cynthia Nwadiora- Popularly known as Cee-C is one of the housemates that would readily
come to the minds of BBnaija's audience during the Double Wahala edition of the reality
show. This trained lawyer broke the internet during her 83-days-long in the house. Cee-C
trended for days, and at some point, she ranked tops as the 'most bitter' woman on a
random Google search. But today, she is ambassador to several notable brands, and she is
also a successful video vixen.
Teddy A and BamBam - These ex-housemates also met in the Double Wahala edition of
show. They nurtured a relationship in the house that later resulted in their getting married
after the show. Their love story is now a reference point to proponents of “prohibit BBNaija
for immorality”. Today, the are known as brand ambassadors to several brands and have
featured in several Nollywood movies.
Mike Edward - Mike was celebrated by his fans in the BBNaija show for his fidelity
throughout his stay in the house and at the end of the reality show, Mike is an ambassador
to several brands. He early this year won an award in AMVCA as the Best Dressed Male at
the awards.
Mercy Eke - She is one winner who has remained relevant since her win in the Pepper
Dem edition of the show. This Nigerian media personality, actress, video vixen and
entrepreneur became the first woman to win the reality show. She also emerged winner of
the newly introduced AMVCAs Best Dressed Female at the 7 th edition of the awards. Mercy
currently has her own reality show known as the ‘Mercy and Ike Show’ on DStv and GOtv.

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