This Day (Lagos)

3 June 2013

Africa: Big Brother Africa 2013

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Compared to Karen Igho, the BBA winner 2011, will Beverly up her game and make Nigerians proud again or not?

Is Melvin a Bore?

Her male counterpart appears to be on the cool side, but comments on various gossip blogs deride him as a bore. Some commentaries on popular gossip blog believe his performance in the BBA so far is below his outing in the Gulder Ultimate Search. They tagged him as failure in the Gulder Ultimate Search. How? Melvin may have a joker that he is not willing to play just yet. He is not a stranger to populist contest having been 1st runner up at Mr. Nigeria 2011 and the Gulder Ultimate Search VI. Will his luck of coming as 1st runner up also follow him to the Big Brother's house?

The 27-year-old graduate of Chemistry from Delta State seems unperturbed and is taking his time to play the game. He had hinted during the opening ceremony that he would deploy his charm and wit to win the grand prize.

Nigerians, no doubt are praying for Beverly or Melvin to follow in the footsteps of three other compatriots who have participated and won Big Brother Africa- one of the biggest TV reality shows in Africa. Representatives of each participating country provides a contestant living in an isolated house while trying to avoid being evicted by viewers and ultimately winning a large cash prize at the end of the show.

Criticism of the show's explicit scenes of intimacy and seeming promotion of nudity led to a review of screening policy. From being on the open bouquet, the show can only be viewed now by DStv subscribers who request to see it.

NIGERIANS IN THE BBA HALL OF FAME

Kevin Chuwang Pam

Kevin Pam has a BA in English Language. He was the first Nigerian to win in the BBA with the theme, Big Brother Revolution. His dream of creating an entertainment empire from his BBA prize money has so far not been realised. He got married to one of his housemates and is blessed with a daughter, Malaika. He runs an NGO-Naija Pikin. Through this platform, he has been bringing relief to refugees in Riyom and has affected communities in the Jos crisis. He also celebrated Valentine's Day with orphans. His wife Elizabeth has made her debut in Nollywood as an actress and her first movie is on the way. Kevin is using his Entertainment outfit, "Down To Earth" to launch a talent reality show in Jos called "Jos Bring It On". His book is also due to be published this year.

Uti Nwachukwu

Perhaps, the most recognizable face among the Nigerian winners of the BBA is Uti Nwachukwu. He is an actor, TV presenter, model and MC from Lagos and LEADERSHIP Newspapers' Young Person of the Year 2011. Best known as one of the 12 housemates on the third season of Big Brother Africa, in 2008, he returned to Big Brother Africa in 2010 as one of the 14 "All Stars" of Season 5, entitled Big Brother All Stars.

Uti holds a two-year diploma in Computer Science and Education from the University of Nigeria. He now co-presents on Jara, a TV programme with comedienne Helen Paul.

Karen Igho

Big Brother Amplified winner Karen Igho in 2011 smiled all the way to the bank with the top prize of $200,000 as winner of the coveted reality TV show alongside her co-winner Wendall. She was the first woman from Nigeria to win the Big Brother Africa show and the third Nigerian to win it in a row since 2009.

Karen now works with Naija FM 102.7 on a show called Wetin Dey, which she co-hosts with Ifektive.

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