Mercy Eke has been crowned the winner of the 2019 edition of reality show Big Brother Naija.
As the last woman standing from the final five, she has made history as the first female to win BBNaija.
She took home a cash prize worth over N40m, a brand new Innosson SUV, a trip to Dubai for two and other prizes, while Mike Edwards emerged first runner up who also won N2m for being the housemate with the best time in all BBNaija arena games.
Eke, aka Lamborghini, dreams of starting her own fashion brand.
Nigerians reportedly spent over N7.2bn to vote on the show.
The fourth season of Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija, which began with with 26 housemates, now has its five finalists.
This year’s edition of the reality hit, which is suffixed ‘Pepper Dem,’ was launched on June 30. Each week, the housemates with the lowest number of public votes are evicted.
Following the disqualification of Anita Natacha Akide, known as Tacha, for engaging in a physical fight with another housemate, and the evictions of Diane, Ike and Cindy, the final five are Frodd, Seyi, Omashola, Mike and Mercy.
Nigerian-born British police officer Khafi Kareem is being investigated for taking part in Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija without permission.
According to the Metropolitan Police in London, Kareem was granted unpaid leave for an unrelated reason but was not granted permission to be on the show.
It said in a statement: “The Met is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority. The Met does not support the officer’s appearance nor does she represent the Met whilst appearing on the show.”
Kareem is now the subject of an inquiry by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards. “Any officer found to have breached police standards of professional behaviour could face misconduct proceedings,” the force added.
Her romantic relationship with fellow contestant Ekpata Gedoni in the Big Brother house has raised eyebrows.
Television channel Africa Magic said: “Police officer Khafi Kareem believes that you can have it all if you believe in yourself.
“She is not only hoping to win the prize money but she wants the exposure that being in Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do societal good.
“What people don’t know about her is that she is secretly talented in spoken word, singing and dancing. She is an Ekiti native who resides in London.”
Kareem has previously appeared as a poster girl for the Met alongside commissioner Cressida Dick to encourage black and female recruitment and celebrate 100 years of women in the force.
A Met source said: “She’s a serving British police officer – it’s outrageous. She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway. Her out-of-office email reply blatantly says that she is away from work, yet no one does anything.
“Other officers working with her are furious that she can just disobey orders then swan off Africa and tarnish the reputation of the force.”
Kareem started as a PC in the London borough of Lambeth in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable.
Another Met spokesman said: “All officers have a duty to behave with professionalism and in a manner that does not bring the Met into disrepute whether on or off duty.”
Auditions have been held for the fourth edition of reality show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), based on the pioneering format owned by Endemol Shine Group.
On February 1 and 2, hopefuls auditioned in eight locations across Nigeria: Lagos (DPodium Events Centre, Lekki), Abuja (MultiChoice Office, Maitama), Port Harcourt (Hotel Presidential), Calabar (Venetian Arena), Warri (Deluxe Garden Suites), Ibadan (Mauve 21 events center), Benin (Uyo Grand Event Centre) and Enugu (Oakland Hotel and Park).
More than 6,000 people took part in Lagos, while a total of 13,000 participants were counted across all eight cities.
This year’s show will take place after Nigeria’s general election later this month and will be hosted by media personality and fashion influencer Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who has fronted the show previously. The winner of BBNaija 2019 will go home with N45m (US$124,000) as well as other prizes.
This year’s edition of the show is notable in that it is being produced in Nigeria, as revealed by John Ugbe, CEO of pay TV broadcaster MultiChoice Nigeria, the company behind the programme, at a media briefing last month. Previous editions of BBNaija were produced in South Africa.
Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala housemate Miracle Igbokwe has emerged as the winner of the popular reality TV show.
The 24-year-old, who had just graduated from aviation school before participating in the third season of BBNaija, was the housemate most liked by viewers and won N25m (US$69,500) and a new car.
During his stay in the house, Igbokwe got romantically involved with fellow housemate Nina, was selected as head of house several times, and won multiple challenges that came with cash prizes.
Since winning the show, Igbokwe has been congratulated by many of his fans, some of whom include politician Atiku Abubakar, social media pundit Japheth Omojuwa and musician Don Jazzy.
Omojuwa took to Twitter to say: “Miracle is the winner of BBNaija Double Wahala. Deserved too. He was the most consistent and actually came through winning the head of house and games several times.”
Abubakar also tweeted: “Congratulations to Miracle, winner of BBNaija. Miracle is proof that Nigerian youths are hardworking, innovative and creative. May this victory lead to the miraculous for Nigeria’s youth, who have shown that they have what it takes to help take this great nation of ours to the next level. To Nigeria’s youth I say, continue to believe in yourselves.”
BBNaija housemate Cee C was the first runner-up while Tobi Bakre came third, Alex took the fourth place and Nina came fifth.
Since January 28, BBNaija Double Wahala has been airing on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv and is based on the format owned by Endemol Shine Group.
Housemates Lolu, Khloe and Anto have been evicted in the latest twist in the ongoing saga of reality TV show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala.
Khloe and Anto, who had previously left the show, were once again evicted from BBNaija, though this was Khloe’s first eviction because she was disqualified the first time.
Lolu was also evicted on Sunday during the live eviction show, leaving Cee C and Miracle to remain in the game due to their higher number of public votes.
Earlier in the week, Alex was made head of house, guaranteeing her a spot in the finals, and she nominated Tobi to be alongside her in the final stage of the competition, saving him from being nominated for eviction. Nina also qualified for the finals.
South African broadcaster M-Net’s Africa Magic network is to launch a telenovela starring two former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemates.
The show, titled Ajoche, will feature Tokunbo Idowu (popularly known as TBoss) and Bassey Ekpenyong. Both appeared in the 2017 edition of the Endemol Shine-owned reality format, shot in South Africa and branded See Gobe.
Idowu was a controversial character in BBNaija last year, going topless during the broadcasts and generating much discussion among BBNaija fans for her romantic liasons on-screen.
Ekpenyong, meanwhile, has found post-BBNaija success, appearing in Nollywood movies such as The Patient.
Ajoche is an original TV series that is set to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase. It will feature the former contestants alongside actors Femi Branch (Desperate Housewives Africa) and Hilda Dokuba (Stigma) as lead characters.
Announcing the show via Instagram, Africa Magic said: “We’re pulling out all the stops for another telenovela of EPIC proportions!”
The show is set to premiere on April 30 at 20.30 WAT and 21.30 CAT. It is exclusive to Africa Magic Showcase, DSTV channel 151 and it will air every weekday.
Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala housemate Rico Swavey has been evicted, leaving seven contestants in the reality show.
After a fight with fellow contestant Alex on Saturday, it was announced in the Sunday live eviction show that Rico had the fewest public votes.
He did not leave the show empty handed, however, because he had already won the Duo Clip Nokia challenge, alongside Tobi, receiving prize money of one million naira, a Nokia 8 Bothie phone and shopping vouchers.
Speaking about life after the show, Rico said he plans to open a restaurant and pursue a music career. “I have also come to love acting. I will be putting more energy in to achieve more,” he added.
Miracle, Cee-C, Lolu, Nina and Alex were up for eviction alongside Rico.
Reality TV fans in Nigeria are keenly awaiting the return of the reality TV show that started the genre, Big Brother, the third season of which launches tomorrow.
Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) will kick off on January 28 with 12 contestants. It will air 24 hours daily on MultiChoice’s pay TV platform DSTV channel 198 and DTT service GOtv channel 29.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a housemate from the first season in 2006, is the host of the highly anticipated show, which has an SUV and N45 million of prizes for the winners.
“Without a doubt, this promises to be the most exciting edition of the Big Brother franchise on the African continent,” commented Martin Mabutho, general manager, sales and marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria.
“The last edition of Big Brother Naija was incredibly successful and we see just how much the show continues to resonate with fans in Nigeria and around the continent,” he added.
“We can hardly wait for Sunday, and we guarantee not only that our viewers will enjoy the premiere show, but that they will stay tuned for three months until the show’s finale when the winner is revealed.”
Excitement for the third season has been stoked not only by the auditions held around the country but also the airing of reunion episodes featuring housemates from the previous season in 2017.
The BBNaija reunion show premiered on Saturday, January 20 and continues to air daily on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 until tonight. Highlights of previous episodes have also been aired.
The third season of BBNaija airs from tomorrow at 7pm.