By Victor Akuma
BBnaija, the rave of many Nigerian youths is back with its 5th season titled ‘lockdown’. The atmosphere has been intense since its premiere on Sunday July 19 2020.
The 20 housemates were drawn from different parts of the country by big brother, a tradition common for the past five years.
From the portfolios of all 20 participants, the season looks promising with most if not all participants having flair for entertainment.
Just like the days of Gulder Altimate Search, winner of the BBN will be living the house with mouthwatering prizes which include N30 million; a two-bedroom apartment courtesy Revolution Plus a top of the range SUV from Innoson Motors, a trip to Dublin courtesy Guinness, home appliances courtesy Scanfrost. Others are a trip to Dubai sponsored by Travel beta, one year supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste, one year supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller, a trip to watch the UEFA Champions League final and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.
Over the years, many participants of the show have turned out famous and very rich even without emerging winners, this is as a result of organisations that signed them as their brand ambassadors and wealths given them by some of their rich fans.
Below are the housemates
Ozoemena Chukwu fundly called Ozo, is a consultant and entrepreneur. The 27-year-old is from Imo State. One of his greatest achievements is working with a UEFA Federation in Europe.
Victoria Adeyele is a 23-year-old musician based in Lagos. Vee as she’s fundly called was given born and raised in London and moved to Lagos some few months ago to further foster her music career.
Nelson Enwerem Prince is an entrepreneur from Abia state. The 24-year-old is into modeling, fashion designing and interior decoration. He’s a graduate of Pure Physics from University of Calabar and currently resides in Lagos. He enjoys active sports and reading about ancient religions and African history.
Boluwatife Aderogba aka Lilo, is 23 years old. She’s a dietitian from Lagos.
Timmy Sinclair is a 35-year-old creative artist who lives in Lagos though from Bayelsa State. Tee is a storyteller who uses the mediums of film, and music to express himself. His Biggest achievement is winning the best director at the NYSC cultural and sports festival in Abuja 2013 for the best stage drama.
Lucy Essien is 30 years old. She’s an entrepreneur from Lagos state. graduating with a 2.1 and not falling pregnant is among her greatest achievements.
Terseer Kiddwaya is a 27-year-old self-employed lady who hails from Benue State. Getting into health and fitness is her biggest achievement.
Dorathy Bachor is a 24-year-old entrepreneur from Lagos. Her biggest achievement is her organization – SHOPFORME, which she alleges is the biggest procurement company in Nigeria.
Praise Nelson is a dancer who hails from Enugu state. The 28-year-old won the K-Pop World Festival, South Korea 2015 and won third place at a national Dance Competition in 2010. He is also a fitness and personal trainer and a certified Latin ballroom expert, which are all parts of his achievements.
Florence Wathoni Anyansi is a 29-year-old fashion entrepreneur. She is bilingual and speaks and writes in Swahili fluently. Getting a job at Julius Berger is one of her biggest achievements
Tochukwu Okechukwu, Tochi for short, is a 28-year-old rapper and real estate agent from Imo state. Being independent and getting an education is among his biggest success.
Kate Jones aka Ka3na, is 26 years old. She’s an entrepreneur from Rivers state, Nigeria. She describes herself as a strong woman who wants more from life. Her numerous properties and daughter, are her greatest achievements.
Eric Akhigbe 24 is a final year student at the University of Lagos state. He is from Edo State and works as a body builder. He prides in helping over 100 people achieve their fitness goals.
Ngozi Nlewedim aka Erica, is a 26-year-old actress and commercial model from London,
Graduating from film school in London, producing my first short film with a team in Birmingham, and being in the movie, Hire a Woman are her greatest achievements.
Ezekiel Bright Osemudiame is a 29-year-old sailor from Edo State. Brighto, as he is fondly called, is the youngest of six kids. He holds a degree in Marine Engineering from Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt with several other professional certifications.
What new habit or skill did you acquire during lockdown? I learnt to pray more and the ability to tell what time it is without looking at a watch.
Securing a scholarship to study abroad and getting his third engineer license are some of his greatest archievements.
Kaisha Umaru is a 25-year-old entrepreneur from Sokoto state.
Finishing her skincare line is part of her life achievements
Emuobonuvie “Neo” Akpofure (26), popularly referred to as Neo, is a ride-hailing app driver and a Delta State native. Although he describes himself as fun, tolerant, loving and smart, he won’t hesitate to be Indaboski Bahose when it comes to issues concerning bullying and inequality.
Winning N500 000 from a talent competition is among his life achievements.
Tolani Shobajo is a 27-year-old media personality from Lagos state. Tolani is an energetic gingered babe. People always call her the life of the party. When she’s not entertaining, she’s dancing and cooking. Becoming a signed musician is one of her greatest achievements.
Olamilekan Agbeleshe is a 26-year-old singer and rapper from Lagos. He’s a graduate of philosophy from the University of Lagos who started his musical journey at an early age and has now emerged as one of Nigeria’s most promising new school acts. He describes himself as being versatile and able to coin words together to soothe scenarios and moods.
Having her song ‘Fierce’ on MTV BASE Top ten charts for six months is one of her greatest breakthroughs
Rebecca Hampson (22) is an entrepreneur from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. She is a former model and MBGN Top 5 contestant who loves learning new things, having fun, travelling, taking on new adventures, and being true to herself. Getting her BSc. is part of her achievements.
However, some opinions by lovers of the show have trailed the new season as they speak on how they predict the season’s end.
According to Nna. Nnamani Eunice, “I feel this season is going to be fun. Something different from what we have seen before will unfold soon because I feel the housemates are still hiding most of their true charterers.”
“I also think it’s going to be an exciting season but I don’t think it will be different from what we have seen before, to an extent, I feel this current housemates are not even being their real selves, they are all acting and trying to win the viewers interest and if they continue like this, the previous ones will be better. Well, it’s still too early to judge.”
“Finally am looking out for Ozo and nengi to be the best, they are both very intelligent and smart, I think both of them will make it to the finals and probably battle for the huge price.”
“Layco too has a lot to offer and he is intelligent too, his looks might be deceiving, But his just himself and very Simple in personality. The guy is too smart,” she concluded.
For Chinemerem Sozo, “With what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be a very interesting show. The housemates are very intelligent and interesting. I see Laycoon, Nengi, Prince and Dorathy being the viewers options because a lot of Nigerians would want to watch some dirty scene and seems lots of the house mates are ready this time to give it to their viewers unlike the former ones.