Bet you didn’t see that coming! While it was certain that at least one of the Nominated Housemates was going to be on their way, nothing prepared us for the fact that there would be a grand total of three Housemates saying goodbye to the Big Brother House. There are top-selling music groups with fewer people than that. After a fortnight in the game, Beatrice, Niyi and Yerins were required to bid the others adieu — although they weren’t really required to do it in French — and get out of there, chop-chop. “Chop-chop” means 15 seconds, here. Biggie really doesn’t waste much time on long, drawn out goodbyes.
Beatrice’s Nomination came on the back of her spoiler tactics during the Housemate’s hunt for the two Wildcards — a strategy that probably seems a little rash to her, now. Yerins’ status as “polymath” didn’t provide him with the assorted skillset necessary to win the game.
Then came the second shock — new arrivals. A total of four new Housemates were introduced into the game tonight, meaning that the full complement of Housemates has gone up by one, rather than down. We were pretty sure it was going to move in the other direction. It’s going to start getting a little crowded, at this rate.
Of course, the new Housemates might be at something of a disadvantage — they have no rapport with the others, they don’t know the dynamics at play and — this is a big one — there might be some resentment on the part of the Housemates who have had to play the game for the past two weeks suddenly finding themselves with these new upstarts who haven’t put in the time. It’s worth remembering, however, that the new Housemates have had to spend these past two weeks in isolation, sequestered away from Covid-19, which can’t have been much fun.
The question, then, is who are these new Housemates? Do they have what it takes to overcome these challenges? We dunno. We know nothing more about these folks than you do, but we can tell you that it’s certainly a diverse group that entered the House, tonight.
Full name: Michael Chukwuebuka Ngene
“A bad boy with magnetism” and “open minded”, are some of the words Ebuka uses to describe himself. This 28-year-old musician and aspiring filmmaker was born in Lagos, then moved to the United States of America as a teenager – but is currently based in Abuja.
Calling himself a “curious participant of life”, Ebuka likes to explore interests and people with an open mind and maintains he is dedicated to growing into the best version of himself. He believes being the product of two different societies; America and Nigeria, has created an interesting perspective on life that many viewers will be able to relate to.
In his free time, you will find Ebuka writing, creating music or pursuing his interests in cinematography.
Full name: Jumoke Zainab Adedoyin
A 23-year-old law graduate from Kwara State, JMK has aspirations of becoming a certified member of the Nigerian Bar. Apart from music, dancing and traveling, she enjoys cooking and the simple pleasures of life. She describes herself as “a sexy, confident and adventurous foodie” who loves to help people. She believes her presence in the Big Brother Naija House will help build her brand and will help position her to advance further in her career.
In addition, she wants the exposure and life changing experience that the platform provides, to assist in her advocacy for social issues.
Full name: Gbolahan Ololade
Originally from Ogun State, 26-year-old Kayvee currently resides in Lagos, where he works as a photographer. His hobbies include playing football, clubbing and playing cards.
He believes he is innovative and fun to be around, and says people call him handsome. Kayvee says his career high point is when he had the opportunity to photograph one of Nigeria’s biggest artists.
While he likes to experiment with styling and colouring his hair, he says that harassment in the streets has put a damper on this aspect of his life.
Full name: Queen Mercy Atang
Queen, 26, is a philanthropist and aspiring politician. She hails from Akwa Ibom State and has a mom she adores and three beautiful siblings that she loves.
She is a Tansian University graduate and an international beauty queen. Queen describes herself as “beautiful, courageous, and fearless” and reckons being raised by a single mother taught her a lot about life.
An ambitious and driven person who values everyone around her, she considers herself a true leader and an excellent communicator who is very calculating, loyal, and peaceful.
So — we didn’t have to wait too long for Big Brother to throw a massive spanner in the works. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some awkward introductions I would like to go and watch.
Watch Big Brother Naija on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.