Big Brother Naija a new brand for the defunct Big Brother Nigeria, which aired in 2006 is back again. The new edition was launched Sunday night in Johannesburg, South Africa where the show is being produced. The show will be anchored for 11 weeks by Big Brother Nigeria housemate, TV host and event anchor, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
Meet the first housemates:
URIEL: She was the first one in the Big Brother Naija house. Born in Hammersmith, England, Uriel was sent to Nigeria soon after birth.
She has four very diverse brothers ranging from serious business man to one that’s really cool, complete with hair and beads. She’s spontaneous, passionate with a nurturing nature too! She loves to cook, but hates cleaning up after cooking. She likes to think of herself as a master of organised mess!
KEMEN: was the second housemate into the Big Brother Nigeria 2017 house.
A ship manager turned fitness entrepreneur, Kemen is Port Harcourt’s most sought after personal trainer. He trusts in converting hurt into motivation and uses his life to inspire self-care through sustainable agriculture and self-care. Kemen says he’s going to “invest and empower” if he wins the 25 MILLION Naira!
COCOICE: Third in the Big Brother Naija 2017 house, Cocoice has a very good relationship with her brother especially since their mother passed in 2001.
Having endured a few unlucky romantic relationships, she’s currently single and focusing on advancing her singing career. “I used to be all over the place emotionally but now I’m more controlled”.
MARVIS: Born 11th out of 21 children, this Mass Communication graduate is royalty of her tribe Onne from Eleme.
BALLY: works as a Statistician but has plans to start his own digital content creation company.
Ladies, meet Thin Tall Tony AKA “whipped cream”!
An acclaimed choreographer, ThinTallTony performed at the opening of BBNaija’s first edition and has since expanded into acting, writing and poetry. He’s a self-confessed team player who believes in winning for all and celebrating good times.
GIFTY: is an actress & model. She is counting on self-love, faith & positivity to win
Schooled in Accra, Gifty returned to Lagos to make her dreams happen. She has acted and been featured in a few Nollywood monster hits. She says her mother is her inspiration and has taught her to handle people with grace.
SOMA is a Pastor and Musician’s son and a good singer himself. Soma has opened for several high-profile acts.
He was inspired by his mom who also encouraged him to pursue a career in Music. He’d started studying at Port Uni but decided to defer his studies and focus on Science when he resumes since he loves gadgets. He’s in a long-distance relationship.
BISOLA: Abisola says she was a spoilt child till age 8 when her then well-off family hit some major hurdles.
She had to move to rural Nigeria where she lived with cousins selling make up and she got another shot at the high life when she came fifth in a reality singing competition.
Bisola is also a mother of one – a 7 year old daughter who told her to go and come back with the N25million cash prize.
MIYONSE: This last born took to cooking by chance after his mother made sure that he spent time with her in the kitchen.
That quickly led to him cooking for his schoolmates and before he knew it he was in Culinary School and today he’s head chef. He’s been in a relationship with his girlfriend, also a chef, for two months now. He hates being taken for granted.
TBOSS: is from Edo state, has 7 tattoos and over 7 piercings.
When she was in primary school boarding, she struggled with loneliness and making friends, often attracting the wrong crowd. Her dad was very strict and tough on her and her siblings but her mom was always soft spoken and sweet. She studied at the University of Lagos for nine months before going to Romania to complete her studies. She’s an occasional drinker.
EFE: moved to Lagos because it is “where it all happens’’ and worked his way up to earn recognition.
A graduate in Economics, he enjoys cooking and is confident his easy-flowing attitude will help him win over Housemates’ plots.