Big Brother Africa - a popular reality TV show, based on the original Big Brother. The first season of Big Brother Africa was done in 2003 and from then its been gaining increasing popularity all over Africa. In 2007, the show was back from four-year hiatus, until it got cancelled after season nine in 2014.
Here are 3 Nigerians who have won it.
#1. Kevin Chuwang Pam, Season 4, 2009
Kevin Chuwang Pam is a presenter, MC.
He represented Nigeria during the fourth season of the show where he was announced the winner of the competition on Day 91 after receiving 11/15 votes to win, becoming the first Nigerian to win the television reality show, Big Brother Africa, dubbed Revolution in 2009.
e hails from Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria and a graduate of University of Jos. Kevin finished his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2006 and got married to his fellow Tanzania’s housemate, Elizabeth Gupta and they have been blessed with a baby girl.
Kevin invested his money and founded his own company, Down2Earth Entertainment. Also, he began an interesting entertainment initiative, named “Jos Bring It On”, where the youth get a chance to express themselves and start their career in this area.
Kevin and his family now live and run their business in Jos. One of his businesses is a restaurant called “Gupsy Delight”. Kevin Pam also founded an NGO called “Naija Pikin”, with which he invests in needy African children. He has put his musical career on hold to focus on his wife and two children.
#2. Uti Nwachukwu, Season 5, 2010
Uti Nwachukwu is a famous Nollywood actor, musician, television personality, Jara TV presenter, model, a philanthropist and the winner of Big Brother Africa All-Stars Edition season 5. He was born on 3 August 1982 in Ughelli and raised in Sapele, a small town in Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria.
Uti Nwachukwu is a native of Ndokwa of Aboh Kingdom in Ndokwa-East Local Government Area of Delta State in the south southern part of Nigeria. He is the last born in a family of six children. Uti Nwachukwu rose to fame after winning the Big Brother Africa All-Stars Edition season 5 in 2010.
Uti Nwachukwu completed his primary school education in Delta State, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Uti Nwachukwu proceeded to the Igbenedion Education Centre in Edo State, Nigeria from 1993 to 1999 and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing his secondary school education, Uti Nwachukwu proceeded to University of Nigeria Nsukka in Enugu State, Nigeria and graduated with a National Diploma in Computer Science and Education. After obtaining his National Diploma, Uti Nwachukwu proceeded to University of Benin and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Education.
Uti Nwachukwu made his way into the Nigerian entertainment industry while still in school, featuring regularly in music videos, modeling in billboard adverts and finally contesting in “The Next Movie Stars” reality television competition in which he was the first runner up and which led to him getting parts in a few small screen production and movie roles in Nigeria.
On 5 October 2008, Uti Nwachukwu became the third evictee of the Big Brother Africa season 3. During his stay in the Big Brother Africa eviction house, Uti Nwachukwu was known for often teasing his fellow housemates (Mostly Mimi and Thami). During Nambian housemate and Lucile’s eviction, Uti Nwachukwu had a violent outburst upon learning that Lucille had been evicted.
In 2010, Uti Nwachukwu competed as a contestant in Big Brother Africa All-Stars Edition season 5 in which he lasted 91 days and ultimately won by defeating Munya in a final vote of 8 to 7. During the competition, Uti Nwachukwu spent a combined total of 133 days in the Big Brother house.
After winning the Big Brother Africa All-Stars Edition season 5 competition, Uti Nwachukwu has been involved in several projects majorly in the entertainment and fashion industry. He also has interest in charity work as he holds an annual event for the less privileged tagged “Uti Lead the Stars”.
Uti Nwachukwu began his acting career in 2011 and has featured in several Nollywood movies which include The Changer, Finding Mercy, Nnenda, In the Cupboard, Broken Silence, Weekend Getaway, Deep Inside, etc. In 2012, Uti Nwachukwu won the award for Best New Actor at the GIAMA Awards held in the United States of America.
In early 2011, Uti Nwachukwu recorded and released his first song titled “Once in my life”. The video of the song “Once in my life” was shot on May 2011 and was released in summer of 2011 to much admiration of music fans around the continent.
The video of the song “Once in my life” later won him an award for Best Soft Rock at the Nigeria Music Video Awards. Uti Nwachukwu has featured in several modeling jobs and events in Nigeria and abroad.
#3. Karen Igbo, Season 6, 2011
Born Karen Igho on 6 of April 1984 is a Nigerian media personality.
She was born in Jos, Plateau State. Nigeria and is the 10 kids, Karen's mom was separated from her biological father when Karen was 2 years old. Although Karen says her mother is her role model, she grew up living with her grandmother in the village at Delta State. She met her dad for the first time when she was 14years old but sadly he died not long after.
She had her primary school education at Star Tribe Primary School, and Township Primary School, Delta State. She later moved back to the place of her birth for her high school education at Federal Government College Hopeshe, Jos, Nigeria. Karen left the shores of the country attend Southwark College, London where she got her degree in Theatre Arts.
Karen returned to Nigeria in 2008 and made appearances on a reality TV show Next Movie Star. She was also lead video vixen in 2Shotz/Timaya. Later on she ventured into acting on the Nigerian big screen and landed parts, on the popular Yoruba Nollywood movies 'Omo Ghetto Part 2 as Well as Blackberry Babes 2.
She emerged winner of Big Brother Amplified 6 edition jointly with Wendall Robert Parson from Zimbabwe in 2011 after an entertaining 91 days in the house with 26 housemates from 14 different African countries. She is also very good friends with eccentric VJ Denrele Edun, who apparently motivated her to try out Big Brother. After the Big Brother win, she sky rocketed to fame and is a popular socialite on the entertainment scene, she has anchored shows such as, Dynamix Awards, Safari awards, Calabar, City People Amplified Party, Facebook Unplugged in Warri, Miss Abuja 2011, Face of Edo, Benin, DSTV Multi-choice 2011 end of the year party, and in recent times the Face of Selara 2012 and many others.
Her bubbly persona got her awards like Dynamix TV personality of the year Award, 2011 and the Youth Award, 2011 and many others. Karen is also known to feature in music videos from time to time; she was present in Orezi's booty bounce video.
Karen is a brand ambassador for GoTV and an ambassador of peace for the 'we JOS want Peace' campaign – as a way to raise awareness and help restore peace in Jos town, Nigeria. Karen Igho is also known to well involve with charity activity including partnering with Breast Cancer Prevention initiatives, HIV intervention projects and Children Orphanages.
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