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What Has Become Of Past BBNaija Winners? Find Out All About Them

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Get to know how all the past winners of the popular Big Brother Naija show have been faring in life. 

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Last Sunday, Olamilekan Agbelesebioba Laycon emerged winner of the BBNaija lockdown edition.

He stepped into the shoes once occupied by four previous winners who have varying degree of relevance.

Here is how previous winners of the show are faring:

Season 1 (2006) – Katung Aduwak

The first-ever season of Big Brother Naija held in 2006.

The show hosted by Michelle Dede and Olisa Adibua saw then 26-year-old Katung Aduwak emerge winner.

He took home the $100,000 prize money.

After the show, he bagged a directorial degree from the Digital Film Academy in New York. He is a filmmaker and producer. He directed and produced “Unwanted guest” and “Heaven’s Hell.”

Aduwak has also directed a number of music videos for Chocolate City, Styl Plus, Gabriel Afolayan and starred in EbonyLife TV’s “Desperate housewives.”

Aduwak, a scriptwriter and production Assistant, went to the Air Force Jos Military School before going to study Political Science at the University of Jos. He is married to Raven Taylor.

Season 2 (2017) – Michael Efe Ejeba


After an 11-year break, the Big Brother Nigeria “See Gobe” edition held in 2017. It saw 22 contestants vying for the N25 million grand prize.

Ex-Housemate Ebuka Obi-Uchendu from season one hosted the show that saw Efe Ejeba emerge the winner.

Following his emergence as winner of the show, he moved from Jos to Lagos to kick-start his music career. The rapper released an EP called “Lagos EP.” He also collaborated with superstar rapper Olamide on the song “Warri.”

The graduate of the Faculty of Economics has released other songs like “Based on logistics” and “I love you.” He continues to pursue his music career to date.

Season 3 (2018) – Miracle Igbokwe

The Big Brother Nigeria 2018 show was tagged “Double Wahala”. About 20 Housemates competed for N25 million cash prize, which Miracle Igbokwe carted home.

He was presented with a brand new Hyundai Tucson SUV, a N25 million cheque, home appliances worth N3 millon and a trip to an exotic location for two totalling N45 million with prizes.

Miracle also won N1 million cash prize from Payporte Arena Games and N200, 000 from the final wager. He also won the Pepsi Refresh Your Mix, which fetched him N1 million and a trip to Dubai for the One Africa Music Fest and a year’s supply of Pepsi and Aquafina.

After winning the show, he left for South Africa to an Aviation school to pursue his dreams. In 2019, Miracle obtained his certification as an “Instrument Rated” pilot.

Season 4 (2019) – Mercy Eke

In 2019, the show was tagged “Pepper Dem.” Unlike previous seasons, it held in Nigera and aired for 99 days.

The viewers watched 26 contestants slug it out for the N60 million grand prize.

Mercy Eke won and became the first female to achieve the feat since the commencement of the reality TV show in 2006.

She carted home N60 million, including N30 million cash, N25 million worth of Innoson Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), a trip to Dubai and other prizes.

The video vixen and entrepreneur on March 14, 2020, received the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Dressed Female. She also bought a house in Lekki, Lagos.

She and her love interest during the show, Ike, have gone on to launch their reality show “Mercy & Ike.”

She also launched her real estate company, Lambo Homes.

Season 5 (2020) – Olamilekan Agbelese

Laycon joined the elite hall of fame in the just-concluded edition.

The 26-year-old carted home N85 million, including N30 million cash, a two-bedroom apartment, a brand-new SUV, a trip to Dubai, among other prizes.

As earlier announced by Multichoice, N30 million was awarded to him as cash prize with the supplementary N55 million covering:

A two-bedroom apartment courtesy of Revolution Plus
A top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors
A trip to Dublin courtesy of Guinness
Home appliances courtesy of Scanfrost, and a branded Chiller
A trip to Dubai packaged by Travelbeta
1-year supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it, and Colgate toothpaste
1-year supply of Pepsi
A trip to watch the UEFA Champions League finale
A brand new Oppo Reno 3 smartphone.

All eyes are on him on how he will manage the fame and other prizes won.

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Via The Nation

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Elton John is the greatest songwriter—Fireboy DML

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Award-winning English singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the best selling artists of all-time, Elton John has been tagged “the greatest songwriter” by Nigerian new-school face of R&B—Fireboy DML.

Fireboy played the over/under game with Pitchfork where guests are told to rate certain objects, things, persons and whatnot whether they are overrated or underrated. On his episode, the first to be rated turns out to be Sir Elton John on which Fireboy’s opinion was solicited, he replied: “Elton John is like the greatest songwriter to me. He’s a legend [laughs]. I don’t think he should be under that tag [of being overrated or underrated]. Let’s just leave him up there on that pedestal.”

Fireboy DML whose latest “Peru” release has fastly gone up the charts goes further to give his verdicts regarding ‘tiny spoons’, ‘love letters’, ‘sad songs’, ‘sunglasses’; even calling saxophones overrated because “there are so many more instruments that convey emotions better than saxophones.” Watch the full video below:

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“Meaningful and conscious songs are missing today in the music industry”—African China

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Nigerian music veteran, African China, famous for tackling the government with his music like in the case of the evergreen “Mr President” and making situational love songs e.g “If You Love Somebody” says the lyricism that comes with the finely produced songs in today’s Nigerian music sector has gone down the drain. Saying he is “disappointed” with how artistes of today approach the lyrical aspect of their music. This he told The Guardian (Nigeria) in an interview.

African China (real name—Chinagorom Onuoha) was asked “What do you think about the music of today?” with regards to the Nigerian music industry, he answered: “I won’t say that I’m sad; I am only disappointed.” he begins with, reckoning “It is either the artistes don’t understand what they are singing or they don’t care about what they serve the public.” Although he gave nod to “Chike and a few others” for taking it upon themselves to produce good music with solid lyrical content. African China even admitted he does not allow his kids listen to the mainstream music from Nigeria because “they are not relevant.”

Meaningful and conscious songs are missing today in the music industry.” African China emphasize while admonishing artistes of this generation to make music with a view of the future as their future kids will definitely listen, beckoning on artistes to improve in their lyricism just like the production has gone up a notch.

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You can’t box me in, I’m versatile—Blaqbonez says about his music

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Emeka Akumefule, known as Blaqbonez was the guest on Nancy Isime’s Trending show which airs on HipTV. On the daily entertainment show, he speaks about his career path and the kind of music he makes.

When asked what his music entails, the rapper and singer answered: “I pride myself in being versatile, every time I come out [with a new song], I try to make sure it’s different from the last thing.” Blaqbonez says while citing Drake as his biggest inspiration in the music industry worldwide.

Nancy Isime went further to ask Blaqbonez what his thoughts are about being labelled the “touch bearer of rap in Nigeria” to which he gave the reply: “I honestly I’m not trying to get boxed in, so anytime there’s any rap conversations, I don’t care about that. . . I’m versatile.” Blaqbonez goes further to say the era of championing himself as the “Best Rapper in Africa” or BRIA (for short) is over, that he only went with the vibe because of the response he got from saying those words in one of his songs and since people cared much about what he had to say, he used the BRIA tag to his advantage, taking his music to the mainstream forefront; even testifying to the fact that many rappers call themselves ‘the best’ on their songs but no one really pays attention.

You can catch up with the interview where Blaqbonez said this and more here:

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