The Big Brother Naija is undoubtedly the biggest reality TV show in Nigeria, and it has added more colour to the nation’s entertainment industry since it began. Season six ended few weeks ago, with White Money walking home with the grand prize of 90 million naira.
In this article, we are going to take a look at all the past winners of the show, the amount of money they won, and what they are currently into.
1. Aduwak Katung
The first season held from March 5th to June 4th, 2006, and Aduwak Katung, who was then 26 years old, was announced as the winner. The show was known as Big Brother Nigeria then, before it was later changed to Big Brother Naija.
Aduwak walked home with the grand prize of 100,000 dollars, and since then he has done well for himself. After his victory, he proceeded to Digital Film Academy in New York where he bagged a directorial degree.
He has produced and directed some movies, and has also directed music videos for some notable artists in the country.
After more than ten years, the show returned to our screen again in 2017, and the name was changed to Big Brother Naija. Season two was themed “See Gobe”, and it had 22 housemates battling for the star prize of 25 million naira, a brand new SUV, and other mouthwatering prizes.
Efe couldn’t contain the excitement when he was announced as the winner. After his victory, he relocated from Jos to Lagos to pursue his music career. He has released a number of songs since then, and even collaborated with the superstar rapper Olamide in one of his songs. He is still in the music industry but dosent get attention. He is rumored to have been in a conflict with the owner of multichoice which has led to the downfall of his career.
In 2018, the season 3 returned with more excitement, and got many viewers glued to their TV screens. Dubbed “Double Wahala”, the show had 20 housemates vying for the cash prize of 25 million naira.
At the end of the day, it was Miracle from Imo state who won the prize.Apart from the cash prize, he also walked home with a new SUV, home appliances worth millions of naira, and a trip to an exotic location.
While in the house, he made it clear that his ambition was to be a pilot. So after the show, he proceeded to an aviation school to pursue the dream, and in 2019, he was certified as an “Instrument Rated” pilot.
Season four was dubbed “Pepper Dem”, and the drama that characterized that edition is still fresh in the minds of many. The grand prize was raised to 60 million naira, and 26 housemates contested for it. The show aired for 99 days, and Mercy Eke emerged as the winner, to the excitement of her fans. She made history as the first female winner of the show.
Mercy has done well for herself, and has managed to remain in the spotlight since then. After the show, she set up her own real estate company, and recently bought her second house in two years. She is a brand influencer and ambassador for several organizations.
The fast rising rapper Olamilekan ‘Laycon’ Agbeleshe was the fans favourite from the beginning of the show, so it didn’t come as a surprise to the viewers when he was announced as the winner. Following his win, he went home with 85 million naira worth of prizes.
He was into music before entering the Big Brother Naija house, and after the show, he was able to get more exposure for his music. He is still pursuing a career in the music industry, and was on stage to perform at the grand finale of season 6.
White Money has now joined the league of the Big Brother Naija winners, and we are waiting to see what he has to offer on the entertainment scene.