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After many weeks of waiting, the popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija is back with a new season that promises to be filled with immense drama and excitement.

The host of BBNaija, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu at the premiere of new edition titled ‘Pepper Dem’ disclosed that the reality show will run for fourteen weeks rather than twelve weeks.

The 21 Housemate will, therefore, hustle for N60million worth of prizes for 99days rather than 90days.

According to Big Brother, the decision was taken because of the interesting individuals in this year’s edition.

The housemates would be staying at the Big Brother House for the next twelve weeks to entertain TV viewers across Africa and beyond.
This is the first time the show will be shot entirely in Nigeria.

Here are the 21 housemates that will make you stay glued to your TV screen all through the 12 weeks:


Saidat “Avala” Balogun’s highest point of her life is when she gave birth to her daughter and her single, ‘Give me a chance’. The 30 year old budding singer studied music and business at York College in Queens, New York. It’s no wonder then that her top artists include one of the city’s most famous exports, Mary J Blidge. Just like the Queen of Hip Hop, the Ogun State native has ambitions to spread her music all over the world. She is easily irritated by disloyal people. 

Avla says, if she wins the prize money, she will  build a house for her mum and daughter and also want to invest in real estate.

She further revealed that she's not in the house for any hanky-panky: I’m not there to play, they will see that I’m serious, I’m a single mom pursuing her dream.

2) Diane
Diane Yashim, 23, describes herself as an easy going girl whose favourite outfit is a shirt, trousers and sneakers. The model and aspiring cook is also a graduate of the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Studying and living there was an eye-opening experience she’ll forever be grateful for. One of the highlights of her life is being chosen as a Big Brother Naija Season Four Housemate and she says that nothing would make her quit the game. She adds that she likes to try new things and wants to see the whole experience through.

Diane who is from Kaduna gets irritated by liars and loud talkers. If she wins the prize money, she will travel as well as try to get into the entertainment industry (as an actor or television presenter.) She will also further her education.

She believes she's an open book, relatable and easily understandable.

3) Ella
30 year old Victoria “Ella” Nnabuchi is no stranger to the limelight. She was a runner up in a popular music talent search show and she’s a television presenter, voice-over artist, actress and model.  She also enjoys dancing, singing, reading, writing, travelling and poetry. The industry preaches that one should fake it until they make it. Not Ella,  she says it’s better to “faith it, until you make It.”

She can't stand liars and deceitful people and has promised to be very interesting and unique.

4) Esther
Esther Olaoluwa Agunbiade is proud of her beauty and brains. The 22-year-old Lagos based lawyer was called to the bar at just twenty-one years old. She’s also very athletic and loves to show off her figure. Her favourite outfit? A white off the shoulder, bodycon, short dress. “Who says a girl can’t embrace all aspects of who she is?” she questions.

People with bad bathroom and toilet hygiene or habits irritates her. She believes she will be a fan favorite because she's real, smart and sexy.

Chemeka Frodd Okoye is a soft-spoken Investment Adviser and Sales Executive from Anambra State. The 28-year-old believes family is everything and that’s why he lists paying for his mother’s surgery bill as one of the proudest moments of his life. He says nothing can make him quit Big Brother and even if he had a million dollars, he would still  participate in the game because “the experience can never be bought.” He hates proud and fake people and bullies.

If he wins the price money, he will start a fashion line and an NGO for single mothers. He promised to use his my charms so has to be fans favorite.

6) Gedoni
Ekpata Gedoni is a fashion entrepreneur who likes to keep it simple with a dash of sophistication. The 31-year-old Cross Riverian enjoys basketball, soccer, taking walks and cleaning the house! His other talents include writing poetry and drawing portraits with pencil.

The inability to take correction as well as physical and mental laziness irritates him.

If he wins, he will sort out family debts, put up a proper fashion house and random acts of kindness.

Gedoni says he is easy going, interesting plus he has a genuine and charming personality.

26-yer-old Steve Ikechukwu Onyema, is originally from Imo State, but bides his time between Houston, Texas and Maryland, Lagos. He’s loud and colourful and loves to entertain because “you only live once”. When he lost his business in 2013, Ike had to move in with his girlfriend. Luckily, things are looking up for him now. In his downtime, you will find Ike eating steak and vegging out on the couch watching his favourite movie ‘No Country For Old Men’. Not even a family loss would make him quit the game. And if he was rich, he would still do it for the experience.

Ike dislikes people that talk too much. If he wins the prize money, he’ll give his cousin some money. In his words; I live with him and he has been taking care of my bills for the last 7 months.He also revealed that he’d put some money into real estate and give some to a children’s charity.

He believes his funny personality and looks will see him through the show.

Lagos resident, Isilomo Braimoh is single and ready to mingle. An HR manager at 27, Isilomo has an MA in Human Resource Management with professional certification. She winds down from her hectic job by engaging in sports, outdoor activities, food, music and travel. A lover of all things music, her favourite songs are currently ‘Middle Child’ by J.Cole and ‘Daz How Star Do’ by Skiibii Dazz.

She hates it when during an argument or debate, a person stops putting out their opinion in a clear and concise manner. She also dislikes it when people are sluggish about things.

Isi from Edo state can't stand people who don’t take responsibility and hold themselves accountable for their actions.She describes herself as funny in a not so obvious way, blunt and real.

If she wins the prize money, she will invest in herself as a brand, invest in any kind of Capital Market Instrument, kick start her media career (by going for training) and go on a long ass holiday with her sisters.

Just like her spirit animal the lioness, Jackye is a fierce hunter who led her software engineering team to winning a contract to build a Fintech app for one of the biggest companies in Africa. The 23-year-old has only had one boyfriend her entire life and she relaxes by watching football, playing games and eating spaghetti, her favourite meal. Her life mantra is, “I never lose, either I win or I learn.”

Jackye is not a fan of slow people and will invest the prize money if won, in an ongoing tech project which will make AI affordable to Nigerians.

10) Jeff
When it’s time to let loose, Jeff blasts Drake’s ‘Take Care’ and Burna Boy’s ‘Rock Your Body’. Originally from Anambra but now residing in Jos, Jeff is a 30-year-old banker who believes in taking things one day at a time. His go to food is a dish of beans, yam, amala, ewedu and gbegiri. Jeff also enjoys swimming and dunking a few on the basketball court.

Jeff who can't stand ingrates, describes himself as witty, friendly, kind-hearted with an endearing mindset.

If he wins, he'll use the money to further establish his fintech start-up business which aims to help the youth improve their circumstances and grow with what little they may have.

11) Khafi
29 year old, police officer Khafi Kareem believes that you can have it all if you believe in yourself. She is not only hoping to win the prize money but she wants the exposure that being in Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do societal good. What people don’t know about her is that she is secretly talented in spoken word, singing and dancing. She is an Ekiti native who resides in London.

The police officer does like to be controlled or suppressed from expressing herself freely. If  forced to do something sexual in the Big Brother Naija House, Kaffi revealed she will quit the game

Khafi will hire a film crew and host a travel show going to every state in Nigeria showcasing the tourist beauty spots and invest in charitable causes, if she goes home with the 60m prize money

12) KimOprah
Bubbly television presenter Kim-Oprah, believes that nothing is impossible to achieve. The African beauty achieved the impossible when she represented Nigeria at the Miss Intercontinental World Beauty Pageant. Kim-Oprah is not just a pretty face she owns a business and her favourite book is ‘Smart Money Woman’ by Arese Ugwu. There is nothing that would make her quit the Big Brother House because she is not a quitter.

She'll do two things with the money, which are: invest in her business and further her education by doing a business management course. Kim describes herself as very real.

13) Mercy
26-year-old Mercy Eke from Imi state is a video vixen and businesswoman based in Lagos. She loves cooking, swimming, travelling and dancing. No matter the setbacks, Mercy always picks herself up and does her best. “I’m grateful for each and every day. Being alive today is already the highest point of my life”. When she’s not dancing, singing or rapping, Mercy makes time to enjoy her favourite food: white rice and pepper soup. If she had a million dollars in her account, would Sugar still be in the BB Naija game? “Yes, I would. I want the fame. The popularity is very important for my business”.

The video vixen plans to start her own fashion brand or label, that is, if she wins the prize money.

She believes she'll be a fun person and sweet girl because people call her “Sugar”. 

Mike Edwards, 28, is a husband, CEO and athlete who doesn’t know how to quit. The highest point in his life was the day he got married to the love of his life. Mike owns the first Black-owned cigar line in the United Kingdom and he’s also a professional athlete. The lowest point in his life was when he was banned from representing Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He’d still come to the Big Brother Naija House even if he had a million dollars because he never backs down from a challenge.

He can't stand negativity and would love to use the prize money to grow his business.

15) Nelson
Nelson Allison, Mr. Universe Nigeria 2018, is single and looking. When he is not consulting or modelling, he enjoys sketch drawing, working out, watching movies and cooking. If he were a world leader, he would ensure that both the poor and the rich had equal opportunities. Nelson who is from Rivers state believes that it’s not over until the fat lady sings.

He describes himself as creative, passionate, cheerful, warm-hearted and humorous and will  take care of himself and start a business.

Nelson does not like liars and dishonest people.

16) Omashola
Model and Entrepreneur Omashola is originally from Delta State, but now calls Lagos home. He loves playing basketball, cooking and “being in the water, even though I can’t swim”. Putting his life’s motto “If you want it, go get it – don’t just sit down” into action this year, Omashola got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. But the worst happened; she turned him down! Now single and focused on building his brand, Omashola comes into the Big Brother Naija House ready to make his dreams come true.
Shola hates liars and has promised that peradventure he wins the prize money, will invest and triple it in less than a year. He wants fans to love him because he's special, different and has a story to tell.

17) Seyi
Oluwaseyi “Seyi” Awolowo has had many highs and lows in his three decades of existence. The bubbly entrepreneur once tried to commit suicide but has since risen above that dark period of his teenage years and has turned his life around. He is committed to his journey of self-acceptance, his girlfriend and his beliefs. He demonstrates the latter with a “Jesus’’ tattoo across his arm. Seeing his own face on a billboard for the first time is one of the highest moments of his life so far.

He hails from Ogun state and is the grandson of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Awolowo does not like fake people and those who lack of originality.If he goes home with the price money, he will to invest it in his company and maybe help a charity or two.

18) Sir Dee
Sir Dee, real name Atteh Daniel Tioluwa, from Kogi is a banker and graphic designer from Kaduna State. He loves football, board games and movies. His favourite of all time? Any of the movies in the Lord of the Rings franchise. Sir Dee, who is in a relationship, believes in being “the best version of myself at all times” - and counts whistling as one of his secret talents.  If he were an animal, this 27-year-old would be a lion. “I am kingly, dignified, but will not hesitate to defend those I love”.  As much as the prize money is important, winning is not Sir Dee’s ultimate aim. “The fact that I will be disconnected from everyone I know will have to form new relationships in an enclosed environment, is very exciting to me”.

He will pay for a trip for his parents, kid brother and himself to go see his sister in the UK, he'd also give a certain amount to my sister and then invest in my business, amongst other things, if he wins the prize money.

Sir Dee says he is down to earth, very original, sarcastic, playful with a great sense of humor.

19) Tacha
Tacha has always wanted to be on Big Brother Naija. It comes as no surprise then, that getting picked to be a Housemate this season, is the highlight of her life. This spunky 23-year-old Rivers State native lives her life like her favourite musician Cardi B does; “Do no harm but take no mess”. Talented at making strategic money moves, Tacha would pick her phone over sleep, any day. Although losing her mom weighs heavily on her, the experience has taught Tacha she is as strong as an eagle, one of her favourite animals. She hates gossip mongers with a passion.
If she wins, she will invest in new business ideas, increase her family’s standard of living and start a charity foundation

On why she will be a fan favourite: Because I’m SYMPLYTACHA. I’m spontaneous, loud, interesting, lively and fun.

20) Thelma
26-year-old Thelma Ibemere from Imo state lives her life by one simple motto: “Only hang out with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you”.  Although this vivacious Hair and Beauty practitioner is currently in a relationship, she believes nothing could have kept her away from her destiny; being in the Big Brother Naija House. When she’s not running her hair business, Thelma finds time to dance, travel and read. Her favourite book of all time? ‘Talent Is Not Enough’ by James C Maxwell. If Thelma had a million dollars in the bank, would she still be in the game? “Of course, I would! Because of the fame. The only thing that would make me quit is a wedding, or pregnancy.”.

21) Tuoyo
Psychotherapist, fitness coach and “part time stripper” Tuoyo loves working out, reading books, watching movies, listening to his favourite musicians Davido and J Cole and cuddling (even though he is single). Although life has been good to this energetic 23-year-old, not being shortlisted for an important Navy and Airforce entrance examination left him staring at an uncertain future. Luckily, a shot at fame and fortune on this season’s Big Brother Naija has given him another shot at making his dreams come true.

Tuoyo can't stand people who gossip, and people that stinks. He plans to open a therapy institution and a lounge, if he goes home with the price money. He wants to be fan's favourite because he's entertaining, a solution provider, a good listener and a likable person.

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