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General News / 6 top Big Brother Naija housemates in the last 3 editions
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6 top Big Brother Naija housemates in the last 3 editions

In the last 13 years, 50 Nigerian youths have passed through the popular reality TV show as housemates of the Big Brother Nigeria.
   
   
   
       
       
           
               
                   

In the last 13 years, 50 Nigerian youths have passed through the popular reality TV show as housemates of the Big Brother Nigeria.


               
           
               
                   

At least, 6 of the housemates have gone ahead to make landmark achievements since they appeared on the reality TV show.


               
           
               
                   

In 2006, the first edition of Big Brother Nigeria held and had 14 contestants and they include Katung Aduwak, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gideon Okeke, Francisca Owumi, Sandra Osaigbovo, Maureen Osuji, Frank Konwea, Joseph Ada, Ichemeta Ochoga, Nguveran Joan, Adeyinka Oremosu, Ifeoma Ejikeme, and Chinedu Amah


               
           
               
                   
                  Ex-housemates of Big Brother Nigeria, Ebuka and Gideon Okeke                 
Ex-housemates of Big Brother Nigeria, Ebuka and Gideon Okeke
               

               
           
               
                   

In 2017, the second edition returned under the new name, Big Brother Naija and had 14 contestants with 2 fake housemates. The housemates are Bally, Bassey, Bisola, Coco Ice, Debie-Rise, Efe, Gifty, Kemen, Marvis, Soma, Miyonse, TBoss, Uriel, and Thin Tall Tony. The two fake housemates are Jon and Ese.


               
           
               
                   

In 2018, the third edition of the reality TV show dubbed Big Brother Naija returned with 20 contestants namely Dee One, Khloe, Ahneeka, Alex, Angel, Bitto, Anto, Lolu, BamBam, Cee-C, Ifu Ennada, K Brule, Leo, Nina, Miracle, Tobi, Princess, Rico Swavey, Teddy A, and Vandora


               
           
               
                   

Here are the six top ex-housemates of the Big Brother Nigeria in the last 13 years.


               
           
               
                   

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu


               
           
               
                   
                  Ebuka Obi Uchendu is the host for Big Brother Naija 4                 
Ebuka Obi Uchendu is the host for Big Brother Naija 4
               

               
           
               
                   

Fondly referred to as Ebuka, this former BBN housemate is perhaps the most prominent face on the entertainment scene. Ebuka became the darling of many TV viewers with his charming smile and witty personality. His sense of fashion has become one of the most talked about in recent time.


               
           
               
                   

Although he did not win the show, he has become a media personality of note with his involvement in TV shows. He’s the main anchor of ‘Rubbin’ Minds,’ a youth-focused TV show on Channels Television and also one of the co-hosts of The Spot, a show that combines a bit of reality TV with talk show and sitcom, showing on EbonyLife TV.


               
           
               
                   

Gideon Okeke


               
           
               
                   

Gideon Okeke became a household name after securing himself a role in AfricaMagic’s Tinsel. 


               
           
               
                   
                  Gideon Okeke is a celebrated actor that kicked off his career after  participating in Big Brother Nigeria 1.                 
Gideon Okeke is a celebrated actor that kicked off his career after  participating in Big Brother Nigeria 1.
               

               
           
               
                   

The sixth evictee of the first edition of the Big Brother Nigeria has maintained a steady acting career with a number of feature films in his kitty such as ‘93 days’, ‘A Place in the Stars,’ ‘When Love Happens,’ and ‘Saro the musical.’


               
           
               
                   

One thing Gideon and Ebuka have in common is their abilities to double as show hosts.


               
           
               
                   

Gideon is the CEO of a media outfit, AppleBox.


               
           
               
                   

Katung Aduwak


               
           
               
                   

Katung Aduwak’s name will forever go down in history as the first winner of the first edition of the Big Brother Nigeria.


               
           
               
                   
                  Katung Aduwak is the first winner of Big Brother Nigeria and currently a filmmaker and showbiz personality.                 
Katung Aduwak is the first winner of Big Brother Nigeria and currently a filmmaker and showbiz personality.
               

               
           
               
                   

The ex-housemate and winner emerged the winner at the age of 26-years-old. 


               
           
               
                   

Katung made a mark himself on the show when he and his co-housemate, Sandy, were kept in isolation with no external contact and zero access to TV or news for three weeks before being introduced to the show.


               
           
               
                   

After winning the reality show, Katung proceeded to New York to get a directorial degree from the Digital Film Academy, after which he returned to Nigeria and worked on several movie projects. 


               
           
               
                   

Part of his movie projects include ‘Unwanted Guest’ and ‘Heaven’s Hell.’


               
           
               
                   

Katung got himself a job at MTV Base and Chocolate City despite working on a number of music videos for Chocolate City, Styl Plus, Gabriel Afolayan and starred in EbonyLife TV’s ‘Desperate Housewives.’ 


               
           
               
                   

Bisola Aiyeola


               
           
               
                   

From the second edition came the entertaining character, Bisola Aiyeola, who wowed the audience and TV viewers across Africa with her immense talent.


               
           
               
                   
                  2 years after participating in Big Brother Naija 2, Bisola Aiyeola has established herself as a fast rising movie act.                 
2 years after participating in Big Brother Naija 2, Bisola Aiyeola has established herself as a fast rising movie act.
               

               
           
               
                   

The ex-housemate, who went into the reality show as a budding actress returned to Nollywood to become one of the fast-rising movie acts. To this end, she won herself the 2017 trailblazer award at the AMVCAs.


               
           
               
                   

Bisola has appeared in a number of Nollywood movies that include ‘Perfect Picture,’ ‘Chief Daddy,’ ‘Something Wicked,’ ‘Ovy’s Voice,’ ‘Two Grannies,’ and ‘Music, Friendship and Conflict.’ 


               
           
               
                   

Ifu Ennada


               
           
               
                   

Ifu Ennada is another ex-housemate of Big Brother Naija, who has been able to make a career for herself in the movie world.


               
           
               
                   
                  Ifu Ennada has been able to make good use of the Big Brother Naija platform by getting herself movie roles.                 
Ifu Ennada has been able to make good use of the Big Brother Naija platform by getting herself movie roles.
               

               
           
               
                   

The actress was one of the 20 contestants that strive to win the cash prize of N45million and a car.


               
           
               
                   

Though she crashed out of the competition after putting up a good performance, Ifu Ennada had thrown herself into the world of the movie immediately she left the house.


               
           
               
                   

And between 2018 and 2019, Ifu Ennada had been on the set of several movies with some released and others yet-to-be-released.


               
           
               
                   

From ‘Mad About You’ to ‘Lonely Heart’ and ‘Hire A Woman,’ Ifu Ennada has made a considerable mark with her career after leaving Big Brother Naija.


               
           
               
                   

Bam Bam


               
           
               
                   
                  Bambam has done well for herself after participating in Big Brother Naija.                 
Bambam has done well for herself after participating in Big Brother Naija.
               

               
           
               
                   

Bam Bam, who is widely known for her relationship with fellow housemate, Teddy A, is also one of the ex-housemates of Big Brother Naija that has been able to consolidate on the platform to kick off her acting career.


               
           
               
                   

The young Bam Bam combines being an ambassador for different luxury brands with acting.


               
           
               
                   

Bam Bam had also starred in several movies and a couple of stage plays produced by Biola Austen Peters like ‘Moremi Ajasoro.’


               
           
               
                   

Some of her yet-to-be-released film features are ‘No Budget,’ ‘Foreigner’s God,’ and ‘The Gift.’


Source: 6 top Big Brother Naija housemates in the last 3 editions

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Bank of Ghana acted in bad faith by revoking the licence of Heritage Bank – Majority shareholder, Seidu Agongo

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  • The Bank of Ghana earlier this month revoked the licence of Heritage bank.
  • The BoG governor Dr Addison revealed that Heritage Bank “obtained its licence with questionable sources of capital”.
  • However, the majority shareholder Seidu Agongo has said that the BoG's claim is prejudiced.

               
           
               
                   

The majority shareholder of the defunct Heritage Bank, Seidu Agongo, has said that the Bank of Ghana’s claim that he is not fit enough to be the significant shareholder of the bank is prejudicial.


               
           
               
                   

Earlier this month, the BoG revoked the licence of Heritage Bank. The governor of the Central Bank Dr Ernest Addison, said this was because the original source of finance for the bank is currently a basis of criminal prosecution in court.


               
           
               
                   

He added that Seidu Agongo was not a “fit and proper person” to be significant shareholder of HBL.


               
           
               
                   

In a statement Mr Agongo however, said the BoG’s decision is pre-judged one which should not have happened.


               
           
               
                   

“The determination that I am not a fit and proper person to be a significant shareholder of HBL because the Central Bank suspects the funds are derived from illicit or suspicious contracts with the Cocobod is not only calculated to pre-judge the outcome of the criminal proceedings but also violative of the principle of presumption of innocence to which every individual is entitled. Since when has suspicion become a substitute for credible evidence?”


               
           
               
                   

He insisted emphatically that in establishing HBL “I engaged in no underhand dealings and, in fact, as the Central Bank itself had attested on many occasions, HBL was a very well governed Ghanaian bank which remained solvent till the very end.”


               
           
               
                   

Below is the full statement


               
           
               
                   

REVOCATION OF THE BANKING LICENCE OF THE HERITAGE BANK (IN RECEIVERSHIP) – PRESS RELEASE BY MR. SEIDU AGONGO; THE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER (SIGNIFICANT SHAREHOLDER)


               
           
               
                   

On Friday January 4, 2019, the Bank of Ghana publicly announced the revocation of the banking licence of Heritage Bank Limited (“HBL”). In doing so, the Central Bank, through its Governor, gave four reasons for its decision.


               
           
               
                   

They are as follows:


               
           
               
                   

That the Central Bank was suspicious of the sources of funds constituting the capital of HBL as it had reason to believe that the capital was derived from contract payments made by the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), which payments are the subject of an ongoing criminal prosecution;


               
           
               
                   

That the Central Bank had issues with the shareholding of HBL; more specifically, the alleged non-disclosure of the beneficial ownership of certain shares of HBL;


               
           
               
                   

That a number of related-party transactions involving HBL were not above board; and that I, as a significant shareholder of HBL, was not a “fit and proper person” to hold shares in HBL.


               
           
               
                   

In a press statement released by the members of the erstwhile Board of HBL, the Board of Directors dealt comprehensively with the reasons why, in their opinion, the decision of the Central Bank to revoke the licence of HBL was puzzling, grossly misleading in its content and unjust in its ultimate consequence. Whilst I absolutely agree with the views and sentiments expressed in the press release by the Board of Directors of HBL; I deem it necessary, for the reasons stated below, to make this statement in not only registering my personal disagreement with the decision of the Central Bank; but to respond specifically to the Central Bank’s purported determination that I was not a “fit and proper person” to continue to be a significant shareholder of HBL; as I consider it an attempt by the Central Bank or its controllers to ruin me for reasons other than are apparent.


               
           
               
                   

It will be an understatement to say I was taken by surprise by the said announcement. This is because in all my dealings with the Central Bank concerning the affairs of HBL, at no point in time did the Central Bank indicate to me or to the Board of Directors (to my knowledge) that it had concerns regarding my role as a significant shareholder or a shareholder for that matter, of HBL. Indeed, in all our interactions, both official and unofficial, I walked away with the impression that the Central Bank held me in high regard as a shareholder of HBL, as I had dealt openly and transparently with the Central Bank and its principal officers in all matters concerning the affairs of HBL.


               
           
               
                   

The purported determination that I am not a fit and proper person to be a significant shareholder of HBL could only have been made in bad faith as it is now clear that the Central Bank itself failed to comply with the basic standards of propriety and candour in its dealings with me and with HBL in respect of this matter. Up until the press conference where the announcement was made, the Central Bank made promises to me and HBL through its Directors and Officers regarding the future prospects of HBL and its continued existence as a banking concern.


               
           
               
                   

Indeed, besides the rather cursory reference to my being the subject of pending criminal proceedings and the Central Bank’s suspicion that the sources of funds for the capitalization of HBL might have been derived from the proceeds of contracts executed with Cocobod, the Central Bank has, to date, not made available to me the factual basis upon which it concluded that I am not fit and proper to be a significant shareholder of HBL. As at the time of this statement, as was at the time of the Governor’s press conference, there had been no determination either by the High Court nor any other authority for that matter, that the funds derived from contracts with Cocobod are in any manner or form illegal or criminal warranting my characterization by the Central Bank as not fit and proper. Considering the grave effects such determination portends for my life and business associations, both home and abroad, one would have thought that the Central Bank, as a regulator, would have been more deliberative in its approach to coming to such conclusion and not this capricious and arrogant; if such determination was not actuated by malice and complete bad faith.


               
           
               
                   

In purportedly making the determination, the Central Bank obviously had little regard for the time-honoured principle that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. The fact that I have a case pending before the High Court is a matter of public knowledge but my guilt or innocence is yet to be determined by the Honourable Court. The determination that I am not a fit and proper person to be a significant shareholder of HBL because the Central Bank suspects the funds are derived from illicit or suspicious contracts with the Cocobod is not only calculated to pre-judge the outcome of the criminal proceedings but also violative of the principle of presumption of innocence to which every individual is entitled. Since when has suspicion become a substitute for credible evidence?


               
           
               
                   

The Central Bank’s determination having supposedly been based on the premise that the sources of capital of HBL are “suspicious” as the contracts from which they emanated are the subject of pending criminal proceedings, will the Central Bank restore the banking licence of HBL if I were to be acquitted of the current charges? The utter irrationality of the action of the Central Bank in revoking the licence of HBL on the basis of pending criminal proceedings and the fact that the harm done to HBL and its stakeholders may ultimately be irreparable is palpable.


               
           
               
                   

The unanswered question is this; why the indecent haste? Why did the suspension of the voting rights of my shares in HBL pending the determination of the proceedings in court, for instance, not commend itself to the Bank of Ghana if indeed it had been acting otherwise than in bad faith?


               
           
               
                   

For the records, I was never made aware by the Bank of Ghana at any point whatsoever that I was the subject of a fit and proper person test by the Central Bank and I had never been asked any questions or clarifications by the said Central Bank contrary to the impressions now created by the Bank of Ghana. In fact, it is not known to me when the said fit and proper person enquiry or assessment began and when it ended. I had not been given a hearing yet my fate had been sealed in this hostile manner by the Bank of Ghana.


               
           
               
                   

I have been in business since 2001 and I have since founded about fifteen (15) entities in areas such as Real Estate, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Media, Commodities, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services that currently directly employ at least 3,500 GHANAIANS!


               
           
               
                   

I wish to state emphatically that in establishing HBL, I engaged in no underhand dealings and, in fact, as the Central Bank itself had attested on many occasions, HBL was a very well governed Ghanaian bank which remained solvent till the very end.


               
           
               
                   

To the many friends, business associates and well-wishers, who continue to encourage me in these rather trying moments, I wish to express my profound gratitude. I am truly grateful. I have no shred of doubt that I had dealt with the Bank of Ghana above board as I have done in all my business dealings. Be rest assured that whatever mischief is at play will be cured.


               
           
               
                   

Finally, while I believe in the utmost power of Allah to fight my cause, the Central Bank gravely underrates my resolve and tenacity to clear my name, which it has unceremoniously sought to destroy unjustifiably, if it thought it had heard the last from me in respect of this matter.


               
           
               
                   

May Allah continue to light our paths as we embrace the many blessings of this New Year.


Source: Bank of Ghana acted in bad faith by revoking the licence of Heritage Bank – Majority shareholder, Seidu Agongo

- gist culled from pulseng
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Newspaper Board / Troops clear remnant of Boko Haram terrorists in Baga
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Troops clear remnant of Boko Haram terrorists in Baga

Combined Special Forces troops of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force operating under the auspices of Operation Lafiya Dole in the ongoing counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in northern Borno have cleared remnant of Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, while inflicting devastating casualty on terrorists’ fighters and their equipments in a fresh […]


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Newspaper Board / 2019 elections will be credible, INEC assures EU, ECOWAS
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2019 elections will be credible, INEC assures EU, ECOWAS

…Says politicians planning to buy votes through food vendors Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured the European Union and ECOWAS that 2019 polls will be credible, as the Commission will continue to progressively improve the country's elections and protect the sanctity of the vote. Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known […]


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Newspaper Board / Rangers Draw Maghreb Oppositions in Group Stage
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Rangers Draw Maghreb Oppositions in Group Stage

Femi Solaja Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup competition, Enugu Rangers will have to go through a thorny path in the quest for continental glory this season. This was aftermath of the group stage draw ceremony held in Cairo yesterday and the Flying Antelopes will make two more journeys to North Africa where they […]


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Over 20 Senior Advocates, More than 100 Lawyers at CCT in Solidarity with Onnoghen

By Alex Enumah in Abuja Over 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and more than 100 lawyers are already seating in court for the arraignment of the CJN., Walter Onnoghen. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in a statement urged all lawyers to endeavour to be at the tribunal in show of solidarity as support both for […]


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Expert Trains Edo Poly Students, Staff On Innovative Product Design, Deployment

BENIN CITY – Systems Engineer and Visiting Lecturer to Edo State Polytechnic, Engr. Dr. Marvin Ama-Amadasun, has charged academicians and students in tertiary institutions to prioritise projects on innovative product design and deployment to contribute meaningfully to Nigeria’s economic advancement. Speaking at the 3rd Eminent Lecture Series held at the Polytechnic complex in Usen, near […]
Source: Expert Trains Edo Poly Students, Staff On Innovative Product Design, Deployment

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Newspaper Board / World Economic Forum starts amid economic, political worries
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World Economic Forum starts amid economic, political worries

At least, 3,000 and managers kicked-off their annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos on Tuesday, to discuss solutions to global challenges, in spite of the absence of some of the world key leaders. Brazil’s new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will hold the first keynote speech of the four-day World Economic Forum annual meeting […]
Source: World Economic Forum starts amid economic, political worries

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Newspaper Board / End in sight for ASUU strike as govt, union agree on seven areas
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End in sight for ASUU strike as govt, union agree on seven areas

The strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities may be coming to an end as the striking lectures and Federal Government have reached an agreement on seven key areas. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, after the meeting with ASUU officials led by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi stated that […]
Source: End in sight for ASUU strike as govt, union agree on seven areas

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Grass-cutting scandal: Buhari orders prosecution of Babachir, Oke — Osinbajo

Grass-cutting scandal: Buhari orders prosecution of Babachir, Oke — Osinbajo

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the prosecution of former Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and ex-Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke.


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