…as Bisola shrugs off disappointment
Efe Ejeba, the winner of the reality show, Big Brother Naija, was last Tuesday presented with the keys to his SUV at a press conference held in Lagos to welcome him and Bisola Aiyeola, the first runner up of the show.
Efe emerged winner after beating 11 other contenders to clinch the star prize of N25million and a Sport Utility Vehicle. Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, speaking at the event, said MultiChoice was not only celebrating Efe but other people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the show was a phenomenal success.
“The Big Brother Naija show was a veritable platform used in educating and enlightening the viewers about the many challenges, both social and environmental, being faced by people across the country through the many creative presentations made by housemates. In addition, it showed the power of voters as the winner emerged based on their votes,” said Ugbe.
In his remark, Efe thanked MultiChoice Nigeria for giving him the platform to show the world his person and for the opportunity.
He said: “The feeling has been so amazing right from the airport up till this moment. I want to thank MultiChoice for this opportunity and the sponsors, Indomie, Minimie and Heritage Bank – for organising and paying for my wedding in the house – as well as PayPorte for all the beautiful clothes and shoes.”
Chief Executive Officer, PayPorte, Eyo Bassey said: “PayPorte is proud of the show which had sold Nigeria to the world and we are happy with the sponsorship and relationship. We have already engaged four of the ex-housemates and we will take it further by supporting their business plans and even securing office spaces where they can begin. We are grateful for the opportunity”.
Also in attendance was the Group Head, Corporate Affairs, Heritage Bank, Fela Ibidapo, who thanked MultiChoice for the privilege to support the show and give it value.
“Heritage Bank hoped to define the platform and we are proud of our involvement as we took banking beyond financial activities,” Ibidapo said, adding that the bank will continue to grow capacity for the ex-housemates.
Other ex-housemates present at the conference included Bassey, Bally, ThinTallTony, Jon, Soma, Gifty and CocoIce.
Meanwhile, Bisola and ThinTallTony’s dalliance in the Big Brother Naija house was one of the highlights of the 11-week reality show.
TTT obviously took advantage of Bisola’s emotional weakness, told the lady he was not married and almost double-dated with one of her best allies in the house. Well, the game is over and both are back, but one as the victor the other as the vanquished.
Bisola turned out to be the first runner-up while TTT got unceremonious exit. And Bisola, who got an appointment as an Ambassador of ONECampaign for the Girl-Child education, shrugged off disappointment on Tony’s marital status at a news conference jointly held with Efe Ejeba winner of BBNaija at The Wheatbaker, Lagos on Tuesday.
Bisola, who was romantically involved with ThinTallTony, said that she does not see the need to have a conversation with him as to why he hid the fact that he was married with kids. She explained that she has just found out that Thin Tall Tony was married with a family and in “my mind I’m like, ‘dude, you are one amazing actor”.
She said: “Good thing, I did not have it in my head that I was going to come out and have a sort of romance with you. I hope your wife did not deal with you too much.
“But somehow I feel sort of slightly betrayed that he betrayed that friendship that I thought we had, I thought we could really be close buddies outside of the house.
“So, yes, Tony, I hope your family is doing great, well done to you, to them, feel just a little betrayed that, we were really close, come on, we shared a lot of things together. “This one thing that you didn’t say, I don’t know why.
Anyway, it’s your choice, you played the game the best way you know how to.
”The Big Brother Naija show was aimed at identifying, nurturing, and promoting young talent to a wide range of viewers across the African continent.
After a 10-year hiatus, the show was repackaged to give more Nigerian youth the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.
The year’s edition was hosted by former Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. Other ex-housemates present at the conference included Bassey, Bally, ThinTallTony, Jon, Soma, Gifty and CocoIce.
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