The third season of Big Brother Naija is in its final stretch, and the twenty house mates who began the journey 11 weeks ago have been thinned down to a victorious five in no particular order: Miracle, Tobi, Cee-C, Nina and Alex. They have, in one way or another, showed their mettle and idiosyncrasies, and remarkably contributed to the entertainment worth of the season. By the end of the week, and with their respective fan bases expanding by the numbers, we will know the winner of this Double Wahala season. But my money is on Miracle and Tobi, who both gave us the delightful bromantic Toracle. Or maybe Cee-C, if Big Brother is still into twists and surprises.
Predicting what these five housemates will become post-Big Brother Naija isn’t as clear as I once thought it will be, given that the show is ironically reality TV but with the strain of altering public perception at will. Last season’s winner Efe leveraged on his Big Brother Naija fame to launch his music career as a rapper, and the signs that he would follow this path were ever-present. Bisola Aiyeola, one of the show’s alumna, channelled her wit, charisma, and effervescent clout towards show business: she transitioned from web series (she was in the first three seasons of NdaniTV’s hit web show Skinny Girl in Transit) to film, and started a fledgling career in music to boot. Nothing is certain, but I’ll use the crumbs on the show to build possible portfolios for the final five housemates. And if you already have a few guesses, you are probably right.
If Miracle does emerge as this season’s winner, I won’t expect him to abandon his profession as a pilot. Outside the house, Miracle is quite inexplicably well-loved. It’s been something I have been trying to understand, really. Was it the under-the-sheets sex with Nina that precipitated his robust fandom? Is it his good looks? Do Nigerians like the idea of good-looking men having sex on television with supposed strangers? Miracle is decently intelligent and has won challenges and games in the house quite a number of times, which is indicative of a relentlessly winning spirit. Not forgetting that he’s also a model on the side. He will look good in small-time, low-budget commercials, the face behind a popular brand to encourage his mild narcissism. Or he will likely be a kind of sexy, super-pilot, turning his Instagram into an elaborate, stunningly exotic feed with every airborne selfie taken and idyllic landscape photographed.
Unarguably the most pivotal housemate in turning Big Brother Naija into popcorn theatre, Cee-C has been able to single-handedly pole-vault herself into public discourse, both online and offline. Some have said she’s got anger issues, which can be quite eviscerating depending on the housemate she’s dealing it. And, for that, she’s typical Nollywood specimen and should consider taking up roles that match her personality. I see a Eucharia Anunobi in her.
From the beginning, Nina appeared as docile, naïve, with a low self-esteem. Put bluntly, I thought she’d be evicted from the competition in the first three weeks. But, over the course of time, other layers of herself came to the fore: sweet, fun and likeable. Like Miracle, she has brought into existence staunch supporters, many of them overlapping and leeching off the MiNa relationship. At every Saturday party, Nina is always looking delicately gorgeous in make-up. But after the show, I think Nina will fade into oblivion. Sorry Nina fans.
Whenever I seeing Alex dancing energetically on the dancefloor during the house parties, and sometimes without music, I wonder if award-winning dancer Kaffy is watching. Will it be too on-the-nose if I say dancing will suit her? Announcing her tendency for protest with her first appearance on the show in a pixie haircut dyed in green, Alex showcased her fashion in other simple but interesting pieces: crop tops, fishnet leggings, and berets. Alex isn’t new to the world of modelling, and with her fame, she can solidify her modelling career and make appearances in music videos.
Despite my cynicism and private theories about Tobi’s affiliation with Heritage Bank, one of the show’s sponsors, Tobi is fun, with a head for clubbing and parties. He will be a candidate for alcohol commercials, with a string of juicy endorsements to follow. But I see him delving into acting even if he can’t act, maybe in a romantic web series just to elongate the shelf life of his nascent fame, and to also test his potency as a ladies’ man. For Tobi, the opportunities are endless.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.