Where Are They Now?

16 January 2017
Katung Aduwak was crowned the winner of the first Big Brother Nigeria, with Francisca Owumi the runner up.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu; Gideon Okeke; Francisca Owumi; Maureen Osuji; Sandra Osiogbovo; Adeyinka Oremosu; Joseph Ada; Katung Aduwak; Joan Agabi; Chinedu Amah; Ifeoma Ejikeme; Helen Eremiokhale; Frank Konwea; Ichemeta Ochoga…Sounds like an ‘all-Star’ cast for a movie, right?

Well, not totally wrong, because one fateful night in 2006 these 14 strangers decided to give up their day-to-day lives to share a House for 11 weeks, with one aim in mind: to walk away with the cash prize of USD100 000 and the title and benefits of being crowned the winner of Big Brother Nigeria Season 1.

Katung Aduwak was crowned the winner of the first Big Brother Nigeria, with Francisca Owumi the runner up.

We digress. This is 2017 and as we prepare for Big Brother Naija, we cast a look back at these 14 Housemates; their journey in the last 11 years, and what they have accomplished with the platform that the Big Brother entity provides.

Let’s see what some of them have been up to:

Katung Aduwak –The Winner

The Kaduna born Political Science graduate is an accomplished film writer, director and producer; and he says “film making brings all of my talents together”.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Born in Benin city, this Law graduate from University of Abuja and Washington College of Law, has become a household name as host of various TV shows like Naija Politics; The Spot and Rubbin Minds and boasts of a thriving career as an accomplished MC and compere. He has also added another feather to his already decorated cap by being announced as the Big Brother Naija host.

Francisca Owumi

Popularly known by her stage name ‘Divacisca’, the self-acclaimed diva has hosted television shows like Fashionista TV and Africa Awakes. She is also a musician and a business woman.

Gideon Okeke

Popularly known for his award-winning role as Philip Ade-Williams on Africa Magic’s star-studded drama Tinsel, Gideon’s acting career has certainly thrived over the years. Armed with a degree in Applied Biochemistry from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, he’s never been out of options since he exited the Big Brother House.

Sandra Osaigbovo

A certified Fitness Trainer, Zumba Instructor and Fellow of Institute of Registered Exercise Professionals (IREP), Sandy has dedicated her life to fitness. If you’re a fitness fanatic or just interested in that kind of stuff, then you will have seen her featured on the renowned Lagos Fitness & Wellness Festival and of course on TV, magazines and local newspapers literally SLAYING. Did we mention that she’s a mom too?

As diverse as these career paths are, the one common denominator amongst these ex-Housemates is that #Biggie opened doors for them to express themselves. Be it in the corporate world, or in social circles, they will always be considered pioneers and celebrities, and their teeming fans will always adore them…and so do we. #BiggieMadeMeFamous!

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