Sunday, 30 June 2019

#BBNaija2019: Avala, Frodd, Kim-Oprah, Jackye, Omashola.. Meet the first 10 housemates

The 2019 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality show kicked off on Sunday with the introduction of the housemates.

Meet the first ten contestants below.

 Saidat “Avala” Balogun

Saidat “Avala” Balogun is a single mother from Ogun state. The budding singer studied music and business at York College in Queens, New York.

Avala says she will build a house for her mother if she wins the cash prize. "My mom is everything to me. I will build a house for her and my daughter. I also want to invest in real estate," she says.
On her stay in the Big Brother house, she say: "I’m not there to play, they will see that I’m serious, I’m a single mom pursuing her dream. I want to be an inspiration to a lot of people."

Chemeka "Frodd" Okoye

Chemeka "Frodd" Okoye is an 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.”

Frodd says he will start a fashion line and an NGO for single mothers if wins the prize money.

Victoria “Ella” Nnabuchi

Victoria “Ella” Nnabuchi 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.

Ella says she haven’t thought about to do with the prize money if she wins.

Steve Ikechukwu Onyema

26-yer-old Steve Ikechukwu Onyema, is originally from Imo State, but bides his time between Houston, Texas and Maryland, Lagos.

Ikechukwu says he lost his business in 2013, he had to move in with his girlfriend.

On what he'll do with the prize money, Ike says,  'I’ll give my cousin some money. I live with him and he has been taking care of my bills for the last 7 months. I’d put some money into real estate and give some to a children’s charity."

Khafi Kareem

Khafi Kareem is a police office and a native of Ekiti state who resides in London. 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.

Khafi says she'll quit the show if she was forced to something sexual in the Big Brother Naija House.

On what she wil do with the prize money: "I will hire a film crew and host a travel show going to every state in Nigeria showcasing the tourist beauty spots. I would also invest in charitable causes."

Television presenter Kim-Oprah once represented Nigeria at the Miss Intercontinental World Beauty Pageant.

Kim-Oprah 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.

On what she will do with the prize money: "I’ll do two things with the money, invest in my business and further my education by doing a business management course."

Isilomo Braimoh

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.

On what she'll do with the prize money: "I will invest in myself as a brand, invest in any kind of Capital Market Instrument, kick start my media career (by going for training) and go on a long ass holiday with my sisters."


Omashola is a model from Delta State. He 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.

He says he will invest and triple it in less than a year if he wins the prize money.


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 says she has only had one boyfriend her entire life and she relaxes by watching football, playing games and eating spaghetti.

On what she will do with the prize money: "I will invest it in an ongoing tech project which will make AI affordable to Nigerians."

Read Also: BBNaija2019: Sir Dee, Tacha, Diane, Gidoni, Mercy.. Meet the remaining 11 housemates

Nelson Allison

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.

On what he will do with the prize money: "I will take care of myself and start a business."

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