The much-anticipated Big Brother Naija reality TV show came alive last weekend with the unveiling of the first 12 housemates, who will battle for fame and fortune in the new season tagged Level Up.
Hosted by Ebuka Obiuchendu, the launch show on Saturday, which was spiced with a performance by Asake and Victony, saw the official unveiling of six male and six female housemates, who made their way into the Big Brother House located in Lagos.
Henry Olisa, popularly known as Groovy, is from Anambra State, while former Miss Nigeria, Beauty Tukura, hails from Taraba State. Other housemates include 22-year-old Khalid Ismail, Ilebaye who hails from Kogi State, Bright Erekete, also known as Cyph, Amaka, Kess, Daniella Peters, Saviour Akpan, Phyna, Brian and Christy is from Ondo State.
The second part of the double launch show followed on Sunday, July 24, 2022, amidst high energy from the newly returned live audience. The host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, looked dapper as he introduced 12 new housemates to Africa.
In the first twist for the season, Big Brother ushered the new housemates into a second house. Housemates during their final auditions played card games to determine who would choose either a coloured card or a black and white card. Those who chose the coloured cards got into the level 2 house, while those who chose the black and white cards got into the level 1 house the following day.
The second launch show opened with a performance from Fave. She performed her hit song, Beautifully and her new song, Baby. Blaqbonez, who closed out the show with an energetic performance, thrilled the crowd with his hit song, Bling and also performed his mesmerising song, Go Home.
The housemates include Bella, Eloswag, Doyin, Adekunle, Allysyn, Dotun, Chomzy, Giddyfia, Diana, Hermes, Chi Chi and Sheggz.
On Monday, the Big Brother Naija Level Up Housemates held their first Head of House games at 7 pm, and viewers were in for yet another surprise this season. The game was the first time all 24 housemates met each other.
Big Brother explained that there were two games the housemates would play simultaneously to determine the first Head of House. The game’s winner would earn privileges, including bragging rights as the first Head of House and immunity from the week’s eviction. Also, the winner’s exemption would cover their house level. That meant that if a housemate from level one or two won the game, all members of the same level house were immune from the week’s eviction. Big Brother also announced that the housemate with the worst performance would take the title, Tail of the house, which comes with some rewards or responsibilities.
In the first challenge, there were 24 bowls filled with 30 Ping-Pong balls and next to the filled bowls were open-cut pipes, which housemates used to transfer the Ping-Pong balls to the empty bowls in front of them. Each housemate could only use one hand to move one Ping-Pong ball at a time, and the only times they were allowed to use their hands was to place the ball on the pipe. Housemates caught using their hands outside putting the ball on the tube would automatically be disqualified. Biggie also noted that housemates who allowed their balls to fall off the pipe would be disqualified.
They were allotted three minutes to move the balls from one bowl to the other. Five housemates to successfully transfer most or all the balls would automatically move to the next challenge. In the absence of the completion of the challenge by any housemate, Big Brother would then consider the housemates with the best attempts.
At the end of the three-minute game, Big Brother disqualified Bella, Christy O, Daniella, Diana, Phyna, Hermes, Groovy, and Giddyfia from the HOH games for flouting the rules. Big Brother also conferred the title of Tail of the House to Bella for making the least attempt at completing the game. He announced that he would reveal her reward or responsibilities later. Khalid, Bryann, Eloswag, Cyph, and Dotun successfully passed the first challenge and qualified for the next round.
For the next round of games, Big Brother asked the qualified housemates to pick two bottles of cashew nuts, each standing by one of the five stools and at the sound of the buzzer, they were required to pour the cashew nuts into an empty bowl without breaking the bottle. They were allotted one minute. At the sound of the second buzzer, they were to stop pouring the cashew.
After the second buzzer, Dotun and Khalid were disqualified from the second round after flouting the instruction. Cyph, Eloswag, and Bryann were the last three standing. Going by Big Brother’s instructions, each contestant went to the electronic scale to weigh their bowl; Cyph’s bowl weighed 225 grams, Bryan bowl’s weighed 371, and Eloswag’s bowl weighed 430 grams.
As the housemate with the heaviest bowl, Eloswag won the round and became the first Head of House of BBNaija Level Up. Only the HoH has the power to nominate. The rest of the housemates may suggest or advise him on who to select for possible eviction. The HOH is not allowed to mention or insinuate who their choice is until called to the diary room. But in yet another twist, Biggie revealed to the new HoH that there won’t be any nominations this week and asked him to keep it a secret from the other housemates. Eloswag belongs to House Level 1, meaning that all the housemates in the level are safe from eviction this week.
Meanwhile, creative personality and BBNaija alum, Elozonam Ogbulu is set to have exclusive conversations with evicted BBNaija Level Up Housemates on the first-ever BBNaija Eviction Vodcast.
The Eviction Vodcast is an up close and personal conversation with the evicted Housemates, as they share their experiences in Big Brother’s House. It will take a deep dive into what it was like for them to “bare it all” on the show. The first episode will drop in August, with episodes available on DStv Catch Up and Showmax.
The multi-talented creative personality is no stranger to the show as he was a housemate in the BBNaija Pepper Dem season. He’s gone on to make a name for himself as one of the most creative housemates in the show’s history due to his impressive content, including skits, commercials and microfilms.
In 2018, he hosted his show “The Cliffhanger” where he sat down in conversations with young personalities, including some ex-BBNaija housemates.
“I’m excited to be hosting this Vodcast and getting the chance to have honest conversations with the evicted housemates”, said Elozonam on his role as host.
“As an EX-BBNaija Housemate myself, I have an idea of what the experience is like and that knowledge will surely come into play in my conversations with the Level Up housemates,” he added.
The BBNaija experience on Showmax for fans this year is on the next level with lots of BBNaija content including the exclusive talk show BBNaija S7: The Buzz, hosted by media personality, Toke Makinwa, the Eviction Vodcast, and Secret Diaries, which are short clips from the Diary Room, as well as Daily and Weekly Highlights episodes to download to your phone to watch later.
For the second year in a row, BBNaija fans across sub-Saharan Africa, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland are enjoying front-row access to all the activities in the Big Brother houses on Showmax.
This year’s winner will be walking home with an N100m grand prize— a cash prize of N50m and N50m worth of prizes from the sponsors. In addition, 30 fans of the show will win N1m each in the ‘Fave Lock-In’ promo exclusive to DStv and GOtv customers. The headline sponsor this season is Pocket by Piggyvest (formerly Abeg), and the associate sponsor is Flutterwave.