Three Nigerians have participated in one of the biggest TV reality shows in Africa known as Big Brother Africa, the African version of the Big Brother - and won. African countries provide contestants who, living in an isolated house, try to avoid eviction from viewers and ultimately win a large cash prize. Where are now the three Nigerians who emerged as winners? What is life like after the Big Brother House to them?
Kevin Chuwang Pam:
Kevin Pam has a BA in English Language and has 7 siblings. He's proud to be Nigerian because Nigerians stand out and survive any situation - "which is why you will find a Nigerian almost anywhere."
Kevin is also a Manchester United fan, while his hobbies include rapping. He once said if he won Big Brother Revolution, he would spend the money on creating an entertainment empire and share some of it with friends and family who have stood by him.
He got married to one of his housemates and is blessed with a daughter.
When contacted, Kevin had this to say: "Life has been great since BBA, just a few challenges which revolves around balancing the new lifestyle with principles that have always governed my life. I'm a family man now, so it means more responsibilities and demands. As most people know, we were blessed with a baby girl (Malaika), so the necessary adjustments are important to us so as to give her (and the ones to come) the best while pursuing our careers.
"But so far we have been working on our NGO (Naija Pikin) where we have been trying to see that the basic needs of the Nigerian/African child is met. We have done stuff like celebrating Malaika's first year birthday with the refugees in Riyom handing out relief materials to affected communities in the Jos crisis, celebrating Valentine's Day with orphans etc. Besides all these, Elizabeth has made her debut in Nollywood as an actress and her first movie should premier soon.
"I, on the other hand, still do my anchoring of events and run my Entertainment outfit called "Down To Earth" and it is under that platform that I'm starting a talent reality show in Jos called "Jos Bring It On" in July where I hope to scout for fresh and upcoming talents from the tin city. Lastly, my book is set to be released later in the year. In a nutshell life is good because God has been faithful."
The Nigerian actor, TV presenter, model and MC from Lagos and LEADERSHIP Young Person of the Year 2011, best known as one of the 12 housemates on the third season of Big Brother Africa, in 2008.
He returned to Big Brother Africa in 2010 as one of the 14 "All Stars" of Season 5, entitled Big Brother All Stars.
Uti, who appeared in a multi-national billboard advert in 2007, holds a two-year diploma in Computer Science and Education from the University of Nigeria.
The one-time bank employee appeared on the Nigerian reality series Next Movie Star, which he finished as the runner-up, before being selected for Big Brother Africa 3.
Listing his mom and dad as his heroes, Uti says the best advice he's received from a friend was "happiness is a state of mind and it usually begins with a choice."
Uti is now a presenter on Jara, a TV programme and is loved by fans, even when there was rumour about him having an affair with Nollywood actress Beverly Naya.
A fan of Chelsea Football Club, he dislikes people going through his stuff, liars, manual labour and arrogant people.
His favourite quote: "Those who dare to fail miserably are the ones who often succeed greatly" echoes his belief in life and he says people describe him as a "cocktail of personalities."
After Big Brother 3, Uti starred in two blockbuster movies "Fear Not" and "Bursting out". Uti also launched his anchoring profession by hosting events in Nigeria and Uganda as well as a popular television show called "U& I". 2010 was the breakout year for Uti.
Despite Big Brother and the regular work he was getting, Uti still managed to graduate at the Top of his Class in 2009 with a 3.9 GPA, much to the amazement of his peers.
Shortly after his return to Nigeria Uti has been a whirlwind of success and inspiration to the youth as he has been involved in various top-quality features.
He surprised Nigerians again with his online radio and video release of his second single - "Once in My Life. The video was shot in May 2011 and was released in summer of 2011 to much admiration of music fans around the continent. The song later won an NMVA(Nigerian music video award) for best soft rock/ alternative video in November 2011.
He hosted the 2010 Sound City Music Video Awards, and other reputable shows like Exqusite Awards, Neddlekraft Fashion Show,City Peoples Fashion Awards,Children of Haggai charity show and much more
He was on the runway of the huge international Arise fashion week 2011 and 2012, in where the audience went frantic with every appearance.
Uti is now the face and TV presenter of MNET's Africa Magic's new popular magazine show called "Jara" the most watched entertainment news show in Africa.
There is also True Citizen and the upcoming 2013 flick fracture (starring Uti and Monalisa Chinda) plus a new unreleased fun directed by Lancelot Imasuen titled deep inside and red hot directed by the critically acclaimed action movie Director Teco Benson .
Big Brother Amplified winner, Karen Igho is one lady who is absolutely hard to ignore, though highly controversial but strong and determined in the face of it all.
In 2011, she carted away the top prize of $200,000 as winner of the coveted Reality TV show alongside her co-winner Wendall. She was the first woman from Nigeria to win the Big Brother Africa show and the third Nigerian to win it in a row since 2009.
Though from the outset she was not given a chance as a contestant because people did not warm to her, but her Nigeria fans made sure she won the game joining her fellow Nigerians Kevin Pam and Uti Nwachukwu.
Before she went into the Big Brother house, she was a model.
Born in Nigeria, Karen attended Federal Government College, Jos before going to London to study Business Administration at Southwark College.
Life after the BBA has been wonderful for Karen as she recently landed a gig as an On-Air Personality at Naija FM where she hosts a show called Wetin Dey with Ifektive, proving that she can do well not just on TV, but also on Radio. She is also a lady with interesting blend of Pidgin and English.
In a recent interview she said life hasn't been easy since the Big Brother Stars game :"I've been really busy and sometimes it gets to me. But I thank God for giving me this opportunity. I had no idea what Uti went through. Poor Uti. Uti and Kevin, you tried.
"But one thing I've realised, when I see my fans come up to me, I know that I'm loved; that somewhere, somebody loves me. Even though I don't know the person, it feels good. Even though I'm upset, I would start gisting with the person and it makes me feel better.
"I've been going around Nigeria, presenting and hosting shows in Abuja, Calabar, Port-Harcourt, Warri, Benin, Asaba. I'm going to South Africa soon.
"I'm now working with Naija FM 102.7 on a show called Wetin Dey which I co-host with Ifektive. I'm just me, the normal me, always. I get worried sometimes, you know how it is when you've never done something before."
In conclusion, there is one person that has to be mentioned in this report. A contestant on Big Brother in 2012, who untimely passed away recently, the late Goldie would have been a great addition to the game winners... But the fans decided otherwise.