Over the years, reality TV shows have proven to be launch pads for singers, actors, comedians and other categories of entertainers. One of such reality shows is Big Brother Naija which has provided a platform for many to shine in Nollywood.
Participants of the BBNaija reality show always end up achieving celebrity status, with a few of them making the transition to Nollywood.
As viewers continue to keep up with the daily activities of the popular show, we take a look at some of those who have been housemates and are now making a name for themselves as movie stars.
Gideon Okeke came into the limelight as a housemate in the first edition of BBN in 2006.
After the show, he has gone on to passionately pursue his acting career. One of his most popular roles is as Phillip Ade-Williams in the television series, ‘Tinsel’. He has also appeared in movies such as ‘Gidi Blues’, ‘Heaven’s Hell’, and ‘When Love Happens’.
The actor was nominated for an AMVCA for his role in the acclaimed film, ‘93 Days’.
Bamike Olawunmi, Listen popularly known as Bambam is a Nigerian reality TV star and an actress , the former BBnaija season 3 contestant is known for her roles in the nollywood movies like Inspector K, Backup Wife and Foreigner’s God. She is said to be the first child of her parents. She hails from ogun state in Nigeria. She married her follow ex BBNiaja housemate Tope Adenibuyan , Teddy A and has a child with him.
The latest movie features continues with what has been an impressive run for Mercy eke who is the Winner of the Big Brother Naija season 4 edition , she was the first female to emerge winner of the Big brother naija reality TV show.
Mercy aka Lambo makes her acting debut in Toyin Abraham’s “Fate Of Alakada“ movie, and the success of the nollywood debut has been followed by several deals and increased fame.
Vivacious Bisola Aiyeola was the first runner-up in the BBN ‘See Gobbe’ edition of 2017.
Though her acting career had kicked off before BBNaija, she gained more prominence after appearing on the reality television show and went on to star in more movies.
In 2018, she won the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Trailblazers Award. the star has gone on to appear in several Nollywood movies, including Chief Daddy, Sugar Rush, Picture Perfect, and Payday.
Erica has already been in movies before joining the Big Brother Naija lockdown edition in 2020. She started her acting career as the lead role in the 2015 movie Secret and Scandal and has since featured in other movies like Hire a woman (2019), Made in heaven (2019), Poker Messiah, The Wig, etc.
When Tope Adenibuyan, aka Teddy A, got into the Big Brother House in 2018, he was already a budding singer looking for a platform to showcase his talent.
However, since he left the reality show, Teddy A, who is married to another former BBN contestant, BamBam, has appeared in some Nollywood movies including ‘The Gift’, ‘No Budget’, ‘Unsane’; and a television series, Funke Akindele’s ‘Jenifa’s Diary.’
Tokunbo ‘Tboss’ Idowu
Tokunbo Idowu whom everyone knows as T Boss featured in the second season of Big Brother Naija in 2017 before venturing into acting. The 38 years old celebrity has acted in so many movies after her BB Naija fame including Up North (2018), The island, etc.
Somadina ‘Soma’ Anyama
Like the last two names on the list, Soma was a contestant on the BBNaija season 2 edition. Even though he lasted only two weeks, Nollywood came calling and he answered.
Soma has acted in TV shows like Shuga and Jenifa’s Diary.
Gifty contested one the second season of the BBNaija reality show, lasting a period of twenty-eight days. Like some of her fellow housemates, she decided to venture into acting and it seems to have paid off.
Her movies include Grey Shadows and Success.
In 2018,Tobi Bakre, then an investment banker, resigned from his job to participate in the third season of BBN. He emerged as a finalist on the show and has since been featured in a few Nollywood flicks.
The ex-reality TV star has appeared in movies such as ‘Sugar Rush’, ‘Fix Us’, ‘Mokalik’, ‘Phases’, ‘Hustle’ and TV series, ‘Jenifa’s Diary.’ and the recent Gangs of Lagos movie.
Venita Akpofure had been featured in a few movies before participating in BBN in 2019. However, the ‘Pepper Dem’ edition of the reality TV show was what really put the spotlight on her.
Venita has starred in movies such as ‘Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards’, ‘Unmarried’, While You Slept’ and ‘Losing Control and Dice’
Cynthia ‘Cee C’ Nwadiora
Cynthia Nwadiora, better known as Cee C, achieved prominence when she became the runner-up of BBNaija season 3.
She made her Nollywood debut in the television series Fake Liars, starring alongside popular names like Nkem Owoh, Charles Okocha, and Broda Shaggi.
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