On the 1st of May 2011, the 6th Edition of the popular reality show, Big Brother Africa, 2011 edition tagged ‘Big Brother Amplified’ hit TV screens across Africa. At the time the new edition promised double the fun and excitement hence the producers tagged it ‘Amplified’ and indeed the entertainment was off the hook. 14 countries, 26 housemates made the final cut and the end result were two winners from the two houses (head and tails) and a hefty $200,000 cash prize each. The catch to get the winning prize was to spend 91 days in the house.
After spending 91 days in the house, the lives of two contestants have been changed forever. Nigeria’s Karen Igho and Zimbabwe’s Wendall Robert Parson both emerged the winners.
Taking a look back at the previous Big Brother shows, 2009 and 2010 were tagged ‘Revolution’ and ‘All Stars’ with winners Kevin Chuwang and Uti Nwanchukwu both from Nigeria. Nigerians in the past three years have emerged winners of Big Brother competition.
This year’s winner KarenIgho, a 27 year old model and actress from Delta State, Nigeria was one of the two Nigerian contestants at the big brother amplified show. Born in Jos in Plateau State of Nigeria, she did her early education in Jos and then proceeded to Southwark College in London, UK where she graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts. Karen can best be described as a free spirited girl with a strong character. Viewers across Africa fell in love with her selfless nature, which lead to her victory in competition.
Arguably, Karen won the show before July 31, the day she got so emotional and gave up the opportunity to save herself from eviction and won the hearts and votes of most of the viewers. Also, famous for her breast implants, piercing and tattoos Karen says, “I discovered I had lumps in my breasts, I had removed them and had the boob job done to prevent any further occurrence. It’s funny how my mother got to hear on the show. My 17-year-old sister recently discovered lumps in her breasts too. I want to create awareness, I want people to know that the disease is real. I am going to use part of my winnings to do a massive campaign about this disease”.
Karen is fun and entertaining and says that she dislikes fake people. Well, we can conclude that Karen’s over the top entertainment and down to earth character made her the winner.
Karen had previously featured in a Nigerian reality show called ‘Next Movie Star’ though she ended up not winning that show, she came into the Big Brother house not expecting to win as well, “I didn’t know I was going to win even though I didn’t see anybody as my competitor. My head was straight. I saw everybody as potential winner”.
In the house we saw Karen display her enviable sense of style, which we will be featuring soon, stay tuned for more on Karen!