BBN: Katung grabs the big one

The Kaduna-born Katung aka K-Blakk, walked out of the Big Brother Nigeria house US$100 000 richer marking the end of M-Net’s first ever all-Nigerian reality show. Besides joining the Naira millionaire club, Katung also took home a big-screen plasma TV for winning the Guinness Coin Task during his stay in the house. His 91 day stay in Big Brother Nigeria house was a dream come true, as he pulled the carpet under the 13 fellow Big Brother Nigeria housemates to scoop the grand prize of US$100 000. The unprecedented series, which set records in the Nigerian television industry for being the first homegrown reality program to be screened 24 hours daily to a continental audience on DStv, ended with a spectacular live eviction show. Amidst widespread celebration outside the show’s Lagos location, Katung was finally reunited with the world outside the walls of the Big Brother Nigeria house. Ecstatic and visibly surprised, Katung made his way out of the Big Brother house for the first time since he’d entered it. He walked onto the Big Brother Nigeria stage where a high drama delivery involving a helicopter, armoured vehicle and high profile security had set the tone for an exciting finish. “I’m humbled and honoured,” he said, to a deafening applause from the appreciative crowd. He admitted to being a fan of Big Brother Africa star and Studio 53 presenter Gaetano who enjoyed his time in the Big Brother Nigeria house as a guest. Katung’s excitement was echoed by many well-wishers including series co-presenter Michelle Dede who said that she was happy for the winner and that the final show was “phenomenal”. In the audience, Katung’s uncle was confident that Katung would win the money adding that Katung was full of composure and intelligence. Michelle also remarked “being the only male in House of three woman . . . talk about Katung being networked by the feminine principle!” Looking immaculate in his designer suit by Dakova, Katung has become an instant celebrity and the royalty of global Big Brother winners. The world is his oyster. His dexterity and flair for the spoken and written word will stand him in good stead for the immediate wave of interviews, media coverage and sound-bite bling that await him in the days to come, and in his future careers as DJ, rapper, writer and superstar. His strategy of finding the center of attention ‘ the strongest link ‘ and edging them out paid off. “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” worked well for him as his first target was his best friend Ebuka, whom he put up for eviction in his first week. His short-lived affair with Ify could have been a calculated one as it helped him survive eviction as the two teamed up against those perceived as “threats” to their romance. It had been drama mixed with fanfare for the four remaining housemates Francisca, Ify, Katung and Sandy as they waited with bated breath for the announcement of the ultimate winner. Sandy became the eleventh housemate to be evicted from the house minutes before the reality show ended. Looking fabulous after her early afternoon makeover, Sandy came out smiling to greet Olisa and the fans. “I’m great . . . hello Daddy!” she screamed. As per tradition the edited highlights of her time in the House were filled with her dancing, smiling and laughter. Her departure was followed by the departure of Ify, who also found out first-hand just how it feels to make it right to final day of Big Brother Nigeria and not win the big prize. Ify was the twelfth housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother house. The overly excited Ify could not hide her joy and was beside herself. “I’m gonna faint, I’m gonna faint, I think I’m gonna have a heart attack!” she told Olisa. Without showing any concern about the losing the grand prize, Ify was happy to see her parents As the third runner up, she won herself return tickets for two to London courtesy of Virgin Nigeria; a one year health-insurance contract from Multi Shield Limited to the value of 400 000 Naira and exclusive jewelry from Kohar jewelry manufacturers and retailers. With two housemates remaining in the running (Francisca and Katung), the tension in the atmosphere couldn’t be denied as the crowd outside the house, and no doubt viewers across the continent, waited anxiously for the final result. After the results were verified by the auditing firm of Alexander Forbes, the show’s host Olisa Adibua made the announcement that everyone was waiting for when he declared Katung as the first-ever winner of the first-ever Big Brother Nigeria! For viewers, the Big Brother Nigeria finale offered great entertainment as well with top Nigerian performers Weird MC, Blakky and D’banj taking to the stage along with drumming group Adele and traditional dance troupe Ijodee famed for the hit Ijoya. Now faced with the new task of catching up with family, friends and fans, Katung is also heading into an intense week of media interviews and public appearances. He is also the guest of honor at a special Channel O Big Brother Nigeria Winner’s Party, which will happen at the Vault Nightclub this week. And it was not just Katung who emerged the winner on Sunday night. One lucky fan, scooped the US$10 000 public voting prize. Meanwhile, DStv audiences should expect more thrilling reality shows in the upcoming months as M-Net will launch the continental Survivor Africa, showcase the Nokia Face Of Africa 2006 and screen an all new game-show, entitled Temptation Nigeria.

June 2006
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