This year’s edition of the Big Brother Naija reality show has ended but it left in its wake records by housemates, the producers and the viewing audience Ade Ishola With the Monday presentations of the grand prizes to 29-year-old Hazel Oyeze “Whitemoney” Onou, a Businessman from Imo State, the sixth edition of the Big Brother Naija show, the Shine Ya Eye edition gradually wound down.
But this year edition of the reality, which ran for 10 weeks from July 24 to October 2, 2021was not without some records breaking within and outside the Big Brother House. These records are: – – Number of evictions in a live eviction show: The Shine Ya Eye edition on week 6 saw four housemates evicted in a king-size eviction show. This is the largest number of evictions in a single eviction on the show. The evictees that week are Tega, Peace, Boma and Michael.
- Separate Introductions of male and female housemates. Unlike in the past male and female housemates were introduced into the Big Brother House on separate days. The male were introduced on Day 1 (July 24) while the female came into the house a day later on Day 2. – Use of wildcards: Two housemates were used as wildcards with the intention of being evicted if the real housemates can identified them in the first week. But Maria and Pere, the two wildcards escape detection of the other housemates and went on to compete for the grand prizes. Pere, even went on to reach the grand finale. – Voluntary withdrawal from Biggie House: On Day 22, Gbolahan “Kayvee” Ololade, a 26-year old Photographer from Ogun State voluntarily walked out of the show, a first in the history of BBN.
- Largest number of Northern indigenes on the show: This year five Nigerians from the Northern part of Nigeria were housemates. They are: Jumoke Zainab “JMK” Adedoyin, a 23-year-old Law graduate from Kwara State; Samuel Jacob “Sammie” Alifa, a 26-year-old Amateur filmmaker and student from Kaduna State, Jackie “Jackie B” Bent, a 29-year-old Interior designer from Adamawa State, Tsakute “Saskay” Jonah, a 21-tear-old Fine artist/ model Adamawa State; and Yusuf “Yousef” Garba, a 29-year-old Secondary school teacher from Plateau State. – – Longest period of time before contestants in grand finale were known: with the eviction twist and the ‘game of screws and trucks’ introduced by Big Brother at Week 9 live eviction show, it took almost 24 hours before the viewers and the organisers could know all housemates that would participate in the grand finale. Before this information was known on Sundays as the week 9 live eviction wind down, – Number finalists in the grand finale show: six housemates: Whitemoney, Liquorose, Pere, Cross, Angel and Emmanuel participated in the finale showdown and chase for the grand prize during the Grand finale show. In the past five housemates feature in the grand finale but this year the ‘eviction twist bug Big Brother in week 9 and the public outcry led to an extra housemate participating in the grand finale. – Highest amount of cash won by a housemate in the house: First runner-up, Rose ‘Liquorose’ Ifije made history as first BBNaija Housemate to win up to N20 from tasks during stay in the house. The dancer used her skills and brain to win a whooping N20.5 million from tasks during her 10 weeks stay in the house. This is the highest winning from tasks by any housemate in the history of the BBNaija reality show.
- Number of Personnel involved in the show: About 12,000 persons were involved for this year edition. A record for the reality TV show. These people include those in the crew, presentation, marketing, probs, logistics and other aspects of putting together, airing and marketing the show.
- Highest number of audience votes casted during the show: A record one billion votes were casted by fans of the housemates as they tried saving their favourites and propel them to winning the grand prize during the seven weeks of voting. Last year edition : ‘Lock down’ recorded 900 million votes.
- Total number of votes casted for the grand finale: Over 300 million votes were recorded from the viewers as they voted to make their favourite housemate win the grand prizes. This number far surpassed the previous number of votes ever recorded for a grand finale show of BBN.
- Total Prize money: Whitemoney received a total of N90 million for the grand prizes, this included a cash prize of N30 million, a two-bedroom flat courtesy of Renovation Plus, Innoson Motors’ IVM G40 and TravelBeta travel package for two (a trip for two to Dubai, including Airport Transfer and Tours. The highest grand prizes before was the N85 million won by Laycon last year on BBN 5.