The 2017 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality television show was a stretch of 77 days of drama, trauma, excitement, competition, anger and romance.
Like previous editions of Big Brother shows, several viewers anticipated fun, romance, challenges and realism in the house.
The first twist
When the show started on the 22nd of January, 2017, viewers expected 14 housemates, which is the norm of the reality show, however they were just 12 housemates on the initial episode.
Then viewers found out that the organisers had more tricks in their sleeves as they had fake nominations that week and brought in two new housemates the second week.
The next week Bassey and Debie-Rise came in, increasing the number of housemates to 14.
Two evictions, two new housemates
The next nominations saw Cocoice go out of the show. Then Biggie infused two fake housemates (Jon and Ese).
Ese and Jon made their rounds, heaved a lot of tension and suspicion and wrecked havoc. Gifty got evicted during their time in the house. Then they left after two weeks of ‘Trouble’.
Housemates were 10 left and this weighed in a complete burden of possible eviction, especially for those who were nominated for the week.
Uriel got her first nomination for eviction, which turned out to be her last as she did not survive it that week.
Viewers started to wake up to the reality that to keep their favourite housemates in the show, they had to keep voting and even engage a chain of voters.
Before Uriel’s eviction, there was a controversy in the house which led to the disqualification of Kemen.
Following Uriel’s eviction, housemates got a grip of themselves as they decided to keep the show highly competitive.
Uriel’s exit availed the housemates one free week of no eviction. It lessened the fright of possible eviction.
It was ThinTallTony who had to get burned with the next eviction.
Several fans blamed it on him because he denied his marriage in the show and never told his BBNaija lover, Bisola, that he had kids.
After ThinTallTony’s eviction, housemates became more serious as they tried to keep those they like and kick those they disliked out.
TBoss got nominated for the sixth time on the bounce and it became her weekly frustration.
Luckily for her, she was not evicted as Bassey had to bear the burns.
Then the Ultimate head of house challenge came to be, following Bisola’s replacing of Efe with Bally who was nominated with Marvis, Debie-Rise and TBoss.
The fall was on Bally who got evicted after his brother came in to get him out of the house, according to Biggies desire.
Five ultimate housemates emerged and they had the opportunity to become head of house for a day.
It was these five persons who were still present in the house at the grand finale.
Efe was the winner. Bisola emerged first runner-up. TBoss finished as the second runner-up, while Debie-Rise and Marvis became the 4th and 5th to leave the house.
The reality show was fun, thrilling and most importantly controversial, as several housemates were judged by their actions and not by their intent.
Hopefully, January 2018 will birth the third edition.