It is the dream finale for Nigerian viewers as Karen Igho and Vina Longpet grace the ‘Big Brother’ stage this evening. Boboye Onduku highlights the buzz for the Nigerians going into today’s finale.
It’s been taken for granted by Nigerian viewers of the ‘Big Brother Show’ that a Nigerian will emerge the winner. Reason: Nigeria’s Karen Igho is the unofficial ‘most entertaining’ star of the show. And viewers can’t wait to see her claim at least half of the $400,000 prize money.
You don’t need to go far to hear the frenzy the Nigerian lass is creating. Stories of a certain Aisha who has spent N150,000 on the show to ensure that Karen wins have been told. The Nigerian print media are already preparing their newsrooms and looking for good pictures to grace their cover pages on Monday morning, and the on-line buzz for the ‘prankster’ of the show is getting interesting by the second. But there is the other Nigerian,Vina, to consider. Though Nigerians are not giving her any chance, despite her show of magnanimity in ensuring that Karen made it to the finale, her Thursday morning spat with Karen ‘The Beloved’ has added to the bad blood against Vina amongst her kith and kin.
Why do viewers want Karen to become the first female winner of ‘Big Brother Africa’? “There is a bit of Karen in every one of us...listen to her and you will understand why. Karen will make you cry, she will make you laugh, and she will also make you think. Karen has nothing to offer, but her good heart and that heart is her passport to any part of d world,” a member of the forum on the ‘Big Brother’ website posted on Wednesday night. Other general reasons have been given. She has been dubbed ‘The Amplified Person’ of the show.
Some others believe ‘BBA 6’ was christened ‘Amplified’, because the organisers want it to be loud, noisy and over-the- top, and Karen is the definition of the show. Aysha in her post early Friday morning affirmed that, “She has no false airs about her. What you see is what you get. She fights, she nags, she gossips, she picks on others, she is nice, she is selfless and yearning to be loved, she is funny, she is shameless, quick to say she is sorry and does not pretend to be what she is not.”
What of the other Nigerian? Prudence Mathebula, a blogger in South Africa played the chances of Vina, the other Nigerian on Friday on The Namibian. “I don’t know how Vina has made it this far. Ok, fair enough, she’s smart; she’s a good dancer and has a cute smile. She’s a contender for the prize simply because she’s from Naija.”
However, Vina is not raking up the popularity numbers at home. “What is interesting about Vina? All she has done all through the show is saying Lomwe in a very irritating way. Even with just one leg Karen is still heads and shoulders above everyone else. I have learned a lot from Karen, but nothing from Vina,” writes Laidback in a forum post two weeks ago. But those who know Vina as a friend like Adamu Maikori say she is ‘crazier’ than Karen but do not know why she has toned it down on the show.
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