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Two months in the Big Brother Naija house. How does it feel being outside?
Actually, it was almost three months. It feels amazing. It’s still very unreal and the love I’ve been getting so far is absolutely humbling. I mean, people came to wait for me, receive me at the airport and they were wearing my face on their T-shirts. And it was so… these people love me and waited there for me. It was really humbling. It’s been very good so far.
A lot of people were rooting for you. And on the last day, while you were dressing, you wore a crown. How did it feel that you didn’t emerge winner?
I really appreciate the efforts they put in. I’ve heard some of the supports… I appreciate and I say to them all, thanks. I did not get the grand prize but I am a winner. I am absolutely a winner and I am an absolute queen. I went there as Tokunbo Idowu, just a simple girl, but right now I’m a queen. And that crown, that’s my crown, it’s befitting of how I feel right now. So,Efe is the grand prize winner but I’m also a winner. Bisola is a winner, everybody is a winner. So, I don’t feel bad at all.You made it to the top three despite several challenges.
Of the housemates, who is your favourite?
I don’t have favourites per se. but the person that I would say I really connected with and really bonded the most with would be Debie-Rise because she stayed to the end withme. But off and on, I like everyone.
Could boredom have been responsible for some of the crazy moments that happened in the house?What is crazy moment in your opinion?Like the moments when you exposed your breasts, about twice…were they intentional?
I was showering. Did I come to the living room? Where did I expose mybreasts?The first time, you were in the dressing room and you took off your topSo, I was in the bathroom…You were not in the bathroomI was in the private area. Was I in the lounge?You were in a place that was being recorded. There were videos out there capturing those moments …I actually saw videos of us in the bathroom but not shower hour.
There were two instances that the internet has captured that you took off your top. Weren’t you aware of what you were doing then?
See, the Big Brother house is a place where you showcase yourself. You’re free to be T-Boss. Whoever T-Boss is, you show the world who T-Boss is. And in my own life, in my normal day-to-day life, I don’t like to wear clothes when I’m walking around in my house. I like to be free, here (pointing from her waist downwards), covered here (pointing upwards from her waist), what’s the point? Or I’ll just wear one small blouse. The Big Brother house was like my house at a point.So, I would just be very very very free. I didn’t do it out of boredom. No, I was just being myself and walking around without clothes… I didn’t go to the kitchen, you know, because, then, that is like really seeking attention or go out into the garden or to the arena. No, I didn’t do that.Those actions really created a buzzEverything creates a buzz. Even when I burb, it creates a buzz. People want to judge, people want to comment. And it’s fine, you know. Just don’t read too much into it.
A columnist, Reuben Abati, wrote a piece where he said you could havewon, and were the most worthy to represent Big Brother Naija brand but you lost because of your arrogance. What’s your response tothat?
I do not feel I’m an arrogant person.I’m sorry he has that opinion of me. I read the comments. My people actually were afraid that I would getemotional and sad about it. But I’m not. I was actually quite amused when I read his comments about the ‘mango’ part. It was actually quite comical.
Also during the show, some of the housemates described you as ‘manipulative’ and some commentators also used that word and called you a ‘white witch’.I heard now… Oh, what do I have to say to that? I don’t know. (Asking another person) ‘Oga, was I manipulative?’ You (to the interviewer), do you think I was manipulative? Those were the comments of peopleI don’t know. If they saw me like that, it’s sad. I’m not a manipulative person. And I’m definitely not a witch. Oh my God. And my bed is really not cursed.The issue of Kemen sleeping on the same bed with you led him to being disqualified from the house. Kemen has said what happened under the sheets wasn’t what viewers thought. He said when you come out, you’ll be able to talk about it.
What really happened?
Well, since he is saying that, he should just go ahead and actually say what really happened.Kemen said he was just trying to pull a duvet apart, that both of you usually sleep into each other? And that was what he was trying to do…(Making faces)… See, since I got back (from South Africa), I haven’t slept. I had one hour sleep last night. My head is full with media interviews and so much running around. The last thing I want to think about now is the Kemen issue. I didn’t like it and to be very honest, Kemen was a good friend. But I really do not want to commentabout this right now. I am not ready. When I’m ready, I will speak about it.It was only after leaving the house that some truths about the housemates, like TTT being marriedand Gifty being married too, came to the surface.
Since coming out of the Big Brother House, have you discovered any surprise about yourfellow housemates?
Oh, really, she (Gifty) was once married and she did not know.Well, that was established after she left the houseOK. So far, nothing has surprised me. About Thin Tall Tony, I always said it, Tony is a married man. He looks like a married man. He carries himself as someone’s father. I havealways been saying that in the house. About this Gifty, actually, I’mnot thinking much about that right now. So far, I haven’t heard anything that I would say is surprising.
Are you married?
No, I’m not. I have never been. No.
Are you in a relationship?No, I’m not.
So, did you just have a relationship with Miyonse and Jon in the house to pass time?
I knew Miyonse from Abuja when we went for the auditions. He was the only person that was familiar to me. I kind of like leaned into him. He was funny. We get along, you know. Jon also was really nice.Jon is a really, really sweet guy. Was I passing away time? Big Brother house is a very strange place. But I like both of them. I havethe utmost respect for both of them. They were really nice to me in the house. What else am I supposed to comment about them?Was it a romantic? Miyonse told mehe was in a relationship. At the end of the day, he was there fighting forthe money to go and spend on his girlfriend, not on me. And Jon, well, he’s not ready for a relationship, so,that’s all.
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