So it’s the Big Brother Naija season, and the 7th edition is currently ongoing. While we know that housemates are mostly single, do you know that there are former married BBNaija housemates that tied the knot before entering the show? Three of them are currently divorced and moved on with their lives, but we’re still going to include them.
Marriage is not a hindrance in Big Brother Naija. So if you’re aspiring to enter the show next season, consider that it is possible to be married and still be selected into the house. Meanwhile, here are former housemates that were already married before going into the house.
Former married BBNaija housemates
Aderombi Adedayo Martin known by his stage name, Dee-One, was a housemate in Big Brother Naija Season 3 show, “Double Wahala.” While in the house, Dee-One was paired with Vandora as his strategic partner. However, both were the first to be evicted from the show. Dee-One later revealed that his wife blamed him for being “too uptight” and not “making out” with the female housemates.
He also revealed he was barely three months into his marriage and was encouraged by his wife to enter the show. Asked why he didn’t reveal his marital status, Dee-One replied he was only interested in selling his brand as a comedian and didn’t see the need to talk about his marriage.
Gifty Powers was a housemate on Big Brother Naija Season 2, “See Gobbe.” She was well known for flirting with the guys in the house. Many people thought she was single until later reports revealed she was a married woman. Gifty was married to Nollywood filmmaker, David Sorochukwu Akumah on April 6, 2014. After she was evicted from the house, she revealed she was naive and “in lust” when she got married and the marriage ended the same year. The controversial former BBNaija housemate also revealed that her ex was impotent and couldn’t impregnate a woman. Gifty has since remarried with two kids.
5. Tin Tall Tony
Offiong Edet Anthony popularly known as Tin Tall Tony or TTT for short was another controversial BBNaija housemate in the second season of the show. The professional dancer and actor will always be remembered for his alleged sexual relationship with another housemate, Bisola in the Big Brother Naija house. TTT allegedly got a blow-job from Bisola in the house that broke the internet. Although he was later evicted from the show, it was revealed he had his wife, Laraba Audi Offiong’s full blessings for his actions in the house. The couple are still happily married with three children.
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Kate Jones popularly known as Ka3na was a married woman before entering the Big Brother Naija Season 6 show. She married a 64-year-old British and had a daughter. Ka3na said she got married when she was 22 years old. However, she was the first housemate to be evicted from the show after scandalous sexual intercourse with fellow housemate, Praise. In March, Ka3na announced her divorce from her aged husband and her permanent move to the UK.
Adeniyi Lawal popularly known as Niyi was a housemate in the Big Brother Naija Season 6 show “Shine Ya Eye”. Niyi was married with a child before entering the house. Unfortunately, he was among the first to be evicted from the show alongside Yerins and Beatrice. The Oyo State-born Computer Engineer attributed his early exit from the house to his marital status.
Tega Dominic was a housemate in the Big Brother Naija “Shine Ya Eye” show. Of all the listed married housemates, Tega’s actions in the house are perhaps the most controversial. The Nollywood actress was married to Ajeboh with whom she had a son. However, news of trouble in the couple’s marriage began to emerge following her romantic relationship with her fellow housemate, Boma.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back was when both housemates were caught on camera having what many believed was sex. This led to their eviction from the house. Tega later revealed that her husband cheated on her prior to her going into the show and she was only acting a script with Boma. Although Boma, confirmed her statement, their actions were still widely criticised by fans on social media. At first, her husband showed support for his wife but later revealed he was hurt. Meanwhile, Tega has revealed her marriage packed up since 2020.
1. Mike Edwards
Mike Edwards was a professional athlete before participating in the Big Brother Naija Season 4, “Pepper Dem.” He is married to British Olympian named Perri Shakes Drayton. On August 26, 2020, the couple announced the birth of their first child on Instagram. Of all the married housemates, Mike is the only one that came close to winning the star prize after finishing as the first runner-up in the show.
This is why he is number one on our list. Mike was praised for his exemplary lifestyle in the house where he refused to be romantically involved with anyone in the house. The athlete-turned-entrepreneur currently runs his male grooming and cigar company, Aireyys, the first black-owned cigar line in the United Kingdom.
Here are other former Big Brother Naija housemates that got married after the show:
Bam Bam And Teddy A
Tope Adenibuyan, popularly known as Teddy A; and Bamike Olawunmi-Adenibuyan popularly known as Bam Bam are former housemates of the Big Brother Naija Season 3 “Double Wahala” edition. The couple was very intimate in the house and got married after the show. They now have two children and are still happily married.
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Khafi and Gedoni
Khafi Kareem aka Khafi, and Gedoni Akpata aka Gedoni were former Big Brother Naija housemates in the 2019 “Pepper Dem” edition. Like Teddy A and Bam Bam, the couple met on the show and were very intimate. After the show, they got married and Gedoni moved in with Khafi in the United Kingdom. The couple has a son together.
Nina Ivy is a former housemate of the 2018 ‘Double Wahala’ edition of Big Brother Naija. Although she was intimate with the eventual winner of the show, Miracle, she has since moved past the encounter as she is now married with a son. Nina currently lives in the United States with her husband whom she rarely shows his face on her social media handles. But we know his name is Tony.
Tobi Bakre was a former housemate of the Big Brother Naija “Double Wahala” Edition. He finished as the second runner-up in the show. Tobi married his wife, Anu Bakre, in 2021 and they both have a son together.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu was a former housemate of Big Brother Naija Season 1. Although he wasn’t the winner at the time, the Barrister has since carved a name for himself to become the most successful former housemate from the show. Ebuka is married to Cynthia Obi-Uchendu and they have two daughters. He is currently the host of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show.