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Big Brother Hotshot Revealed…… Housemate Profiles!





Age: 33

Actor, Radio Drama Director and MC Alusa from Nairobi, Kenya, is married and

has three children. His favourite food is ugali with chicken stew and traditional

vegetables. His favourite book is TD Jakes’ He-Motions and he likes watching

National Geographic, The Exes and Nigerian movies on TV. On the music front, he

enjoys listening to Sauti-Sol, Mafikizolo, P.Square, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita.

One of his favourite films, Training Day, features one of his favourite actors: Denzel


Describing himself as ‘ambitious, spiritual, out-spoken, generous and mysterious’,

Alusa likes people who are ‘detailed’ and who have a good sense of humour,

because he likes to laugh. He doesn’t enjoy people who ‘emit negative energy’.

He entered Big Brother Hotshots for the exposure, as well as the intrigue of living

with total strangers in a closed environment and the desire to share his lifestyle with

a huge audience. Alusa is looking forward to having the continent watching him: ‘I’m

an artist, a performer, so I love attention. I’m not in the least bit intimidated, in fact,

I’m thrilled’

Alusa lists Mombasa and his village of Kakamega as his favourite places in Kenya,

because they’re both very exotic in their ways and rich culture. He says the best

thing about Africa is the people. ‘Africans are both beautiful in form and diverse

culture,’ he says. Outside of Africa, his favourite place is Brazil. ‘Rich culture,

beautiful women, sweet samba music, festivals, food – I could go on and on,’ he


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Age: 23

Ellah is a Sales Assistant with a BSc in Business Computing from Nsambya,

Uganda. She lists her favourite foods as ravioli, rice and chicken and her favourite

books as Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady, and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich. She

enjoys watching Reality shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York and

Orange County. Her favourite singers include India Arie, August Alsina, Beyonce,

Rihanna and Sam Smith.

Her favourite place in Uganda is the Lake Bunyonyi Resort and she says the best

thing about Africa is ‘the warmness of the people’. Outside of her home country,

she says Cambodia is ‘a hidden gem and somewhat a free country’. Ellah has 12

brothers and sisters and says her Mom is her role model: ‘her strength and character

captivate me’.

Ellah is most proud of having become Miss Uganda 2013/14 because ‘it was a stiff

competition and a strong test for me’. She was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots

because of the fact that ‘it unites Africa and also is a platform for me to advance’.

She says she’s ‘super excited and is looking forward to being on the show.

She describes herself as ‘charismatic, bitchy, outspoken, loving and sophisticated’

and says that she’s ‘strong and determined’. She values ‘honesty, charisma and

joyfulness’ in others, but dislikes ‘lies and fakeness’. If she wins the grand prize,

Ellah will buy cars for her mom and invest the rest in real estate.

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Age: 24

Butterphly is a Radio, Television Presenter and Producer from Harare. She lists her

favourite foods as meat, pasta with cheese, black-eyed peas and eggs. Her favourite

books include the Bible, The Firm, The Long Goodbye, and the Sherlock Holmes

series. She likes to watch Chopped, 24, Intelligence and Big Brother Africa.

Butterphly entered Big Brother Hotshots because she’d always wanted to be part of a

national sports team, but never got the chance. ‘Being on Big Brother Africa will allow

me to take the opportunity to market myself and expand my brand’. She says she

won’t use ‘backstabbing and cheating’ or immoral and unethical methods to get the

prize. If she wins, he’ll send her sister, brother and kids to really good schools, start a

chain of unique food, social and fashion hangout joints and take her mom shopping.

Describing herself as ‘unique, feisty, mysterious, fun-loving and witty’, Butterphly

says that people are always shocked when they discover that he’s humble,

compassionate and kind. He likes other people with a sense of humour, honour and

truthfulness, and dislikes ‘dishonesty and people who pretend to like a person’.

Her mom is her role model: ‘she put her life on pause so ours could play. She’s the

hardest working woman I know’. Butterphly says he draws influence from ‘all sorts

of people’. ‘Ordinary, young, dead, legends – in everyone’s life story I try to extract

important lessons like resilience, faith, strength etc. I learn as much as I can from the

people I meet or read about,’ he says.

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Junior Pope is dead….




Actor Junior Pope Odonwodo has died.

According to reports, four actors including Junior Pope fell into Anam River in Anambra State, on their way to a movie location and their bodies have been recovered.

The actor had earlier shared a video of himself and others on a boat, on their way to the movie location.

Captioning the video, he wrote: “See me lamenting….The risk we take to entertain you; crossing river 9ja yesterday with no life jacket…. Na wahooooo Who does that ??”

Some of his colleagues reacted in the comment section of the video shortly after his death was announced.

“Jesus! Oh Lord! Oh Lord,” Tana Adelana wrote.

“I’m so sad. can’t believe this. Big Sam where are you? am shaking,” Yvonne Jegede wrote.

The 39-year-old was married to Jennifer Awele.

They have three children together.


I don’t say much here anymore for a lot of reasons but I’ll say this, this was all preventable deaths if the minimum standards of safety was followed. If we in this business take ourselves a bit more seriously and practice this profession with all the seriousness it deserves. Nobody should go into a boat without a life jacket. Period. No producer should send people into one nor should anybody cast/crew enter anyone. How many deaths are enough?…… Richerd Mofe Damijo….


What a tragedy ! What a shame ! How could these young men take this kind of risk. No life jackets and you can’t swim. Ahhh. This is so,so sad.

May God receive their souls. Amen🙏….. Zik Zulu Okafor



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Comedian AY, wife separate after 20 years




Popular Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, and his wife, Mabel, have separated after 20 years of “friendship/marriage”.

The comedian confirmed the development in a post on his Instagram page on Sunday.

He said he had reached a stage where he could no longer entertain the public with “deep personal family issues.”

He wrote, “Many people believe that staying silent simply means that one is incapable of dealing with issues. Projecting a negative narrative against someone who is not struggling to defend himself doesn’t mean he is weak. Some of us are just logical enough to understand the difference between opinions, values, beliefs, and facts.

“The personality and ability that I possess simply confirm that I have reached that stage in my life where I can not be entertaining the public with deep personal family issues. They just might be too much to handle concerning the individuals involved. Not even when I have a grown-up daughter who has access to social media. Her mental health needs to be protected from seeing things she can not be proud of online.

“Yes! Without compromising my family, I have found myself doing some things that I am not proud of today. It is one thing to watch my friendship/marriage of 20 years slip off my hands, but it’s another thing for the parties involved to understand how to appropriate the blame in a space that is designed for most women to always play the victims and win. I can tell you for free that no one is completely innocent enough to cast stones.

“Presently, I am loving the way that lies about me in all these blogs are travelling faster than the truth. But my painful truth will eventually beat away all the lies.”

Also, in a post on her Instagram page on Sunday, Mabel said she had stopped reacting to disrespect.

She wrote, “Distance is my new response to disrespect. I don’t react, I don’t argue. I don’t dive into the drama. I just remove myself.”

Ayo and Mabel got married in November 2008, and they are blessed with two children.

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It was an evening of happiness, conviviality, and camaraderie, on Saturday, March 30, 2024, as members of the Realtime Moviearts group hosted a reception in honour of the new Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Dr Shaibu Husseini.
Members of the Realtime Moviearts group, made up of publishers, editors, and ceo’s of media outfits, gathered inside the arena of the COSON house in Ikeja to rejoice with and celebrate Dr Shaibu.
The reception, designed as an informal evening of fun and yabis for members, in the usual Realtime manner, had veteran entertainment broadcast journalist, Segun Adebowale, as the compere, and COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji and GM, Bernice Eriemeghe, as special guests of honour.
The close-knit event kicked off with prayers by Business Day topshot, Nonye Ben-Nwankwo, after which members of the group were introduced.
A number of Realtimers used the opportunity to talk about the Shaibu they knew. From Nonye Iwuagwu Ben-Nwankwo, to Dorah Osas, Bidemi Dairo, Alozie Uzokwu, Yemi Oladeinde, Nkarenyi Ukonu, and Juliet Bumah, it was one word of praise, endearment, and appreciation after the other for the man fondly called CJ by Realtimers.
The eulogies weren’t complete until COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, spoke about the Shaibu he knew and The Nation’s Assistant Entertainment Editor, Gbenga Bada aka BARON gave the toast at the event.
With food, chops, and drinks in the house, all the 27 members of the group urged Chief Okoroji to present a plaque to Dr Shaibu, who attended the reception alongside his adorable wife, Ruth.

The new ED, a versatile dancer himself, led his friends to the dance floor after a heartwarming and promised filled thank you speech that took over 10 minutes.
Before Segun Adebowale officially declared the reception over, members of Realtime, who are now based in diaspora were connected and they equally had one good thing or the other to say about the actor, dancer, culture administrator, journalist and film critic as well as communication teacher, who would henceforth supertend the NFVCB.
Realtime, conceived as a whatsapp group with eminent entertainment journalism practitioners, as members, was founded over 10 years ago by Justin Akpovi-Etsade with Dr Shaibu Husseini as the coordinator.

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