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BBNaija winners who rode on street credibility to victory

Big Brother Naija is one of the most popular reality TV shows in Africa. The television programme brings Nigerians from different parts of the country…

Big Brother Naija is one of the most popular reality TV shows in Africa. The television programme brings Nigerians from different parts of the country together, irrespective of their backgrounds, to showcase their talents to the world and compete for a grand prize worth millions of naira.

Over the years, the show has hosted participants (housemates) who, despite their poor background, emerged as winners of the show, riding on the back of street credibility.

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Several winners of these shows have revealed how they struggled before they appeared on the show. This got them attracted to several fans who have decided to come up with the trend: #TrenchesAlwaysWin.

Here are some winners who despite their rough backgrounds, won the show through massive support.


Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba is the most popular housemate produced by the 2020 edition of the show tagged ‘Lockdown.’ The artiste had once revealed that two months after he graduated from the University of Lagos, he worked as a salesman and freelance writer for different companies and establishments.

When he joined the show, it seemed some of the housemates looked down on him because of his poor background and underrated him. But his brilliance quickly endeared him to a lot of viewers who consistently voted for him until he emerged the winner of the fifth season and went home with the ₦85 million grand prize.

Laycon is presently an artiste and media personality,

After he was announced as the winner Nigerians instantly took to their social media accounts, especially Twitter. For instance, @FeyisolaOgunnaike wrote; “I don’t like the programme but d grace of God is on that guy. His name just fly up in a twinkle of an eye on the social media. God’s work is underrated; Laycon for people.”

Another user of the microblogging platform, @Amaralilian also posted, “This is a typical example of “do not allow your background to keep your back on the ground.”

@Kindness Nkem Nathaniel said, “He came with a Ghana-Must-Go bag but he living with #85, son of grace congratulations.”

While @Helen Amaka tweeted, “He deserved it. He was despised and considered low class while in the house but today, he’s a millionaire. From grass to grace. Congrats LAYCON…..”


Hazel Oyeye Onu, popularly known as Whitemoney is also one of the winners of the Big Brother Naija show widely accepted on account of his grass-to-grace story.

The Kaduna-born star had once revealed in a circulated video how he survived with his mother while growing up, recalling how they were too broke to afford a meal. The star narrated he had to use his bare hands to clear out the dirt in the gutters in the neighbouring houses, and when he was done, he would get paid N200 by each household.

“I helped the whole compound and the other compound to pack their faeces and used my hands to clear the gutter at the back of the house so water can flow,” he said

Whitemoney, a secondary school leaver, was crowned the winner of the Big brother Naija show Season 6 and walked away with a sum of N90 million. The star is currently a singer and songwriter signed to the popular record label Empire Mates Entertainment owned by R ‘n’B star singer, Banky W.


Ijeoma Josephina is the latest winner of the Season 7 of the show tagged ‘Level up.’ During a task in the house, the Edo-born housemate narrated how she grew up in a home where she had to survive by herself without anyone’s help. She also revealed that the environment where she was raised also played a major impact on her lifestyle, which she described as “street vibes.”

Phyna also said she was taken to her aunt’s place at a young age where she had her primary and secondary school education. She also got admission into the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi where she studied Engineering. She then went to Abuja where she engaged in ‘hyping’ as a profession.

Phyna was declared the winner of the reality show on Sunday and went home with a whopping grand prize of N100m.

After Phyna’s triumph, several people commended her bravery, talking about how she had won the competition despite her background.

@Anulika Udegbunam- Chukwukekwu wrote; “The street will always make a queen. The street is military. Congratulations Phyna, you deserve it.”

@Jennifer Lopez Ifeoma stated, “The street made a queen, bro Thank you, phynation for coming through despite the tongue lashes. We had no big man/woman rooting for us but God made it possible. Congratulations fave!”