Multichoice Nigeria, the organizers of the African reality TV show, BBNaija, has presented the N85 million grand prize to Olamilekan Agbelesebioba a.k.a. Laycon who won the BBNaija season 5 last Sunday.
Presenting the prize to the 26 years old Laycon on Wednesday at the MultiChoice Studios in Lagos, the Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said, “Planning a show of this magnitude during these times was not without its challenges.”
“For one, we resorted to holding virtual auditions where we received over 30,000 video entries, from which the “Lockdown 20” were selected,” he said, adding that the Big Brother Naija has changed the way we define employment and relevance in the country.
It will be recalled that Laycon emerged winner after scoring the highest votes in the final week of the BBNaija Lockdown edition.
The 26-year-old was presented with the cash prize of N30m, an SUV and a two-bedroom house. Also mentioned was a N5m prize from Betway awarded to Laycon and Ozo on their MAD Sports initiative, and an all-expense paid trip to the Guinness House Dublin for Dorathy and Laycon.
Laycon, who made history with over 60 percent of the Big Brother Naija final votes, thanked the organizers, fellow housemates, family, fans and sponsors of the event.
“I don’t know what to say, I love you guys very much,” Laycon said.
When asked about his plans and projects after the house, Laycon said that he intends to work on projects that will impact the society positively.
In addition to participants being instant celebrities and influencers, other industries have been significantly impacted by the show and its participants.
Mr. Ugbe further disclosed that over 900 million votes were recorded across SMS, Mobile, Website and the DStv & GOtv Apps.
He thanked the viewers for watching and appreciated the Headline sponsor, Betway; the gold sponsor Guinness, Category sponsors; Pepsi, OPPO, Flutterwave, Indomie, WAW Detergent, Darling Hair, Innoson Motors, Revolution Plus, TravelBeta and all others who supported the show in different ways.
“The Big Brother Naija reality show continues to touch not just the creative industry, but other industries as well. Over 1,000 people directly and indirectly supported the production of Big Brother Naija Lockdown edition.
“Cumulatively over the years, Big Brother Naija has provided over 10,000 jobs for fashion designers, content creators, interior decorators, logistic companies, prop makers, make-up artists, photographers, housekeepers, carpenters, caterers, and many more,” the show organisers said in a statement.
Also commenting, the Channel Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said the level of engagement for this BBNaija season was off the chain while appreciating the housemates for bringing the drama and keeping the viewers tuned to the channel.
Earlier in the competition, MultiChoice promised fans who locked in their favourite housemate a chance to win 1 million Naira each.
At the prize presentation, Laycon with the help of host Ebuka, did a raffle draw where 30 lucky fans won 1 million Naira each.