Another season of Big Brother Naija, dubbed ‘Double Wahala’, has ended with Miracle winning the grand prize of N45 million and other perks.
While it lasted, BBNaija 2018 was a top trend on Twitter, owing to its popularity among Nigerians.
While some viewers criticised the show, others sought support for their favourite housemates.
Unlike the previous editions of the reality show, the just-ended season three will be remembered for the myriad of controversies it generated.
During the course of the show, many Nigerians on social media, particularly Twitter, accused the organisers of double standard, favouritism, and scripting what should be a reality show.
Some viewers even went as far as describing the show as a “scam.”
— Ashwak (@Ashwakshwaky) April 9, 2018
Everything in Nigeria is a scam. All through the #BBNaija beginning, it was Miracle but now it's Tobi. Bloggers and everyone is now campaigning for him. Heritage bank indeed know what they're doing.. They've paid all top blogs. If Miracle doesn't win on Sunday, the this is scam.
— Gozi Oleks (@GoziOleks) April 21, 2018
— Oyepeju (@pejublack) April 21, 2018
Many viewers alleged that the reality show was in no way ‘real’.
I hope y'all know this #BBNaija is Movie Script ? And the organisers already know the winner before the show started.
So don't take it too serious.
— Mr.┏̲O̶̲̅┓̲P ┏̲A̶̲̅┓ (@ogbeni_opa) April 21, 2018
#BBNaija Biggie rig Lolu out thinking Lolu fans will switch to Tobi since he knows Lolu genuinely like Tobi bt it won't work at this point I rather vote the Ninjas than Tobi coz I see through the script of biggie & if u re team ceec dnt give up on her though girl has anger issues
— Hauwa Usman (@HauwaUs43471623) April 19, 2018
It was also not uncommon to see viewers allege that their favourite housemates were being cheated by another who was “acting a script of Big Brother”.
Miracle mist win… Tobi acted based on script. #BBNaija big brother sha want him to win by force but miracle must win o
— Bbnaija (@NaturalMoi) April 19, 2018
Although it has not been proven that the housemates played the game based on a script, many viewers say they won’t tune in for the next season.
No doubt, one of the most controversial housemates this season was Cee-C. She became infamous for picking fights with other housemates, particularly Tobi, her love interest turned foe.
That aside, some of her actions which viewers expected would have earned her strikes (warnings) were allegedly overlooked by Big Brother.
An instance was when she ripped a dress given to her by Payporte, a sponsor of the show.
Despite a statement by the sponsor expressing displeasure at the act, Cee-C did not get a strike. This got tongues wagging.
Kbrule only insulted someones mother u gave hime strike.
Now cece insulted Tobis GENERATION. Biggie is busy forming Deaf and Dumb #BBNaija
— Tonero D Statesman (@Orhiei) April 18, 2018
#BBNaija Biggie doing everything to frustrate Tobi. d blatant display of partiality is so shameful. CeeC rips payporte dress apart, Crooked Biggie still found a way to bring in innocent Tobi. Biggie, take this: pic.twitter.com/CV3hkm6sbS
— Born Great (@iamatriplet) April 3, 2018
Cee-C was later penalised — in the last week of the show — when she unleashed a flurry of expletives at Tobi.
Big Brother reacted by dethroning her as head of house.
The summation of votes during eviction nights was another major source of controversy.
After Teddy A and Bambam were evicted, viewers raised concerns that the results may have been tampered with.
A viewer calculated the votes polled by each nominated housemates and realised that they did not add up to 100 percent.
Subsequently, BBNaija responded on Instagram, blaming the error on an “incorrect percentage”.
The Instagram post was later deleted.
Again, when the trio of Khloe, Lolu, and Anto got evicted, some viewers wondered why Lolu who had a “considerable number of votes” was sent home.
— #BigBroNaija18 (@HanrankisJudith) April 15, 2018
This is unfair on Lolu. He deserves to stay with such high percentage and such wide gap from Anto and Khloe #BBNaija
— Oba (@Oba43414655) April 15, 2018
#BBNaija Biggie did Lolu dirty……..smh
— 👑👑 (@jhusstinna) April 22, 2018
Another controversial eviction was that of Rico Swavey.
Some viewers wondered how Rico got evicted when Alex remained in the show despite polling low votes a week prior.
Alex should have been evicted when she was nominated and had the second lowest percentage last week but "they" decided to evict just one HM in Rico. Weldone sir 👏 #bbnaija
— Olurotimi Olawoye (@guzelawjunior) April 15, 2018
With the wave of controversies that trailed Big Brother Naija this season, the organisers have some work to do to win the hearts of angry viewers before the next season.
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