Cross, former Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) season six housemate, says it wasn’t easy to get the support of his mother, who is an evangelist, to participate in the show.

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The reality TV star was reflecting on his stint on the show and his excitement seeing his mother at last Sunday’s finale in an interview with BBC Pidgin.

Cross said his mother’s initial opposition to his participation in the show was based on her religious inclination and the fact that she had little knowledge of the reality show at the time.

The 31-year-old, born Okechukwu Okonkwo, also said he was able to get her support eventually after he and his sister managed to convince her.

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“When I saw my mother at the finale, I ran and embraced her. It really surprised me. I was excited and couldn’t believe it because it took me a while to convince her about this whole BBNaija show due to the fact that she is a minister,” he said.

“So, as a minister, for her to get convinced first, which was something, and for her to come and show love, I was really touched emotionally.

“My family supports each other no matter what we’re doing. My mother brought us to Christ and always teach us about God after our father’s demise. So, my mum loves me no matter what.

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“At first, she really didn’t understand the show but when my sister explained to her, she decided to support me because of the love she has for me and my siblings. That’s how it happened.”

Cross was one of the finalists at this year’s edition of the show, which was won by White Money.



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