After 71 days of drama, intrigues and emotional twists, the Big Brother Naija reality show will finally come to an end with the lucky winner who will go home with N85 million naira worth of prizes.
20 contestants had passed through the needle’s eye to get to the Big Brother House to be part of the fifth edition of the show. However, the grand finale today will be contested by five housemates following series of evictions and disqualification. With less than 12 hours to the end of the show, a winner will emerge from the remaining contestants.
Here is Premium Time’s prediction of Today’s finale and who the likely winner will be.
The predictions are influenced by the popularity of the housemates, voting trends so far, their social media fan base, controversies, in-house winnings and personalities.
The first housemate that comes to the mind of many when the winner of the show is considered is Olamilekan ‘Laycon’ Agbeleshe. Laycon has been a fan favourite from the beginning of the show and his fan base has only grown stronger.
Even though he was just an unrecognised upcoming singer before Big Brother, today, the 26-year-old rapper has big names like Tunde Ednut, Reminince and a host of other stars rooting for him. Some of these stars are Yinka Ayefele; popular blogger, TundeEdnut; actors Nkechi Blessing, Lateef Adedimeji, Olaniyi “Sanyeri” Afonja, Ufuoma McDermott; comedian Broda Shaggy and entertainer, Lekan KingKong among others. They all actively campaigned for him on their social media pages.
Despite still being in the BBNaija house, he has already bagged endorsements from brands like House of Lunettes. He is currently at 1.2 million Instagram followers.
Social media campaigns aside, Laycon’s fans, the Icons, held physical rallies to campaign for his win. On Thursday, some of his fans held a rally on the streets and in the markets of Abeokuta in Ogun State, distributing recharge cards to people and encouraging them to vote for Laycon.
Last Friday, youth in Osogbo, Osun State took to the streets in droves to campaign for the same housemate. Ex-Osun State commissioner for information and strategy, Sunday Akere, also joined the rally.
The housemate that is likely to emerge as the first runner up is Dorathy Bachor. Dorothy is unarguably a very strong contender in the Lockdown house. Her “DExplora” fanbase has seen her through evictions and is not likely to let up soon as they are pretty much fired up for the finale.
She has been up for eviction against strong housemates like Prince and Ozo on different occasions and they have both lost to her in the game. Even Wayademgang, Kidd Waya’s fans, could not match her during the evictions.
Dorathy’s fans got her a spot on the King of Marina billboard at CMS Marina, right in the heart of Lagos, to increase her visibility. She currently has over 850,000 followers on Instagram.
Even though Rebecca “Nengi” Hampson has over 948,000 followers, way more than Dorathy, she is most likely going to end up in the third position.
But the numbers do always not determine the strength of the army. The voting strength of Nengi’s fans were established the last time she was up for eviction. She managed to get 13.52 per cent votes with Kiddwaya having close to three percent more votes than she did.
Notwithstanding, Nengi might also give Dorothy a strong fight, as Ozo, her love interest, has even appealed to his fans to support her now that he is out of the game.
Victoria “Vee” Adeyele is the next on the list of the top five housemates.
The fiery housemate has warmed her way into the hearts of many viewers of the show, especially with her camaraderie with Laycon.
Her small fan base and sheer luck have managed to see her to the finals despite having been nominated for eviction a number of times.
She currently has 500,000 Instagram followers.
Neo Akpofure is most likely going to be the first housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija Lockdown house.
Just like Vee, Neo has managed to reach the finals, not by the strength of his followers, but by being lucky enough to escape eviction for several weeks.