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6After putting on a good show at the Big Brother house for 63 days, Tayo Faniran, first runner up and Nigerian housemate, recently returned home and was welcomed with all the pomp befitting a Hotshot.

As is customary, MultiChoice Nigeria, M-Net and proud sponsor, Jameson, threw him a homecoming party which took place at the popular Cova Lounge, in Victoria Island, Lagos. Speaking with the media shortly before his party, Tayo said he was shocked when Idris Sultan of Tanzania was declared the winner of the reality show.

However, the 28-year-old model and new dad explained that the interaction with other Africans in the Big Brother house and the exposure to the rich and diverse cultures in Africa have adequately prepared him to further pursue a career in acting, singing, or as a TV presenter.

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He said, “I was really shocked when IK declared Idris the winner of the show. I genuinely thought I would win, or at least be declared a co-winner! Nonetheless I’m incredibly grateful for the unique opportunity and exposure Big Brother has given me. All I can tell Nigerians, Africa and the rest of the world now is ‘watch this space!’”.

MultiChoice general manager, Marketing, Martin Mabutho, expressed the company’s pride in the reality show’s ability to bring Africans together.

“MultiChoice, M-Net, and the show’s partners worked hard to make this season of Big Brother Africa bigger than the last and we thank all stakeholders for their support,” he said.

Efosa Aiyevbomwan, publicity and talent lead for M-Net (West), said “we work hard to make each edition of Big Brother Africa bigger than the last and this year provided yet another mix of excitement, intrigues and incredible entertainment for our viewers.”

The reality show which began with 26 housemates successfully came to an end on Sunday, 7 December 2014.

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