It’s Day 31 at the Big Brother House and housemates are still in the week of fears, phobias and superstition.
The day started with the housemates getting to house chores as assigned by Head of House, Kemen. Unlike the previous two HoHs, Efe and Ese, Kemen takes up the role of a leader by sectioning the house and dividing parts to some of the housemates to clean while others got kitchen duties.
Moving on to the day’s task and in line with the theme for the week, Biggie instructed the housemates to tell some of the superstitious stories they were told as they grew up. The housemates got on to it and even accompanied the stories with songs. The task also required them to part into two groups and turn some of the stories into a play that is to be presented on Thursday.
After the superstitious session came the mother of all tasks. The housemates’ fear could be seen clearly written on their faces and heard in their screams as the ninjas released from atop the murkiest mixture we may never know about. The task was called dark bath task and it wasn’t hard to tell that it got the housemates grossed out as they immediately ran off to the garden to hose themselves down with clean water. Who else can’t wait for this fears, phobias and superstition week to end already? Biggie is making a mighty mess and we wonder who will clean it up.
To crown the very dirty day, the housemates received a clean surprise, a break from the norm. His entrance had us thinking, “How is Mr Ibu here and why did Big Brother chose him of every celebrity in Lagos”?
The housemates were super glad to see him, Debie-Rise hugged him in a tight embrace while the others geared him to laughter. Mr Ibu is the first guest to be called into the diary room and get an assignment task from Biggie. The secret task is to create a short drama script which the housemates would act out alongside Mr Ibu himself. The drama was well done and Mr Ibu was safe to exit the house.
Before the secret task, the housemates got to learn at the feet of Mr Ibu who shared his personal experience before fame and some insights on how to use their new-found fame to their advantage.
Read his story below:
“Do you know that there was a day that I had prepared to kill myself in Ajao Estate? That day, I was prepared to jump into a well because of the situation that surrounded me. Three days before that day, I had not eaten and I did not have hope of eating for the next week. I was only surviving on water and I hate it when I bother anyone. Most of my close friends were not bothered about my well-being even though it was obvious that I was not alright. I remember December 18, 1997, a friend of mine who I squatted with called me in the morning and told me that he would be going home for Christmas and he did not want anyone to be in his room.
I assured him that no one would come to his place but he said he wanted me out of the room. I told him that I did not have another place to stay and he should trust me that as usual, I would take good care of the place. Though I was older than him, I did all the washing and cleaning of the house to the extent that I washed his panties and underwear. I did that so that I could have a roof over my head. But out of anger, that my friend went into the house, brought out all my things and threw them outside, then he told me to leave his house, he locked his door and left.
“From where I was seated, I was looking at the well. I thought to myself, ‘is it not better to end my life by jumping into the well so that when people return in the evening and they need water, they would discover my body and my friend would know that he was the reason I committed suicide?’ I went to the well and as I opened the lid and prepared to jump inside, the image of my mother’s face flashed through my mind. I quickly closed the well and began to wonder how my mother knew that I wanted to kill myself. My mother was still alive at the time; she was about 80 years old. I went back and leaned by the wall. A neighbour, Francis, was playing a song by Michael Bolton titled ‘When I am back on my Feet Again.’ The song gave me hope and I decided to stay alive,” he said.
Okafor said that after he had decided against killing himself, he needed to find somewhere to sleep and since he had no one to stay with; he opted to sleep under a lorry, a space where dogs used as their house.