Reality TV shows have enjoyed massive follower-ship in Nigeria and the impact can never be overemphasised.
Some of our most known celebrities rose to stardom after attending auditions which they battled out with fellow contestants before realizing their dreams.
Below are some of our favourite celebrities who won a reality show.
Omawumi Megbele who is a graduate of Law from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma came second at the first edition of West African Idols music competition.
After which she released her first single ‘In The Music’, which became an instant hit and has won several accolades over the course of her music career.
The lovely mother of two and best friend of Waje is not letting anything stop her in her rise to the peak.
Chidinma Ekile is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, recording artist and stage performer who rose to stardom after winning the third season of MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2010.
Following the release of the music video for her “Emi Ni Baller” single, she became the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart. She has released songs like Jangilover, Kedike, Oh baby and many more.
3. Tonto Dike
Tonto Dikeh competed against other contestants on a reality TV show called The Next Movie Star in 2005; she was the first runner-up. Tonto’s start in the Nigerian movie industry began after the maiden edition of this movie reality show and she has proven that she was worthy of the win.
4. Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade gained prominence after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009. After then, there was no stopping her as she went on to release her hit single “Johnny”.
She has released top songs like Nagode, Kissing and many others. Yemi has shown that there is no stopping her.
5. Tokunbo Idowu (Tboss)
Tboss was perhaps the most controversial of the contestants for the Big Brother Naija Reality Show of 2017. Surprisingly however, she has won the heart of many with her resilience , zeal and how far she has ben able to take her career in so short a while.
She has featured in movies like Kada River among others, she is a sought after model and is also ambassador for Ubi Franflin’s Instant Pickup.
6. Moyo Lawal
Moyo Lawal was a contestant in the Next Movie Star TV Reality Show and even though she did not win, went on to be one of the most sought after actresses.
7. Bisola Aiyeola
Abisola Aiyeola’s fame began when she contested in the 2008 edition of MTN Project Fame, she became bigger after participating and being the 1st runner up in the Big Brother Naija 20117 TV show.
After that, there was no stopping her as she went on to pursue a career as an actress, becoming more popular for her role in Abimbola Craig’s Skinny Girl In Transit.
The Nigerian-British actress, singer, MC and presenter is a voice over artist and a one time TV host of Billboard Nigeria which aired on silver bird television from 2011-2013.
Niniola wanted the world to hear her voice and to also harness her singing skills at the same time so she applied for the MTN Project Fame West Africa Competition Season 6 edition in 2013 in which she placed 4th position.
Since then, she has gone on to carve a niche for herself in the entertainment industry, releasing hit singles like Ibadi, Maradonna and sicker.
9. Belinda Effah
Belinda made her first television debut in the 2005 TV series Shallow Waters after which she took a break from the series to feature in the reality show Next Movie Star TV reality show in which she finished 5th position. Belinda has won several awards over the course of her acting career.
10. Beverly Osu
Beverly Osu is a Nigerian model and video vixen best known as one of the housemates on the eighth season of the reality competition television series Big Brother Africa, in 2013.
Ever since, she has done works with concept studios, clarion chukwura’s clothing line, music hit videos for the likes of “Over killing” by Djinee, “Yansh police” by Timi and Black1, “Boys are not smiling” by Terry d Rapman, “A Woman’s needs” by Praiz (mtn project fame), “OLEKU” by Ice Prince and many more.
Always ready to model, Beverly also inputs time to work for a lingerie company “FRANCIS MOSS”
11. Karen Igho
Karen came into the limelight after wining the Big Brother Africa reality show in 2011 with a prize money of $200,000. She is the only female Nigerian who has won the keenly competed reality TV show till date.
After winning, Karen did not stop there. She has delved into various aspects of the entertainment business. She’s featured in a few movies like Blackberry Babe Reloaded, has a show on Najia Fm and now it would appear that Karen is giving music a shot.
12. Ivie Okujaye
Ivie Okujaye (born 16 May 1987) is a Nigerian actress, producer, scriptwriter, dancer, singer and activist who came into the limelight in 2009 after she participated and won the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality TV show.
She is sometimes called little Genevieve because she resembles actress Genevieve Nnaji. Her acting career has been widely recognized as she was awarded Best Young Actor at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
13. Dj Switch
Sensational rapper Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, got famous after being crowned Africa’s first X Factor winner in 2013.
After that, the beautiful mother of one has gone to to experiment into the world of music, doing collabos with hip-hop stars, P Square.