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‘I had to be strong’ – Nana on leaving Big Brother Titans without saying goodbye

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Nana is the first housemate to be evicted without her show partner.
Nana is the first housemate to be evicted without her show partner.
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She made a dramatic exit after her name was called out during the eviction show, but this is something she says she doesn’t regret.

When Nana became the first housemate to be evicted as an individual from Big Brother Titans, she didn’t even want the housemates to gather around her to exchange their goodbyes. She walked away, literally with hand gestures suggesting that she doesn’t want to be touched.

This was a moment that left the housemates shocked. They couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to say goodbye even when they kept on calling her name – “Nana!”

“To be honest, it is not a regret,” she says to TRUELOVE as she catches up with us.

Nana tells us that even though she had a feeling that she was going home, she had hopes of making it to the finals.

“I didn’t see my eviction coming at all but I had that feeling about it. I spoke to some people [in the house] telling them that [Sunday] was not a good day for me. I wasn’t having it.”

Nana felt defeated and couldn’t hide her disappointment as she left the house. She says that is why she didn’t want to exchange hugs with the housemates.

“I prevented the housemates from coming close to me and even like hugging me because when I heard my name I was like ‘oh wow, okay I don’t agree that I am leaving the house’ and having housemates come close and hug me, it was a very emotional something. I had to prevent that to be strong.

“Because even before I got to the stage [for an interview with Lawrence] I was already feeling down and if I had all of them hugging me it was going to get to me because I would still have their feelings on me.”

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She says, however, if she was to revisit the moment, she would have reciprocated the energy.

“If I had the opportunity I would have. The whole eviction didn’t sit well with me so I just wanted to leave them [at that moment] but I miss them so much and if I could say goodbye to them I would.”

The 22-year-old businesswoman from Kaduna State, Nigeria, is proud of her time on the show. She says she learnt a lot from the competition.

“I am proud of the friendships I made. I am proud of myself on being on the show, and I am proud of making it this far in the competition.”

She says even though she was in it to win it, the experiences still matter.

“I had so much fun in the house I got to learn a lot of things, I got to associate with people which was something that is really foreign to me. I got to try new Nigerian stuff and that was amazing for me. As much as I wanted the money, the experiences is what matters to me.”

Her goal when she made it to the competition was to show herself to the world and she did just that.

“I feel like I have achieved it because coming in from week one to now in week eight, it was not easy. I got to know myself even more, it is a lot that I have achieved. Being in the competition changed my life in a very positive way because I don’t really mingle with people that much, so I got to learn that I can be in certain spaces and still be good. I learnt that I can do anything.”

She says she is now going to focus on building herself within the entertainment industry and is open for any opportunities that may come.

“I am also going to focus on my brand, Nana Empire. I want to grow it and make it a big brand,” she concludes.

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