Tayo Faniran, one of the two Nigerian representatives and finalist of the Big Brother Africa Hotshots, has said he was shocked he lost the $300,000 prize money to Tanzania’s Idris. "I was shocked. For a while, I thought IK, the show’s host, was joking with me," he said.
Tayo added: When we got on stage and were shown the highlights, I saw myself and I was laughing. In fact, everybody was entertained. The way people cheered when they heard my name assured me that I was winning already, so when Idris’ name was mentioned, I was shocked. For a while, I thought IK, the show’s host, was joking with me. Faniran, who spoke to the Nation in an interview stated: “You see, when we were all in school, we all knew who the best students in the class were, and when someone who was the best student scored 70, we would say, haba, this person should score like 90. Idris himself knows I won, but he only got the money.” Before arriving at the two finalists (Tayo and Idris), the show saw four of the six finalists being evicted. They were Butterfly, Ma’am Bee, JJ and Sipe.