BBNaija Season 7 winner to pocket grand prizes of N100 million while top Nigerian graduates get N5,000 and noodle packs as commendations

The organizers of the popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), have announced that season seven (7) of the show will kick off on July 23.
Millions of Nigerians teeming as usual who are fans of the show, awaiting news as activities in the BBNaija house are still among the hottest topics across the country, especially among young people.

Multichoice spokesperson Busola Tejumola on Tuesday, while announcing the date, also announced that the winner of this season which is expected to last 72 days will be blessed with a grand prize of N100 million.

A breakdown of the prize according to Tejumola showed that the winner will receive a cash prize of N50 million and N50 million of other prizes from the show’s sponsors.
Meanwhile, apart from the grand prize, housemates of BBNaija usually have the chance to win various games worth millions of naira, cars, and overseas travel tickets.
Some former contestants and winners of the reality show have also become millionaires and national celebrities.
Not a few have been endorsed by companies, while some have been offered nominations by their state governments.
SaharaReporters observed that this stands in stark contrast to top graduate students and first-class graduates from various federal and state universities across the country who repeatedly received paltry sums of 2,000 and 5,000 naira after four to six years of academic work. .
The worst of the unfortunate reality in the Nigerian university sector is that there is no public university in Nigeria where undergraduates or even postgraduates enjoy half the luxuries of life enjoyed by participants BBNaija at BBNaija House during their time there.
Last year, SaharaReporters reported how the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in 2021 awarded three top graduate students with 4.63 GPA each with a cash prize of N500 each.

The prize tagged Sir Odumegwu Memorial Prize for the best graduate student was valued at N1,500 in which the institution boldly indicated that the top three graduate students should share the prize among themselves including Nwankwo Esther Nnenna from the Accounting Department , Okoye Emmanuel Obinna and Ugwuanyi Chinenye Callista from the Department of Banking and Finance.
Likewise, a Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation award worth N1,000 was awarded to the same best graduate student.
More ridiculously, Anambra State University, Igbariam, now Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), in 2017 awarded a top graduate student in the mass communication department, Best Somadina, with a yam tuber and a poultry.
Somadina, in an interview with the BBC after graduation, said people wondered if he was an indigenous doctor who was given yams and poultry as sacrifices.
“People were expecting me to get a book-related gift, but when I got yams and poultry, they started laughing, wondering if I was an indigenous doctor. If I had a laptop, or 500,000 naira to help me get a masters degree, it would have made more sense,” he said.
But that was not all, as Ekiti State University (EKSU) in 2017 awarded the best graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering, Bamisaye Tosin N100 (one hundred naira) on the prize labeled ‘AdoEkiti Patriotic Front Prize Award’.
In addition, the University of Ibadan is proud of the MKO Abiola Chief Award in University Sports with an annual award of N200 awarded to the best sportsman and sportswoman of the year across the university, and the Dr. Moji Oyebola Award for the best disabled graduate. University student, worth N750.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira).
The ridiculous list is numerous at various federal and state universities in Nigeria, the “giant of Africa” ​​and the most populous African country with over 60% of its population young people, most of whom are graduates.
Only a few private universities, for example, Caleb University, Imota in Lagos, which have become so commendable as awarding the sum of N5 million each to its top three graduating students 2020/2021 including Iredia Ejehi from the Department of computer science who was the overall best graduate student with a GPA of 4.92, Ifezue Humphrey from the same department of computer science who was the best male graduate student with a GPA of 4.84 and Ms. Olufunso Fasuyi who came out as the best postgraduate graduate student.
Despite the country’s wealth of mineral and human resources, Nigeria’s education sector has not only continued to deteriorate, but is completely dead and forgotten.
Nigerian university students have been at home for more than four months because the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike since February 14 over numerous issues including the funding of public universities; but the current priority of Nigerian leaders is the 2023 general elections, with unrewarded, forgotten and jobless graduates being used by politicians for one destructive selfish interest or the other.
In the 2022 Federal Budget, only N355.47 billion was allocated to the Ministry of Education for 44 universities; 112.46 billion naira allocated to 33 polytechnics and 77.62 billion naira allocated to 27 colleges of education across the country. This represents a total of N545.55 billion allocated to the country’s universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, while the country is expected to spend N3.87 million on debt servicing based on the revised budget.
While the National Assembly – Senate and House of Representatives received the sum of 139 billion naira with 5 billion naira for library project and additional 300 million naira for e-library projects.

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