Maria, a former Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye contestant, has explained why she agreed to enter the show as a Wildcard, or a fictitious roommate.
She revealed this in a Facebook live interview with Punch Online on Wednesday, in which she stated that she accepted the post because she enjoys challenges.
She did not find out she was going to be a Wildcard until the day the show premiered, but she accepted to play the part because she like adventures.
“It happened on the actual morning when the girls were going into the house by 2 am. We didn’t know that the guys had gone in on a Saturday.
“In the early hours of Sunday when I had an interview with the creative directors and they asked if I wanted to do this. It was 50-50. They told me it could help me and it could also damage me depending on how it panned out.
“I love adventures. I love challenges so I didn’t really think of a negative side like, ‘what if I don’t deliver this properly and I get evicted after a week?’ That will deprive me of the essence and purpose of me going on the show.”
She decided to take on the identity after much thought. She did, however, point out that she was unaware of the existence of another Wildcard until Big Brother disclosed it at the beginning of the show.
The housemates were unable to recognize her as the Wildcard due to her flawless disguise until she and Pere were ultimately exposed.