Over 310 fans and viewers of the fifth season of one of the most popular reality television shows in Nigeria, Big Brother Naija (Lockdown Edition ), have raised over N 12. 5 m for Erica Nlewedim, a 26- year – old housemate who was disqualified on the 48 th day of the show.
According to the information on her page regarding the Gofundme account , as at 9 . 14pm on Friday , $ 28 , 410 (approximately N 12 . 5 m ) have been donated by 311 fans .
The ex – housemate , who is one of the most popular in the current season , got more than she bargained for after a lengthy tirade against a fellow housemate , Olamilekan Agbeleshe , popularly known as Laycon .
The incident , combined with some of her other actions , earned her a third and final strike .
According to Big Brother , Erica was issued a strike for verbally abusing her fellow housemates , disrespecting the Head of House lounge , and interfering with the production process .
This instantly angered some of her fans , who subsequently directed verbal abuse at the camp of Laycon , whom they held responsible for Erica ’ s fate.
In light of these unfortunate incidents , a Gofundme fundraiser targeted at $ 100 , 000 was created for “ the star of BBNaija season 5 , whose journey on the show came to an emotional end – to realise some of her hopes and aspirations ” .
In a statement on her Gofundme page , one Ehizode Irefo , the organiser of the fundraiser , said , “The funds will be used to raise awareness for mental health as per therapist ’ s fees and also help her get back on her feet considering the disqualification . ”
Since Erica ’ s disqualification , personalities, including a wealthy socialite , Terry Waya ; Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu; and an actor , Uti Nwachukwu , have been lending their support for her .
One of @ DeleMomodu ’ s tweets reads , “ When I said days ago that winning BBN is not a matter of life & death and no reason for bitterness & a loser may become greater than whoever wins the game , I was attacked by those who don’ t know that experience is the best teacher .
We are with you all the way and we have some plans ongoing.
Stay strong, keep soaring @ RealKiddwaya & @ EricaNlewedim . ”
Nwachukwu ’ s post said , “ We witnessed with broken hearts as our favourite said some really hurtful words towards Laycon and subsequently Prince . Laycon , thank you for not also reacting emotionally .
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It could have been worse and ended up being a violent altercation.
There’ s a popular saying that you beat with one hand and draw close with another .
“ There is no way to justify what happened but just to say please forgive .
This is not a campaign , just to genuinely apologise to Laycon , Prince and their fans for all she said and did last night .
To err is human and to forgive is divine .
Elite , Icons , and Royal Armies please let us extend the olive branch to each other and act with love… . ’’
Despite her eviction from the reality show , Erica is still trending on social media platforms and currently the second most followed housemate on Instagram .
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