Big Brother Naija Lockdown season 5 housemate, Rebecca Nengi Hampson appears to have finally come clean on the controversy surrounding her actual age insisting she rather lied about her age to get into her first beauty contest.
Nengi has been accused of lying about her age to enter the house. The entrepreneur who hails from Bayelsa State, was a former model and MBGN Top 5 contestant. While stating her age on July 19, 2020, she mentioned she is 22 years old, but in 2017, as a contestant on the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, MBGN Beauty pageant, Nengi stated she was 23.
This kicked a storm on social media as Nigerians and followers of the reality show are now wondering if she was aging in reverse. Read some of their reactions below:
“She do MBGN for 2017 as 23 year old, now for BBN 2020 she be 22? Wonderful stuff” – Sayolroko
“Lobatan nengi brought football age” – Aramide
“Right from miss peace and tourism her age no dey increase. She did MBGN twice with same age🤣🤣🤣” – Beryl
“I just saw her face and I was she’s 23?? Hmmmmn okay oh.. If there’s football age then there’s BBnaija age” – Antonie
“She is scripted ex housemate will be d cause of her challenges. 3 of them are following her. Na wa” – Joyce
“I don know that babe from our uniport days since 2013.. She won one Queen of Trust pageant in 2013.. The lie dey make my head pain me😂, But all the same we move🙌.. Nengi for the money sha😂” – Missybenny
But in a move to set the records straight Nengi clarified that the discrepancies are due to the fact that she rather lied about her age sometime back to get into a beauty pageant. In a conversation with her fellow housemates on Tuesday July 21, 2020 she said that “I was 17 but i lied that i was 18 to get into my first beauty contest”.
it is unclear if this clarification will settle matter or muddy the waters alot more. But what is clear is that, NENGI is set to have greater scrutiny and attention in the weeks to come.