Saga takes us on a ride.
“Let me start by saying that in the house, I earned the most money in the shortest time. ₦7.5m. I made ₦2.5m just from writing a speech and reading it out loud. Nothing beats that. One of my very first gigs blew my mind. This guy had been begging my manager to bring me to a club in Warri, and he was arguing with them because they wanted to pay ₦1m. I was like, “Me?” They will pay for things like accommodation and flight, and still give me ₦1m? My mind was blown. I have been making 10 times what I was making before I got into the BBN house. But the sad thing is that I have been spending 15 times what I was spending before I got in.
Let me start with the obvious one. Clothes. You will pay a stylist ₦100,000 to style you and you still give them the clothes back. I’m telling you. When people tell me, “Come for my event, come for my event”, it’s not that easy. I have to buy clothes. Then accommodation. I used to live in a three bedroom house. The rent was ₦600,000, and I was sharing the apartment with my guys. So that was ₦200,000. Right now, I am paying ₦5.1m.
That’s what makes some housemates depressed. It’s a life-changing event. It changes your reality drastically. So I am paying that and I’ve had to furnish the house. It’s expensive, but it’s not like I can still be living in my father’s house at this age. LOL. Instablog go carry am. “Saga Moves Into Father’s House After Being So Broke.”
If I go to a club, they give me drinks. So that isn’t expensive. But I can’t fly economy anymore — although I am not the one paying for it. Food is more expensive, too. I can’t eat my Iya Basira and my roadside bole. But this thing called clothes eh! You return everything back because if you have to buy it, you spend more. The real deal breaker is that once I wear something and take a photo for Instagram, I can’t wear them again anytime soon.
Another thing that takes a lot of money is Airbnb and hotels. When you leave the house, you move into one of those. Every housemate is guilty of this one. Because you are moving around so much—today, you are in Warri; tomorrow, you are in Abuja—you can’t find the time to look for a house. Sometimes you find a good place but before you pay, someone else has taken it. It got to a point where I paid for a place before I took a good look at it. I had to arrest the guy before I got my money back. That was on Christmas Day! The housing thing ate my money seriously. And when I finally got a place and brought my clothes together, I felt like I should open a boutique!
Then there is your family and friends thinking you are a millionaire.”