Kevin and Elizabeth were both housemates
in Big Brother Africa 2009 edition. Kevin Chuwang Pam emerged winner. Now
married to former Elizabeth Gupta, another BBA housemate, they speak about
their marriage in Happy Home series.
world looking at the new status, the need to be more responsible and focused.
She was a perfect match to make my dreams come true. I would say I am the most
favoured housemate that Big Brother has ever produced. I did not only win, I
found fame, fortune and a life partner. What more can I ask for? My wife is the
best thing to ever happen to me.
His proposal shocked me because I
felt it was too soon and we dated for only three months after BBA. Initially, I
thought it was because of pressure from our fans and I wasn’t too sure he knew
what he was doing. I kept asking if he really wanted to settle down after the
fame or if we will just get into the marriage and get out.
did you agree to marry him?
going on. My first trip to Nigeria was for his show and till date, I sometimes
don’t even know why I agreed. I thought it was one of those things you do and
later regret. But here I am, happy I made the choice. It is the best thing I
have done, no regrets.
your parents supportive of the union?
My father is late and my mum was a
huge fan of Kevin while he was in the BBA house. In short, she was angry when I
kept turning down his advances in the house and had to ask my closest friends
who the serious guy I was dating outside the house was.
do you manage cultural differences between Nigeria and Tanzania?
will play a role. My wife has had to adjust a lot since she left her country,
Tanzania, to live with me here in Nigeria. These adjustments include food, our
driving method, and language.
don’t believe I cooked it. I make his local delicacies very well but I am
still trying to adjust to how aggressive people can be in Nigeria, not in a bad
way though. Back in Tanzania, we are slow and a bit laidback but there is this
drive in Nigeria. It is sometimes overwhelming and I am trying to catch up. I
drive on the right hand side in Tanzania and on the left hand in Nigeria.
Sometimes, I go blank while driving in Nigeria and I will ask myself what side
I should be on. Apart from these reasons, I have adjusted well.
your mind that she might disappoint you?
supersedes every negative thoughts.
actually getting threats and stinkers. I heard statements such as, ‘You are
reaping where you didn’t sow,’ and so many more. These lasted for a while but had
together as a couple?
shut down naysayers. What is the secret?
in me or wanted me while we were in the House together. They didn’t see what
could lead to marriage between us after Big Brother. But here we are. She has
been in Nigeria since then and adapting very well. She is doing really well.
Our union has surpassed expectations of many.
love. Our marriage is a great achievement.
upon on the BBA show can last?
parties involved. Unlike when you were dating for three years, both of you get
to see the good and the ugly side of each other in the house for three months.
agreed to marry him because of his BBA $200,000 prize money?
that I am the only one who understands me best. Whenever I am asked this
question, I reply, ‘Does any woman want a broke man? Yes I went for the rich
doesn’t even come up.
also helps me to grow spiritually.
stereotypes you have dropped since your wedding to Kevin?
they were seeking advice because they are dating Nigerian men. We have hosted
some here in Nigeria, seen their relationships grow and now they are married.
In fact, East African girls are crazy about Nigerian. They are dying to have
long even if he is wrong.
Do you run a joint account?
guess that line has helped us manage our fans.
makes sure I know about them. My love for my husband is rock solid.
will not fall into temptation?
only assurance is in the grace of God.
table it’s the kids and Kevin first before I think of myself.
Elizabeth: He likes keeping quiet about certain issues and sometimes
it works but there are things we need to address as a couple.