What’s Up in the ‘Koko’?

Posted: July 7, 2009 in Blog party, What's going on...

Ed’s Note* It’s been one week in the Koko Mansion already! And our friend James Amuta has sent in more gist – Just in case you think it’s all about looking ‘fly’ and nothing else in the Mansion, the girls have embarked on a most ‘African’ and ‘traditional’ debate:

The Ideal Woman

Bolanle works on her presentation

Bolanle works on her presentation

Identifying the qualities to look out for in an ideal woman, up until one week ago had been a daunting task. But who could ever guess that this search for the acceptable definition of an “Ideal Nigerian Woman” could be forged on the platform of reality TV; based on a 12-hour daily live observation of the activities and lifestyle of 12 dynamic young Nigerian women.

Just going on its second week on live cable television; the concept of Koko Mansion has inspired a heated debate on what constitutes the qualities of the ideal Nigerian woman. Nigerians and Nigerians in the Diaspora have become addictively involved in this debate – contributing their views from all over the world – using the Koko Mansion forum on the Koko Mansion website, Koko Mansion Facebook fan page, and the interactive SMS 2 TV platforms as the interface for the debate. This debate continues, attracting more debaters, and will linger for the next 7 weeks until only one young lady emerges as the embodiment of the qualities that define the ideal woman.

But which of the 12 young ladies in the Koko Mansion would emerge as the flesh and blood definition of the Ideal Nigerian woman?

To answer this question: many have resorted to the ardent observation of the individual qualities of the 12 beautiful Kokolets presently living in the Koko Mansion, using them as case study to illustrate their various opinions on the issue.

But then, a few activities, tasks, and training were given to these housemates in order to analyze their personalities, develop their individual and collective skills, and project their dynamic characteristics to the world for the sake of this debate.

The first training these ladies received was in elocution, poise, and etiquette, delivered by the amiable finishing school instructor, Mrs. Grace Oforiokuma. The ladies’ table manners and presentation skills improved tremendously after that encounter. Their first task was deemed relatively simple, but it turned out to have been more demanding that they actually thought. They were asked by D’banj to make a short presentation of themselves, using clippings from old photo albums, and other personal memorabilia to illustrate the highlights of their journey through life.  That task was judged by D’banj, Ikechukwu, Dr. Jinadu, and the governess, Chika Anadu. In the end, Bolanle Okhiria emerged winner with 51 points, followed closely by Rita Isoken Igbinedion who scored 47 points. As a result of this, they (and Bidemi, whom Bolanle picked as the winner’s “plus-one”) were rewarded with a dinner date with D’banj and the Mo Hits Crew at Jade Palace.

D’banj also gave the ladies an assignment to put together a tribute to Michael Jackson, using the song “We are the World” for the presentation. To get this assignment on the road, the ladies were tutored and groomed by the multi-talented instrumentalist, Yemi Sax, in the mansion.

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The Nollywood star, Ramsey Noah was also a guest at the mansion. His visit paved way for a forum that highlighted some of the challenges experienced by the film industry in Nigeria. Julius “the Genius” Agwu was another celebrity guest in the mansion; he cracked the ladies up with an endless supply of his hilarious jokes.

However, the most remarkable celebrity visit occurred on Friday night, when D’banj, Don Jazzy, Ikechukwu, Wande Coal, and Dr. Sid stormed the mansion with gravitating fanfare. The ladies ended up being entertained briefly by Wande Coal who teased the ladies with his sonorous voice.

The ladies were jarred from slumber on Sunday evening at the eviction show. At about 5pm, all the contestants were instructed to pack their bags and report downstairs for eviction. They were shocked, but then they remembered the in-house eviction-nomination exercise which they all participated in, a few days ago. They all gladly nominated their fellow housemates for eviction, and in the end, four contestants had the highest number of nominations – voted by two contestants each. Shona, Bolanle, Victoria, and Mary faced possible eviction, but D’banj’s leniency came to play, and he exercised his lifeline in saving all the ladies from eviction. But that’s where his lifeline was exhausted – from this week, if two girls are up for eviction – he only has the power to save just one of them.

The voting lines will be open to the public this week, and only your votes can keep your favorite contestants in the Koko Mansion. And ultimately, only your votes can determine who emerges as the definition of an ideal Nigerian woman from the Koko Mansion.

James Amuta

This is how to vote:

  1. SMS: KOKOVOTE (leave a SPACE) ( and type CONTESTANTS id #) –
  2. Viewers in:

Nigeria = send text to 33126

UK = send text to 81696

USA = send text to 97605


Bidemi = 1







MARY = 8


RITA = 10



SAMPLE VOTE: to vote Chidinma,

text = (KOKOVOTE (leave space)3

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