Ozo or Ozoemena Chukwu was one of the housemates in the Big Brother Naija 2020 or BBNaija season 5 TV reality show. This biography about him will provide insight into many of the hidden details about the contestant.
In this article, you will learn about the reality star’s background and early life. Additionally, you will see details about his education and qualification. No doubt, you have been hearing about Ozo as he was one of the most talked-about housemates before he was evicted.
We will provide answers to all the questions that you have about Ozo who is in the BBNaija House. To get started, see a summary of all the key facts about him in the next section.
10 important facts about Ozo BBN
- He was born on 4th August 1992 and he is currently 28 years old, he had entered the BBNaija Season 5 Lockdown house at 27 years and celebrated his birthday during the show.
- Ozo’s full name is Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu. He is an Igbo man from Imo State.
- He has three sisters and he is from a highly educated family.
- The reality TV star has a first-class bachelor’s degree in economics and cybernetics and a master’s degree in business and financial management from the Riga Technical University, in Latvia.
- During his time in Latvia, he underwent training at a professional football scouts association to become a professional football scout.
- He worked at Dream FM, Enugu State, between April and May 2019 as a sports analyst.
- He was a player scout for FS METTA/Latvijas Universitate, a Latvian football team.
- In 2019, Chukwu worked as a sports analyst with the UEFA Federation.
- In the Big Brother Naija 2020 Lockdown show, Ozo was the third housemate to win the head of house challenge and the first male housemate to do so.
- He was eventually evicted from the BBNaija House on 20th September 2020.
Ozo Biography: Early life and education
Ozo is an Igbo man from Imo State, one of the South-East states Nigeria. His full name is Ozoemena Joseph Chukwuon and he was born on 4th August 1992. He comes from a family that takes a lot of pride in higher educational attainment.
From pictures that have been going around on the internet, it appears that he has three sisters. However, he is the only son of his parents. His father is a medical doctor while his mother is a professor at one of the country’s higher institutions.
His sisters are also all graduates with two of them having medical degrees while one is a practising lawyer. While we do not have information on which primary and secondary school he attended, we know that Ozo is also highly educated.
He obtained a first-class bachelor’s degree in economics and cybernetics from the Riga Technical University, in Latvia. This is a European institution that is popular for its high quality and internationally competitive education.
After his graduation in 2015/2016, Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu continued his education at the same institute. This time, he majored in business and financial management and eventually got a master’s degree as well.
Besides, he seemed to have completed another professional course at the Turiba University, Latvia, obtaining a certification in strategic communication for leadership, communication and media studies in 2017.
Chukwu has always been passionate about football. During his time in Latvia, he underwent training at a professional football scouts association. He then became a professional football scout after he concluded his training with the association.
With his range of educational qualifications, it is not surprising that Chukwu has worked in different industries before he entered the BBNaija TV reality show. In 2012, he became the chief operating officer at Stemay CCXL3, a clothing company. He left the company in 2015.
He worked as a high school teacher and football coach between November 2014 and October 2015. During this time, he was also working for the Federal Government of Nigeria and Rangers Football Club.
When Ozo moved to Latvia to further his education, he became a player scout for FS METTA/Latvijas Universitate (University of Latvia), a Latvian football team. He worked as a scout for two months in 2017. Then, he went into the IT space.
He was the customer relations specialist at Intelligent Systems from August 2017 to December 2017. Soon, he returned to the world of sports in 2018, working as a football academy analyst for the Latvian Football Federation.
On his return to Nigeria in January 2019, he first worked as a human resource/compliance manager at Dezern Nigeria Limited, a marketing, industrial services, chemical and lubricant company. He then took up the role of a sports analyst at Dream FM, a broadcast radio station based in Enugu State.
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After working at Dream FM between April and May 2019, Ozo landed a gig with the UEFA Federation. This is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe. Speaking with Africa Magic about this, he says:
“It was a job I took great pride in and enjoyed doing.”
While there are no details available on what he did in particular for UEFA, it was likely he worked as a football analyst for the organisation. Chukwu says that this is his biggest achievement so far. Now, let us look at how he did inside the BBNaija House.
Ozo BBN journey
Inside Big Brother Naija 2020 house
Ozoemena Chukwu was part of the 20 housemates that entered the Big Brother Naija 2020 house on the first day of the reality show. His good looks and apparent humility endeared him to viewers allowing him to build a fanbase. Many of his fellow housemates also appear to like him.
Ozo and Nengi
Fans of the show rooted for Ozo and Nengi, another housemate in the BBN season 5 edition, to start a relationship. On his part, he clearly declared his interest in a romantic relationship with Nengi. But she, on the other hand, was reluctant.
She once claimed that a relationship between them was unlikely because he was ‘too peaceful’. Yet, many of their fans want them to end up together. They have even coined a name for the pair ‘OZONE’ (a moniker from the first letters of OZO and Nengi).
Besides his feelings for Nengi, he also claimed that he likes another housemate named Dorathy. But he says he only wants to be friends with her.
Since the BBNaija season 5 show began, Ozo had never finished in the bottom four and thus has never been at risk of getting evicted from the show.
He was the third housemate to win the Head of House challenge and the first male housemate to do so. He selected Dorathy to be his deputy and they both enjoyed the Head of House lounge.
Again in Week Six of the competition, he won the head of house challenge to become the HOH, which gives him immunity for the week. This time, he chose Nengi as his deputy.
Ozo got his second strike on the show for writing notes on serviette papers and passing them to Nengi. According to Biggie’s statement, this was against the rule that forbade housemates from secret communications. The incident had led Nengi, herself, to caution him to focus on the game and not allow her to distract him.
He also won the Innoson car challenge of the BBNaija Lockdown show. However, Chukwu’s journey on the show came to an end on Sunday 20th September 2020. He was evicted along with Trickytee for being the two housemates with the lowest number of votes.
He reunited with his mother after his eviction from the Big Brother House and you can watch the video of the touching moment here.
Ozo and Nengi outside the Big Brother Naija house
Many Ozone shippers were disappointed when nothing came out of the Ozo and Nengi narrative. Even outside the house, the two of them never quite hit it off. Since the show ended, they have only been spotted together in public when they both came on the first episode of the “Ndani TGIF Show” in January 2021.
The duo answered several questions from sports to pageants, and current affairs and they took turns to take drink shots when they failed any of the questions. Also, they addressed some of the issues they had inside the BBNaija house.
You can read the full gist about what they were up to on the show here. As you may have noticed, Nengi BBN story is tied to Ozo BBN story in many ways and vice versa.
Personal life and family
Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu, or Ozo as many people call him, comes from a family of highly educated people. Before appearing on the show, he had a long career in the professional world. His family is a close-knit one, and it is evident in how they have reacted to him being in the BBNaija House.
They all recorded an emotional video to wish him a happy birthday while he marked the day inside the BBNaija house. See the video in the tweet below:
I’m so overwhelmed right now guys!?
— OZOEMENA CHUKWU?? (@OfficialOzoBBN) August 4, 2020
One of his sisters also made a video pleading with fans of the BBNaija show to vote for him during the contest. Watch the video in this tweet:
I think this is a very sweet video.
I woke up to this. pic.twitter.com/z2KI15VCww
— Noble Igwe (@Nobsdaslushhkid) August 19, 2020
Here is also a video of another of his sister campaigning for votes for him:
It’s the last day of voting this week and Ozo’s favourite sister has a message for us.
Fun fact : This one is single and Ozo likes pancakes ? pic.twitter.com/bFsRzpBajK
— Noble Igwe (@Nobsdaslushhkid) August 20, 2020
We could not obtain the correct Ozo net worth details online as many of the information we found appear to be made up and not accurate. However, since he left the Big Brother Naija show, he has been doing quite well financially.
In November 2020, he bagged a deal with Italian football giant, Juventus as a brand manager. The deal will see him resume as the brand manager of Juventus Academy in Nigeria. Before this, he had also announced a short stint with SLOT in September 2020.
Additionally, he penned a deal with Nigeria’s first sports radio, 88.9 Brila FM. He will be hosting his own sports show called, “Rewind with Ozo” on the popular radio station. The programme is to be aired every Wednesday.
This biography of Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu has shown that his articulate manner of approach and charming character comes from a good upbringing and years of professional development. The dashing young man, who was in the BBNaija House, is a complete package.
He has a sound educational background and has gained some experience working in the corporate world. As he has mentioned himself, his work in the sports industry is one of his most profound achievements. This likely points to the fact that appears very physically fit and sound in mind as well.
He was one of the favourites to win the grand prize of the BBNaija Season 5 show. But his eviction dashed that hope to pieces. Yet, he has made a name for himself. Even his romantic efforts towards Nengi, that seemed futile, had earned him praise among fans.
We wish him all the best as he pursues his career outside of the BBNaija house.