Not many relationships formed in the Big Brother house stand the test of time. But the one between Kevin Chuwang Pam and Elizabeth “Liz” Gupta is an exception.
The fun-loving couple met in 2009 while they were both housemates in the Big Brother Africa Revolution house.
During the show, Kevin developed a crush on Liz but they managed to keep the relationship under wraps.
The beautiful love story between the Nigerian rapper and his Tanzanian beau blossomed after the show ended.
Kevin proposed to Liz on stage at an event in Port Harcourt in 2010 and they eventually tied the knot two years after.
PREMIUM TIMES (PT) had a telephone interview with the couple where they revealed how they found love in one of the most unlikely of places.
PT: Your union has continued to wax stronger. What is the secret?
Kevin: Well, here is someone (Liz) the whole world said was turning down my advances when we were in the House. Critics didn’t think that we had a future together after Big Brother. But here we are. Elizabeth has been in Nigeria since we wedded and she has adapted very well. Our union has really surpassed expectations of many.
PT: How do you react to tales that you agreed to marry him because he won the BBA $200,000 prize money?
Liz : It used to bother me, but not anymore after I realised that I am the only one who understands myself best. So when I am asked this question, I say, “Does any woman want a broke man? Yes I went for the rich guy,” (laughs).
PT: As one-time Big Brother Africa contestant, do you think relationships that are formed on the show can last?
Liz : Yes it can last and work and it all depends on the background of the parties involved. For instance, when compared to dating in the outside world for three years, you two get to see the good and the ugly side of yourselves in the Big Brother house for three months.
PT: When did you decide to marry her?
Kevin: I took the decision as soon as I stepped into the real world in 2009. Considering my new status at the time, I realised that I needed to be more responsible and focused. Liz was and still is 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.
Liz : His proposal shocked me because I felt it was too soon and we dated for only three months after BBA. I initially thought it was because of pressure from our fans so 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.