Hazel Oyeze Onou, popularly known as Whitemoney, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and reality TV star.[1] He is the winner of Big Brother Naija season 6.[2][3][4]

Whitemoney (right) with Obi Cubana and Angel
Hazel Oyeze Onou

Other namesMazi
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Known forWinner of the Big Brother Naija season 6
TelevisionBig Brother Naija
Musical career
Instrument(s)Vocals, Piano
Years active2018–present

Early life edit

Whitemoney is of Igbo descent from Enugu State, southern region of Nigeria, but he grew up in Kaduna State, northern region Nigeria.[5] Growing up, Whitemoney didn't go further than NECO level in his academic pursuit.[1]

Career edit

Growing up in Kaduna State, Whitemoney left to Lagos in search for occupations.[5] He ventured into different businesses such as commercial photography, barbering, repairing generators, and fixing telecommunication towers among others.[6] He also invested in importing and selling shoes.[7]

Musical career edit

Whitemoney has produced a few songs including "Rosemary" (2018), "Your Life" (2018), and "My Heart" (2021).[8][9] On 3 December 2021 he released a single 'Selense' which was produced by Masterkraft, the song was released alongside its video.[10][11]

Big Brother Naija edit

Whitemoney entered the 6th season of Big Brother Naija as the fifth contestant on 24 July 2021.[12][13][14]

During the season finale of the show on 3 October 2021, he was declared the winner scoring 47% of the final votes ahead of Liquorose with 22.99% of the total votes cast and was entitled to the ₦90 million grand prize.[15][16][17][6]

In July 2023, he was announced as one of the housemates for Eight season of Big Brother Naija All Stars.On the 17th of September 2023 he was evicted from the show, making him to finish in the 11th place after Alex.[18]

Filmography edit

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Big Brother Naija 6 Contestant Won
2023 Big Brother Naija 8 All Stars Contestant 11th Place

References edit

  1. ^ a b Oamen, Samuel (2021-10-03). "Eight things you probably didn't know about BBnaija season 6 winner, Whitemoney". The Nation. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  2. ^ Olanilua, Ademola (2021-10-04). "Whitemoney wins BBNaija Season 6, carts home N90m prize". The Punch. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  3. ^ "N90m Breaking News: White Money wins BBNaija Season 6". Vanguard. 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  4. ^ Ewodage, Rejoice. "BBN Season 6: Whitemoney Clinches ₦90m Grand Prize | Channels Television". Channels Television. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  5. ^ a b THEWILL. (2021-08-04). "BBNaija's White Money: I Lived Under Ojuelegba Bridge". Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  6. ^ a b Olonilua, Ademola (2021-10-03). "BREAKING: Whitemoney wins BBNaija S6, grabs N90m prize". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  7. ^ Ogunsakin, Damilola (2021-07-24). "BBNAIJA 2021: My Money on White Money 100% - OMASHOLA". Vanguard News. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  8. ^ BellaNaija.com (2021-10-02). "Life Before #BBNaija: 10 Songs You Didn't Know Whitemoney Released". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  9. ^ Kenechukwu, Stephen (2021-10-04). "LISTEN: 'Iyawo Mi', 'Rosemary'... 10 songs White Money dropped before BBNaija". TheCable Lifestyle. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  10. ^ Daramola, Kunle (2021-12-04). "DOWNLOAD: White Money drops 'Selense' -- first song after BBNaija". TheCable Lifestyle. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  11. ^ Owolawi, Taiwo (2021-12-05). "Videos as Ebuka, Ita-Giwa, other top celebs storm Whitemoney's listening party". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  12. ^ "Meet Big Brother Naija 'Shine Ya Eye' housemates". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  13. ^ Ososanya, Tunde (2021-07-27). "Big Brother Naija male housemates come out in style as reality show kicks off". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  14. ^ Nwogu, Precious 'Mamazeus' (2021-07-24). "BBNaija season 6: 'Shine Ya Eye' launches today!". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  15. ^ Nwogu, Precious 'Mamazeus' (2021-10-03). "BBNaija 2021 finale: Whitemoney wins the 'Shine Ya Eye' season". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  16. ^ Olowolagba, Fikayo (2021-10-03). "BBNaija: 'Predictable' - Nigerians react as Whitemoney wins with 47% votes". Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  17. ^ "Whitemoney wins BBNaija Season 6 ahead of Liquorose". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2021-10-03. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  18. ^ Gbadebo, Bode (2023-07-23). "BBNaija 8: Whitemoney, Mercy, Kiddwaya, Pere, Angel, 15 Others Return For All-Stars Season". Retrieved 2023-07-26.