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Who Is the Star? Meet the AMBO 5 Housemates



Season 5 of the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) show is now underway.
We gave you a rundown of the previous winners and all their accomplishments last week.
Now meet the new crop of star hopefuls!
After days of sweating it out before impassive and dispassionate but objective judges, the ten substantive housemates for the fifth edition of Amstel Malta Box Office, AMBO, the rave reality television show have emerged. Undoubtedly, for these lucky AMBO ambassadors, the road has been tough and rough and riddled with a lot of hard work, strident prayers and nail-biting tension.

At the Kaduna zone, the last round of auditions no doubt stretched the elasticity of the last contestants’ artistic depth to snapping point. Without much prompting, except for the lure of being an AMBO alumnus which in their individual estimation and indeed, translates to the easiest and most respected gateway into the acting world, the contestants dug into the depth of their creative pouch to convince the judges of their suitability for AMBO. Realizing that the end was nigh, the contestants employed every strand of hair in their body and every ounce of strength they could muster. They contorted and grimaced, spun and leapt, all in a bid to make it to the AMBO House. Some even employed subtle blackmail that did more harm than good.

Hear one of the contestants in Enugu, “I have everything it takes and the judges know. They also know that I have tried so I should make it.” This did not in anyway sway the minds of the judges who overlooked the overly ambitious young man. He should have known that a lot of the contestants who did not make it into the last rounds in different zones employed such trick with some even using the name of Nobert Young as their abstract dialogue partner.

In Benin, as it was in Owerri and Kaduna, there was so much drama to last one a lifetime of chortling and sniggering. The budding actors portrayed different characters ranging from a convicted murderer who doubted God’s existence to Sango, even emitting fire as the legendary Yoruba God of thunder was wont to. The characters were as hilarious as they were compelling but while it is for the viewers to laugh at these youths from the comfort of their homes, it behooved the judges to carefully select those housemates they felt strongly embody all it takes to survive the rigours and imperviousness of the movie industry anywhere in the world. And this they did without favour or patronage.

Thus, for the ten AMBO 5 housemates who had gone the whole nine yards to be part of history, the journey to fame and fortune which AMBO promises and has been fulfilling since inception, has indeed begun. To underscore that their stay in the House was not going to be a tea party, the contestants, after being introduced to their judges, Femi Brainard and Tina Mba, both tested thespians, performed an induction drama where they were all garbed like typical Igbo women in a town hall meeting. And if Stella Damasus-Aboderin, Nollywood’s prima donna, is to be believed, the housemates came very well prepared and choosing the eventual winner would not come easy for the judges.
See the photos and profiles of the chosen 10 below. They have come from all over the country with one goal in mind, to be a TV star!
The show has been on air since Sunday last week and its been really exciting. Our faves so far are Ovie and Paul.
AMBO 5 Group
Check out their photos and profiles below.
DOB: September 8, 1987
State of Origin: Ekiti State (Emure Local Government Area)
Occupation: Student (Obafemi Awolowo University-200L Economics)
Educational Qualification: SSCE
Likes: Transparency and Respect
Dislikes: Pride, Ingratitude, Dishonesty, Laziness and Exploitation
Hobbies: Acting, Dancing, Singing, Reading and Cooking
DOB: November 26, 1986
State of Origin: Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Imo state
Occupation: Freelance writer
Educational Qualification: LLB
Likes: Calmness, Niceness and Humility
Dislikes: Negativity, Arrogance and Gossip.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, cooking, travelling and collecting artworks
DOB: May 16, 1986
State of Origin: Delta State
Educational Qualification: University of Abuja
Occupation: Student
Likes: Creativity and Loyalty
Dislikes: Pettiness and bad odor
Hobbies: script writing, swimming, dancing
DOB: July 15, 1980
State of Origin: Kogi State
Educational Qualification: SSCE
Occupation: Music producer
Likes: Writing, Travelling and reading
Dislikes: Pride and Dishonesty
Hobbies: Acting, Dancing and Writing
DOB: May 14, 1988
State of Origin: Imo State
Educational Qualification: SSCE
Occupation: Student
Likes: Acting
Dislikes: Disrespect and Gossip
Hobbies: Dancing and Football
DOB: October 21, 1984
State of Origin: Imo State
Educational Qualification: SSCE, Diploma in Acting & Presenting
Occupation: Student
Likes: Honesty and Intelligence
Dislikes: Dishonesty and pride
Hobbies: Swimming, Dancing and Reading
DOB: July 6, 1987
State of Origin: Imo State
Educational Qualification: SSCE, OND
Occupation: Student
Likes: Cheerfulness and Truthfulness
Dislikes: Gossip
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking and acting
____________________________________________________________________Paul AMBO___________
DOB: February 13, 1983
State of Origin: Edo State
Educational Qualification:
Occupation: NYSC
Likes: Good clothing
Dislikes: Smell
Hobbies: Music
DOB: April 26, 1986
State of Origin: Kogi State
Educational Qualification: University of Abuja (200L)
Occupation: Student
Likes: Humility
Dislikes: Pride
Hobbies: Acting and cooking
DOB: November 29, 1981
State of Origin: Delta State
Educational Qualification: B.Sc. Theater Art
Occupation: Media presenter
Likes: Honesty and God fearing people
Dislikes: Dishonesty
Hobbies: Acting,Dancing and Singing
Click HERE to visit the official AMBO Website
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You can catch AMBO on TV at the following times
AIT Network – 5:30pm on weekdays and 4:30pm on saturdays and Sunday DSTV Africa Magic – 9pm daily, TVC Lagos – 7pm daily, Galaxy TV Ibadan – 8pm daily ITV Benin – 10pm daily IBC Owerri – 10pm daily CRBC Calabar – 6:30pm daily


  1. judy

    November 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    occupation. NYSC. OK.

  2. Obi-talk

    November 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    why did you even have to put educational qualification there. hiss!!!!!! what has it got to do with a reality TV. Sometimes I don’t understand these naija fascination with degrees.

  3. Ibo Omoge

    November 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    LOL!…you understand wetin dem dey talk naa..No be naija?… LOL!!

  4. lookingood

    November 22, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Haba! nottin does you…………………….

  5. silva

    November 22, 2009 at 12:16 am

    lol….no b small tin…

  6. silva

    November 22, 2009 at 12:35 am

    educational qualification- university of abuja?
    occuption- nysc?
    dislikes- smell? …….

  7. tope

    November 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    ivie u 2 gbaski,4get it…… we Nesaites of UniGwagz are behind you………carry on mehn…lol

  8. tope

    November 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    ivie u 2 gbaski,carry on mehn all Nesaites are behind uuuu…make us proud.


    November 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    No shaking Shade youare the BOMB!


    November 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    This Shade na waaaaaa o !!!

  11. Olivia

    November 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Dislikes: Smell… lol
    I guess the NYSC thing is basically because during NYSC you’re mostly employed in an area that’s not ur pry occupation but still…e funny small.
    Our obsession with Uni and degree and tiltles just borders on stupidity.
    People addressing themselves collectively as BSc, MBA, Chief Dr (Mrs), Arch, Eng……Very soon we go get Ms ‘Landlord in Lekki’, Teacher, Nurse, Mkt Woman……9JA FOR LIFE.

    On a side note, my Imo peeps are repping well well…

  12. mary

    November 23, 2009 at 12:34 am

    whts wrong with nigerians having degrees?u seem to forget that 9ja is a 3rd world country,we are all local trying to be better,we need degrees to be get to where we want to,it brings loads of oppourtunities.every nigerian must go to school,weda it is reality tv or not,so taht others can be encouarged

  13. priscillia

    November 23, 2009 at 12:38 am

    obi talk,i see no reason why nigerians shouldnt talk about education,have you 4gotten where we are coming frm?we all need it to survive,this is no western world abeg.its from having this degrees that we have oppourtunities to do things differently,especially travelling abroad and all that.its imperative so try and get urs

  14. bukky

    November 23, 2009 at 12:54 am

    lol @ Judy

    anyway i like Shade’s hair o..does anybody have any idea what hair type she used?

  15. edirin

    November 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    like why they dislike pride?? arrogant will be a better word..i have alot of pride!!and i love it that way 🙂

  16. luvlife

    November 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    you’re late, they already have Teacher Nwafor!!! you can imagine my surprise when I realised in the US nobody calls an engineer Engr….or Arch…..

  17. Rimzy

    November 24, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Ivie….too hawt…call me (lol i dey jk..)

    DOB: February 13, 1983
    Occupation: NYSC
    Likes: Good clothing
    Dislikes: Smell
    Hobbies: Music
    Naija we have a problem…lets rewrite….

    Occupation: Youth corper currently in the NYSC program
    Likes: Good clothes
    Dislikes: Bad Smell, funky Smell….
    Hobbies:listening to, producing, writing Music etc ….

  18. Mina

    November 24, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Good Job Tolu!! We are rooting for you. All the best!!

  19. notsospecial

    November 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Try sleek(italian weave 12/14 inches) you would need 3 packs because of the sinle plaits infront.

  20. gbekun

    November 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    abeg what is all this talk of smell, odor? i wont be surprised if none amongst them has good personal hygiene. nonsense! IMO 4 life jare!

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