Ikechukwu Sunday Cross Okonkwo is a contestant on the Big Brother Naija (or BBnaija) Season 6 reality show. Cross, as he chose to be known on the 2021 BBNaija edition, is a fitness enthusiast, entrepreneur, and the founder of Cross Fitness Nutrition.
The popular reality show kicked off on 24 July 2021, and it already featured a twist as only the guys were introduced on the first day. While, the organisers chose to leave viewers in suspense, anticipating the arrival of the ladies.
With the ultimate prize of NGN90 million (plus other smaller rewards) and fame hanging in the balance, does ‘life of the party’ Cross stand a chance? He has revealed what his strategy to win is, and it is up to fans to decide if he stays or not. We have managed to dig up as much information as we could about him.
10 facts about BBNaija Season 6 Cross Okonkwo
- His real name is actually Cross and not just a nickname he cooked up as he was born Ikechukwu Sunday Cross Okonkwo.
- Cross was born in 1991, and he turned 30 years old in 2021 before entering the BBNaija Season 6 house.
- Although he is based in Lagos, Cross is an indigene of Oba, Anambra State.
- As expected, he became one of the first housemates to get celebrity endorsement as serial entrepreneur and millionaire Obi Cubana showed him support because they came from the same place.
- He lost his father years ago and his mother took care of him and his three younger brothers.
- When he entered the Big Brother Naija “Shine Ya Eye” competition, his Instagram account was not verified, and he had about 40K followers.
- Cross Okonkwo is the founder of Cross Fitness Nutrition, a fitness brand that provides sports nutrition powder, whey protein, pre & post work out routines and fat burner consultancy. He is also the co-partner of Gem House Restaurant and Bar, an Abuja-based food outlet.
- As his choice of brand already lets on, he is a fitness enthusiast, and he also enjoys movies, clubbing, and drumming.
- There was no information about his net worth at the time that he entered the House.
- Cross had auditioned for BBNaija four times in the past before getting in on his fifth try.
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Early life and education
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Believe it or not, Cross is actually the aspiring reality show celebrity’s real name. His full name is Ikechukwu Sunday Cross Okonkwo and he was born in 1991. Also, he is from Oba, Anambra State, the same town that was recently trending because of the lavish display of wealth put on by Igbo entrepreneur millionaire Obi Cubana and his friends. We could not establish if Cross knows Obi Cubana on a personal level.
Cross is based in Lagos State but it seems the rest of his family live abroad. He has three younger brothers and while his mum is still alive, his father died a while ago. According to a recent post, the 30-year-old still misses his late dad a lot.
There are not yet many details about his education available. When he reveals more on the show, we will update this section.
It is easy to assume that Cross Okonkwo does not come from a humble beginning. He has never alluded to the fact or confirmed his financial background during the first few days on the show. Likely, this is something admirable as many others before him have been too quick to reveal their financially challenged beginnings or the lack of it.
Anyway, Cross appears to be doing well if his Instagram media are to be believed. This has led many to inquire into his source of income.
According to his social media bio, the BBnaija Season 6 housemate is the founder of Cross Fitness Nutrition. The company is a fitness brand that provides sports nutrition powder, whey protein, pre & post work out routines and fat burner consultancy. In addition, he is a co-partner at Gem House Restaurant and Bar, an Abuja-based food outlet that offers both dine-in and delivery services. It serves West African and international cuisines.
As already mentioned, Cross Okonkwo lives in Lagos but frequently visits Abuja for business and pleasure purposes. He has never been married, but during his pre-show interview with African Magic he revealed that a woman once broke his heart.
He enjoys watching movies, travelling, clubbing and drumming. Cross is also a talented hype man with entertaining dance moves and a sharp with to come up with the most outrageous of one-liners. He tags himself ‘a bad boy with a good heart’, because of his habit of wearing his heart on his sleeves.
Already, there are interests in how much Cross Okownkwo is worth. Likely, this is because of his expensive-looking vacation videos and clubbing photos on Instagram. Unfortunately, we have not found anything credible about Cross BBNaija net worth. No doubt, he is not struggling financially, but no figure is yet available for how much he has.
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In Big Brother Naija Season 6 house
Cross Okonkwo had auditioned for a place in the Big Brother Naija House four times in the past, and the sixth season was his fifth try. According to him, the past disappointments were not deterrents, and he believes that it was not just the time for him.
As one of the first set of people that entered the BBNaija Season 6 house, Cross has already managed to garner fans with his smooth-talking, good looks and honest takes. He had revealed that he has no strategy in mind to win the competition and will instead stick to being himself. Although, he tells viewers that they should expect his spontaneity to show up from time to time.
The fun-loving reality show star began the BBnaija show with about 40K followers on Instagram, and he is not yet verified. No doubt, with his fame rising, he will soon start getting more followers. Especially since his Instagram handlers revealed that he is from Oba, Anambra State, and the extravagant Obi Cubana publicly pledged his support for him. Although, the serial entrepreneur has not really made the declaration, people have taken his action of resharing the aforementioned post as support.
Maria and Pere are BBNaija Season 6 wildcards
BBN or BBNaija fans were already predicting that Liquorose is one of the wildcards placed in the house to give the show a new twist. What does wildcard mean? In Big Brother Naija terms, a wildcard is a fake housemate that is not in the competition for the grand prize or any other for that matter.
Viewers think that Liquorose is one of the wildcards because of how famous she already is before even entering the house.
However, during the dairy session on Thursday, 29 July 2021, Big Brother revealed to viewers that Maria and Pere were the wildcards. Although, the housemates still have to uncover them themselves, or they remain on the show. Also, it is interesting that Maria was able to guess that Pere was the other wildcard during her dairy session. Her manipulating the housemates into thinking she is on their side in trying to fish out the wildcards has gotten her more fans.
We will be back with more updates about Cross as he makes his name more known in the house. For now, you can also read this article, BBNaija Season 6 contestant Boma Akpore biography.