Nengi Biography: Real name, early life, career, BBNaija and personal life

Nengi is the name of one of the 20 housemates or contestants on the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality TV show season 5. Due to the show kicking off amidst the lockdown caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the edition is themed, ‘Lockdown’.

In this biography of Nengi, we are going to reveal the most important facts about her and this will provide answers to all the questions you may have about her. You will get to know details about Nengi like her age, her career before the reality show and much more.

To make it easier for readers to isolate the real fac

ts about Nengi, we provide a summary of them before detailing them. You can see this concise summary in the next section of Nengi’s biography.

10 important facts about Nengi

  1. Nengi was born in 1998 and she is currently 22 years old.
  2. She is an indigene of Bayelsa State and her full name is Rebecca Nengi Hampson.
  3. According to sources online, she lost her mother at a very young age,
  4. Nengi left home at the age of 15 and has been living alone since then.
  5. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
  6. Nengi participated in the Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) pageant in 2017 representing Bayelsa State.
  7. She was the fourth runner-up at the Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) pageant in 2017 and she won the Best Evening Wear category at the pageant.
  8. While she is not married, she claims to have a boyfriend outside the BBNaija TV reality show.
  9. Nengi was the winner of the first Head of House game in the BBNaija Season 5 Lockdown edition.
  10. She says her horoscope sign is Capricorn, meaning that she was born between 21st December and 19 January.

Also read: Lucy Biography: Early life, age, career, BBNaija fame and personal life

Nengi Biography: Early life and education

Nengi was born in January 1998 as Rebecca Nengi Hampson and she is 22 years old as at the time of writing. While we could not determine where she was born, we can confirm that she is an indigene of Bayelsa State.

Likely, Nengi may have been born in Bayelsa State, which is the Southernmost part of Nigeria. The state is sandwiched between Delta State and Rivers State. The main language spoken in Bayelsa is Ijaw although there are several other dialects such as; Kolukuma, Mein, Bomu, Nembe, Epie-Atisa, and Ogbia.

Nengi was still a child when she lost her mother and father according to DNB Stories. She allegedly left home at the age of 15 to live alone, take charge of her life and forge a path. This may be after she had completed her secondary school education.

Thus, it would seem that Nengi saw herself through the university. One reason why we say this is because she says her biggest achievement was completing her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

In an interview with Africa Magic, when asked what her biggest achievement was, she answered; “Getting my BSc. So many times, I could have dropped out, but I persevered.”

Nengi Biography: Career before BBNaija

Before getting the opportunity to participate in the Big Brother Naija or BBNaija TV reality show, Nengi had tried to make a career for herself in entertainment and show business. She was chasing modelling gigs.

Her biggest break came in 2017 when she was just 19 years old. Nengi participated in the Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria (MBGN) pageant in 2017 representing Bayelsa State. This pageant is organised by the Silverbird Group with the main purpose of sending representatives to international competitions.

Nengi Biography: real name, early life, career, BBNaija and personal life
A poster of Nengi from the MBGN pageant in 2017.

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While Nengi did not win the crown (Ugochi Ihezue, Miss Kebbi State won the title), she finished in the top five as the fourth runner-up. Additionally, she did not go home empty-handed; Nengi won the Best Evening Wear category at the pageant.

Likely, since this impressive outing at the widely watched pageantry, Nengi has been getting some gigs to model for brands. While this is what is generally expected, we did not see any information that provides evidence for this.

Now let us look at her journey so far inside the Big Brother Naija house.

Nengi Biography: BBNaija

She started her journey in the contest in a strong fashion, emerging as the first Head of House. Nengi had picked Wathoni, a fellow housemate as her deputy. It was after her regime that Biggie started mandating Head of House to pick a member of the opposite gender.

Nengi is one of the most beautiful housemates on the Big Brother Naija or BBNaija season 5 edition. She has many fans outside the house who love her and she is also involved in a ‘relationship’ of sorts with another male housemate, Ozo.

While Ozo has been clearly chasing a romantic relationship with Nengi, she has been reluctant, on the other hand. She once explained to him a relationship between them was unlikely because he was ‘too peaceful’.

Many of the show viewers have also been ‘shipping’ them together. This means that they are pairing the two individuals in the hope that their interests in each other match. In fact, they have coined a name for the pair ‘OZONE’ (a moniker from the first letters of OZO and NEngi).

Nengi Biography: real name, early life, career, BBNaija and personal life
Nengi dancing at one of the BBNaija parties.


Nengi has been vocal about what she feels for Ozo, in this article she clarified that she hopes she has not been giving him mixed signals. Besides, a video of him touching her appeared on 21st August 2020 and it had many viewers talking about the implications.

See video in the tweet below:

During the BBNaija Season 5 show as well, Nengi had fought with fellow housemate, Kaisha. It had been one of the most serious clashes and had almost resulted in them coming to blows. She and Lucy had also had their quarrel and traded insults as well.

Nengi controversy

After her fight with Lucy, Nengi was involved in a controversy where popular stylist Toyin Lawani called her out. According to Lawani, in 2018, Nengi was dating Lord Trigg, the father of her child at the time. She said that Nengi had taken Trigg’s phone to write insults about her, claimed that she (Toyin) went for cosmetic surgery when she had gone for a ‘fibroid surgery & breast lump removal’.

You can read all that Toyin Lawani said about the issue in this article: ‘I’m here waiting 4 all d names u have called me’ – Toyin Lawani throws shade at Nengi following her fight with Lucy in the BBNaija house.

Nengi Biography: Personal life

While Nengi is not married, the ex-beauty pageant contestant revealed that she has a boyfriend outside the house. This is likely another factor while she has not committed to a relationship with fellow housemates.

See alsoBBNaija: Watch the moment Nengi left Ozo speechless and broken-hearted with her words

We don’t have many details about Nengi’s boyfriend but she mentioned that he is rich and that he changed her life.

GH Gossip blog claims that the boyfriend she is talking about is a white guy. However, after her fight with Lucy, popular fashion entrepreneur, Toyin Lawani, had alleged that Nengi was involved with Lord Trigg but she did not say whether or not they are still together.

Many have speculated that Lord Trigg, an upcoming singer, maybe the boyfriend that Nengi refuses to name. For now, all we have about this are speculations.

Final thoughts …

This biography of Nengi has shed light on the fact that she is an assertive woman who knows how to clear her own path. She struggled from a young age after losing her parents. Also, she seems to know what she wants and how to get it.

Nengi is very confident of her body and is not apologetic when showing it off. She has many fans outside of the BBNaija house and she is in a good position to win the show’s prize if she continues growing her character and giving fans what they want.

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About The Author


Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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