The Go Fund Me Account opened to raise fund for disqualified Housemate of the ongoing Big Brother Naija Lockdown Season, Erica Nlewedim has gotten donation from over 310 fans.
As at 9.14pm on Friday, September 11, the Gofundme account has recorded an impressive $28, 410 (approximately N12.5m) from 311 donations.
The 26-year-old former housemate who is one of the most popular in the current season, was disqualified on the 48th day after getting her third strike due to her face off with fellow housemates, Laycon and Prince.
According to Big Brother, Erica was issued a strike for verbally abusing her fellow housemates, disrespecting the Head of House lounge, and interfering with the production process.
Her disqualification triggered some of her fans, who subsequently set up a Gofundme fundraiser targeted at $100,000 for “the star of BBNaija season 5, whose journey on the show came to an emotional end – to realise some of her hopes and aspirations”.
In a statement on her Gofundme page, one Ehizode Irefo, the organiser of the fundraiser, said, “The funds will be used to raise awareness for mental health as per therapist’s fees and also help her get back on her feet considering the disqualification.”
Since Erica’s disqualification, personalities, including a wealthy socialite, Terry Waya; Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu; and an actor, Uti Nwachukwu, have been lending their support for her.
One of @DeleMomodu’s tweets reads, “When I said days ago that winning BBN is not a matter of life & death and no reason for bitterness & a loser may become greater than whoever wins the game, I was attacked by those who don’t know that experience is the best teacher. We are with you all the way and we have some plans ongoing. Stay strong, keep soaring @RealKiddwaya & @EricaNlewedim.”
Nwachukwu’s post said, “We witnessed with broken hearts as our favourite said some really hurtful words towards Laycon and subsequently Prince. Laycon, thank you for not also reacting emotionally. It could have been worse and ended up being a violent altercation. There’s a popular saying that you beat with one hand and draw close with another.
“There is no way to justify what happened but just to say please forgive. This is not a campaign, just to genuinely apologise to Laycon, Prince and their fans for all she said and did last night. To err is human and to forgive is divine. Elite, Icons, and Royal Armies please let us extend the olive branch to each other and act with love….’’
Despite her eviction from the reality show, Erica is still trending on social media platforms and currently the second most followed housemate on Instagram.