Big Brother 2017: Housemates Hannah and Deborah Agboola want to be role models for Newham
PUBLISHED: 15:11 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 12 June 2017
Two Big Brother 2017 housemates are hoping to change perceptions of people from Newham during their time on the reality show.
Maryland residents Hannah Agboola, 23, and her older sister Deborah Agboola, 25 are currently appearing on the Channel 5 programme as separate contestants.
According to younger sister Mary, the “hard-working” pair are proud of their Nigerian culture and values as well as their Newham roots.
“They are killing the stereotype of black girls that are on the tv who act disrespectful,” she said.
“They are showing they come from a really good home, they are doing good for themselves.”
The 21-year-old added: “It’s really important because the way they present themselves – people will want to know where it is coming from.”
Mary describes reigning Miss Nigeria UK Hannah as “funny, loud, entertaining and an all-rounder” and someone who gets “a lot of attention”.
“Both have ambition but if there was a challenge, Deborah would give it up for Hannah,” she said, hinting that the Hannah may the one seeking the Big Brother title after winning the UK beauty pageant last year.
Mary says Hannah hopes to eventually be an actress and founder of an arts programme for children, helping young people to reject gangs and crime for a better life.
In contrast, “strong-willed” and “responsible” single mum Deborah is hoping to “inspire young women that have children young and to better their life but do not know how”.
“Our dad passed away when we were quite young,” said Mary. “Since then she has just stepped up being the oldest girl.
“She just always had this big responsibility – she worked until she was eight months pregnant.”
Aside from her sisters being on the show, Mary believes series 18 is already the best Big Brother yet.
“Everyone is so entertaining, no-one is boring in the house,” she said.
“There are just so many personalities going around the house and there is such a big demographic, it is beautiful.”
Big Brother airs at 10pm on weeknights with live evictions at 9pm on Fridays.
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