Newham Big Brother stars Deborah and Hannah Agboola: ‘We gave a positive light to where we are from’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2017

Hannah Agoobla, left, with her sister Deborah. Picture: Moyesa & Co

Hannah Agoobla, left, with her sister Deborah. Picture: Moyesa & Co

Moyesa & Co

Two Newham sisters who starred in Big Brother 2017 say they feel like winners for defying the odds to reach the end.

Deborah Agboola, 25, was in the final three contestants of the TV show while her sister Hannah, 23, was evicted on the penultimate night of the show which ended on Friday.

The pair said they were worried their Nigerian roots and east London background would hold them back at the beginning.

Deborah said: “I doubted myself thinking I wouldn’t get there. There was a bit of a culture clash.”

She added: “We feel people started to like our culture, background and beliefs and these are the three things that we wanted people to understand.”

Hannah, who is the reigning Miss Nigeria UK and was known for her constant singing on Big Brother 2017, said both sisters had received warm reactions from TV audiences since leaving.

Hannah said: “People said we represented our culture well.

“Even if you do not have everything you still make something out of nothing.

“We come from an area where there is so much knife and gun crime but we gave a positive light to where we are from.”

She added: “We did not go on Big Brother to give a negative representation of where we are from, the area is part of who we are today.”

The young women entered the launch night wearing traditional Nigerian outfits and proudly talked about their cultural background throughout the series.

Both of them hope to stay in the limelight with aspiring soap opera actress Hannah already eyeing up roles in Hollyoaks or EastEnders.

“I look up to Idris Elba because he was raised in east London and he came from a tough area [Elba was born in Forest Gate and grew up in Canning Town] but he has made it,” she said.

Meanwhile, single mum Deborah hopes to host a talk show focused on supporting other parents bringing up children on their own, as well as concentrating on charity work.

Do they plan to stay living in Newham now they’re celebrities? “Yes,” said Deborah. “Our home is east London.”

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