Former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) All Stars ex-housemate, Pere Egbi, delved into his childhood in a recent interview with TV and radio personality Hero Daniels. Pere candidly shared his experience of his father’s perpetual absence from his life.
He revealed that his father left the family when he was just four years old, and his sister was only three at the time. Pere noted that the absence of his father had a relatively minor impact on him, as other male figures within the family stepped in to fulfill the role of a father figure. This is one of the reasons he feels a stronger connection to his mother’s state, Bayelsa.
Pere explained, “I like to say I’m from Bayelsa State because my mum is from Bayelsa. My dad, however, is from Delta State. My father has never been a part of my life at all. He left when I was about 4, and my younger sister was 3. He used to live in America before I was born. He came from America and married my mum, and then went back to America. A bunch of things happened, and my parents ended up separating. So, I was raised practically only by my mother.”
As the first child and the only boy, Pere’s mother took on the responsibility of providing for the family. She worked hard to ensure they had shelter and received a good education, even paying their school fees from kindergarten through secondary school.
Pere later left Nigeria to pursue a nursing degree in the United States after a six-year stint in the US military. He emphasized that he grew up in Warri because that’s where he was born.