Flashback: Timeline of Rico Swavey’s Memorable Movie, Music Career

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Until Thursday morning, when Rico Swavey died following a fatal accident which happened on Tuesday, the reality TV star was an ex-BBNaija housemate who enjoyed a scandal-free and memorable career in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

He was 29 at the time of his death.

Tobi Bakre, his close friend, announced his death Thursday morning on Instagram.

Tobi, who shared a photo of himself and Rico on his Twitter page, wrote. “We lost him. But thank you very much, guys. God knows best”.

The writing in the photo read, “This is how I will always remember you, rest in peace brother.”

On Tuesday, Rico Swavey was involved in a horrific car accident that left him hospitalized and in critical condition.

The deceased, who rose to prominence in 2018 as a housemate of Big Brother Naija, would later venture into acting and music.

In his memory, PREMIUM TIMES presents the chronology of a memorable but ephemeral career.

Rico warns his roommates about food waste

Life before Big Brother Naija

Rico Swavey, real name Patrick Fakoya was born in 1992 in Nigeria.

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He is survived by seven siblings and was the only male child of his parents.

He also held a law degree from Babcock University. After school, he embarked on a career in music due to his love for music.

Rico once revealed that before the big brother show, he was in the cast of Tinsel, Life 101 on ebony life TV and Unspoken on Iroko TV.

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He also revealed he was a street vendor in an interview with breakfast show R2TV in 2017.

He said: “I loved the music but at one time I couldn’t stand it so I had to get a job and started marketing for this guy an entrepreneur, we used to sell power banks and Bluetooth speakers.”

“Some people called it peddling, but I called it mobile marketing,” he added.

He explained that he had to go to people to advertise the products and convince them to buy them.

Rico model for a costume brand
Rico model for a costume brand

Fame BBNaija

Rico entered the Big Brother Naija house in 2018 for the show’s season, which was tagged “Double Wahala”.

He stayed in the house for ten weeks while making friends and enjoying the game show.

One of his biggest highlights in the house was when he passionately addressed his roommates about food waste.

“I was washing plates and I saw someone’s plate with half the food. It does not mean anything. There are people in the streets who are starving,” he said in a loud voice.

He went ahead to implore the housemates to take what they could eat and finish.

It was the only time he was hard on his roommates.

Rico was not only famous for his beauty, but also for his culinary skills as one of the best chefs in the BBNaija house. He had no romantic relationship with anyone at home and was very easy going.

Rico was kicked out on the 70th day of week 10 of the show.

Post-BBNaija, promises, perspectives

Outside the home of Big Brother Naija, Rico continued to follow his passion for music and movies. MC Galaxy promised her a hit song in 2018

In an Instagram post, MC Galaxy wrote, “Rico Swavey you star come out and get a free hit from me that’s my support for you.”

MC Galaxy kept their promise by contributing with Rico to the song “Rico dance” in the same year.

Riico Swaveey singing
Riico Swaveey singing

Musical career

Rico was a talented musician. Although he never made it to the big leagues, he released several singles as an independent artist and was featured by some artists as well.

Two years ago, he released a song called ‘Afrosantana’ to mark his path as an independent artist.

From Emotions in 2018 to “This Life” in December 2021, Rico showed off his musical talent as a love interest crooner and life as the party entertainer. Rico, the artist, has also covered songs. One of her singles “Feelings” is a cover of Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up”.

The last song of this year was called “Only you”. The love song mixes Ghanaian high-life, reggae and naija afrobeat.

Film career

In his film career, Rico was already on television screens with Tinsel before entering the spotlight on the BBNaija Show.

He worked with EbonylifeTV for the movie ‘Life 101’, the 20 episodes of the TV series revolved around the lives of young Nigerians and their spontaneous creativity.

He also acted in Iroko’s TV movies “Unspoken” and “What are friends for” and in another cinema movie, “Over her dead body”.

Among other skills, Rico had a great modeling career working with the famous draper, Bgwellingtonsuits.

Unlike other celebrities, Rico was not a digital noisemaker and led a simple life.


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