Kamloops siblings featured on Family Feud Canada

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A Kamloops family is being featured on an episode of Family Feud Canada.

Alfred Achoba, who serves as the executive director for the Kamloops chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and his four siblings were on the Nov. 9 episode of the game show.

Alfred and sister Angela Achoba-Omajali told KTW the family loves the show and had a great experience being on it.

“We’re huge fans,” Angela said.

Alfred said they watch or record every episode and have the Family Feud board game.

The five Achoba siblings — Alfred, Angela, Andrew, Albert and Aaron — played the Feud at a taping in Toronto earlier this fall with an all-expenses-paid trip.

Alfred said it was surreal to see the Family Feud stage in person, along with the lights, guests, other families, producers and the competitors.

“It was such a good experience,” Alfred said. “Everyone treated us like celebrities.”

He noted getting to meet host Gerry Dee who was dressed in shorts when he arrived on set.

The goal, Angela said, was just to have fun, which she said they did.

Alfred said they went on the show for the experience, but also wanted to showcase Kamloops and their Nigerian heritage, which was reflected with the clothing they wore.

“When you think about how many families applied and, for us to get selected, we’re lucky and we were proud of our moment there,” Alfred said. “And we’re proud of Kamloops and proud of each other.”

It all started in September 2020, when Angela saw a casting call for Family Feud online, opting to apply and tell the family about it later. The day she got the invitation to have the family on the show, Angela recorded the call with her family members.

“Our reaction was something else,” Alfred said, noting they thought his sister may have wanted to announce a new job or that she was pregnant. “It was over the moon for something like that because we love that show.”

Angela said most teams on the show come from Ontario and she wanted to showcase their hometown.

“We thought, let’s put Kamloops in the spotlight,” she said.

Angela and Alfred live in Kamloops, Andrew recently moved from the Tournament Capital to Alberta ,while Aaron lives in Abbotsford, but often visits. Albert is attending the University of Waterloo, but also vacations in Kamloops.

Alfred said they have “a large fan base of folks who are eager to watch it,” adding he has organized a watch party for the show with his CMHA colleagues. Angela said their parents, who live in New York, also plan to watch, making for an international watch party.

Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week

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