Big Brother 23’s Azah Talks Third Place Finish, The Cookout


Standing tall. Azah Awasum is happy with the sport she performed after putting third throughout the Big Brother 23 stay finale on Wednesday, September 29.

The director of gross sales, 30, lost out to eventual winner Xavier Prather when he beat her within the ultimate a part of the Head of Household competitors and determined to evict her over Derek Frazier.

“Of course, there’s going to be that disappointment,” Azah completely tells Us Weekly. “But I’m honestly extremely blessed to place in third. For someone who wasn’t able to win competitions, to go to the end of the game, and [for someone who] had honestly some doubts in their gameplay at times, I’m really proud of myself. I’m honestly really happy and proud for the winner. He played a great game.”


So how would Azah have fared with the jury had she been within the ultimate two subsequent to Xavier? “I had Hannah [Chaddha], Claire [Rehfuss], Tiffany [Mitchell] and DX [Derek Xiao] telling me, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish you were there. I would’ve voted for you.’ So, that’s four votes, which would have been interesting,” the Baltimore native tells Us. “I think just based off of social relationships, I did have some great social relationships in the house that I think, based off of how I answered my questions, might have done well for me. But, I’m just honestly really, really happy with the winner. I’m happy that we all were able to achieve what we did.”

Watch above or scroll all the way down to learn our full interview with Azah by which she additionally talks about who began The Cookout, her resolution to do away with Hannah throughout her HOH, whether or not she’d play once more and extra!


Us: You look lovely and had a really stylish exit. How are you feeling?

Azah Awasum: Thank you. Of course, there’s going to be that disappointment. But I’m truthfully extraordinarily blessed to put in third. For somebody who wasn’t in a position to win competitions, to go to the tip of the sport, and [for someone who] had truthfully some doubts of their gameplay at occasions, I’m actually happy with myself. I’m truthfully actually glad and proud for the winner. He performed an amazing recreation.

Us: Speaking of Xavier’s win. It was unanimous. Did you in any respect think about voting for Derek?

AA: If you’ll ask me up till every week in the past, I might’ve in all probability voted for Big D as a result of that’s my finest good friend. But, previously week, I began actually serious about quite a lot of issues. With this being such a historic season, actually taking a look at all of the completely different encompassing issues of what makes a winner. And I did really feel that X match that very effectively, which is why I did find yourself voting for him.

Us: How do you suppose you’ll have fared in the event you had been in opposition to Xavier within the ultimate two?

AA: You know, that’s fascinating. I had Hannah, Claire, Tiffany and DX telling me, “Oh my gosh, I wish you were there. I would’ve voted for you.” So, that’s 4 votes, which might have been fascinating. I feel simply based mostly off of social relationships, I did have some nice social relationships in the home that I feel, based mostly off of how I answered my questions, may need executed effectively for me. But, I’m simply truthfully actually, actually proud of the winner. I’m glad that all of us had been in a position to obtain what we did. Hindsight is all the time 20/20. I take into consideration, “OK, I missed one question. Maybe that would have made the difference.” But on the finish of the day, I’ve to essentially settle for this superb alternative for what it’s. Who would have recognized that little Azah who sat and stared on the wall to start with of the season can be on the ultimate three?


Us: Speaking of Big D, you guys positively had your variations over the previous few days. He’s talked about that he felt like he carried you thru the sport, which type of undermines what you probably did in The Cookout. Do you suppose that was honest for him to say?

AA: I feel when these discussions occurred at first, I simply stated, “Oh, OK. You’re free to have your opinion.” But I did really feel it was essential for me to face up for myself and I did. He did later apologize for the issues that he stated concerning that. I’ll say that the way in which that that home is, and a strain cooker that it’s, with the issues that you simply do within the recreation and also you having no concept what the opposite individual is doing, you can have a skewed notion of that individual. So I’m going to offer grace to that.

The different factor I’m going to say is that on a personal stage, me and Big D, that’s somebody I do know I’ll be associates with in and out of doors of this home. So whereas I do know we did have our variations within the ultimate week concerning gameplay and issues, I do know every thing that I did, I had my ultimate two speech prepared as a result of I knew what I had executed to organize and convey myself to the ultimate three. When I walked in his home, I knew I used to be going to get ultimate three, and I did every thing I might in my energy to get these steps essential. So, I really feel that my actions which are on the stay feeds and will be seen, can present the steps that I made to get there. I really feel like I did deserve the spot simply as each different single member of The Cookout that obtained to ultimate six.

Xavier Prather, Derek Frazier, Hannah Chaddha, Azah Awasum, Tiffany Mitchel, and Kyland Young.

Us: The Cookout made historical past. How does it really feel to be a part of that and crown the primary Black winner of Big Brother?

AA: It’s unbelievable. I’m a fan of this present. When you hear about issues like The Brigade. You hear about The Friendship. You hear about Level Six. And you all the time hear that they broke off after a bit of bit, however for all six of us to stay collectively regardless of our ups and downs with one another, is simply unbelievable. And once I obtained to 6, I used to be at such peace as a result of I advised myself, “You know what? It doesn’t matter what happens here. I don’t care if someone backstabs me. I don’t care if someone does anything. I mean, we made it. Like, this is pretty darn crazy.” To have an African American winner and truthfully, a very nice consultant, is a phenomenal factor. I’m so blessed to have been part of this. I nonetheless say this each time, how God picked this random lady from Tacoma Park, Maryland, and plucked her into this home, and one way or the other was part of a historic second, may be very humbling to me. I’m simply blessed and really glad.

Us: It’s very thrilling. There’s been some debate over who began The Cookout. What are your ideas?

AA: I’m going to say, Xavier did begin The Cookout. I really feel like Xavier began The Cookout. I do know that the one who approached me was Derek F. and he stated, “Us POCs gotta be together, gotta be together, got to come together.” They each got here with a notion of wanting POCs to work collectively. Xavier got here up with the identify. But, how lots of people had approached it within the first week was, “All right, you got my back, I got yours. We’re cool.” How it advanced into this particular alliance and strategic gameplay was, I really feel, a joint half from each Xavier and Big D. I assume we’ll have to observe the tapes to see the way it began. But, I keep in mind once I was approached within the kitchen, it was one thing that … Xavier stated, “This is what I wanted to do when I came in. I wanted to make this alliance and I wanted to make it called The Cookout.” And I do know Big D stated, “Us POCs got to work together.” So it appears like Xavier to me, however I don’t know (laughs).


Us: I’ve to ask you about your resolution to do away with Hannah throughout your HOH. Do you continue to really feel like that was the precise transfer on the time?

AA: I feel it was the precise transfer on the time. When I play my recreation, I type of dug myself a gap and had to stick with it. So the sport I performed was be as sincere as potential, don’t break on any offers. Right earlier than six, Kyland approached me and stated, “I’m not going to touch you. Can you not touch me until four?” And I needed to sustain with that settlement. And then I had a ultimate three with Big D and Xavier. That left no one however Hannah for me to go after, sadly. And in consequence, simply as technique of elimination, she needed to go. If I didn’t have that ultimate 4 with Kyland, I might have gunned for him and made positive he obtained out. Even with him successful the veto, I might have been like, “We gotta figure this out and get him out.” But sadly, Hannah was only a casualty of conflict. I used to be very loyal to Big D and Xavier for the deal that I made. And I don’t prefer to make conflicting offers. If I join a deal, then I’m driving that deal. And even with me and Kyland and having our variations, I wished to honor that too. What I do remorse is mendacity to Hannah about it. I ought to have been upfront and sincere together with her. And I feel that left a mark in my gameplay.

Us: If requested, would you play Big Brother once more?

AA: This was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime probability. I’d need to say I don’t know proper now (laughs). It’s so humorous, in the home I stated, “I’m not coming back. This is a great opportunity. It’s a great opportunity. Great opportunity.” But it’s like an dependancy. I obtained third and I’m like, “Man, I want to go back and see if I would win.” So, positively not for a while, however presumably if the decision got here, I might think about it. I’d take a while to think about it.