After a 10-year break, Big Brother Nigeria is set to return, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced. The Nigeria reality TV show based on the Big Brother TV series, now referred to as Big Brother Naija, will air on dedicated event channels on DStv and GOtv in January 2017.
Speaking on this latest development, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe said the comeback of the show was one of the ways the company is enhancing the quality and variety of content available on its platforms.
He added that the show has been well developed following the successes of past seasons of Big Brother Africa. “Big Brother Africa was popular for its entertainment value and ability to showcase ordinary Africans from different walks of life. We decided to re-invent the reality show once again by bringing back the Nigerian version which we are confident will draw pan-African audiences for the same reasons that Big Brother Africa did”, said Ugbe.
In the first edition of the show, twelve housemates vied for the coveted $100,000 prize money by performing various mental and physical tasks. At the end of a three-month stay in the house, Katung Aduwak emerged winner. The show also produced other notable stars such as Africa Magic’s Tinsel actor, Gideon Okeke, and TV personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
Auditions for Big Brother Naija will hold in Lagos on November 26 and 27, it stated, adding that more information on the show will be revealed in the coming weeks. Big Brother Naija is sponsored by PayPorte, your preferred online retail store. It is the African version of the Big Brother reality game show.
The show initially involved 12 countries within Africa (Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) with two countries (Ethiopia and Mozambique) being added in season 4 and two other countries (Liberia and Sierra Leone) being added in season 7 while Rwanda was added in season 9.
Each country provides at least one contestant living in an isolated house while trying to avoid being evicted by viewers and ultimately winning a large cash prize at the end of the show. The show is co-produced by Endemol South Africa.