Big Brother Naija, the Nigerian version of the globally successful Big Brother reality show franchise, will return to television screens across Africa in January 2017. The show will air on dedicated channels on DStv and GOtv. According to the Vanguard, Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said that the return of the reality show is one of the ways the company is enhancing the quality and variety of content available on its platforms.
Ugbe said viewers can expect a thrilling and well developed show, building on the successes of past seasons.
“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,” he said.
Big Brother Naija will feature a group of contestants, usually numbering anywhere from 10 to several dozen, living together in a specially constructed house that isolates them from the rest of the population. A typical season lasts for about three months and throughout their stay in the house, contestants and their activities are monitored by live TV cameras and personal audio microphones.
To win the grand prize, contestants must survive periodic eliminations in order to be the last contestant living in the house.
The first edition of the Big Brother Nigeria show aired in 2006 and featured 12 housemates as contestants who competed for $100,000 in prize money.