After a ten-year break, reality TV series Big Brother Nigeria was on Sunday re-launched as Big Brother Naija.
Big Brother Naija is making a much-anticipated comeback with 12 contestants known as “housemates” selected after auditions in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
The reality TV show was launched at a glitzy event with performances from Nigerian A-Listers Yemi Alade, Flavour and ‘K9’. The show was hosted by a former “housemate” Ebuka Obi-Uchendu who felt happy introducing the housemates to the public.
“Ten years ago I was a housemate, today I am one of their biggest supporters,” Obi-Uchendu said.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said they couldn’t have asked for a better host.
“We are particularly excited to have Ebuka as host of Big Brother Naija.
“This was the platform that unearthed his potentials and propelled him to stardom,” he said.
The show will run for 78 days and end in April. During this period, housemates will perform a range of mental and physical tasks. But, it’s not going to be a bed of roses for them as every week, the housemates are obligated to nominate fellow housemates for eviction from the house.
Thus, every Sunday, a housemate will be evicted following votes by the public will leave. And that’s how contestants will be leaving the Big Brother house till a winner emerges. At the end of the show, the housemate who has not been evicted will win a cash prize of N25million and a brand new KIA Sorento car.
The Big Brother Naija show which made its debut in 2006, is the Nigerian version of the continental show Big Brother Africa. The Nigerian version was specially made for the viewing pleasure of Nigerian viewers who largely frowned at the controversial “Shower Hour” and nudity.