The second season of Big Brother Nigeria tagged Big Bother Naija which is currently being filmed in South Africa has caused a heated debate among Nigerians.
Nigerians were left fuming after finding out that the much-anticipated second season of the reality show is being filmed in South Africa and not Nigeria. Consequently, the country’s government even issued an order to its broadcasting commission to investigate if there’s been ‘location fraud’.
Consequently, the country’s government even issued an order to its broadcasting commission to investigate if there’s been ‘location fraud’.
The reality TV show has been on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform since Sunday night. This saw Nigerians flooding the streets of social media on Monday and Tuesday to vent their anger.
Subsequently, Nigeria’s ministry of information and culture made a statement late Tuesday saying it has ordered Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to investigate why Big Brother Naija is not being filmed on Nigerian soil. He pointed out that this could be a case of possible deceitful ‘location fraud’, claiming viewers were never told the show would be done outside Nigeria.
The minister added that the outcome of the investigation will determine the action to be taken on the matter.
Though Nigerians may not like the idea, there are plausible explanations to why the show had to be filmed in SA. Firstly, M-Net’s West Africa division and production company Endemol Shine Africa are using the exact same production house in Johannesburg for the second season of Big Brother Nigeria.
Notably, the house is already outfitted and technically rigged to suit the requirements for the show. The same house has been used by housemates or contestants for similar shows like the pan-continental Big Brother Africa, Big Brother Mozambique, Big Brother Angola and Big Brother Mzansi.
Again, the production demands uninterrupted electricity, greater security among other requirements which may be hard to get in Nigeria. Especially on a tight production budget. The cameras need to be rolling 24 hours for 11 weeks on the reality TV show which made a TV comeback after ten years. Thus, the need to seek a location with steady power supply considering the challenges the first season experienced.
Apart from Big Brother Nigeria, last year’s The Voice Nigeria and The Voice Angola were also filmed in South Africa. This was to enable contestants make use of the existing South African set used for The Voice South Africa, as well as the better and cheaper studio facilities, expert film crews and infrastructure.