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BBNaija holds season four auditions

Auditions have been held for the fourth edition of reality show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), based on the pioneering format owned by Endemol Shine Group.

On February 1 and 2, hopefuls auditioned in eight locations across Nigeria: Lagos (DPodium Events Centre, Lekki), Abuja (MultiChoice Office, Maitama), Port Harcourt (Hotel Presidential), Calabar (Venetian Arena), Warri (Deluxe Garden Suites), Ibadan (Mauve 21 events center), Benin (Uyo Grand Event Centre) and Enugu (Oakland Hotel and Park).

More than 6,000 people took part in Lagos, while a total of 13,000 participants were counted across all eight cities.

This year’s show will take place after Nigeria’s general election later this month and will be hosted by media personality and fashion influencer Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who has fronted the show previously. The winner of BBNaija 2019 will go home with N45m (US$124,000) as well as other prizes.

This year’s edition of the show is notable in that it is being produced in Nigeria, as revealed by John Ugbe, CEO of pay TV broadcaster MultiChoice Nigeria, the company behind the programme, at a media briefing last month. Previous editions of BBNaija were produced in South Africa.

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Miracle emerges as BBNaija winner

Aviation graduate Miracle Igbokwe

Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala housemate Miracle Igbokwe has emerged as the winner of the popular reality TV show.

The 24-year-old, who had just graduated from aviation school before participating in the third season of BBNaija, was the housemate most liked by viewers and won N25m (US$69,500) and a new car.

During his stay in the house, Igbokwe got romantically involved with fellow housemate Nina, was selected as head of house several times, and won multiple challenges that came with cash prizes.

Since winning the show, Igbokwe has been congratulated by many of his fans, some of whom include politician Atiku Abubakar, social media pundit Japheth Omojuwa and musician Don Jazzy.

Omojuwa took to Twitter to say: “Miracle is the winner of BBNaija Double Wahala. Deserved too. He was the most consistent and actually came through winning the head of house and games several times.”

Abubakar also tweeted: “Congratulations to Miracle, winner of BBNaija. Miracle is proof that Nigerian youths are hardworking, innovative and creative. May this victory lead to the miraculous for Nigeria’s youth, who have shown that they have what it takes to help take this great nation of ours to the next level. To Nigeria’s youth I say, continue to believe in yourselves.”

BBNaija housemate Cee C was the first runner-up while Tobi Bakre came third, Alex took the fourth place and Nina came fifth.
Since January 28, BBNaija Double Wahala has been airing on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv and is based on the format owned by Endemol Shine Group.

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BBNaija evicts three

BBNaija housemates Lolu, Anto and Khloe

Housemates Lolu, Khloe and Anto have been evicted in the latest twist in the ongoing saga of reality TV show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala.

Khloe and Anto, who had previously left the show, were once again evicted from BBNaija, though this was Khloe’s first eviction because she was disqualified the first time.

Lolu was also evicted on Sunday during the live eviction show, leaving Cee C and Miracle to remain in the game due to their higher number of public votes.

Earlier in the week, Alex was made head of house, guaranteeing her a spot in the finals, and she nominated Tobi to be alongside her in the final stage of the competition, saving him from being nominated for eviction. Nina also qualified for the finals.

Only one week is left in the season.

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BBNaija pair to star in Africa Magic novela

South African broadcaster M-Net’s Africa Magic network is to launch a telenovela starring two former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemates.

Tokunbo Idowu aka TBoss

The show, titled Ajoche, will feature Tokunbo Idowu (popularly known as TBoss) and Bassey Ekpenyong. Both appeared in the 2017 edition of the Endemol Shine-owned reality format, shot in South Africa and branded See Gobe.

Idowu was a controversial character in BBNaija last year, going topless during the broadcasts and generating much discussion among BBNaija fans for her romantic liasons on-screen.

Ekpenyong, meanwhile, has found post-BBNaija success, appearing in Nollywood movies such as The Patient.

Ajoche is an original TV series that is set to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase. It will feature the former contestants alongside actors Femi Branch (Desperate Housewives Africa) and Hilda Dokuba (Stigma) as lead characters.

Announcing the show via Instagram, Africa Magic said: “We’re pulling out all the stops for another telenovela of EPIC proportions!”

The show is set to premiere on April 30 at 20.30 WAT and 21.30 CAT. It is exclusive to Africa Magic Showcase, DSTV channel 151 and it will air every weekday.

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BBNaija’s Rico gets marching orders

Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala housemate Rico Swavey has been evicted, leaving seven contestants in the reality show.

Rico Swavey

After a fight with fellow contestant Alex on Saturday, it was announced in the Sunday live eviction show that Rico had the fewest public votes.

He did not leave the show empty handed, however, because he had already won the Duo Clip Nokia challenge, alongside Tobi, receiving prize money of one million naira, a Nokia 8 Bothie phone and shopping vouchers.

Speaking about life after the show, Rico said he plans to open a restaurant and pursue a music career. “I have also come to love acting. I will be putting more energy in to achieve more,” he added.

Miracle, Cee-C, Lolu, Nina and Alex were up for eviction alongside Rico.

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Countdown to Big Brother 3

Reality TV fans in Nigeria are keenly awaiting the return of the reality TV show that started the genre, Big Brother, the third season of which launches tomorrow.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) will kick off on January 28 with 12 contestants. It will air 24 hours daily on MultiChoice’s pay TV platform DSTV channel 198 and DTT service GOtv channel 29.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a housemate from the first season in 2006, is the host of the highly anticipated show, which has an SUV and N45 million of prizes for the winners.

“Without a doubt, this promises to be the most exciting edition of the Big Brother franchise on the African continent,” commented Martin Mabutho, general manager, sales and marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria.

“The last edition of Big Brother Naija was incredibly successful and we see just how much the show continues to resonate with fans in Nigeria and around the continent,” he added.

“We can hardly wait for Sunday, and we guarantee not only that our viewers will enjoy the premiere show, but that they will stay tuned for three months until the show’s finale when the winner is revealed.”

Excitement for the third season has been stoked not only by the auditions held around the country but also the airing of reunion episodes featuring housemates from the previous season in 2017.

The BBNaija reunion show premiered on Saturday, January 20 and continues to air daily on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 until tonight. Highlights of previous episodes have also been aired.

The third season of BBNaija airs from tomorrow at 7pm.

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