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MultiChoice plans BBNaija 2019

Pay TV group MultiChoice has outlined its plans for the fourth season of reality show Big Brother Naija.

The company has launched a pop-up channel on its pay TV platforms DStv and GOtv that began airing this month. The channel airs events and highlights from the two previous seasons and will run till March 31 on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 12.

In addition to this, there will also be a reunion show that will air from March 18 to 31 and will show stars that were in the BBNaija Double Wahala season.

Subscribers to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access, GOtv Max and Plus packages have access to the pop-up channel.

Auditions for this year’s edition of BBNaija took place across eight cities in Nigeria and the show is set to take place in Nigeria as well.

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BBNaija to begin online auditions

Online auditions are underway to find the final housemate for the forthcoming fourth season of reality show Big Brother Naija (BBN).

The show’s producers are looking for Nigerians aged at least 21 and with a valid international passport. Candidates must also be subscribers to pay TV platforms DStv or GOtv. Auditions require them to submit a two-minute video of themselves explaining why they should be selected.

Live auditions have already been conducted across eight different states in Nigeria.

John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “We are giving more Nigerians one more chance to be a part of the biggest reality TV show on the continent by introducing an additional online audition process.

“We’ve seen how much the show continues to resonate with Nigerians and it’s our desire to create more success stories from the BBNaija platform.

“We are excited about this new twist and ask that more Nigerians take advantage of this novel opportunity to actualise their dreams of getting into the BBNaija house.”

Big Brother Naija 2019 is sponsored by online betting platform Bet9ja. It is based on the Big Brother reality format owned by Endemol Shine Group.

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Glam serves up Oputa on ABN TV

Uriel Oputa fronts Glam Africa Kitchen

Former Big Brother Naija housemate Uriel Oputa will feature in a new TV cooking show created by Glam Africa Magazine.

Glam Africa Kitchen launched recently in London, attended by celebrities and influencers.

The aim of the show is to educate busy millennials on easy but hearty recipes taught by celebrity foodies and chefs and it will air on Afro-Caribbean family entertainment channel ABN TV (Sky Channel 456) in the UK.

Oputa will feature in the first episodes of the show preparing delicious but quick meals.

Glam Africa is a quarterly print magazine distributed in the UK, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria. Glam Africa Kitchen is among Glam Africa’s slate of shortform shows airing on ABN TV.

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BBNaija moves to Nigeria

The forthcoming fourth season of African reality show Big Brother Naija will take place in Nigeria.

The news was revealed by John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, the company behind the programme, at a media briefing.

Auditions for this year’s instalment of the show will take place in eight locations across Nigeria on February 1 and 2: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, Ibadan, Benin and Enugu.

Ugbe said: “This fourth season promises to be even bigger than previous editions and underscores MultiChoice’s position as the biggest investor and driver of entertainment content on the continent.

“The show is known to bring excitement and entertainment to fans and viewers across the continent. It will house strangers over a period of three months who will contest against each other in a battle of wits for the ultimate prize.”

Since debuting in 2006, the show – the African version of the globally successful Big Brother format – has launched the careers of celebrities and influencers such as Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gideon Okeke, Katung Aduwak, Bisola Aiyeola, Efe Ejeba and Uriel Oputa.

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LindaIkeji TV auditions for reality show

Webcaster LindaIkeji TV (LITV) is seeking eligible single women to participate in the first season of its new reality show Hottest Bachelor Nigeria later this year.


Former Big Brother Naija housemate Bobai Bally Balat, aka Bally, will be the bachelor looking to select a wife. “I am looking for not just love but a special woman I can share the rest of my life with,” he said.

Twenty-five lucky ladies who are looking for love and possibly a life partner will compete with the hope of winning the heart of the hottest bachelor. Auditions are in progress and take place at the LITV offices in Lekki, Lagos.

Although the start date of the show has not yet been officially announced, it will start airing in 2018. LITV has more than 40 programmes and exclusive shows, including Gidi Girls, Oyinbo Wives of Lagos and Highway Girls of Eko.

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AMVCA winners unveiled

The sixth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) was hosted on Saturday evening at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos.

Media personalities and movie stars from across the continent were present at the ceremony, dressed up and ready to have some fun.

The AMVCAs had some 120 nominations in 27 categories. These included Best Short Film/Online Video, Best Movie East Africa, Best Overall Movie and Best Television Series. Other special awards were the Trailblazer Award and Industry Merit Award.

The Best Television Series award was taken by This Is It, beating four other nominees that included Gina & Friends, Professor Johnbull, Papa Ajasco Reloaded and Relatives.

Meanwhile, the winner of the best documentary award was Dennis Wanjohi for his film The Flesh Business. Other nominees were Nightfall in Lagos (James Amuta), God’s Wives (Bolanle Olukanni), Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d (Aderemi Davies) and Calabar Carnival: What the People Think (Oghenefego Ofili).

Actress and former Big Brother Naija housemate Bisola Aiyeola also won the AMVCA Trailblazer Award, not to mention a car from pay TV group MultiChoice, for her role in the industry.

Renowned filmmaker and producer Tunde Kelani (Arugba, Life in Slow Motion, Dazzling Mirage) was honoured with the Industry Merit Award.

The AMVCAs had its inaugural edition in 2013 and has gone on to become the biggest annual award ceremony celebrating professionals in the film and TV industry in Africa.

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Linda Ikeji TV unveils upcoming reality

Linda Ikeji TV (LITV) has unveiled teasers to three new reality TV shows in the works as it aims to make good on its promise of offering more content.


New reality series Mushin, which looks at everyday ghetto life, is set to air soon on LITV. Similar to Ajegunle with Love, it gives an insight into the lifestyle of the inhabitants of Mushin, “one of the roughest part of Lagos.”

Also in the line-up is light-hearted series Hottest Bachelor in Nigeria, an unscripted show featuring former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) star Bally.

He will feature alongside 25 single women and is expected to propose to his favoured candidate. Bally claimed that after his five-year relationship came to an abrupt end following BBNaija, he is seeking a lasting relationship that will lead to marriage.

Those interested in taking part in the show are encouraged to send a one-minute video explaining why they should be selected.

LITV is also set to begin broadcasting a new documentary series, I Am Agoro, which will focus on the life experiences of Nigeria’s tallest man, Afeez Agoro.

LITV launched its video streaming service in June and is seeking reality TV stars and content creators.

It currently has more than 40 programmes and plans to add more before the year ends. Its exclusive shows include Oyinbo Wives of Lagos, King Tonto and Ajegunle With Love.

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BBNaija wins NET awards

Reality TV show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) was named as the most popular event of the year at the Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) awards.

During the sixth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) last week, NET announced the winners of its second annual NET Honours People’s Choice Awards.

According to the organisers, the award aims to recognise top individuals in the entertainment industry.

Nominated alongside One Night Stand With Adekunle Gold, Rhythm Unplugged, 30 Billion Concert and Wizkid The Concert, BBNaija won a week after the final episode of the third season (Double Wahala) was aired.

BBNaija aired daily for three months and came to an end on April 22 with Miracle winning the prize of N25m (US$69,500) and a new car.

The housemates thrilled viewers with their fights, drama, make-ups and break-ups.

Organisers of the show created unexpected plot twists and exciting incidents, from multiple and sudden evictions to evicted housemates having a chance to join the show again.

Many Nigerians were intrigued with the reality show and it never stopped trending on social media. Even celebrities jumped on the bandwagon, with musician Don Jazzy rooting for Miracle and actress Juliet Ibrahim getting varied reactions when she showed support for BBNaija housemate, Cee-C.

Hosted by former housemate Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, BBNaija aired on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv and was based on the reality 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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Anto evicted from BBNaija

Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemate Anto has become the latest to be evicted from the reality show.


Anto was expelled during the Sunday’s live eviction show after receiving the fewest votes from viewers. She was nominated for eviction last week alongside Tobi, Cee C, Teddy A, Alex, Lolu, Miracle and Bambam.

Speaking to Ebuka Uchedu, host of BBNaija, Anto said: “I had the feeling [I was going to be evicted]. I had told Lolu that I’m going home . I knew I was going to go home. The house was cool. I’m glad I made some new friends in Nigeria.”

With viewers voting to save contestants from eviction, Miracle received the highest number of public votes at 27.98%. Tobi had the second highest (16.69%), followed by Cee C (14.19%), Lolu (12.85%), Teddy A (8.41%), Alex (8.19%), Bam Bam (6.40%) and Anto (5.28%).

As part of Sunday’s show, Uchedu disclosed that the organisers of BBNaija are giving previously evicted housemates the opportunity to return to the show and continue to participate. Two former housemates will be chosen following a public vote.

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Big Brother loses Lifu

Leo and Ifu Ennada, alias Lifu

Leo and Ifu Ennada have been evicted from the Big Brother Naija (BBN) reality TV show.

The pair – also known as Team Lifu – were sent home at last night’s live eviction show after polling the lowest public vote (10.90%).

Last week, the pair were nominated for eviction alongside Cee C and Lolu (aka Ceelo), Alex and Tobi (aka Tolex) and Miracle and Anto (aka Mito).

Their eviction comes after Leo and Ifu won the Pepsi Challenge and also recently won the Heritage Bank’s Treasure Hunt.

Mito had the highest number of votes (34.16%) in last night’s public vote. Ceelo and Tolex had 30.38% and 24.56% of the vote, respectively.

Ebuka Uchedu, host of BBN, has announced that contestants will no longer be paired.

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Team Gelah sent home in BBN eviction

Team Gelah (Ahneeka and Angel) have been ejected from the Big Brother Naija (BBN) house during the reality programme’s live eviction show this week.

Ahneeka and Angel were paired as Team Gelah
Speaking to Ebuka Uchedu, host of BBN, about her eviction, Ahneeka said it came as no surprise to her. She plans to go back to TV presenting and modeling.

Ifu Ennada and Leo were also nominated for eviction but were saved by audience votes. The pair also won the Pepsi ‘Roc da mat’ challenge and will be given a N5m cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to London for the One Africa Music Festival, plus a year’s supply of Pepsi.

Of the three teams nominated for eviction – Gelah (Angel and Ahneeka) Ceelo (Lolu and Cee C) and Lifu (Leo and Ifu Ennada) – Ceelo got the highest number of votes, 44.67%, while Gelah and Lifu received 26.97% and 28.37% respectively.

Uchedu announced this week that housemates of the show will no longer be paired. BBN season three continues with 10 participants. The show airs 24 hours daily on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.

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Stark advice over ‘offensive’ BB

Lauretta Onochie, special assistant on social media to the president of Nigeria, has advised viewers who find Big Brother Naija offensive to simply stop watching it.

Lauretta Onochie

Onochie also pointed out the show is aimed at adults, in reaction to recent calls by Summy Francis, president of Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs, for the show to be axed on the grounds it lacked moral values and promoting laziness.

In a statement on Twitter, Onochie said: “Stop asking me to fix Big Brother Naija, I don’t have such powers. Big Brother Naija is an adult programme. If your children are watching it, it’s your fault, not mine. Grow up and protect your children. It’s not compulsory you watch. Use your remote, change the channel.”

Big Brother Naija season three, which began on January 28, will continue airing 24 hours a day for 11 weeks on GOtv and DSTV channels 29 and 198 respectively.

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BBN moves on to pairing stage

The housemates in the third season on Big Brother Naija (BBN), dubbed Double Wahala, were paired off on Wednesday.


In the latest development from the BBN3 house, the housemates were divided into pairs, with each male contestant required to pick a flower to give to any of the women he wanted to choose.

Meanwhile, the female contestants were asked to pick numbers before choosing their male partners.

The male participants were given the opportunity to either reject or accept any female’s proposal. However, drama unfolded when Ahneeka was rejected by Dee-one, who chose to pair with Vandora instead. She later paired with Rico Swavey.

Ahneeka shared her feelings about the rejection with fellow housemates, saying: “I feel bad but I don’t need his sympathy. It was an embarrassing situation.”

Dee-One later apologised to Ahneeka, saying: “I am sorry. I feel bad, I just thought the flower thing was like a game. What can I do to help you feel better?”

During the premiere of the reality show on Sunday, host Ebuka Uchedu announced there would be a change in the weekly eviction process this season. Housemates would be divided into pairs and would be either evicted or saved with their partners.

The pairs are:
Rico Swavey and Ahneeka
Tobi and Cee C
Lolu and Anto
Angel and Ifu Ennada
Leo and Alex
Teddy A and Bam Bam
Dee One and Vandora
Bitto and Princess
Miracle and Nina
K Brule and Khloe

BBN3 airs 24 hours a day on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29. The show is based on the format from Endemol Shine Group.

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Big Brother 3 kicks off

The housemates in the third season of reality hit Big Brother Naija (BBN) were unveiled on Sunday.

BBN3, tagged Double Wahala, premiered on Sunday night in Johannesburg, South Africa, revealing the faces of all 20 housemates. Former housemate Ebuka Uchedu hosted the show and live music was performed by Mayorkun and Kiss Daniel.

A live screening of the premiere was held at Oregun in Lagos with former BBN housemates Tboss and Bassey acting as hosts with celebrities and other ex-housemates in attendance. The show debuted live at 19.00 on MultiChoice-owned DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.

The housemates in BBN3 are Ahneeka, Alex, Angel, Anto, Bambam, Khloe, Leo, Lolu, Miracle, Nina, Bitto, Cee-c, Dee-one, Ifuennada, K. Brule, Princess, Rico Swavey, Teddy A, Tobi and Vandora. The show will air 24/7 on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.

Uchedu announced at the launch that contestants will be divided into groups and each housemate will either be selected for eviction or saved from it by their peers. Evictions will take place weekly.

Housemates of BBN will live together for 11 weeks, competing for a prize of N45m, announced by organiser MNet West Africa. The show is based on the format owned by Endemol Shine Group.

Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria, spoke about the return of BBN, stating: “Without a doubt, this promises to be the most exciting edition of the Big Brother franchise on the African continent.

“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. 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.”

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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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Big Brother star unveils fitness show

Ekemini Ekerete, the former housemate from Big Brother Naija season two and now CEO of 6 Packs Nigeria, is set to launch a fitness show on TV.

Ekemini Ekerete

Ekerete, better known as Kemen, told reporters he will be launching a 30-minute fitness TV programme to be aired every morning on weekdays. The show will focus on giving viewers an opportunity to work out daily without having to go to the gym.

“This is because we are in a society where people go through a lot of stress; one can only survive when you make fitness a part of your life. This is because it keeps away depression, adverse effects of stress and also helps the individual to become a better and happier person,” he said.

According to Ekerete, the TV show “will involve different kind of workout, from aerobics to yoga, strength training, dance fitness to high-intensity interval training, table and all kinds for different days.”

The former reality star added that the TV show will be broadcast across major TV channels and on YouTube. “I am also working on a few shorter workout skits on some new media channels to help with explanatory workout,” he said.

Ekerete has yet to disclose the launch date of the TV show or what channels it will air on, but has said to expect it some time this year.

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Big Brother Naija auditions to begin

Auditions for the third season of Nigeria’s top reality show, Big Brother Naija, are set to take place across the country this weekend, reports Gabriella Opara.

The auditions are being held on December 9 and 10 in six locations, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu and Delta State.

The venues for the auditions are the Westown Hotel in Lagos; Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt; MultiChoice office, Maitama, Abuja; Mauve 21 event centre, Ibadan; Oakland Hotel & Park, Enugu; and Deluxe Garden Suites, Warri.

The producers of Big Brother Naija – which recently won a Nigerian Entertainment Award for best TV show of 2017 – believe the new season will be more exhilarating and entertaining than ever following the success of season two on MultiChoice-owned DStv and GOtv this year.

The increase in audition locations from three to six highlights the growing popularity and acceptance that Big Brother Naija gained with its second season, which came 11 years after the show’s first run.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, regional director at broadcaster M-Net West Africa, said: “Around the globe, the Big Brother format remains one of the most popular genres of entertainment and this is also the case in Nigeria.

“Big Brother Nigeria was one of the most successful reality shows not just in Nigeria but around the continent, with a record number of votes [from viewers to evict housemates] and many of the housemates going on to pursue careers in entertainment. We are delighted to have the show return for a third edition and cannot wait for our audiences to once again tune in to experience all of the exciting entertainment  the show is sure to provide.”

Sponsored by Nigerian online shopping platform Payporte, Big Brother season three will see 12 contestants go through the emotional roller-coaster of sharing a house together, rewarding the last one standing with a cash prize and a car. The third season will premiere in 2018 after the selection process is complete.

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