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Mercy Eke wins BBNaija S4

Mercy Eke has been crowned the winner of the 2019 edition of reality show Big Brother Naija.

Mercy Eke

As the last woman standing from the final five, she has made history as the first female to win BBNaija.

She took home a cash prize worth over N40m, a brand new Innosson SUV, a trip to Dubai for two and other prizes, while Mike Edwards emerged first runner up who also won N2m for being the housemate with the best time in all BBNaija arena games.

Eke, aka Lamborghini, dreams of starting her own fashion brand.

Nigerians reportedly spent over N7.2bn to vote on the show.

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BBNaija furniture given away

Reality show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) is giving its fans the chance to win all the furniture in the BBNaija house or a cash prize this week as the season comes to an end.

Ten viewers stand the chance of taking home furniture such as dining table set, beds, lounge chairs, a TV, a refrigerator and other items used in the house or a prize of N1m.

Customers who reconnect or stay active on any of the DStv or GOtv packages this week whilst staying tuned to DStv 198 or GOtv 29 will be eligible to take part.

The winners will be announced on the BBNaija website and social media pages.

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UK cop under fire for BBNaija appearance

Khafi Kareem has appeared in recruitment campaigns for the Met police in London

Nigerian-born British police officer Khafi Kareem is being investigated for taking part in Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija without permission.

According to the Metropolitan Police in London, Kareem was granted unpaid leave for an unrelated reason but was not granted permission to be on the show.

It said in a statement: “The Met is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority. The Met does not support the officer’s appearance nor does she represent the Met whilst appearing on the show.”

Kareem is now the subject of an inquiry by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards. “Any officer found to have breached police standards of professional behaviour could face misconduct proceedings,” the force added.

Her romantic relationship with fellow contestant Ekpata Gedoni in the Big Brother house has raised eyebrows.

Television channel Africa Magic said: “Police officer Khafi Kareem believes that you can have it all if you believe in yourself.

“She is not only hoping to win the prize money but she wants the exposure that being in Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do societal good.

“What people don’t know about her is that she is secretly talented in spoken word, singing and dancing. She is an Ekiti native who resides in London.”

Kareem has previously appeared as a poster girl for the Met alongside commissioner Cressida Dick to encourage black and female recruitment and celebrate 100 years of women in the force.

A Met source said: “She’s a serving British police officer – it’s outrageous. She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway. Her out-of-office email reply blatantly says that she is away from work, yet no one does anything.

“Other officers working with her are furious that she can just disobey orders then swan off Africa and tarnish the reputation of the force.”

Kareem started as a PC in the London borough of Lambeth in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable.

Another Met spokesman said: “All officers have a duty to behave with professionalism and in a manner that does not bring the Met into disrepute whether on or off duty.”

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New housemates for BBNaija

Venita Akpofur

Two more housemates have been added to the current season of reality show Big Brother Naija: Pepper Dem.

Former ‘video vixen’ – a model known for appearing in hip-hop music videos – and mother-of-two Venita Akpofure and actor/comedian Elozonam have entered the BBNaija house.

Of the 21 contestants that initially entered the house, seven have been evicted thus far.

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Muslim group demands BBNaija ban

A Nigerian Muslim group has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to ban reality show Big Brother Naija, which is currently in its fourth season.

Ishaq Akintola

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has sent a petition to the president outlining its concerns over the show, which it believes is “immoral” and attempts to lure young people to seek wealth through nefarious means.

“We are being forcibly dragged to a world of nudity, shamelessness and open promiscuity,” says MURIC’s petition. “Inmates of BBNaija kiss, romance and engage in sex openly. BBNaija is bohemian, antisocial, crude and immoral. It constitutes a potent danger to every home. BBNaija is satanic. It is unacceptable.

“Where are our norms and values? Is it part of African culture to engage in sex in the open? Where are the authorities? Is the Ministry of Information and Culture sleeping? Is the National Orientation Agency on sabbatical? Who will protect our children from this despicable onslaught? Who did this to Nigeria?”

MURIC director Ishaq Akintola also pleaded with traditional rulers, the Ministry of Information and Culture, the National Orientation Agency, and Christians and Muslims alike to work together to get BBNaija off air.

MURIC describes itself as a human rights organisation that condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. It also promotes and protects the rights of Muslims.

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BBNaija Pepper Dem kicks off

The fourth season of hit Nigerian reality show Big Brother Naija, with the suffix Pepper Dem, is underway.

Extended for an extra week, the show’s fourth run has begun with 21 housemates living together in a mansion.

John Ugbe, CEO of broadcaster MultiChoice, which is behind the show, said: “We’re proud of the work everyone has delivered to bring this show to viewers’ television screens and devices.

“Our customers are in for a treat and this season is going to be even bigger and hotter and, more importantly, it’s taking place right here in Nigeria.”

Big Brother Naija season is available via all DStv packages on channel 198 and on GOtv Max and Plus on channel 29.

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Total BBNaija prizes upped to N60m

Reality TV show Big Brother Naija, which starts its fourth season on June 30, has revealed the winner of this year’s show will receive a N30m cash prize and a total prize worth N60m.

This is an increase on last year’s show when winner Miracle Ikechukwu Igbokwetook home N45m worth of prizes.

John Ugbe, CEO of the show’s broadcaster, MultiChoice, said: “Each edition of Big Brother Naija significantly improves on all aspects of the previous season and this year is no different.

“The winner of season four will walk away from the house with a N30m cash prize and a top-of-the-range SUV, amongst many other exciting prizes.

“The Big Brother Naija winner will also emerge as the most popular and marketable personality on the continent, as the show is known to launch prominent careers in arts, entertainment and other supporting industries.”

In addition, the winner will win a trip to Dubai, a home makeover, a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VIP experience, a year’s supply of Indomie noodles and Munch it, a new Oppo smartphone and also a bonus prize of two VIP tickets to a European football final, courtesy of BET9ja

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Big Brother Naija theme revealed

The producers of Big Brother Naija have revealed the theme for the reality show’s upcoming fourth season.

The programme’s new run has been given the tagline ‘Forget Wahala,’ as revealed on the show’s Instagram page. The slogan refers to the title of the previous edition of Big Brother Naija, Double Wahala.

The team behind the show also claim season four  will be “the biggest version of BBNaija” yet.

Filmed in Nigeria, Big Brother Naija is sponsored by Bet9ja and will be hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu for the third season in a row. Its launch date has yet to be revealed.

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BBNaija online audition finalists revealed

The producers of Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) have selected 10 finalists from online auditions, with viewers having the final say on who becomes a housemate in the reality show’s fourth season.

The finalists are 32-year-old Charles, Emeka (33), Nkeiru (23), Precious (23), Onyeka(24), Moshood (26), Todum (32), Ifeanyi (23), Oluwasegun (30) and Samson (25).

Viewers will now get the chance to decide which hopeful enters the BBNaija house. MultiChoice, the pay TV company behind the show, said: “Big Brother is giving you, the viewer, the power to select one more housemate to go into the Big Brother house this season. These personalities bring you the choice of more drama, action, love, laughter or entertainment.

“All you have to do is vote for the personality you will like to see in the house, daily, from March 21 to 31 2019. Remember, you must be an active DStv/GOtv subscriber to cast valid votes.”

The start date for the show has not yet been announced.

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BBNaija plans housemate reunion

Big Brother Naija 2018 housemates

Reality TV show Big Brother Naija is set to hold a reunion for the housemates who participated in the 2018 edition, tagged Double Wahala.

Pay TV company MultiChoice made the announcement after the launch of its dedicated pop-up channel recently.

The 2018 housemates are Nina, Teddy, Vandora, K Brule, Alex, D One, Princess, Miracle, Ahneeka, Bam Bam, Rico Swavey, Chloe, Angel, Bitto, Ifu Ennada, Leo, Tobi, Lolu, Cee-C and Anto.

Rumours have suggested the winner of the 2018 show, Miracle Ikechukwu, may not be able to attend.

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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.

Bally

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.

Bally

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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