Mercy Eke has been crowned the winner of the 2019 edition of reality show Big Brother Naija.
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.
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.”
A Nigerian Muslim group has urged president Muhammadu Buhari to ban reality show Big Brother Naija, which is currently in its fourth season.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) Double Wahala housemate Rico Swavey has been evicted, leaving seven contestants in the reality show.
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.
South African broadcaster M-Net’s Africa Magic network is to launch a telenovela starring two former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemates.
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.
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.
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.