Actor Eniola Badmus has claimed she has yet to receive any prize money for winning reality TV show Celebrity Housemates.
Badmus called the show “a scam” and said she had not seen any of the N7m (US$19,400) she was due since been crowned the winner in the programme’s finale in February.
“I don’t know what happened,” Badmus said. “But I know that I am the winner of Celebrity Housemates. I won in February and I am yet to get my money. It’s N9m, but I actually promised two charity homes of my choice a million naira each, so I have N7m. I am yet to get it.
“At some point, we heard that the owner of the show absconded but got back into town lately. I guess she has been calling my management, but she has not been saying anything about the money, she has been saying other things.”
She added: “I think it’s a scam, but we will sort it out.”
Celebrity Housemates was organised by Heart Link Ventures and executive produced by its MD, Kemi Otegbade. It was also backed by Fly for Value, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, Dope TV, Masters Entertainment, Royalsec Security and Amen Estate.
Overall, 12 celebrities participated in the show, which began on January 13 and ended on February 6. It aired on networks including Wap TV, Silverbird Television, NTA, TVC Entertainment, DSTV and PRTV. It also aired 24/7 on web channel Dope TV.
The other celebrities who appeared on the show are Emmanuel Ikubese, Yomi Fash Lanso, Funky Mallam, Doris Simeon, Ruggedman, Muma Gee, Ada Ameh, Jaywon, Bolanle Ninalowo, Ogenna Ekwubiri and Frederick Leonard.
Actress Eniola Badmus has emerged as the first winner of reality show Celebrity Housemates.
Since the show began on January 13, Badmus has been nominated for eviction numerous times but was always saved by getting the highest number of votes, consecutively.
Badmus was named winner about a week after two other housemates – Doris Simeon and Frederick Leonard – were evicted. She was the first participant to be unanimously voted in as head of house.
After winning the show, Badmus took to her Instagram to express her gratitude to her supporters. “I have been completely overwhelmed by the love and support I have received this past weeks on the show,” she said.
As an actress, Badmus has appeared in numerous films in both Yoruba and English.
Celebrity Housemates aims to promote the themes of unity and peace using “a convergence of culture, lifestyle and entertainment.” It watches as 12 celebrities live together in a mansion for 30 days to compete for a N7m cash prize and endorsement deals.
The show aired 24 hours a day on Dope TV. It also aired weekdays on WAP TV at 21.00; Silverbird Television at 20.30; NTA at 17.30; TVC Entertainment at 23.30; and PRTV at 22.30.
The celebs included Emmanuel Ikubese, Yomi Fash Lanso, Funky Mallam, Doris Simeon, Ruggedman, Muma Gee, Ada Ameh, Jaywon, Eniola Badmus, Bolanle Ninalowo, Ogenna Ekwubiri and Frederick Leonard.
A new Nigerian reality TV show, Celebrity Housemates, is set to launch on January 12 and air until February 11.
Described by its producers as the “convergence of culture, lifestyle and entertainment,” the reality show will have 12 celeb housemates from different sectors of the entertainment industry competing for a cash prize of N7m.
Promoting peace and unity, Celebrity Housemates will feature contestants from the six regions of Nigeria to showcase the nation’s strengths. The reality show is set to air around the clock online and will also include a one-hour daily show on TV nationwide.
The show’s broadcasters are yet to be announced but producers said it will air on 14 stations across Nigeria, plus via Dope TV, a dedicated YouTube channel and a mobile app.
The celebrity contestants will include Emmanuel Ikubese, Yomi Fash Lanso, Funky Mallam, Doris Simeon, Ruggedman, Muma Gee, Ada Ameh, Peggy Ovire, Eniola Badmus, Bolanle Ninalowo, Ogenna Ekwubiri and Frederick Leonard.
Sponsored by travel agent Fly for Value, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, Dope TV, Masters Entertainment, Royalsec Security and Amen Estate, the show is put together by Lagos-based management consultancy Heartlink Ventures.
The 30-day series will involve daily tasks and challenges, focusing on lifestyle, interpretation of culture, education and games. Other celebrities will visit the contestants weekly to share entrepreneurial and career-oriented ideas on whatever project they have in mind.
The contestant who wins the fewest viewer votes each week will be evicted. Every weekend, a party will be held to celebrate the end of the week and other guest stars will be brought in to celebrate with contestants.
The winner of the prize money will donate N2m to charity and N1m to selected viewers. Other contestants will go home with cash prizes too.
Kemi Otegbade, MD of Heartlink and executive producer of the series, said: “We are using this show to converge the Nigerian cultural values with the ideal lifestyle of celebrities and entertain Nigerians in an educating and exciting way.
“We have been working on the format and I can assure Nigerians of an engaging and exciting experience on television and online. We can also confirm it will be an annual event,” Otegbade added.
The team behind the show includes Danladi Bako, as co-executive producer, and Sola Fajobi, as consulting producer, with an advisory board comprising media execs such as Mayor Akinpelu, Funke Egbemode and Jahman Oladejo.
“Our celebrities are normal human beings. Although their fans adore them and grant them a larger-than-life perception, it is imperative that we create a platform for their fans to connect, engage and get a peep into their lifestyles, hence the creation of the reality TV show,” added a representative of Fly for Value.