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Nigeria version of quiz Millionaire rebooted

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? originally aired from 2004 for 13 years

Television gameshow format Who Wants to be a Millionaire? is coming back to Nigerian TV screens after being off-air since 2017.

The news was announced at an event in Lagos. Themed The Rebirth, the new season will once again be hosted by Nigerian TV presenter Frank Edoho, who fronted the original  which aired between 2004 and 2017.

The producers said the ultimate prize to be won on the show is N20m (US$48,000). The new season will start broadcasting in March and will run for 52 weeks.

To update the format, a new lifeline named Ask the Host has been introduced to aid contestants when they are stuck on questions while others include 50-50, Call a Friend and Ask the Audience.

Edoho took to Twitter to say: “I assume you know by now that I have been offered the role of host of WWTBAM Series 2. My immense gratitude goes to all of you for hoping that I get the job. Thank you for your kind wishes and felicitations. God bless you all.”

The show is sponsored by payments and financial technology company UP, in collaboration with BLK Hut Media, producer of the Nigerian version of the show, under licence from format owner Sony Pictures Television.

Agada Apochi, managing director of UP, said: “We are sponsoring Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to entertain, educate and excite Nigerians. The return of WWTBAM is coming with a bang that would create lasting memories in the audience’s minds. It is going to keep them on the edge of their seats as new millionaires emerge from the show.”

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? started in the UK, created and produced by production company Celador for ITV in 1998. The Nigerian version aired on NTA and Silverbird TV from 2004 for 13 years. Sony acquired the rights to the globe-trotting format in 2008.

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Genesis Studios picks Price is Right

A Lagos-based studio has licensed the rights to US gameshow format The Price is Right in Nigeria through a deal with global production giant FremantleMedia, reports Gabriella Opara.

Frank Edoho

Genesis Studios, the prodco behind So Wrong So Wright, Tales of Eve and talkshow Chat Street, is developing a local version of the format.

The company has announced that TV personality Frank Edoho, former host of gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, will host The Price is Right alongside Emmanuel Essien (aka Mannie of Cool FM), who will act as the announcer.

“This is a show bursting with energy from start to finish and that force is transmitted right out of your TV monitors and into the homes of viewers. We can’t wait for it to get started,” said Edoho.

At the launch event last Friday, thought leaders, captains of industry, communications experts, figures in the entertainment industry and news gathers looked on as a demo of the gameshow was screened.

The Price is Right is one of the longest running TV series in the US, airing for more than 8,000 episodes since its inception in 1972 on CBS. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and other prices.

Speaking about having the show in Nigeria, Genesis CEO Olatubosun Olaegbe said: “The Price Is Right is a world-class gameshow that will engage and entertain the entire family. It is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a massive success in Nigeria.”

Abraham Praise, project director and producer of The Price Is Right Nigeria, added: “After the huge success of Idols, Got Talent and The X Factor in Nigeria, there are high hopes that Genesis Studios would bring The Price is Right Nigeria to life – especially as the legendary US version attracts over 5.4 million viewers per episode.

“The Price Is Right is quick from start to finish. It is openly transparent, the prizes are so diverse and anyone can get on the show regardless of background or qualifications. It’s truly for every Nigerian.”

The Price is Right was originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and created by Bob Stewart. The format has been produced locally in 43 territories.

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