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Celebrity Housemates trio evicted

Celebrity Housemates features participants from across Nigeria

Three participants were evicted from Nigerian reality TV show Celebrity Housemates earlier this week.

Six contestants – Frederick Leonard, Muma Gee, Ada Ameh, Junior Pope, Funky Mallam and Ogenna Okwubiri – were nominated for eviction by their fellow housemates and could only be saved by votes from viewers.

Ameh, Okwubiri and Mallam emerged with the fewest public votes, ensuring their eviction from the house.

Ameh said her eviction did not come as a surprise: “I knew it was 50/50 the moment I was nominated for eviction, but I never imagined it would happen so fast, because I was so real and already started building a family in the house.

“I love all the contestants and I believe it was a game in which some people will go and some will remain but only one winner will emerge. Be it as it may, I don’t have any regrets participating. I also thank the organisers for counting me worthy to be among the invited celebrities to premiere the reality TV show.”

To Mallam, it was a blessing in disguise: “I think I was evicted because I am planning for my wedding this month, and maybe my fellow housemates think I need some time to plan a very good gig or the organisers felt it would be hard to release me from the house for a whole three days, missing out on the games and all other activities, and hence decided to boot me out of the house. But in all, it was an unforgettable experience all the way.”

An emotional Ogenna Okwubiri, meanwhile, believed she was evicted because she couldn’t live a ‘two-sided life’ – unlike other celebrities in the house, she doesn’t act and had never previously taken part in a reality show, she said.

“Thank you, Celebrity Housemates, it was an amazing experience,” she said. “I’m glad to be among the worthy participants. I’m going to miss the fun, the noise, the laughs. This last week has recorded the biggest laugh of my life. I never even knew I could laugh as much as I did, but bringing people of different backgrounds and social beliefs together under a roof can sometimes bring out the best out of you.”

Week two of Celebrity Housemates had Dj Bellcheque visit the house to party with the remaining contestants, in keeping with the promise of the organisers to invite other celebrities to mingle with the housemates each week.

Celebrity Housemates airs weekdays on WAP TV, DSTV channel 252, at 21.00; Silverbird Television, DSTV channel 252, at 20.30; NTA at 17.30; TVC Entertainment, DSTV channel 418, at 23.30; and PRTV at 22.30. It also airs 24 hours a day on Dope TV.

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Celebs line up for reality show

A new Nigerian reality TV show, Celebrity Housemates, is set to launch on January 12 and air until February 11.

Celebrity Housemates will feature participants from across Nigeria

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.

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