Thimna Shooto and Libhongo-Lethu ‘Libho’ Geza have emerged winners of the first season of M-Net’s popular reality dating series Love Island SA, taking away a cash prize of R1m.
South Africa-based blogger TV With Thinus reported that the winning couple had over 53% of the total 1.6 million votes that were cast over the past week by viewers.
The remaining final couples were Millie Terblanche and Asad Boomgaard, with over 30% of the vote share, followed by Mischka Najar and Xavier Haupt with over 12% and Ross Marshall and Tania Kera with over 2%.
Libho said: “I had already won when I picked her, this is just the icing on the cake. I feel great. To be honest, it hasn’t sunk in yet. But my biggest prize is being able to call Thimna my girlfriend.
“I am here for love and chose to split the money with her. I have no regrets because I ended up with the love of my life, so I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Thimna added: “I am so grateful to everyone who voted for Libho and I. My experience has been such an eye-opener. I realised so many things – good and bad – and I am so grateful for the lessons.”
Love Island SA is produced by Rapid Blue and was adapted from the ITV Studios format.
Media and entertainment investment and management group Digital Play Nigeria has acquired ITV Studios’ reality format Love Island, bringing the format to Africa for the first time.
The deal was announced during the ITV Studios Fall Festival that took place this week in London.
The show will be recorded and produced in Nigeria and the first season will air on Television Continental (TVC) for terrestrial broadcast and on 9 Vision Media for digital.
UK-based production and distribution company ITV Studios created the dating reality show.
According to Maarten Meijs, president of global entertainment at ITV Studios: “Within ITV Studios, we vest a high number of iconic and powerful formats with a lot of staying power. Our partners know where to find us and together we are able to supersize our biggest brands in their local markets.”
TVC is a broadcast TV station in Lagos, Nigeria that provides entertainment, talkshows and news. 9 Vision Media Group is a mobile telecoms operators that has added content to its list of services, delivered via the internet to mobile devices and free TV set-top boxes.