Nigerian media personality Uti Nwachukwu will host a reunion show featuring the stars of reality series The Real Housewives of Lagos, to be carried by African streamer Showmax.
The reunion show will be made available on Showmax on July 1 and 8, shortly after the conclusion of the The Real Housewives’ first season.
The series follows the opulent lives of six of the most glamorous women in Lagos: Carolyna Hutchings, Laura Ikeji-Kanu, Chioma Ikokwu, Toyin Lawani-Adebayo, Iyabo Ojo and Mariam Timmer.
The reunion will see the women sit down with the Big Brother Africa 5 winner to discuss issues raised by the series and situations that happened off-camera.
Nwachukwu said: “The Real Housewives of Lagos has been a huge part of my Fridays since it premiered and I’m so excited to be able to sit down with the amazing cast to talk about the show.
“Being a lover of reality TV and also an ex-participant of a reality show myself, this feels like home and I will definitely be having a good time speaking to the ladies at this reunion.”
“The first season of The Real Housewives of Lagos has been really exciting. The decision to have Uti host the reunion was just perfect as he is a product and lover of reality TV and has the right energy to anchor the show,” said Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax Africa.
Uti Nwachukwu, winner of Big Brother Africa season five and host of Africa Magic’s entertainment show Jara, has said he would rather present TV shows and emcee events than take up a “low-paying” acting job in Nollywood, reports Gabriella Opara.
In a recent interview with Nigerian newspaper Punch, he said that despite the pizzazz and glamour of showbiz, Nigeria’s film industry proves the adage “all that glitters is not gold,” because there isn’t much money to be made in the industry.
“I haven’t been in the country [for a while] but I am back now,” he told Punch. “I took a break from acting because it doesn’t pay much and I am not ready for that kind of life. I don’t want to pretend about it, so I am only focusing on what brings greater remuneration, which is television presenting and hosting of events.”
Nwachukwu said he would prefer to take up acting as a sideline, as he believed producers can’t afford to pay what he would charge to act in a movie, saying: “Acting would just be a hobby because, honestly, producers can’t afford to pay what I want to earn.
“But I will not stay away from movies totally; I will pick only exceptional movies instead of featuring in all the ones I am invited to partake in. I don’t have so much time for little money. I am not here to pretend all is well. I am in the industry to make money; I am not in the industry to play.”
Nwachukwu has signed up to appear in the sequel to 2015 Nollywood flick Mummy Dearest.