MultiChoice Nigeria has announced with the gradual yet cautious reopening of the economy that it will bring back its famous reality TV series, Big Brother Naija, for its fifth season.
The company announced in a statement that following the fourth season 's success, the show is currently one of the continent 's famous shows.
Big Brother Naija has been widely recognized as one of Africa 's greatest exports in entertainment, becoming the largest showcase in Nigeria 's diversity outside Nollywood 's heart, "says John Ugbe, chief executive of the business.
"This fifth season aims to be more adventurous, thrilling and fun, and will definitely be African television's biggest thing by 2020."
Audition for the season that started on May 20 and will run until Saturday, May 30 is limited to online and eligible for persons who are of Nigerian nationality with a valid Nigerian passport and must be 21 by June 1, 2020.
“Potential contestants are expected to record a two-minute video of themselves stating why they should be picked to be a Housemate in season 5 of Big Brother Naija. Following this, they are to log on to www.africamagic.tv/BBAudition to fill out the online registration form and upload their videos. The online audition is free and open to interested male and female participants,” reads the statement.
Bringing back the reality show at a time the world is still dealing with the unpredictable coronavirus is likely to fetch the company criticisms. However, the company explained that “The timing of the show is also particularly important, given the dominance of the COVID-19 pandemic; auditions for the fifth edition will now hold online and viewers and stakeholders alike can rest assured knowing that global best practices, precautions, and preventive measures will be followed throughout the show, even as we guarantee the premium entertainment BBNaija is renowned for.”
The show received 240 million votes in the previous year, the highest for the organization since the show returned in 2017. It also marked the first time a female winner appeared. The highlights of that season were Mercy Eke, the winner, and Tacha, another female contestant who later became disqualified.
According to the producers, the fifth season will offer more excitement.
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Thursday 21st of May 2020