Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday said they were elated that the Nigerian edition of the reality TV show, Big Brother would begin in 2017.
The first edition of ‘Big Brother Nigeria’ held in 2006, producing stars like Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Tinsel actor, Gideon Okeke, but was won by Katung Aduwak who took home 100,000 dollars.
After 10 years, organisers of the show, Multichoice had announced on social media platforms in November that the second edition of the show would commence on Jan. 22, 2017 in Lagos.
Amaka Okoro, a staff of Multichoice Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Multichoice was prepared to entertain Nigerians with the biggest reality show.
“We have made arrangements for the show and we want Nigerians to be entertained.
“The show is now known as ‘Big Brother Naija’ and will be broadcast on Dstv and Gotv, but it will be aired on specific channels and viewers will have to subscribe for it.
“The show remains live, relies on viewers votes and will run for 78 days.“The show was very successful in 2006 and we hope for the same this year, but the ‘Shower hour’ segment won’t be shown this time.
“There will be a total of 12 housemates during the season and the emerging winner takes home a new KIA Sorento car and N25 million,” she said.
Bimbo Adesope, a civil servant, said “I was surprised to hear that the show was coming back for a second season.’’
“I am hoping that it remains as interesting as the other Big Brother shows across the world.
“I’m glad that those interested in the show can simply subscribe for it.’’
Bode George, a Club DJ, said “we have been told that some aspects of the show such as shower time and other aspects that might look inappropriate will not be shown’’.
“Fact is that those are the main things that attract viewers.
“People want to see the romantic connections and the fights that will take place in the house.
“I am, however, happy that the show is back but I hope it will be as interesting as the last one was,’’ he said.
Ngozi Daniels, a masseuse, told NAN that she was happy that the show would be back on air soon.
“I am a big fan of Big Brother and I can’t wait for the show to begin.
“I was one of those who were saddened by the fact that the show was cancelled after airing in 2006.
“Its comeback is very much needed as we Nigerians need something to lighten our mood.
“With the economic hardship and security crises, I need this show to help me forget about the sad atmosphere once in a while.’’
According to Ahmed Yusuf an entrepreneur, I believe that Big Brother is a waste of time for participants and viewers.
“I remember when the show aired in 2006 and my daughter became addicted to the programme.
“She was in SS2 then and that was the only thing she and her friends ever watched.
“It became a show that captured the attention of women and youths in every household.
“The participants on the other hand tend to spend months of their lives in the house without achieving anything.
“That is a waste of time and money from both parties and I won’t be subscribing for the show,’’ he said.
NAN reports that auditions for potential housemates held in Lagos on November 26 and 27.