20 Housemates Compete For Big Brother Titans $100,000
The long-awaited reality television show, Big Brother Titans, got off to a great start on Sunday (today).
Unlike the usual format of Big Brother Naija, which features only Nigerians, and Big Brother Africa, which has housemates from across the continent, this particular show is open to Nigerians and South Africans only.
The first housemate to make herself known was a 25-year-old South African woman named Cossy. She described herself as a fun person, but also “serious”.
The second housemate to make himself known was a Nigerian, Yemi Cregx. He said that he hoped to learn more about South Africans over the course of the programme.
The duo wasted no time in striking up a conversation. At one point, Cregx helped Cossy adjust her wig; an action that resonated on social media, with many people posting about it.
Other South African housemates include Juicy Jay, Nelisa, Mmeli, Khosi, Ipeleng, Thabang, Yaya, Khehla, Tsatii and Justin.
The Nigerian contestants are Olivia, Blaqboy, Nana, Marven, Jaypee, Ebubu, Jenni O, Kanaga and Yvonne.
Unsurprisingly, there have been a lot of buzz about the show, especially since it comes at a time when the country is gearing up for the general election.
In a speech by John Ugbe, Managing Director and CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, the organizer of the programme, stated that due to the popularity of the programme, it was almost inevitable not to bring Nigerians and South Africans together in one house.
Reacting to criticism that the program will distract young Nigerians from the upcoming general elections, he argued that young Nigerians know their priorities.
He said: “As two of the largest economies in Africa, it was only a matter of time before something like this came along. Just as there has been a clash of music genres like Afrobeats (Nigeria) and Amapiano (South Africa), there will surely be something of this nature.”
In the course of the show, there was also an announcement from the Independent National Electoral Commission educating Nigerians on the process of collecting their permanent voter cards.
Viewers were also treated to images of the spacious and well-designed house that the contestants will call home for the next few weeks.
The reality show will last for 72 days (more than 10 weeks). It also retains some of the features of Big Brother, such as journal sessions, Head of House games, Friday night parties, and homework.
It will be co-sponsored by Nigerian Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and South African Lawrence Maleke.
Guests at the live screening of the show include Saga, Dorathy Bachor and Gerald (Nigerian Idol winner). Koko’s self-proclaimed teacher D’banj also performed at the event.
The latest edition of BBN (Level Up) aired from 23 Jul to 2 Oct 2022. It was won by Phyna and smiled at the bank with a grand prize of N100m; while the last BBA was held almost a decade ago in 2014. The winner, Tayo Faniran (Nigerian) went home with $300,000 in prize money.