The organisers of Big Brother Nigeria, BbNaija reality TV show, have explained why the popular reality TV show is not being hosted in Nigeria, but in South Africa.
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The second edition of Big Brother Nigeria recently began airing on Sunday, 22nd January. The show, which came up after a 10-year hiatus, received a lot of backlash for being shot in South Africa despite having all-Nigerian housemates.
This prompted Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to direct the National Broadcasting Commission to investigate the reason for the show’s hosting in South Africa. He added that the show could be violating some rules, as well as a possible ‘deceit’, seeing as the viewers of the show were not informed on the actual venue of the show.
“As a country of laws, only the outcome of the investigation will determine our next line of action,’’ he said.
In a statement by Caroline Oghuma, she explained that the show’s choice to film BIg Brother Nigeria is hinged on the availability of a “Big Brother house” in South Africa which is used for filming the main Big Brother Africa TV show, as well as other Big Brother shows on the continent.
The statement quoted Oghuma as saying:
“We have a fully equipped house in South Africa, which is used for the Big Brother shows.
“This means that we are able to achieve high production values whilst meeting tight timelines and ensuring the show comes to our viewers on time as planned, and with the same globally renowned quality.
“The house has played host to other Big Brother countries including; the general Big Brother Africa, Mozambique, Angola and now Nigeria,’’
The Big Brother house currently has 12 Nigerian housemates vying for the grand prize of $100,000.