Inspite of the ‘new normal’, Big Brother 9ja returns in July

by Yinka Akanbi

As the creative and entertainment sectors grow desperate to return to normalcy inspite of the pandemic occasioned by Covid-19, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced that the fifth season of Big Brother Naija reality TV show will return in July.

MultiChoice disclosed that for its fifth season, the show will run an online audition in compliance with government’s directives. The process will start on Wednesday, May 20 and run till Saturday, May 30, 2020.

The news gives hope to thousands of viewers who are accustomed to the BBN show and television crew members who are eager for life to return to normalcy after the pandemic.

Speaking on the return of BBNaija, CEO, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said: “Big Brother Naija has been widely regarded as one of Africa’s biggest entertainment exports, being the biggest showcase of Nigeria’s diversity outside of core Nollywood. This fifth season promises to be more adventurous, exciting and entertaining, and will undoubtedly be the biggest thing on African television in 2020.

“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.”

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 who are of Nigerian nationality with a valid Nigerian passport and must be 21 years of age by June 1, 2020.

The Big Brother Naija reality TV show has produced some of Nigeria’s finest celebrities and pop culture influencers like Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Mercy Eke, Mike Edwards, Miracle Ikechukwu, Tobi Bakre, Cynthia “Cee-C” Nwadiora, Bamike “BamBam” Olawunmi, Tunde “Teddy A” Adenibuyan, Bisola Aiyeola, Tokunbo “Tboss” Idowu, among others.

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