Big Brother Naija is coming back to our screens on July 19, 2020.
While fans and viewers around Nigeria are excited to see their favourite shows on TV after a nine-month hiatus, we’re sure everyone is wondering how the organisers of BBNaija plan to keep the housemates safe with the coronavirus pandemic that’s currently about town.
MultiChoice Nigeria recently answered our questions about the precautions they’d be taking and all the amazing stuff to expect in season five of the show.
1. Bigger prize money
The Big Brother Naija show has always operated on a ‘winner takes it all’ format, and this year is no different.
Last year, the BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke took home a 30 million Naira prize money, as well as other mouth-watering gifts. This year, we don’t know how much the prize money will be, but MultiChoice has told us to expect something bigger.
At this point, I bet some of you are trying to find out if you can swap places with some of the selected housemates. Nice try, guys. Nice try.
2. Ebuka’s ‘rona fashion
BBNaija is not complete without the show’s host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. Ebuka always gives us something extra to look forward to at the eviction shows with his unique style that never fails to wow us every single time.
This year, you can expect Ebuka to put his best fashion forward as he always does.
3. Pre-quarantined housemates
Well, like Ebuka said, the entire Big Brother Naija show is like one big quarantine in itself. The housemates are kept together in one location with minimal to zero contact with outsiders until they are evicted. This setup makes the housemates act in interesting ways, which is what brings the drama to the show.
This year, the housemates are currently being quarantined ahead of the show. This is to ensure that they are all healthy and coronavirus free before they get into the house.
You could say that being quarantined is preparing them for the actual experience of the show, but we’re wondering if it will have an effect on the housemates themselves. Will it make them more edgy? More inclined to act naturally? We’ll watch and see.
4. Housemates to love and hate
We see it every single year. As the show unfolds, there are always those housemates everyone simply loves, some others that alienate the fans because of their attitude, and of course, there’s the sweet anticipation of guessing who the next BBNaija winner will be!
5. COVID-19 precautions
MultiChoice, the organisers of BBNaija are taking lots of precautions to keep the housemates safe and coronavirus free in season five of the show.
Besides intense health screening and quarantining the housemates before the show, MultiChoice also plans to frequently disinfect the house in the course of the show. They have also said that there will be no live audience at the Sunday eviction show, and that external visitors like visiting celebrities and BBNaija Ninjas will not be featured this year.
Still, you can expect that BBNaija will creatively bring you the best in entertainment despite the restrictions of coronavirus.
Big Brother Naija season 5 will premiere Sunday, July 19th will be broadcast live and 24/7 on DStv channel 198 and GOtv Max and Jolli packages on channel 29.
DStv customers who would like to opt out of viewing the show can do so by sending “BBNOUT [space] smart card number” to 30333. While GOtv customers can do same by sending “BBNOUT [space] IUC Number” to 30333. Additionally, customers can activate the parental control option on their DStv and GOtv decoders for viewers younger than 18 years.
To not miss a moment of the entertainment the brand new season is sure to bring, fans are encouraged to sign up on DStv today via www.dstvafrica.com or get GOtv Max or Jolli on www.gotvafrica.com and download the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps from the app store for more self-service options.