In the month of May, MultiChoice Nigeria, the organisers of the Big Brother Naija show announced that despite COVID-19, season five of the show would be happening. Fans were ecstatic!
Due to the restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this season held online auditions with a record 30,000+ Nigerians participating! According to MultiChoice Nigeria, this is the highest number of auditions they have ever received in the history of the show.
Let’s face it. We all know that Big Brother Naija is the biggest reality TV show in Africa. It’s so big that the show has got viewers rooting for participating housemates from different ends of the African continent and beyond. And of course, it’s literally the only TV show that can brag about producing a new class of celebrities every year. Looking at ex-housemates like Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Bisola, Cee-C, Tobi Bakre, Mercy Eke and Mike Edwards, you’d agree that Big Brother Naija has done well in taking relatively unknown people, placing them in the spotlight and thereby transforming their lives.
It’s also not surprising that over 30,000 Nigerians would audition for a chance to be a Big Brother Naija Season 5 Housemate to enjoy the possibilities that come with living in Biggie’s house for three months (or even a few weeks!).
Latest information reveals that a shortlist of housemates has already been selected and are individually under quarantine. They will continue to undergo testing to ensure that they are all healthy and COVID-19 free before the show launches.
BBNaija season 5 will premiere Sunday, July 19, 2020, and the organisers are putting all necessary measures in place to ensure that the show will be produced in line with the guidelines provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the strict production guidelines expected of the Big Brother format anywhere in the world.
Come July 19, you’ll be able to stay home, stay safe, and watch BBNaija on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.