LAGOS STATE – Thursday, May 21, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Following the success of the fourth installment which saw Mercy Eke winning the top most prize, and with the gradual but cautious reopening of the economy, MultiChoice Nigeria announced that it will bring back its popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, for its fifth season which has arguably become one of the popular shows on the continent.
Audition for the season began May 20 and will run till Saturday, May 30 is limited to online and eligible to persons who are of Nigerian nationality with a valid Nigerian passport and must be 21 years of age by June 1, 2020. 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.
Last year, the show fetched 240 million votes, the highest for the company since the show made its return in 2017. It also marked the first time a female emerged winner. Mercy Eke, the winner and Tacha, another female contestant who was later disqualified were the highlights of that season. The fifth season, according to the organisers, will deliver more drama.
In a news statement signed by Chief Executive Officer – MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, 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. According to him, this fifth season promises to be more adventurous, exciting and entertaining, and will undoubtedly be the biggest thing on African television in 2020.
The company explained that, 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.
As the new edition draws near, fans and viewers can get ready for the excitement and entertainment this season will bring as they enjoy weeks of unending drama, intrigue, romance, Friday night games, the famous Saturday night parties and an overall battle of wits as the housemates vie for the ultimate prize.
Big Brother Naija, formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria, is a Nigerian reality competition television series, based on the Big Brother television franchise, in which 12 to 21 contestants live in an isolated house and compete for a large cash prize worth $171,428.57 equivalent to 60,000,000 Nigerian Naira, and other material gifts, at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by viewers. The first season of the show first aired on DStv Channel 37 from March 5 to June 4, 2006. The voting results were verified by the auditing company of Alexander-Forbes.
The Big Brother Naija reality TV show continues to produce some of the country’s biggest TV personalities and pop culture influencers since its maiden edition in 2006. Some of these personalities include Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gideon Okeke and more recently, Mercy Eke, Mike Edwards, Miracle Ikechukwu, Tobi Bakre, Cynthia “Cee-C” Nwadiora Bamike “BamBam” Olawunmi, Tunde “Teddy A” Adenibuyan, Efe Ejeba, Bisola Aiyeola and Tokunbo “Tboss” Idowu
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With just approximately 14 days to elections, Politicians are leveraging on creatives with outrageously large influence on the society to canvas for votes. With the majority of talents availing themselves to be used by politicians to incite electorate’s decision, just a few are on the notion that, staying neutral and allowing the electorate to elect president and parliamentarians based on achievements is the best.
Multi award-winning reggae & dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, has, in a recent interview on an Accra-based Okay FM, stated that, though he is going exercise his civic responsibility on the day on December 7, he has not made any public declaration for any political candidate to be elected or re-elected for office. But, however believing that, electorates should be given the opportunity to access the political party they feel deserves their votes.
“I won’t endorse any political party for now but I know our father, H.E Nana Akufo Addo has done a lot of good things which are endorsable”, he told host of Ekwanso Dwodwo, Abeiku Santana.
Earlier, Ghanaian born hiplife artiste Batman Samini, endorsed Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a hot single “Kpoyaka” which outlines the achievements of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a liberal democratic political party which was registered on 28 July 1992, Government under the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Sarkodie also dropped “Happy Day” featuring Kuami Eugene. The ambiguity and or inexactness of the song produced by MOG Beatz and Mastered by Possigee has left consumers in a state of uncertainty, as it has become very difficult to interpret it to be a Gospel or political campaign song for the governing New Patriotic Party. However, some part of the lyrics suggest it is actually an agenda driven campaign so for President Nana Akufo-Addo and also a Gospel song to keep nerves calm in these hard times.
“I’m Cool With You”, Stonebwoy Reacts To Shatta Wale’s Claims Of Missed Calls
Stonebwoy has, in a recent tweet, reacted to comments made by Shatta Wale – who claimed the CEO of Burniton Music Group has stopped responding to his calls after the Asaase Sound Clash lyrical competition. In an interview with Kumawood actor Kwaku Manu’, the multiple award winner disclosed his relationship with Stonebwoy has not been the same since then.
“After the clash when I call him, he doesn’t pick and I have noticed that in life there are people who like to beef and I like such people a lot”, he said. Stonebwoy knows my contact numbers and he knows the particular number I call him with yet he still doesn’t answer when I call him,” he added
But in a tweet, Stonebwoy stated that, though he is cool with Shatta Wale, it will be a false impression to suggest their friendship has mature to a more “brotherly” level
“I dey hear hear some phone call issues. @shattawalegh you know I’m cool with you..we cant assume that we are like “bread and butter” already. Small small okay bro, the last time I checked you haven’t even replied your WhatsApp Yet”, he said.
On Saturday, September 12, 2020, fans were able to enjoy a “Verzuz-like” battle between reggae and dance-hall greats Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, who decided to switch things up by trading songs from within the same room. Together, the Ghanaian giants were able to perform their biggest classics in front of hundreds of indoor fans and about thousands social media users, all with their cultural flag behind mid-performance.
The morning after the much anticipated dancehall clash, social media users took to twitter to declare Stonebwoy the winner of the clash. Stonebwoy dominated social media trends after the night, with comments from social media users, stakeholders eulogizing him for putting out an outstanding performance. Shatta wale was mocked for leaving the stage just before the freestyle battle session which they claim was a clear indication of throwing in the towel.
Temi Otedola And Mr. Eazi Set To Launch A New Podcast Series – ‘HOW FAR’
Fresh off her super successful acting debut, actor and fashion blogger, Temi Otedola and Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi, will, on Friday November 20, launch their much anticipated podcast dubbed “How Far.” With less details made available for the public’s consumption but generally speaking, the series will usually feature the daughter of Nigerian billionairre – Femi Otedola and the CEO of emPawa Africa as recurring hosts who will engaged in a discussion about a particular topic or current event.
“We started a podcast!!! Me and the Don @mreazi new podcast – HOW FAR – launches this week. You’ll be able to listen to our weekly conversations via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Youtube and anywhere you listen to podcasts. It’s about to be a madness….” Temi Otedola announced via an Instagram post
In a simaultenous Instagram post, Mr Eazi wrote, “Fresh off her super successful Acting debut T & I decided to start a podcast #HowfarPodcast Launching this Friday & it’s about to be so much fun!!! What do you wanna hear us talk about hehe.”
Femi Otedola marked her debut in the Nigerian movie industry with Afolayan’s released movie, Citation.Citation is an academic related film that explores the subject of decadence in the educational sector, the prevalence sex for grade in African Universities. The movie revolves around a female postgraduate student who has to find a way of dealing with the awkward situation of sexual harassment from her lecturer. Temi plays the lead character Moremi.
According to the cast and crew, Citation rose to the sixth-most popular film on Netflix shortly after its release, and was most-watched on Netflix in Nigeria. “Citation” is now streaming on Netflix.
Kaakie Welcomes Her First Child [SEE PHOTOS]
Ghanaian female Dancehall/Afrobeats Singjay, Kaakie, has welcomed her first child – baby girl after successfully tying the knot in January. “She’s so cute. I couldn’t believe my bundle of joy is finally here. I feel happy as a mother. I can’t stop looking at her every moment. The feeling I have right now can’t be described,” she told her publicist, Elorm Beenie
Grace Kaki Awo Ocansey got married in a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony to Kwesi “Spider” on January 2, 2020. The ceremony which took place in Manet Ville, in Accra came off after photos of the dancehall artist and nurse’s bridal shower hit the internet. The ceremony was attended by close family and friends.
Kaakie has been off the music seen for some years now, having travelled to the UK to pursue higher education in nursing at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
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