ByÂ Benjamin Njoku
After the controversy that trailed last yearâ€™s edition of the worldâ€™s first ever continental Big Brother, Nigerians and indeed, Africans are set to behold another season of the sensational reality TV series, Big Brother Africa.
But contrary to what obtained during the previous edition, audience will be disappointed this year as certain aspects of the show such as the show hour, nudity and other accepted norms amongst housematesÂ have been banned. This is part of the new rules to maintain sanity in the house and sustain the uniqueness of the yearly continental show.
Also, the old rules banning conspiracy in the house have been lifted, even as contestants will be free to forge alliances, discuss strategy openly and play the game in an entirely different way. Even the voting is set to undergo a complete transformation.
This year, audiences will be asked to vote for the housemates they want to see remain in the series rather than the housemates they want to see leave the house. So itâ€™s all about being positive and keeping the great players in the game.
At the media launch of the continental reality TV show last weekend, in Lagos, Head of the Communication Affairs, Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited, organisers of the yearly event, Mr Segun Fayose, disclosed that the prize money for the competition has been doubled, as it now stands at a phenomenal $200,000 – a breathtaking, life-altering â€˜winner takes allâ€™ fortune.
Fayose, said there will be housemates from 14 African countries, including Ghana, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also, housemates from Mozambique and Ethiopia are expected to be part of this yearâ€™s edition.
Adding to the new mix are, 40 â€˜all-seeing, all-knowingâ€™ cameras, which promises almost twice as much sight and sound capability as seasons 1, 2 or 3. Going by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission(NBC) new directives to ensure that children are not exposed to the show, Fayose said,Â the organisers have sent out letters on time to the hospitality homes, to forewarn them of the implication of showing the show in there respective hotels.
Also,Â prospective viewers are expected to indicate their interests through sending of SMS to Multi-Choice to be eligible to have channel 190Â released to them.
â€œAccording to the new rules released by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, Multi-Choice has sent outÂ Â letters to hospitality homes to warn them not to show Big Brother Africa in their respective hotels as disregarding the order will amount to violating the regulations of NBC.
As part of the new regulation, channel 190 will not be released to any prospective viewer except such persons indicate interest through sending of SMS to Multi-Choice. Until you do that,Â you are not likely to watch the show.