There has been an air of excitement among followers of the Big Brother Naija show after organizers announced a merger of housemates from Nigeria and South Africa.
Africa’s biggest reality show organized by MultiChoice Nigeria on Thursday announced that it is switching up the show and will give fans a new experience in 2023.
The CEO of Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe at the MultiChoice Media Showcase event held in Lagos State promised that the experience will unify cultures, and personalities, and will highlight what Nigeria and South Africa have in common.
Although Ugbe did not disclose the prize, he explained that the prize will be as massive as the entire show, both in cash and other sponsored prizes.
The announcement got fans of the show and some ex-Big Brother housemates thrilled as they took to Twitter to express their excitement.
South Africa’s BBMzansi which was suspended seven years ago was revived and aired its last edition with 18 housemates in 2022. 27 year old, Michelle Mphowabadimo Mvundla emerged winner of the show and walked away with R2 million (48 million naira)
Reacting on Twitter, former BBNaija housemate, Cross Okonkwo said he wishes he could be in the house with the South African housemates.
”@cBig brother 9ja X big brother SA in one House. I wish I can be in this house. 2023 go mad.”
While former housemates, Pere Egbi and Dorathy Bachor stated that the show will be a Nuclear explosion.
Some avid fans of the show said the big brother show will become the biggest reality show on the continent.
A fan, Yomi Adeleke said, “ I like the fact that the organizers have decided to change things. The merger will promote both cultures and entertain us, viewers. I only hope they pick interesting housemates because ex-South African housemates were really bold.
Another identified as Oton Moses said he looks forward to the show as it will get viewers glued to their screen and promote Nigeria’s Afrobeats and South Africa’s Amapiano.
“I am looking forward to 2023 because this will be the coming together of Amapiano and Afrobeats. I think it’s a good decision for the organizers. The parties will be entertaining.”
“These two countries have a history of xenophobia, I feel this merger will promote tolerance. South Africans and Nigerians might use this opportunity to bond, Entertainment brings people together and I think this is one important aspect that will be achieved while the show airs.” Samuel John said.
Meanwhile, the ‘level up’ edition of Big Brother Naija is still ongoing and will end in October.
There are currently 13 housemates competing for the N100 million grand prize.
On Sunday three housemates alongside the three others evicted last week but became ‘house guests’ due to a twist introduced by the organizers may be evicted from the show.