Big Brother: Exit two, enter two!

The first surprise is that after a three-week stay in the house Yinka becomes the second housemate to be evicted from the house during a predictable eviction show this week and Big Brother has introduced two new faces ‘ Katung and Sandra. In a show that featured a live performance from Nigerian star Jazzman Olofin, the majority public opinion saw 26-year-old musician Yinka evicted from Big Brother Nigeria. Yinka gained 50.67 percent of the public vote while fellow nominees Francisca and Joseph gained 49.33 percent of the public vote. When host Olisa Adibua made the announcement, Yinka became the second housemate to leave the show, after spending three weeks in the Big Brother Nigeria house. And as he made his way out through the carved wooden doors of the BBN house, Yinka bid farewell to the 10 remaining BBN housemates and the show’s US$ 100 000 grand prize! In the moments after he was evicted, Yinka watched a special edited insert that showed his stay in the Big Brother Nigeria house. And he found out just which of his fellow housemates had nominated him, along with Francisca and Joseph, for this week’s public vote. In an interview with Yinka after his eviction, Olisa asked the 6ft, 8in housemate why he thought he’d been nominated twice by fellow housemates. Yinka’s witty reply was “I’m popular!” Reuniting with family and friends, Yinka will now head into a busy week including media interviews and more! Plus there is good news for fans who want to meet Yinka ‘ he is the special ‘guest of honor’ at the Channel O/Big Brother Nigeria Eviction party, held on this week at The Vault nightclub in Lagos. Tickets will be sold at the door and the cost of entry is 1000 Naira. In addition, the party at The Vault was filmed for broadcast to DStv viewers on Channel O yesterday. And it is not just Yinka who will have a special Channel O Party ‘ every evicted housemate will have their own eviction party at The Vault on the Wednesday after their eviction. Reality TV is all about big surprises, unexpected drama and unforeseen action. Yet when Big Brother Nigeria launched on M-Net in early March, few could have anticipated the powerful surprise that the show’s producers, Endemol Nigeria and Storm Vision Limited, had in mind. Now, in true reality TV style, Big Brother Nigeria has unveiled its big surprise! DStv audiences discovered this week that not one, but two new housemates will be taking up residence on the Lagos-based reality show. For 25-year-old Katung and 29-year-old Sandra, their appearance on Big Brother Nigeria has been a long time coming. The duo, who were selected at the same time as the other BBN housemates, have been in isolation since the show’s March 5 launch. They’ve not even met each other! Now they’ll get their chance to join the action and convince viewers why they should win the US$ 100 000 Big Brother Nigeria grand prize! And in order to ensure that the two new housemates enjoy the same privileges as their fellow competitors, both Sandra and Katung will spend one week in the Big Brother Nigeria house before they can be nominated for eviction. According to Storm Vision Nigeria Chairman Obi Asika, the decision to include two new housemates was part of the plan since the production began. “We knew right from the start that African TV audiences would demand high-quality, action-packed entertainment. This is what we’re aiming to create! The addition of two new housemates mimics real life perfectly where people and places change from moment to moment. After all, strangers today could become friends, foes or family tomorrow.” This is not the first time that an unexpected appearance has taken M-Net’s Big Brother fans by surprise! In the second season of Big Brother SA two new housemates, in the form of Jacqui and Puledi, also made an unexpected arrival. And Big Brother Africa proved the popularity of dramatic entrances when Uganda’s Gaetano went to Big Brother UK and that show’s likeable Scotsman Cameron joined the Big Brother Africa housemates. What followed in the days after both shows introduced new personalities was drama and more drama as the existing housemates each reacted in highly individual and emotional ways to the new persons in their midst. How will the Big Brother Nigeria housemates respond, especially since they have already said goodbye to two other BBN housemates? Only time will tell! For audiences who don’t want to miss a minute of Big Brother Nigeria, remember to tune in to DStv Channel 37 for 24-hour coverage. In addition, fans can tune in for the BBN highlights show on M-Net and/or AfricaMagic every week! The show continues to draw a widespread audience with well over 50 000 SMS messages received and over 1 million page impressions recorded on the website.

April 2006
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