Big Brother Africa Back
Windhoek ‑ Africa’s most popular television reality show that has kept millions of viewers on the continent glued to their small screens for the past seven years is back.
The eighth edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA) series dubbed: “The Chase” kicked off on Sunday, May 26 in its host city Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fourteen countries are participating this year, with Ethiopia replacing Liberia. The replacement comes as an endeavour by AfricaMagic and series producer, Endemol SA, to bring a wide range of countries into the different editions of the Big Brother Africa game.
The participating countries this year are Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Nigerian TV star, IK, returns as host.
As with previous editions of Big Brother Africa, the new season will have its twists.
According to M-Net Africa’s Managing Director Biola Alabi, who has controlled the production for the past four seasons, the immense surprise this year is one that audiences are expected to fall in love with.
“As always, we won’t say much about the new season but I can confirm that we’ve added a new element that I think will get the hearts of viewers racing. The fact that the fans truly adore the show is all the motivation we need to keep it fresh and fun,” articulated Alibi.
Previous editions of BBA have boasted massive cash prizes for winners and this year’s winner will walk away with a grand prize of US$300 000.
Sivan Pillay, Endemol’s Managing Director, says: “Our long-term association with M-Net is very much a partnership, a marriage of sorts.
“We understand what they desire for their audiences and they trust us enough to let us develop innovative twists and surprises, so the process is quite harmonious and very exciting as all good relationships should be.”
BBA is screened live 24/7 on DStv channels 197 and 198, while GOtv audiences see highlights of the programme and is scheduled to run for 91 days.
“I hope that this year we are creating a red-hot show that will include familiar trademarks like nominations and evictions alongside a very special new development,” Pillay concluded.