When Big Brother Nigeria announced that it would kick off a fifth season of the insanely popular celebrity machine making, that has become the franchise would return. It seemed unlikely considering Nigeria and the rest of the world was navigating a global pandemic which had crippled global transportation and all but eliminated public gatherings. After two months of a strict quarantine, Nigeria was forced to ease the strict restrictions, which allowed the company behind the Big Brother franchise stagger its much beloved reunion show over the course of a month. Now we are less than 2 weeks before the show to begin. The housemates have been chosen and the show has finally released its strict procedures to ensure that we get premium entertainment while the house mates stay safe.
Here’s what we know about the house.
- The process that led to the housemates we will see in two weeks was entirely virtual (a method pioneered by early American reality tv). 30,000 entries were sent in and thinned down to our current crop.
- Every housemate has undergone strict health testing (as is standard with Big Brother Nigeria) and has already quarantined to ensure they are of perfect health before they go into the house.
- Social distancing will be observed in the Big Brother House. Once the housemates enter the house, they will not be allowed to engage physically with people from outside the house, this means no guests and minimal Ninja contact.
- There will be no live audiences at the eviction shows, the production crew will only work in shifts with a window between their shifts to ensure they remain socially distanced and anyone who falls ill will be immediately removed from the show.
Also, in case we forgot, BetWay who is sponsoring this season, has announced that there will be a bigger pot for the winners and more at stake. Fitting if your very life is in the line?