Popular reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria is coming back to a TV screen near you. The show which has been on a 10 year break will return in January 2017.

Read: Big Brother Africa: Reality TV, not reality

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria on the return, John Ugbe, Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria said, ”We decided to re-invent BBA, the reality show, once again by bringing back the Nigerian version. We are confident that it will draw pan-African audiences for the same reasons that Big Brother Africa did.”

For those unfamiliar with Big Brother, it is a reality TV show which follows a group of young contestants living together in a custom built house under constant surveillance.

According to Ugbe, the show is making a return due to popular demand.

The hugely successful Big Brother Africa was cancelled in 2014 after a major fire destroyed the house at Sasani Studios which was to be used for the Big Brother Hotshots. In 2015, MultiChoice announced that there would be no competition and that ‘the team was busy re-evaluating the strategic direction of Big Brother Africa’.

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Fire fighters attempt to pacify the destructive fire that engulfed the proposed Big Brother Hotshots house in 2014. Shortly after, the show was cancelled. Photo: Unknown

Read: Fire cancels Big Brother Africa’s new season

For those unfamiliar with Big Brother, it is a reality TV show which follows a group of young contestants living together in a custom built house under constant surveillance. Cameras film their everyday lives in the house including, fights, romance, the regular parties that occur and audience favorite, shower hour. Young men and women vying for the grand cash prize are completely isolated from the outside world. They participate in weekly competitions and evictions until a winner emerges.

Popular reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria is coming back to a TV screen near you. The show which has been on a 10 year break will return in January 2017.

Previous winners of Big Brother Africa are Karen Igho (2011), Keagan Petersen (2012), Dillish Matheus (2013) and Idris Sultan (2014).

BBA 8 lovebirds Elikem and Pokello. Source: Facebook
BBA 8 lovebirds Elikem and Pokello. Source: Facebook

Although, OAP and media personality IK Osakioduwa was the host of the Big Brother Africa before its cancellation, we are yet to confirm if he will be hosting Big Brother Nigeria come January.

Interested in becoming the next celebrity housemate? Auditions hold in Lagos from November 26 to November 27, 2016.

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