The reality TV series Big Brother Nigeria, which was re-launched on Sunday after 10 years in the cold ran into bad weather yesterday when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaj Lai Mohammed directed the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, to investigate allegations of ‘deceit’.
Acting under pressure from Nigerians whom he said had bombarded his office with complaints of possible breach of Nigeria law by Multi-Choice, the organizers of the reality show, Mohammed said the NBC should investigate and submit its findings promptly on the allegation that the show was shot in South Africa, thereby possibly beaching the Nigerian Broadcasting code.
“As a country of laws, only the outcome of the investigation will determine our next line of action,’’ Mohammed said in the release today in Abuja.
Responding later in the day, Multi-Choice, explained why the shooting is being done in South Africa. In a statement released by Caroline Oghuma, the company said quality of studio and content delivery was foremost in its consideration of South Africa as choice for shooting the show
She said: “We have a fully equipped house in South Africa which is used for the Big Brother shows. The house has played host to other Big Brother countries including; the general Big Brother Africa, Mozambique, Angola and now Nigeria.
“This means that we are able to achieve high production values whilst meeting tight timelines and ensuring the show comes to our viewers on time, as planned, and with the same globally renowned quality”,
The series is expected to run for 78 days and end on April 9.
The winner of the 11-week contest will be given N25m naira cash prize and a brand new Kia Sorento SUV car.
Among the 12 housemates who were expected to entertain Nigerians are: Efe, Gifty, CoCoice, Kemen, Miyonse, Bally, Bisola, Marvis, Bally.
While NBC conducts its investigation, Mohammed has urged concerned Nigerians to remain calm.