Big Brother: The Beginning!

Big Brother Naija is currently ongoing and we are down for it. Over 70 days of pure unadulterated entertainment. 20 housemates are selected to live in a contained and controlled environment for this duration. They have no phones or gadgets so there is no contact with the outside world.


By Ayo Babatunde


Their own entertainment majorly are board games and the games different sponsors have put together mostly to advertise their brands. The headline sponsor is Betway while M-net is the major organiser.

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The true test of human behaviour and character is put to test. We get to see what happens when most things associated when daily living is taken away. The restricted freedom and the use of certain facilities; rules and regulations such as whispering and canvassing for votes results in sanction.

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Even peculiar are the diary sessions where housemates (the contestants) are expected to air their thoughts as to a therapist. These are perhaps the most privacy most housemates will enjoy during their stay as all their activities are mostly televised.

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Big Brother itself is generally believed to be a concept adopted from George Orwell’s 1984. The novel is set in a dystopia future of 1984. The government is the time is characterized as totalitarian and all-knowing. The government therefore controls all aspects of daily life and is believed to see and monitor the activities of all citizenry. These idea transposed to a TV reality show.

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According to Wikipedia Big Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big Brother created by producer John de Mol in 1997. Originally broadcast yearly between 2000 and 2018, the show followed the premise of other versions of the format, in which a group of contestants, known as “housemates” live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world.

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It was adopted in Nigeria in 2006. However, it didn’t garner much interest until recent years. It is no doubt that the price(s) of over 50 Million Naira and the lure of instant fame with or without the winning price has made the show very competitive and ultimately or appealing to the Nigerian audience.

Until next time…

Ayo Babatunde

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