As I predicted on Saturday, Nigeria’s Kevin Chuwang Pam became a millionaire on Sunday night, when he won the sensational $ 200.000 prize money.
But was this edition of Big brother really a revolution as the organizers touted it.
In the first of our three part series, we will dissect and pass a verdict on this year’s Big brother vis-à-vis the previous editions and other big brother series across the world.
The advertising started all the way in May, yet the actual show was to start in September, and the key word was always that this would the biggest and most exciting show since it started airing back in 2003.
For starters, the show had a new host, Nigeria’s IK and Big brother’s male voice had been replaced by a female voice.
Also instead of fourteen contestants, we had twenty five housemates, with most of the countries having a pair each, while Nigeria had three.
For the very first time, a pair of twins-Edward and Erastus Morongo from Namibia were thrown in to the mix, but they were separated early in the game, as the girls had ganged up on them.
If that is what Biggie meant by a revolution, then it was all but a poor revolution.
Many reasons have been given for the poor ratings of this year’s show and surprisingly the effects of shower hour haven’t been mentioned at all.
For those of you who don’t know, Shower hour was a period of time when all housemates were required to go and bath in the full glare of the cameras, meaning that the whole of Africa watched the housemates naked showering.
But this year, the shower hour was put off the show, much to the chagrin of viewers who wondered how the show could be rated 18, with no shower hour.
A colleague at work asked me if this was the sole reason this year’s edition seemed to be very boring, there are no prizes for guessing the answer.
Also the popular uncut sessions which used to be aired on Friday nights in the previous editions were scrapped off this year.
These sessions featured all the intimate and romantic scenes of the housemates, but there was nothing this time around to keep viewers glued to their T.V sets deep in the night.