Big Brother Africa 2013

Ahead of the eighth season of the popular reality TV show, Big Brother Africa, many residents of Abuja have expressed different opinions on the impact of the programme on the society.

The 2013 season with the theme, “The Chase,” is scheduled to begin from May 26, and would feature 26 new housemates from 14 countries, all competing for $300,000 and other prizes. The show that would take place in South Africa will have the contestants spend 91 days in the Big Brother House.

While some fans described the show as pretty unique and entertaining, some people complained that it demonstrated some level of immorality.

A housewife, Miss Ijeoma Amaefula, said past editions of the TV show recorded special moments and features, expecting the new season to show suspense, emotions, drama, fun and excitement.

“I’m super excited that it is back. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past seasons and I look forward to a better season,” Amaefula said.

Miss Maimuna Idris, said the adventure surrounded by controversies, romances, heartbreaks, conspiracies and alliances make the show to be interesting, adding that “It further creates an avenue to get exposure, I wish I am the one that will represent my country and because of the fame I wish the programme is sustained.”

However, some others described the programme as not encouraging and requested that it should be stopped.

Mr Ufere Chinwendu, a lawyer, said it was addictive and would not encourage the spiritual growth of the citizenry, saying, “It is morally bad, spiritually dwindling and promotes carnality among the youth because it does not attract any positive change to the society.” Another lawyer, Miss Fortune Augustine, said she withdrew from watching the programme because she could not get any good lesson from it.

“I could not get any lesson from the little I watched so I suggest the organisers should use the money for better things. I am not learning anything from the idea of exposing the body and having sex on the screen,” Augustine said.

Similarly, Miss Tomiwa Aluko, a student, insisted that she was not encouraged by the programme, adding that it is discouraging with no positive impact on the viewers.

“There is always immorality in Big Brother, just drinking, smoking, partying and indecent exposure. There is no lesson there as they are just encouraging nudity and I will tag it corrupt entertainment.’’

Despite the mixed feelings, M-Net Africa Managing Director, Biola Alabi, said Africa Magic strives to deliver the best in entertainment “and Big Brother Africa remains at the forefront of our plans. We want to give audiences and loyal fans of the show, a truly unforgettable viewing experience once again.”