Seeking Big Brother housemates


Pay-TV broadcaster M-Net AfricaMagic and Endemol SA, producers of the eighth edition of Africa’s biggest reality series Big Brother Africa, which commences its broadcast in May, invite all those interested in being housemates to submit their applications by 14 February.

This year entry is open to the same 14 countries as the year before with the only exception being Liberia which will be replaced by Ethiopia for 2013. The replacement forms part of the strategy to rotate certain countries into and out of the format to ensure that a wide range of countries can be included in different editions of the series.

Thus participating countries this year are: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Entry is open to persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of any of the participating countries and who either have a valid passport or will be able to obtain one by the end of March. Producers are looking for persons who are fluent in English, entertaining and passionate about the Big Brother experience. Of particular importance to the selection team are the qualities of tolerance, determination and enthusiasm. Open-minded, bold and adventurous people are particularly welcome.

Entry forms are available immediately at Printed entry forms will also be available at MultiChoice offices in the participating countries from 1 February 2013.

As with previous editions of Big Brother Africa, the new season will have a twist and according to M-Net Africa managing director Biola Alabi, who has helmed the production for the past four years, the big surprise this year is one that audiences are expected to fall in love with.

“As always, we won’t say much about the new season but I can confirm that we’ve added a new element that I think will get the hearts of viewers racing. The fact that the fans truly adore the show is all the motivation we need to keep it fresh and fun!’

Her views are echoed by Endemol MD Sivan Pillay who says, “Our long-term association with M-Net is very much a partnership, a marriage of sorts. We understand what they desire for their audiences, and they trust us enough to let us develop innovative twists and surprises. So the process is quite harmonious and very exciting, as all good relationships should be. I am hopeful that this year we are creating a red-hot show that will include familiar trademarks like nominations and evictions alongside a very special new development.’

Previous editions of Big Brother Africa have boasted huge cash prizes for winners and this year the winner will walk away with USD 300 000.

More information on Big Brother Africa 8 will be made available over the next month on AfricaMagic, Twitter, Facebook and the website.

Big Brother Africa 8 will be screened live 24/7 on DStv channels 197 and 198. The action begins on Sunday, 26 May and is scheduled to run for 91 days.


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