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Big Brother Naija, Nigerian youths and the future

Big Brother is inspired from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four with its theme of continuous oppressive surveillance. The first version of the show was broadcast in Veronica in the Netherlands in 1999.

The format has become an international TV franchise. While each country or region has its own variation, the common themes is that the contestants (housemates), are confined to the house and have their every action recorded by cameras and microphones and that no contact with the outer world is permitted.

The Nigerian version of the show, so far has five seasons-the first airing from March 5, June 4, 2006. Katung Aduwak emerged winner of that season. The second season of the show premiered 11 years after the first season on January 22, 2017 with Efe Ejeba as winner. The third season premiered on January 28, 2018 with Miracle Ishokwe as winner. The second season premiered on June 30, 2019 and unlike the previous episodes, the show was set in Lagos with an initial 21 housemates and another five a month later. Mercy Eke AKA Lamborghini was crowned winner. The fifth edition obviously premiered on July 19, with 20 housemates. Olamilekan “Laycon” Agbeleshe won the show with an improved ground prize of N85 million.

Basically housemates are sustained by the votes of the viewers who either vote via SMS, desktop website, big brother mobile site or the DSTV or GOTV apps. While voting by SMS costs N30, votes via the mobile sites are free but data cost apply.

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