The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reported shooting of the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria Reality Show in South Africa.
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister said the NBC should determine whether Multi-Choice, by shooting the show in South Africa, has breached the Nigerian Broadcasting Code in any way, as well as the issue of possible deceit, since the viewing public was never told that the event would be staged outside Nigeria.
”As a country of laws, only the outcome of the investigation will determine our next line of action,” he said.
While expressing concerns that Nigerians have bombarded his office with calls to complain about what they regard as an anomaly (of shooting outside the country a show meant for Nigerians), he requested that they should remain calm while the NBC investigates the issue and submits its findings.
A finalist of the Big Brother Africa Hotshots, Tayo Faniran, thinks the selection of Tanzanian contestant Idris as the winner of the 2014 edition was not right.
He told Ebuka on ‘Rubbin’ Minds’ on Sunday that he could not see any outstanding moment or performance of Idris in the highlights of the the programme that he reviewed some days ago.
“I saw my highlights and I was entertained but when I was watching that of Idris, I was waiting for that punchline but I did not see anything.
“When it was announced that he was the winner, I was shocked,” he said.
The BBA finalist denied claims that he cried when he lost out.
Faniran, however, said he was content because people considered him the winner and that he felt good about it.
Asked how he thinks Idris would feel with his comments about his selection, he said: “It is not supposed to be my own problem how he feels. I have the right to my own opinion. I wish him all the best and I hope he will use the money well”.
Nigerian actor and a model, Uti Nwachukwu, has said that his latest incursion into the Nigerian music scene is in fulfillment of his passion for his first love, rather than the quest for money.
The winner of the Big Brother Africa reality show was a guest on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television on Sunday, where he spoke about some of his recent activities.
The man, who started his career as a model before hitting fame on the pan-African reality show has since delved into other areas of the entertainment business, after riding on his claim to fame to make a great career as a TV show host.
Having also enjoyed good reviews from his performances in a number of Nollywood movies, in 2013, he released a single, launching his career as a recording artiste to the surprise of many Nigerians.
Although he refused to rate himself as a musician, Uti noted that he grew up with his multiple talents, and has enjoyed the new experience because of the reaction it drew from many fans, as they were mostly shocked that he could sing.
The latest single was not his first attempt at singing and he admitted that much, adding that the previous two singles were not serious attempts; moreover, he had never been famous for his first attempts, as he reminded Ebuka that it also took him three attempts to win Big Brother Africa.
Asked to identify his weakest competence among the many known talents, Uti simply said there was none. “TV presenting is the easiest for me and acting is the most stressful.”
Uti also had some harsh words for the critics who have tagged him as fame conscious. He noted that he had no reason to allow anonymous comments affect him. He said: “My skill is to serve serious minded people, or in lay-man’s terms – people that have sense. I don’t work because I want to entertain daft or dull people.
“You have to be extremely mentally challenged to take an anonymous comment seriously. Serious people would actually come to you and I have not met any serious person that has abused me to say ‘why are you everywhere’?”
Uti also seized the opportunity to clarify the state of the relationship between him and his friend Alex Ekubo. He explained that the relationship was part of his passion for giving back to the society as they went everywhere together so he could help give Alex the exposure his talents deserved.
There had been rumours about the hidden motive of their relationship and he wondered why “many Nigerians” would complain that celebrities were not using their status to help others; and when they do, there would also be suspicion about them being involved in amorous relationships.
“In Nigeria, a lot of people feel that you cannot give someone so much without getting something back in return; which is most likely sex,” he said.
He referred to the speculations as “very ridiculous. “But it didn’t affect the relationship. We would sit back and laugh because me I know my friend, I know say him like woman well well, and he knows me as a very disciplined manbut I like women.”
Uti refused to reveal his plans for 2014, but he assured his fans that a lot would be happening during the year.
Of course, Ebuka would not let him leave the studio without touching on his love life and the lady or ladies he has been linked with. That brought quite some revelation.
Nigeria’s own model, Beverly Osu, has made history by being the first Big Brother Africa contestant that has not been nominated for eviction since the inception of the television series in 2003.
Though critised and condemned by many Nigerians, the lingerie model and video vixen seems to be in the good books of the other housemates who have not for once put her up for eviction.
Beverly, who has been the head of house twice, hasn’t had any need to save herself. The final nominations just took place and despite the scandalous videos circulated about her and Angelo, Beverly and Melvin, Nigeria’s female contestant has managed to scale through to the finals.
The top seven contestants in the house are, Beverly, Melvin, Angelo, Cleo, Dilish, Bimp and Elikem. Who will make it to the top five and who will eventually take the coveted $300,000 home?
28 housemates from 14 African countries made their way into the Rubies and Diamonds houses for the eighth episode of Big Brother Africa tagged “The Chase”, which commenced on Sunday night.
Flying the Nigerian flag for the next 91 days to vie for the $300,000 prize money are Lagos based model; Ada Beverly Osu and model cum actor, Melvin Oduah.
Melvin was the first runner up at the Gulder Ultimate Search VI, and was also the first runner up at 2011 edition of Mr Nigeria 2011.
BEVERLY, Model, 21, Nigeria
Her bio according to BBA The Chase’s website reads: Beverly is a model from Lagos. She describes herself as “smart, sexy, humble, loyal and crazy”. One of her favourite qualities is her sense of humour. In other people, she values “consistency, cleanliness, truth and humility” and dislikes unkept promises, lies and pretence.
Beverley says that viewers can expect “a total packaged African young diva to command the right qualities and characteristics of a blunt, sexy go-getter”. She doesn’t really have any role models, choosing rather to take unique attributes from different people. Asked who has influenced her life most, Beverley says “who I want to influence me all depends on the situation at hand”.
Her favourite musicians include John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Phenom and Rihanna.
MELVIN, Model and actor , 27, Nigeria
His bio according to BBA The Chase’s website reads: Melvin is a model and actor from Delta State with a BSc in Chemistry. Melvin enjoys listening to Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and R Kelly.
His favourite place in Nigeria is Lagos and he says the best things about the continent as a whole are the culture and people. Outside of Nigeria, he enjoys spending time in South Africa and the USA because “these are places where you can relax and relate to people conveniently”.
His friends and family inspired him to enter Big Brother. He has always been a fan of the show and has previously come out tops in two other reality shows. He is hoping to use all his experience and charm to go all the way on Big Brother. If he wins the grand prize, he’ll invest it, but he’s also hoping to make his country proud and use this experience as a platform to achieve other things in his career
The Housemates in the Big Brother Africa stargame show on Tuesday were pleasantly surprised when 2face paid an unscheduled visit to them via the Television monitor in the House. The Housemates were strategizing how to go about the task of building their own vegetable garden as part of the ONE campaign following step-by-step instructions.
ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures.
Just as the Housemates were digesting the information of their impending Task, 2face appeared on the giant screen in the lounge and encouraged them to soldier on.
“My brothers and sisters, we are united in the belief that Africa can stop the vicious cycle of poverty and hunger once and for all,” 2face said. The ace singer told the Housemates that the task of building their own vegetable garden is not just to test their will power but to give them “a taste of what millions go through every single day.”
2face said “No one in Africa should go hungry, not in 2012; not in the continent as rich as Africa. Housemates, you are the future. Stay strong. Stay committed. Stay hungry for change.”