THE eighth edition of Big Brother Africa, which starts in May, is officially inviting entries for would-be participants from the 14 participating countries which include Zambia, which produced the inaugural winner in 2003 through Cherise Makubale.
A statement released by MultiChoice Zambia public relations manager Marlon Kananda says entry is open to all person aged over 21 who are the citizens of the participating countries and have a valid passport or will be able to obtain one by the end of March.
Other than Zambia, the other participating countries are Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Ethiopia replaces Liberia as AfricaMagic and series producers Endemol South Africa 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.
“At this time there is no way to know this but if you meet the entry requirements and enter between now and Valentine’s Day on February 14, you may well be among the superstars in waiting and may find yourself flirting with fame and fortune!
“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. If you are open-minded, bold and adventurous, that’s even better,” the statement reads.
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,” she says.
Endemol managing director Sivan Pillay agrees saying “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 US$300,000.
Entry forms are available immediately at www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother so visit the website and complete the online submission form. Printed entry forms will also be available at MultiChoice offices in the participating countries from February 1, 2013.