Big Brother Naija , formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria , is a Nigerian reality competition television series, based on the Big Brother television franchise, in which 12 to 21 contestants live in an isolated house and compete for a large cash prize worth $171,428.57 equivalent to 60,000,000 Nigerian Naira, and other material gifts, at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by viewers. The first season of the show first aired on DStv Channel 37 from 5 March to 4 June 2006. The voting results were verified by the auditing company of Alexander-Forbes.
The first season of the show first aired on DStv Channel 37 from 5 March to 4 June 2006. In a twist to the game, two new contestants were introduced on Day 23, much to the excitement of the remaining housemates.
Ebuka , the most popular housemate for several weeks into the show and widely believed to emerge the winner was the seventh housemate to be evicted; many viewers blame the Joe’s Fan Club (JFC) for his eviction. Joe himself was soon evicted from the show.
Big Brother added another twist to the game on Day 79 by cancelling the day’s scheduled nominations and making the housemates believe they will instead be evicted based on their performances on assigned tasks while in reality no more evictions were held and viewers began voting for the winner who turned out to be 26-year-old Katung Aduwak.
The second season of Big Brother Naija premiered 11 years after the first season on 22 January 2017. Efe Ejeba emerged winner of the second season in 2017.
The third season of Big Brother Naija premiered on 28 January 2018. Miracle Igbokwe from Imo State emerged winner of the third season in 2018.
The fourth season of Big Brother Naija unlike previous years, the stage is set in Lagos, Nigeria. The show premiered on 30 June 2019. 21 housemates entered the house and 5 more housemates entered the hosue a month later.
Mercy Eke was crowned the winner of the fourth season. She also became the first female winner of the show in Nigeria. She received ₦60 million worth of prizes.
The fifth season of Big Brother Naija premieres on 19 July 2020.