By: Ekow Boakye
June 30, saw the start of season 4 of Africa Magic’s biggest reality show – Big Brother Naija, dubbed ‘Pepper Dem’.
21 housemates entered the plush Lagos suite after being ushered in by season one ex-housemate cum host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
A blend of different peppers have been put together in the house. London police officer, Khafi; student-singer Avala; Omoshola and Mike, entrepreneurs; grandson of Nigerian Nationalist – Obafemi Awolowo, Seyi; Fashion designer Gedoni; Esther, a lawyer; pageant winners Nelson and KimOprah; Ella and Diane who are models. the others are marketing executive Frodd; Ike from Texas and Imo state; Jackye, a software engineer; social media influencers Mercy and Tacha; Jeff and Sir Dee who are bankers; Isilomo, an HR manage; Tuoyo, a psychotherapist cum part-time stripper; and Thelma.
This season comes with a twist from Biggie as usual, with the introduction of a Veto Power game of chance, where housemates will battle for the power to save a housemate nominated for eviction and replace with another housemate. This power was previously held by the Head of house who now only enjoys his position with a private bedroom and immunity from eviction nominations.
Bet 9ja Coins
The title sponsor, Bet 9ja, adds to the twist with introduction of Bet 9ja coins which joins BB Naira as an official currency of the house. The coins which cannot be interchanged with BB Naira, serves as rewards for various challenges and can be used to acquire specific items from time to time. According to Big Brother, the coins can be found, lost, stolen or loaned by housemates.
Big Brother Naija airs 24 hours on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 (129 for Ghana).
Live Eviction shows- Sundays 1800hrs GMT, Africa Magic Family, Urban.
Live Nomination Shows- Mondays 1800hrs GMT, Africa Magic Family, Urban.