Big Brother Africa season 8 to start in May,Kenya included

Season eight of Africa’s number one reality TV show, Big Brother Africa (BBA) has been scheduled to start on May 26, according to M-Net Africa.

This was announced through a statement made available to Nyasa Times on Tuesday through MultiChoice Malawi, providers of digital satellite television (DStv) and GOtv services in the country.

Boasting that fans are already asking who will be representing their respective nations at “arguably the most successful television franchise ever seen on the continent” M-Net says “At this time there is no way to know.”

Reads the statement: “…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.”

According to M-Net, which airs the 91-day reality show from the Big Brother House in South Africa, this year’s BBA is open to 14 countries as last year’s seventh edition.

However, the only exception this year is Liberia, which will be replaced by Ethiopia in the 2013 season.

The replacement comes as AfricaMagic and series producers EndemolSA 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.

As a result of the change, participating countries this year are: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Entry is open to all those persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and who either have a valid passport or will be able to obtain one by the end of March.

“Producers are looking for persons who are fluent in English, entertaining and passionateabout 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,” says M-Net.

Entry forms are available at where those interested to participate are advised to visit the website and complete the online submission form, which will be available in print form at MultiChoice offices in the participating countries from February 1, 2013.

As with previous editions of BBA, 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,” says Alabi.

As previous editions of BBA have boasted huge cash prizes for winners, this year the winner will walk away with US$ 300 000 (K108 million, at the current exchange rate).

Meanwhile, M-Net is still tight-lipped as to when the auditions in Malawi will be done, but it says more information will be made available over the next month as it advises Africa to stay tuned to AfricaMagic, follow the action on Twitter and Facebook and keep checking the website.

BBA 8 will be screened live 24/7 on DStv channels 197 and 198 while GOtv audiences will be getting highlights of the program.

In the last edition, Malawi was represented by 22-year-old cousins, Watipaso ‘Wati’ and Alinafe ‘Nafe’ Kulemeka. The former survived until the closing day 91, but was the first to be evicted, finishing on position six while the later was evicted on day 56.

BBA 7 went to the host nation South Africa and was won by Keagan Petersen. The show is beamed to over 40 nations across the African continent

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