This change reflects concerns of bad taste from Nigerians particularly from the House of Representatives on the nudity expressed on previous BBA editions, said Biola Adekanmbi, Managing Director, M-Net Africa.
She also said whoever wished to see the BBA4 content must indicate his desire by sending a text message or email to the content providers to be connected to the 91 days reality show.
“Africa will be witnessing a dramatic revised format, which is bolder and more intense than anything audiences have seen so far. BBA4 will introduce new initiatives – the old rules banning conspiracy in the house have been lifted, as contestants will be free to forge alliances and discuss strategy openly”, she told reporters in Lagos.
She added, however, that “the rules strictly prohibiting violence in the house and firmly promoting the ideals of tolerance and respect subsist. Audience will be voting to keep their favourite housemates in the House contrary to rules in previous editions when they voted to evict. It’s all about being positive”.
Season four, tagged “The Revolution”, will see the winner taking home some $200,000 as against the $100,000 in previous editions. And in the same BBA tradition, the winner takes it all.
Rather than 12 housemates, BBA4 will now have 14, bringing participating from as manycountries; 40 “all-seeing, all-knowing” cameras and 100 microphones to give the show twice as much sight and sound capability as previous editions.
“BBA4 housemates will be drawn from Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Open castings for the Nigerian representative will take place soon in 18 cities on first come, first served basis to mark the widest BBA search ever”, Ms Adekanmbi said.
Mr Joseph Hundah, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, also explained that “MultiChoice Nigeria and its content providers will continue to work assiduously to ensure premium content on its DStv bouquet.
“For regulatory purposes, DStv subscribers who wish to receive the BBA channel can request access by texting their smartcard number plus ‘BBA’ to 08036393788 before September 6. Alternatively, subscribers can also e-mail DStv@nigeria.multichoice.co.za or by completing a request form at the nearest MultiChoice Nigeria office or branch”, he said.
Mr Segun Fayose, Head Corporate Communications, MultiChoice Nigeria urged subscribers to employ DStv’s effective Parental Control functionality on their decoder to restrict viewership of the channel within their homes, as the reality television programme is not meant for people under the age of 16.
To qualify, a prospective BBA housemate must be over the age of 21, be fluent in English and must be a citizen of Nigeria with a valid passport.
The show’s selection team is looking for housemates that are vocal, fun-loving, creative, original and articulate. As with previous Big Brother seasons, entrants must also be tolerant of views and lifestyle choices other than their own and must have the social flexibility to live in close proximity with others