Ever since Nigeria adopted its edition of big brother (Big Brother Naija), it has always began airing in the first month of the year. There had been a very unusual silence about the show this year, with no news about its airing date and other features cast yet.
The reason for the silence has now been revealed with the upcoming 2019 elections presidential elections being cited as the reason for the Big Brother 2019 delay.
According to a post in LIB, a highly placed source at Payporte (the official sponsors of the reality show) has confirmed the reason Big Brother Naija is being put on hold. According to him, ‘Big Brother will still hold but because its a political year, we can’t really control to what extent what the housemates will say in the house and we dont want it to become a tool that will heat up the polity’.
The source also went on to add that, ‘the show itself normally gets twisted so we don’t want to mix it up with politics in anyway. Its supposed to be entertaining, we wouldn’t want it to be divisive in anyway. If you notice, no religious activity gets discussed in the house too, if you want to pray you can pray, we don’t want anyone to be forced to do it or divide Nigerians along those lines. So after the elections and inaugurations, it’ll happen’.
The last edition of the big brother naija show kicked off on the 28th of January 2018 and ended in the month of April with Miracle Ikechukwu emerging as winner of the highly competitive reality show.