Barring any last minute disruption, the Season 5 of Big Brother Naija premiere will be shown live on the screen from July 19, 2020, as housemates have been quarantined.
MultiChoice Nigeria, the organizers of BBNaija, stated at a media briefing that it had taken necessary precautions in line with the guidelines set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure hitch-free Season 5 of the popular reality show.
The pay-per-view television company said it would ensure that production crew work in socially distanced shifts and also put potential BBNaija housemates through a rigorous health screening process.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the BBNaija host, said,
“The potential housemates will undergo a COVID-19 test in addition to other medical tests before entering Biggie’s house. They are currently in quarantine ahead of the show’s premiere on Sunday, July 19.”
The former Housemate also shared his experience from when he auditioned for the show in 2006, saying
“I was 23 years old, and it was the most comprehensive health test I have ever done.”
As part of efforts to keep participants for the BBNaija Season 5 safe and healthy, there will be no live audience at the Sunday Night Eviction Show. There will also be no unexpected celebrity visits to the House.
The reality show is followed by millions of households in Nigeria. It has attracted criticisms in recent years following live pornographic contents.