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Big Brother Naija Becomes the Most Watched Live Entertainment on Showmax

'Big Brother Naija' Becomes the Most Watched Live Entertainment on Showmax

According to Showmax, the collective hours streamed for this season of 'Big Brother Naija' alone add up to almost 30 years' worth of viewing.

The fifth season of Big Brother Naija has been recorded as the most watched live stream content this year. Fans of the reality show have been quite vocal about their support for the show on social media and so the new record comes as no great surprise. The reality show, which is available on Multichoice's DStv, has received more viewership on Showmax across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. While Nigeria accounts for fifty percent of the viewership; a third of the viewership is from South Africa and the rest of the viewership shared between Kenya Ghana, Namibia, Botswana and Uganda.


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Big Brother Naija started in July of this year and provided entertaining stay-at-home content during lockdown. Over 30 thousand online applications were received in May. The novel coronavirus caused production studios, Mnet and Multichoice, to rethink the selection process resulting in live auditions being eliminated as an application criteria. Selected contestants were then tested for COVID-19 and underwent a two-week quarantine period before entering the infamous house.

While Showmax has not released specific statistics about the show's ratings, they reportedly said that the collective hours spent watching Big Brother Naija season equates to a whopping total of 30 years.


What makes Big Brother Naija a hit on Showmax are the extra features offered to viewers, catching up on behind the scenes that fans may have missed live and the coveted "Diary Room" voting sessions which are only available on Showmax. Sunday's record viewership was largely because of the live evictions which were highly anticipated among fans. Celebrity guests and live audiences usually draw high viewership rates for the live evictions but this feature is missing in BB Niaja's fifth season due to coronavirus. Despite this missing feature, Big Brother Naija shatters live streaming records.

Contestants are competing for a cash prize of approximately 200 thousand US dollars from 19 July 2020 to 27 September 2020. The last three contestants stand a chance to win through voting by the public.

Watch Big Brother Naija on Showmax.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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