MultiChoice has begun online audition from prospective housemates for the fifth season of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This was confirmed in a statement released by organisers on Wednesday.
Physical audition was ruled out because of social distancing and restriction of movement imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The competition is open to male and female participants who must be 21 by June 30 and possess valid Nigerian passport.
To stand a chance of entering the Big Brother Naija house, applicants are required to upload a two-minute video introducing themselves and stating why they should be on the show.
Online auditions start on May 20 while the show is expected to premiere in July. .
Speaking on the show’s return, chief executive officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said, “Big Brother Naija has been widely regarded as one of Africa’s biggest entertainment exports, being the biggest showcase of Nigeria’s diversity outside of core Nollywood.
“This fifth season promises to be more adventurous, exciting and entertaining, and will undoubtedly be the biggest thing on African television in 2020.”
Mr Ugbe added: “The timing of the show is also particularly important, given the dominance of the COVID-19 pandemic; auditions for the fifth edition will now hold online and viewers and stakeholders alike can rest assured knowing that global best practices, precautions and preventive measures will be followed throughout the show, even as we guarantee the premium entertainment BBNaija is renowned for.”