Twitter is usually used by people as a second screen while watching something on TV and it is a good place to gauge the sentiments about a show.
This time round the focus is on Nigeria and it is about the reality TV show Big Brother. Big Brother is one reality TV show that has been popular in the continent and BB Nigeria is based on that. The new season that premiered 2 days ago was a second iteration of the original Big Brother Nigeria (that premiered 11 years ago) and was relaunched as Big Brother Naija.
Although it has a local feel to it, there is a problem Nigerians immediately noticed about it. The show is clearly targeted for the Nigerian market but it was not shot in Nigeria, but in South Africa, like the traditional Big Brother shows. It is not a surprise that South Africa is hosting the show as they seem to attract filmmakers to the country as compared to other African countries due to their policies.
Big Brother Nigeria Season 2 is being filmed in South Africa. #BBNaija
— Africa Facts Zone (@AfricaFactsZone) January 22, 2017
This decision did not sit well with Nigerians and they went on Twitter to voice out their concerns about it.
“If it is called Big Brother Nigeria, why is it done in South Africa?” this guy asked
If it is called Big Brother "Nigeria" why is it done in South Africa? Will Nigeria b hosting Big Brother South Africa too?? pic.twitter.com/hT7KSls41o
— K E M J I (@osaxxxvalley) January 22, 2017
Is it because SA is the US of Africa?
Why Big Brother Nigeria is in SA?
Because South Africa is the United States Of Africa…it's Europe basically to Africans. #BBNaija
— Sundowns_Fanatic 🌟 (@Solomon_Madube) January 22, 2017
This was ridiculous!
The Voice Nigeria … shot in South Africa
Big Brother Nigeria .. shot in South Africa
— ♠ (@_SirVal) January 23, 2017
It doesn’t make sense!
Big Brother Nigeria being held in South Africa. Hmmm!
Some things will never make sense.#BBNaija
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) January 22, 2017
He was ashamed about the whole situation
I hear big brother Nigeria is going to be hosted in south africa, just like the voice, i am ashamed
— Kunle Onitiri ESQ (@hitmankunlecole) January 18, 2017
This guy was wondering what they do in Nigeria
The Voice Nigeria
Coke studio Africa
Big Brother Nigeria…..
….all done in South Africa
What do we even do here in Naija? pic.twitter.com/IrZ1zp2kr4
— Eka (@Lionezz__) January 22, 2017
Lmao they are Hosting Big Brother Nigeria is South Africa? Bill Gates Should Coman Buy This Country abeg.
— JAGABAN (@UNCLE_AJALA) January 22, 2017
But some made fun of the situation where they compared it with the Nigerian President not being in the country.
Is your president in nigeria? https://t.co/pENGG2f6el
— Nas (@pam_E_chic) January 22, 2017
This guy was wondering about the above reply
— Son Of I Am (@DSonof_Iam) January 23, 2017
This lady decidd to have an economic angle to it
Hosting #BBNaija in SA just shows how bad the Nigerian economy is and how this econony can't even sustain businesses.
— Judith Opara (@Zudo_MonoK) January 23, 2017