Frequently Asked Questions
- When is BBNaija season 7 starting and how long will it run for?
BBNaija season 7 will premiere on Saturday, July 23, 2022 with a first launch show followed by a second launch show on Sunday, July 24. The season will run for 10 weeks, with the finale on Sunday, October 2, 2022.
- Why has BBNaija returned for a 7th season?
Following the huge success of the sixth season not just in Nigeria but across Africa, we’ve recognized that this show resonates with our customers and as part of our aim to provide viewers with exciting local content that they love, we decided to bring back the show for a seventh season.
- What’s new about this seventh season?
Four new elements are new this season. They are:
- The grand prize of a
N100m worth of prizes
- The return of the Ninjas who are an integral part of Housemates’ experience in the house
- The return of the live audience which was unavailable in the sixth season.
- Headline sponsor now goes by the brand name Pocket by Piggyvest and associate sponsor - Flutterwave
- When and where did the auditions for this season happen?
The auditions for the new season kicked off on May 15, 2022, and ended on May 30, 2022, on the Africa Magic website. It was open to Nigerians from the ages of 21 and above with valid identity documents
- What’s the grand prize for this season’s winner?
This season’s winner will walk away with a whopping
N100m grand prize which includes a N50m cash prize, top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors, trip for two packaged by Travelbeta, among many others.
- Who is this season’s presenter? Will it be Ebuka Obi-Uchendu again?
Yes. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a former Housemate in Big Brother Nigeria show back in 2006 and host of the last five seasons of BBNaija – See Gobbe, Double Wahala, Pepper Dem, Lockdown and Shine Ya Eye – will return as this season’s host. The lawyer turned media personality has risen to become one of the most loved and admired media personalities in Nigeria for his versatility, wittiness and impeccable style. Besides being the host of BBNaija, he is also the host of one of Africa Magic’s legal reality TV series, Judging Matters and the long running talk show, Rubbin' Minds on Channels TV.
- What will be the theme of this year’s season?
As is the norm, we do not reveal the theme of each season until the live launch show when Ebuka, announces it. So, keep watching DStv & GOtv for the big reveal!
- Who will be Big Brother in this season of the show?
A mystery Big Brother has been selected. As in all Big Brother shows around the world, the identity of Big Brother is a mystery and will remain so before, during and after the show.
- The nature of some of the content on the BBNaija channel is against my beliefs and values. How can I avoid seeing this content on the platform?
We put the power in the hands of our customers by enabling them take control of their own viewing. DStv and GOtv viewers can easily avoid unwanted content by opting out of the channel or simply activating the relevant parental control functions to block selected shows or entire channels.
Our DStv and GOtv offering also includes over 200 other channels to choose from, offering a good mix of local and international content across all genres including general entertainment, sports, kids, religious, novellas, documentaries, news, and lifestyle.
- How were the final Housemates selected after the online auditions?
Entries received from the online auditions were screened for eligibility and suitability. Successful entries were further screened, and the final shortlist selected after our standard psych evaluations, interviews and medicals.
- How did you ensure the quality of Housemates match or even surpass those of previous seasons?
The same rules apply for all Big Brother auditions and our selectors applied the same experience from the previous seasons. We will always follow the same guidelines in terms of selecting Housemates based on character and personality amongst other things.
- Will the Housemates observe social distancing when in the house?
Housemates will live and interact normally in the house as they have been cleared of any medical conditions including COVID-19.
Questions About Broadcast Details
- What is MultiChoice’s role in Big Brother Naija?
MultiChoice provides subscription services to the multi-channel, digital, pay-TV products DStv and GOtv which air Big Brother Naija.
- On what channels will BBNaija Season 7 air on DStv and GOtv?
Big Brother Naija will air 24/7 on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 (Channel 129 in Ghana and Channel 329 in Uganda).
The live eviction show will broadcast every Sunday at 7pm (8pm CAT) on
Africa Magic Showcase (DStv Channel 151) repeat on Tuesdays at 12pm (1pm CAT)
Africa Magic Urban (DStv Channel 153 and GOtv CH 6) repeat on Wednesdays at 12pm (1pm CAT)
Africa Magic Family (DStv Channel 154 and GOtv CH 2) repeat on Thursdays at 12pm (1pm CAT).
- On which packages will Big Brother Naija be available on DStv or GOtv in Nigeria?
Big Brother Naija will be available to subscribers on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam (Family) and Yanga (Access) packages and only to subscribers on GOtv Supa, Max and Jolli (Plus) packages for GOtv
- Will I automatically have the BBNaija channel?
Yes. With an active subscription on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam (Family) and Yanga (Access) or GOtv Supa, Max and Jolli (Plus), BBNaija will automatically be available
- Will I be able to watch Big Brother Naija on DStv Padi (Lite) or GOtv Jinja (Value) /Lite?
No, you will not have access to BBNaija on those packages.
- How many hours/days/weeks will the Big Brother Naija channel broadcast?
The channel will broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 10 weeks.
- What should I do if I want to watch Big Brother Naija?
To watch Big Brother Naija, you need to be a DStv or GOtv customer. If you’re not, please visit or or contact the nearest MultiChoice office or branch and subscribe to DStv or GOtv Supa, Max or Jolli. You can also download the MyDStv app and MyGOtv app from the App store to reconnect, upgrade your package and for other self-service options.
- Will the show be available on the DStv app?
Yes. The BBNaija channel will be available on the DStv app. Download the DStv app on App store and Google Play store. Make sure you have an active subscription to stream live TV or Catch Up.
- Can I watch the daily highlights on DStv Catch Up?
Yes. The daily highlights and eviction shows will be available on Catch Up and available to DStv customers with an active PVR access or on the DStv app.
- How many countries in Africa will watch Big Brother Naija?
49 countries across the African continent will get to enjoy Big Brother Naija via the DStv and GOtv platforms. These countries are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
- How do I opt out of BBNaija channel?
DStv customers who would like to opt out of viewing the show can do so by sending "Smart card number [space] BBOUT" to 32052, while GOtv customers can do same by sending "IUC Number [space] BBOUT" to 32052.
- Will I be able to watch it on Showmax?
Yes. BBNaija Season 7 will be available on online streaming service, Showmax across Africa and the United Kingdom. DStv Premium customers enjoy a Showmax subscription at no extra cost while customers on other packages get Showmax at half the price. Visit to sign up!
- How do fans of BBNaija outside Africa watch the show?
MultiChoice’s rights to the Big Brother format allows only for the production and broadcast in Africa via DStv and GOtv. Fans outside Africa can catch daily, weekly reviews and other exciting updates on BBNaija’s official social media account or on Showmax, available in the United Kingdom
Questions About Voting Process
- How do I vote for my favourite Housemate on Big Brother Nigeria?
You may vote via the Mobile site, Website, and the MyDStv/MyGOtv App only.
- Website / Mobile site - You may vote for your favourite Housemate via the Africa Magic website or mobile site on africamagic.tv/bigbrother
- MyDStv/MyGotv App - You may vote for your favourite Housemate via the MyDStv/MyGotv App if you are an active DStv subscriber in selected countries with an eligible package only.
- How can I unlock additional votes via Games?
In order to unlock additional votes via Games, you must play the available games during an active vote round.
- How many additional votes can I unlock additional votes via Games?
The True or False and Multiple Choice games each have a maximum of 5 questions to answer with each question’s value at 20 votes.
- How do I redeem my additional Gaming votes?
After playing all of any one of these games, your vote allocation will be revealed and you can redeem your votes by clicking the vote now button.
- When will voting open and close?
Voting will open every Monday night after the nomination show at 20:00 (WAT)/ 21:00 (CAT) and will close on Thursdays at 21:00 (WAT) / 22:00 (CAT).
- How many times can I vote on each platform?
One can vote 100 times on the Mobile site and Website. If you are a DStv subscriber customer with an eligible package in the selected countries and have the MyDStv or MyGOtv App, you can vote based on your package, below are eligible packages:
- In which countries is tiered voting available in?
MyDStv App - Nigeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Eswatini
ALL DTH Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda
MyGOtv App - Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia
- Can I vote on MyDStv or MyGOtv App if my subscription has been deactivated?
No, you must activate your subscription and be on an eligible package to be able to receive additional votes to vote for your favourite Housemate(s).
- I have more than one package with DStv, can I vote with all of my packages?
If you have a single mobile number that is linked to multiple packages, then the highest available package is the one you will be able to vote with i.e. if you have both Compact and Premium packages, the highest package available is Premium, therefore the Premium package will be assigned votes to.
- I want to vote with both of my DStv packages, what can I do?
You can register each smartcard number/ package on the vote page on the Africa Magic vote page africamagic.tv/bigbrother separately with a unique mobile number, which can be verified via OTP.
- I have registered on the vote page but I haven't received an OTP SMS, what can I do?
If you are not receiving OTP messages, your phone number could be on the DND (Do Not Disturb) list, which means you will no longer receive notification from all of your services that send notification SMS using third-party SMS services. You will need to unsubscribe from the DND by:
(1) Text STOP to 2442, then
(2) Text ALLOW to 2442 to start receiving bulk SMS.
If after texting ALLOW to 2442, you are still not receiving third-party SMS, you might have to contact your telecommunication provider.
- How many times can I vote for one Housemate?
One can vote 100 times on the Mobile site and Website. If you are a DStv subscriber with an eligible package in the selected countries and have the MyDStv or MyGOtv App, you can vote based on your package.
- Can I vote for multiple Housemates?
You can vote for anyone you like each week and use your allowed votes per platform per week as you wish.
- Which platforms are free?
Voting is free (Data costs apply) on the website, mobile site, and on the MyDStv or MyGOtv App.
- Will I get a notification when my vote has been received?
On the website, mobile site and on the MyDStv or MyGOtv App, you will see a little countdown from 100 to one which indicates that your vote has been received.
- How do you ensure that voting is fair?
All voting is verified by the auditing firm Deloitte. Please also have a look at the Terms and Conditions for voting, as published on africamagic.tv/bigbrother
- What are the viewer’s prizes for voting?
These are to be communicated during the show. Please visit africamagic.tv/bigbrother for all the details.
- Will all votes on all platforms be eligible for winning the viewer’s prizes?
A: These are to be communicated during the show.
Please visit africamagic.tv/bigbrother for all the details.
Questions About Housemates
- How many Housemates will be in the Big Brother Naija house?
Big Brother thrives on mystery, intrigue and the element of surprise. As such, the number of Housemates and their identities are never revealed prior to the beginning of the show. This undoubtedly ensures a keen interest on who these individuals are and what they will bring into the house. Audiences can however rest assured, knowing that the Housemates were selected after a rigorous screening process to bring to life Africa’s biggest reality TV show.
- Did you need any special qualifications to enter Big Brother Naija?
No, you do not need any special qualifications to audition for Big Brother Naija.
- What are the rules of Big Brother Naija?
A rule-book is distributed to contestants before the commencement of the show. General rules will include - no contact with the world outside the Big Brother house, strictly no violence and an obligation to nominate fellow Housemates for eviction. For more information about the rules, visit
- What can Housemates bring into the house?
Housemates are given a rulebook stating exactly what kind of items they can bring into the house. However, no electronic equipment can be taken into the house. Big Brother will go through what Housemates are taking into the house with them and reserves the right to remove any item/s that has been excluded as per the rulebook.
- How much stuff can a Housemate bring to the house?
Two suitcases. No clothing with prominent logos or labels will be allowed.
- Are Housemates allowed any contact at all with their families’ e.g. written correspondence?
No verbal or written communication is allowed with anyone outside the house, unless a Housemate has an urgent family crisis, and this is still subject to Big Brother’s discretion.
- What happens if a Housemate falls ill while in the house?
In the event of a Housemate becoming ill, they will be given first aid or may have a nurse or doctor called in to attend to them. If their condition is serious, they will be admitted to a hospital accompanied by a member of the production staff and security personnel as it is strictly within the conditions of Big Brother to maintain minimal contact with the outside world. However, if their illness requires them to be away from the house for a long period, it may mean leaving the show indefinitely as Housemates’ health and safety are paramount.
- What happens if there is violence in or around the house? How will Big Brother handle this?
There is 24-hour monitoring of the house and there are strict security measures in place to ensure immediate response. Further serious violent action carries with it the penalty of immediate eviction from the house.
- How do you address complaints that the show breeds immorality and eradicates Nigerian culture?
We are in the business of entertainment, this means we invest across a variety of content that different people find interesting. What appeals to one person may not appeal to the other and that’s why we make everything available so that there is something for everyone to enjoy on our platform.
- What kind of tasks will be assigned to the Housemates?
All tasks are reasonable and involve team play. They are for Big Brother to know and for Housemates to find out, but Housemates will never be asked to perform anything outside acceptable ethical and moral standards.
- How do the Housemates get food provisions in the house?
Housemates are given a healthy daily allowance of basic food items. This diet includes vegetables, carbohydrates such as rice and maize meal, meat, poultry and fruit. Anything outside these is regarded as a luxury item and may be ordered from a special shopping list provided by Big Brother. All meals in the house will have to be negotiated and agreed with by the other Housemates.
- Are Housemates allowed to leave the Big Brother house if it gets too much?
Housemates are free to leave at any stage during the process, on the understanding that they cannot return and may be replaced by someone else. A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is normally requested by Big Brother to make departure arrangements. Housemates will be obliged to provide a reason for their exit to Big Brother in the diary room.
- Are Housemates locked into the BIG BROTHER house?
All doors to the outside are locked, yes, but Housemates are free to leave at any stage if they explain why and understand that once out of the house, they cannot return.Big Brother can open the doors at a moment’s notice in the event of an emergency.
- Will Big Brother keep Housemates’ families updated while they are in the house?
Big Brother will have contact with their family should it be necessary due to illness or other arrangements, but Housemates may not request anything from their family nor request any messages to be passed on to their family.
- How are Housemates expected to behave in the house?
The Big Brother house is their home for the duration of their stay. Therefore, they are expected to behave as naturally as they would in their own environment.
- Will the cameras expose Housemates when they are using the toilet facility?
Housemates will not be shown using the toilet facility. However, should this facility be used for any other purpose other than that what it is designed for e.g. conversations, it’s at Big Brother’s discretion to use the footage.
- Will there be ‘Shower Hour’?
MultiChoice recognizes the importance of respecting the regulatory environments within which its service operates. Therefore, there will be no ‘shower hour’ in this season of Big Brother Naija.
- Will Housemates be allowed to practice their religion?
It is one of the prerequisites of joining the house that all members are tolerant, and any practice Housemates wish to follow will be tolerated.
- Will the Housemates be permitted to discuss global, continental and local politics?
Housemates can discuss matters of a political nature, but these discussions cannot promote, suggest or amplify hatred. Any Housemate inciting violence through hate speech may face expulsion from the Big Brother house.
- Will Housemates see no one for 10 weeks except their fellow Housemates?
This is correct except for a psychologist, doctor or dentist should they request or require one. In certain instances, Housemates may be asked to entertain or host a special guest.
- Where can we find more information about Big Brother Naija?
For more information on Big Brother Naija please visit www.africamagic.tv/bigbrothernaija. You can also follow the official Big Brother Naija handle on Twitter @bbnaija, Instagram @bigbronaija, and Facebook www.facebook.com/bigbrothernaija and all verified social media handles of DStv, GOtv and Africa Magic on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.