Nigeria: Nollywood TV Reality Show to be launched Soon with international backing

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All is now set for the Nollywood reality TV show, "Real Me Show' to make its debut as the project team said plans has reached it peak for the successful taking-off of the celebrity show.

According to Francis Onwochei, of Frankochei Productions, one of the principal partners behind the project, as soon as the team finalize the key issues relating to architecture, design layouts, pre-production configuration and production-related infrastructural issues with their foreign production partners who are expected into the country soon, the project will kick-off in earnest.

Already, big names in Nollywood such as Zik Zulu Okafor of Zulu Films, Chidi Nwokeabia and Charles Inojie of Macnuel Productions, the initiator of the project, are jointly responsible for the Nigerian leg of production for what promises to be the country's most exciting television show.

Onwochei disclosed that most of Nollywood's top rated actors and actresses have given their written consent to participate in the show which will be shot somewhere on Victoria Island. According to Onwochei, the selection of a Housemate for the show is through an " popularity vote" from Nollywood fans. Only celebrities that garner the highest votes will receive the red carpet welcome into the house.

Eight males and eight females are expected to be voted into the 21-day showstopper and every celebrity housemate will be entitled to a minimum of N2million with the ultimate prize being N10million plus a brand new SUV. Voters will also automatically qualify for draws, which will make many viewers and voters winners of mouth-watering prizes.

The Real Me Show, he said, promises to be an explosive television reality programme, which will present Nigeria's finest and best actors in their true colours. The Housemates will engage in series of activities in and outside the house in a bid to unravel their real personae.

Viewers will then vote in and / or vote out their preferred or non-preferred celebrity Housemates via text messages. Onwochei said, apart from being aimed at unraveling the real personae behind celebrated Nollywood stars, the project is meant to establish a connection between the stars and the multitude of fans in a refreshingly new way.

"Celebrity Housemates are assured of a very decent show. We shall not encourage nudity. So, rest assured, no one will be captured in the bathroom nor will the participant be made to expose any indecent manner to the viewing public. Besides, we shall abide strictly by the relevant broadcast codes applicable in Nigeria. Nothing shall be done to denigrate our stars." Onwochei assured.

Celebrity housemates, he said, will seize the moment to showcase their true role-model values through the robust Nigeria-edifying platforms that will be generated by the show. The entertainment quotient will equally be fever pitch from day one to the 21st and last day when the ultimate winner as voted by the viewers will emerge.

"It will put in perspective the role-model values of the respective stars and challenge relevant government and corporate organizations to positively tap into these platforms for their various communication programmes."

Onwochei observes that the Real Me Show platform provides a unique opportunity for many victories for Nollywood as an industry, the celebrity housemates, millions of viewers in Nigeria and beyond and the project sponsors who will be announced in due course. "Nigerians and indeed, Africans should hold their breath as the Real Me Show debuts in the second quarter of 2009"

Vanguard 7th February 2009