Lately, it seems the only reality TV show in Nigeria that currently captures the public is Big Brother Naija. However, going down memory lane, there were so many interesting reality TV show that caught the heart of the public. The Big question now is what happened to these shows?
Here’s a look at some TV reality shows we once had that have stopped airing.
- Project Fame: This was a West Africa reality TV show that was centered on music. It got contestants into the project fame academy for a couple of weeks where they trained, carried out music related tasks, and had weekly eliminations. This show successfully had 9 seasons before it stopped airing, and has produced a number of superstars. In 2016 when season 9 of the show was aired, they announced that to celebrate their 10th year anniversary they were going to get past contestants of the show who didn’t win as contestants of season 10. However, after season 9 nothing was heard from them again. The show was sponsored by Ultima studios and MTN, and produced the likes of Praiz, Iyanya, Chidinma, etc.
- Gulder Ultimate Search: This show was the first reality TV show to successfully take place in Nigeria. It started in 2004, and ended in 20012. The show was centered on survival skills and usually took place in different locations in different seasons; including Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State and Shere Hills in Plateau State. Contestants were to search for a treasure which would be hidden in the shooting location, and the winner goes home with an amazing mouthwatering grand prize. They also spiced things up in one season and had a celebrity edition in which Emeka Ike won. Nothing was heard of this show after 2012.
- Maltina Dancehall: This was a family centered reality TV show that brought families together through dancing. The goal was to get families to compete against each other through dancing for an amazing price. The show successfully had 8 seasons from 2007 – 2014 when it stopped airing. It was a way to foster family relationships as they needed to work together and have synergy in order to perform well in the dance competition.
- The Voice Nigeria: This show has to be considered as the shortest reality TV show as it had only 2 seasons in 2016 and 2017. This was also a music reality TV show that was sponsored by Airtel, and seemed to be a replacement for Project Fame. Many were disappointed when the show abruptly ended. Judges on the show were talented music superstars; Waje, Patoranking, Yemi Alade and Timi Dakolo.
- Who wants to be a Millionaire: This show ran from 2004 – 2017. It saddened the hearts of many when this show ended as it was one lovable show by many. This was an educative show where questions were asked and the number of questions answered determined the prize to be won. This was a weekly show and had many interesting angles. It was a show targeted at everyone as it has seasons/specials for both adults, children, and even the disabled. It ended in 2017, and there has been no show like it in replacement since then.
All the shows listed above have in one way or the other contributed to the general public and people are still hopefully of the shows coming back. It would do everyone good to have the shows airing again, as they have been both educative and entertaining