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Entertainment of Sunday, 17 August 2014


Big Brother Africa shuts door on Ghana over Ebola

Organisers of the Big Brother Africa competition have allegedly rejected the candidates selected to represent Ghana at the contest.

According to a source at MultiChoice in South Africa, the four candidates were rejected on the basis of the Ebola scare in West Africa.’s sources at Endemol, producers of the BBA show, said the four candidates who made it through the selection stage in Ghana were rejected because of the Ebola Scare in the West African sub-region.

An official revealed that fresh auditions are being held to select new Ghanaian candidates for the popular TV reality show of the continent. The new audition is only opened to Ghanaian nationals leaving in South Africa as a precautionary measure. It is expected that the same thing will be done to candidates from all of West Africa, especially countries where the Ebola disease has been recorded.

The disease has killed 1145 persons in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria since it broke out.

When reached the Communications Manager of MultiChoice Anne Sackey for an official position on the issue, she said she knows nothing about it.

Big Brother Africa is a television program produced by Endemol SA for M-net. The first show was held in 2003 and annually hosted in South Africa. The contestants live in an ‘enclosed’ house while trying to avoid being evicted by viewers and ultimately winning cash prize - USD 300 000 - at the end of the show.

Entries are open to 14 countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.