After a rigorous audition process held across several states of Nigeria and a 10-day intensive training, the organisers of the Next Movie Star Reality programme unveiled the 16 housemates that would be competing for fame and fortune in this year’s show at a colourful ceremony held in Lagos.
The lucky 16 include Awomade Awotomisin, Temitayo Kujore, Oluwayemisi Kehinde, Folasade Abimbola, Hungbo Florence, Adeoye Adetunji, Sandra Ifudu, Cynthia Shalom, Akinfolurin Titilayo Rebecca and Alabi Ajoke Tamunotari.
Others are Hesed Oghenetega Sign, Otoaye Grace, Ogweche Christopher, Alex Agyemeng Ntiamoah, Isatou Jallow, Michel Kofi Ackom, Ofoegbu Chidera Vivian and Esau Owusu Dahnsau.
Created 11 years ago by Sola Fajobi to serve as a platform for budding acting talents to launch a showbiz career, the reality show has over the years churned out a number of stars like Tonto Dikeh, Annie Macaulay, Adams (Soundcity TV OAP) and Big Brother Africa winners, Kelvin Chuwang Pam, Uti Nwachukwu and Karen Igho.
This year’s edition, tagged: “The Game Changer,” will be broadcast on major television stations across Nigeria and beyond as a 30 minutes daily episode on AIT Network, Galaxy Network, BSES Ekiti, Kwara TV, CRBC Kaduna, ABS AWKA and CTV Kaduna among others.
Shedding light on the screening and audition process, Fajobi, the producer of this year’s show, said: “It was really tough deciding the two that would be evicted because they all came very well acquitted and prepared for the show but two of them just had to be dropped. Our job was made easier because we have established and experienced thespians and entertainment buffs as judges and facilitators.”
Patrick Doyle, an actor, advised the housemates to be emotionally and psychologically ready for the days ahead.
Doyle said: “The days ahead would determine which of you can actually withstand the heat of the limelight. It is a tough world out there and what the Next Movie Star does is to prepare you for the global stage. Please, be at your best always,” he said.
He added: “The Next Movie Star has come to represent consistency and quality while also delivering topnotch entertainment for viewers and immeasurable value for advertisers. We are happy, and it’s a Proudly Nigerian initiative.”