Since 2000, American audiences have been captivated by the reality show Big Brother. Initially a remake of a Dutch show by the same name, the US version has also inspired spinoffs all around the globe. Soon, East Africa will have their own version of the show. Called God Father East Africa, the show is currently casting and will air in 2018.
Like Big Brother, God Father East Africa will feature contestants who will live together in a house fitted with cameras and audio recording equipment in every room. Contestants will be recorded twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Producers will then curate this wealth of footage, likely selecting plenty of drama to air on the show. After all, it’s the drama combined with an element of voyeurism that makes shows like this so captivating to fans. The show may be a competition but it also offers a unique look at human behavior and lets viewers watch as relationships form between strangers.
Over the course of the three months of the experience, the number of contestants left in the house will dwindle until only one contestant remains. The winner will receive a prize of $25,000. In addition to the cash prize, other potential rewards for the contestants are fame and possible friendships or even love.
The house will be in Nairobi but they are looking for contestants in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Auditions will be held for potential applicants in Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala, and Dar es salaam. In all, twelve contestants will be selected to move into the GFEA house. The theme will be “Natural Faces,” but it’s not clear exactly what that means or what the producers will be looking for as they assemble their cast.
God Father East Africa will air on both NTV and Citizen TV. Fans will also be able to engage with the show online and through social media.