Reality TV shows have been successful in Nigeria. Since 2006, the entertainment scene has been plastered with reality shows, from now discontinued, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to Big Brother Naija and everything in between. They have also been varied in content, from the talent and music competitions, like Nigerian Idol and the Voice, to game based reality shows like Big Brother Naija and Gulder Ultimate Search. Besides the contestants of these shows that sometimes become famous afterwards, several hosts have also been launched into limelight in the process.

Maltina Dance All – Kemi Adetiba and Osas Ighodaro

Popular family dance competition, Maltina Dance All made several families millionaires and brought joy to the screens of many Nigerians through its duration. Movie director Kemi Adetiba was the show’s first host from 2009 to 2013. Kemi was on TV screens for five
years before pivoting behind the scenes.

Coming from a family of high achievers, her father, Dele Adetiba, is a notable advertising and broadcasting veteran while her mother, Mayen Adetiba is the first female civil engineer to be elected into the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. Following her father’s path, the law graduate started professionally as a radio presenter for Silverbird’s Rhythm 93.7 FM. She was the voice behind the two national hit shows – Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside, before gradually making a shift to TV as host of Maltina Dance All.

After five years of anchoring the show, Kemi Adetiba started considering the next path for her career. She decided she wanted to be behind the scenes, making movies. In pursuit of this, she enrolled at the New York Film Academy, to go through the best training in filmmaking.
Cutting her teeth as a music video director, Kemi worked on making videos for some of the biggest songs in Nigeria, including Niyola’s “Toh Bad”, Banky W’s “Lagos Party”, Olamide’s “Sitting On The Throne”, Dagrin’s “If I Die” and many others.

She won the award for the “Best Female Video” at the 2019 Soundcity TV Music Video Awards for TY Bello’s “Ekundayo” as well as the “Best Female Video” for Omawumi’s “Today na Today” at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Kemi Adetiba has become renowned in the male dominated industry of video production. She has stood out as a master storyteller, and by the time she released her first feature length movie in 2016, Wedding Party broke box office records in Nigeria, grossing 453,000,000 naira.

After the success of Wedding Party, Kemi Adetiba outdid herself again with King of Boys. Released in 2018, this epic movie cast Sola Sobowale as Alhaja Eniola Salami the protagonist, who was caught up in a delicate political tussle that could see her empire razed to the ground. King of Boys was an instant success serving to seal Sola Sobowale’s position as a legendary actress, but also confirmed Adetiba as one of the best visual storytellers in Nigeria.

In 2013, Kemi Adetiba relinquished her role as the Maltina Dance All host, to Osas Ighodaro. The Nigerian- American host is the 2010 Miss Black USA pageant winner and returned to Nigeria in 2012. While here, she landed a role in popular soap series Tinsel, and has remained in the movie industry since. Born in the Bronx, New York to Nigerian parents from Edo State, Osas obtained her first degree in
broadcasting journalism with dual minors in entrepreneurship and theater from Pennsylvania State University. She also secured a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, New York

Following her role as Maltina Dance All show host, Osas has starred in some of the biggest Nollywood productions, including King of Boys, Your Excellency, Merry Men and many others. Osas Ighodaro is the recipient of the 2014 ELOY, Actress of the Year – TV award, for her role as Adanna (Danni) on Tinsel.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Frank Edoho

The Nigerian franchise of the popular British game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, propelled Frank Edoho to stardom and established him as a presenter of reckon. The show first aired in 2005, and with a combination of Frank Edoho’s easy charm and warm presence, Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire became one of the most popular shows of its time, drawing millions of eyeballs whenever it aired.

Frank Edoho also became synonymous with the show and became a physical embodiment of what WWTBAM was. A graduate of Animal Science from the University of Calabar, Frank already had years of experience in broadcasting before his fame with WWTBAM. In 1999, he was a presenter at Metro FM 97.6. He also anchored the TV programme, Breakfast Television for Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Frank resigned from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2017, after a successful 12 year run.

Project Fame West Africa – Bolanle Olukanni

Project Fame was a successful music competition reality show that spanned four countries in West Africa – Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Project Fame aired from 2008 to 2016, and produced superstars like Chidinma, Iyanya, Ayoola Ayolola. As much as the show has created a number of music superstars, it also launched Bolanle Olukanni, the co-host, into the limelight.

Bolane only became a host in 2017, two years before Project Fame was discontinued, taking over from Adaora Oleh, who co hosted with Joseph Benjamin. However, that was enough time for Nigerians to decide that they loved her. Daughter of Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, who by the nature of his work travelled a lot, Bolanle grew up in Nigeria, Kenya, Israel and the United States of America. She fell in love with the radio listening to Kenyan radio presenters while growing up.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in 2011, from Loyola University, Chicago, where she majored in Communications and International Studies. In 2013, she won the ‘Search for Mo’s Co-host’ competition joining Dolapo Oni to co-host “Moments With Mo”, with the legendary Mo’ Abudu.

Through co-hosting Moments, Bolanle has gotten the opportunity to interview some of the world’s most famous people in Nigeria and beyond, including, President Muhammadu Buhari, Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Grammy award winning singer Brandy, Minister of Power and Works Babatunde Raji Fashola, among many others.

While Bolanle was undergoing her Youth Service Corp, she created ‘Girls For The Future’ – a gender based empowerment workshop for secondary school students, aimed at teaching the girl child of their rights and providing mentorship for the students. In 2015 she co-founded Sage & Walls, a multimedia production company and began producing and hosting “On the Carpet with Bolinto” which covers celebrity African events.

The host directed and produced her first documentary titled “God’s Wives”. She is on the Board of Self-worth Organisation, an NGO created to provide for the welfare of disenfranchised widows and single mothers in Nigeria, through skills acquisition. God’s Wives is a documentation of the lives, struggles and triumph of these women.

In 2016, Bolanle was awarded the On-Air Personality of the Year (visual) from one of Africa’s most prestigious awards – The Future Awards, and in 2019, she became the host of “The Juice” on Guaranty Trust Bank’s NdaniTV.

Big Brother Naija – Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

BBNaija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is a former housemate of the show. In 2006, Ebuka was a housemate on the first edition of Big Brother in Nigeria.

After an 11-year hiatus, the show returned to Nigeria in 2017, and has continued building on its success with each season, becoming the largest reality TV show in Africa. Since its reboot in 2016, Ebuka has been the show host and has successfully become one of the most famous media personalities in Nigeria. Through BBNaija, Ebuka has landed a number of other hosting roles including Judging Matters, a live courtroom show, and Rubbin’ Minds, which he hosts on Channels TV.

MTN Y’ello Star- Tobi Bakre and Hilda Baci

The latest installment in MTN’s string of innovations and activities in the Nigerian music industry is Y’ello Star. A singing talent project, Y’ello Star emphasizes its empowerment element, with a focus on equipping participants with the requisite skills needed to compete on a global stage. The show hosts are Tobi Bakre and Hida Baci. Tobi is a former BBNaija housemate that has continued to work hard in honing his craft as an actor and host. Full of energy and brimming with confidence, Tobi will have the opportunity once again, through Y’ello Star, to grace the TV screens of Nigerians and remind them just why they love him.

Co-host Hilda Baci became popular through her YouTube web series Dine on A Budget. The actor and producer has hosted some of Nigeria’s biggest personalities, including Chigurl, Uti Nwachukwu, Erica Nlewedim, DJ Neptune, Sharon Ooja, Lasisi Elenu, engaging them in various topical issues, while cooking up a storm.

She featured in the critically acclaimed movie Dream Chaser, which was nominated for the AMVCA Multichoice Talent Factory Awards. Hilda has also appeared in Sideways, Flatmates and A Walk on Water. As co-host of MTN Y’ello Star, the 25-year-old will be appearing on National TV, taking her hosting career to the next level.