Big Brother Titans has been airing since Sunday, 15 January 2022. However, it seems that the intention of the show is not giving what many expected when it was touted that it will feature both South Africans and Nigerians living together in the Big Brother mansion.
For years now, South Africans have been labeled as xenophobic. Even by Nigerian stars like Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy. This is despite coming to the country after making unfounded allegations on that South Africa is dangerous for Nigerians.
As such, for viewers now tuned in to Big Brother Titans, it seems that South Africans might not be as xenophobic as suggested when compared to the sentiments shared by their Nigerian counterparts.
Viewers of BB Titans have picked up that the female Nigerian housemates, specifically Jenni O, Olivia, Yvonne, and Jaypee have formed their own clique in the Big Brother House. A fact which on the surface makes sense considering that they share the same nationality.
However, it slowly became clear that their clique was formed in an effort to separate themselves from the South African housemates. Especially following their subtle offensive comments. More so when Yvonne referred to the South African female “housemates” as things.
If we try’na overcome that xenophobic thing we don’t need those 4 girls in the house. #BBTitians
— peace ✌️ (@mulalovee) January 19, 2023
I feel if Jenny O leaves, there’ll be more tolerance from the other girls. I can’t help feeling she’s a tad bit xenophobic #BBTitians
— linda kani (@kani_blarc) January 19, 2023
— 𝓵𝓸𝓻𝓮 (@tamilore99) January 19, 2023
Yvonne: I’m not one with you people (referring to South Africans)
I think the real Xenophobic nation is showing themselves
— namu (@Namjoon_61) January 19, 2023
Moreover, the subtle other subliminal attacks on South Africans in general. A fact which has led many on the timeline commenting on how the world view suggests that South Africans are xenophobic against other African nationalities. However, with the show, it becomes clear that maybe South Africans are accommodating to a fault as they have yet to date made comments on their Nigerian housemates.
South Africa that are big in xenophobic character .lmao my only fear is let your people not harm our people in that house shaa
— abdulmalik (@not_your_mateee) January 19, 2023
it’s giving Xenophobic vibes, the dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
That time SAn housemates are welcoming and willing to learn about their culture. I have been saying this SAn are not Xenophobic we are just Patriotic.#BBTitans #BBTitians #BBTitan https://t.co/jr0hiNkf4f
— LM 🇿🇦 (@Monkgotsie) January 19, 2023
#BBTitians is showing what South African deal with on a daily, this is how we treated by fellow Africans when they arrive here and once we retaliate we we called names and they quick to use the Xenophobic card. @BigBroAfrica needs to cancel this show now already. pic.twitter.com/DYyfugcwYp
— Gost (@Gost_them) January 19, 2023
Y’all bfr I’m not even defending those girls but you guys seriously can’t be the one talking about this! Y’all are the least person to talk about it
— BREE🦋🎀SOS (@flobratzdoll) January 19, 2023
Are these southAfricans not mad like this?
Nigerians are mean, toxic, xenophobic and everything bad in d world okay we don hear.
I just hope Nigerians stanning are stanning their own sha. Go and support these ones and receive the insults of your life #BBTitians https://t.co/OBzVW53IGe
— Chilombo (@traycie__) January 18, 2023
To me this #BBTitians is a political and diplomatic move to unite both countries because of the xenophobic history between them. Even in the show, they find it difficult to co-exist I pray this method works to strengthen the diplomatic ties between both countries.🇿🇦🇳🇬
— Humble Hedsten🇨🇲 (@Chinda1111) January 20, 2023
As such, the show might not live up to its true intention. Which ahead of the premiere was shared as:
MultiChoice and DStv have announced what will most certainly be one of the Biggest seasons of the Big Brother franchise yet…BIG BROTHER TITANS!…which will commence on Sunday 15 January 2023, live on DStv.
This special edition of the Big Brother franchise will feature selected housemates from South Africa and Nigeria in one House, playing the game for the ultimate prize.
Announcing the commencement of the show and prize money, Executive Head of Programming: M-Net Channels Nomsa Philiso, has disclosed that Big Brother Titans edition will run for until April and the winner will cart home a cash prize of R2 million.
Piliso then spoke on the intention of blending the two already successful franchise with BB Titans by explaining that:
“Big Brother Titans is a special edition of the widely loved Big Brother show. This special edition is a fusion of two TV phenomena, BB Mzansi and BBNaija. We are bringing housemates from two GIANT nations, South Africa and Nigeria, under one roof, to give entertainment audiences across the continent a show of intense drama like never before. We are telling our audience to be ready for the biggest takeover on TV starting from January 15, 2023. It promises an abundance of South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance, and everything in between.”
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