Thank God it’s Thursday, but guys have you ever thought of great reality tv shows that we always look forward to when it’s the weekend? And some are not even weekends, but they’ll always make you rush home from work to hit your TV from 7 pm to 11 pm…lol…But now? They’ve gone into extinction due to a lack of adequate sponsorship.

However, few shows worked and lasted a couple of seasons before disappearing off our tv screens with no explanation whatsoever. Shows like:


Who doesn’t remember this great reality tv show? Who wouldn’t remember BobManuel?

Gulder Ultimate Search was a Survivor-style show where ten contestants were taken to a remote location and left to survive with whatever resources they were given. They would partake in daily tasks (both physical and mental) in attempts to find the ultimate treasure a.k.a whatever the season’s fictional back story decided a contestant would have to find to be declared the winner. The show ran for 11 seasons. I could remember some contestants like Vaugh, Kimberly… Lol

It was pretty entertaining, even though parts of it were scripted. It also had great production value. There was this one season where an old shaman was part of the season’s fictional back story. So, on some nights, there would be an actor dressed as the shaman watching the sleeping contestants from a distance.

Arguably, the best part of the show was the host, Nollywood baby boy, Chidi Mokeme, who was so good at his job that when they switched him out for Bob Manuel Udokwu a few seasons in, viewership dropped. The last season I guess was aired in 2014.


I so loved this reality show then. Celebrity Takes 2 was a Nigerian version of Dancing With The Stars. Nigerian celebrities were paired with professional dancers from the Spirit of David dance troupe. In its two seasons, it had an impressive cast of celebrities like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Sound Sultan, Kunle Afolayan, Omowunmi Akinnifesi, Funmi Iyanda was the presenter then (I guess I remember that sha). I will never forget screaming like a maniac as Omowunmi emerged from a box like a contortionist at the beginning of one of her routines. The show ran for only two seasons. The last season aired in 2009.


This was another reality show that was on the hit that year. I could remember one of the winners then ‘DIAMONDS’. They shone for just about two years and, kpola, they just disappeared into the thin air! The Star is a talent show for young people who think that they have the voice to produce sweet melodies. The winner can go home with a prize amounting to millions of Naira. I think the last time it was aired was in 2010.


ProjectFame. What a feeling!

Who wouldn’t remember, Uncle Ben, Aunty Bibi, Joke Silva (popularly called Big Mummy). Project Fame was a music talent TV reality show that featured 15 contestants picked from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, competing in a singing competition that lasts eight weeks. By the last episode, the top six would remain, from which the top three would be chosen (based on viewer’s votes). The winner of each season was given a ton of money, an SUV, and a recording contract worth millions of naira. The show ran for nine seasons. The first winner on that show was Dare Art Alade. The show did give us some big artists like Chidinma (Season 3 winner), Iyanya (Season 1 winner), Niniola (Season 6 runner up), etc. The last season aired in 2016 and we haven’t heard anything about it since.



This show? You get the FULL course of entertainment, you will learn, you laugh and enjoy yourself by the time you see somebori’s 70year old pápá doing #MoonWalk. Lol Maltina Dance All was a reality show where 15 dancing families (a term I honestly thought was reserved for circus performers) competed against each other in different dance styles for a cash prize of N5 million. The show ran for nine seasons.

It was a fun, wholesome show that gave a lot of feel-good moments. (Family bonding and all that.) Kemi Adetiba did a great job hosting the show for the first few seasons before Osas Ighodaro took over. The last season aired in 2016.


“We will be right back after this commercial break.. “… This commercial break has turned into a sabbatical break ó. WWTBAM was a television show where contestants took on a series of multiple-choice questions for a chance to win large cash prizes. Only one contestant played at a time (getting the chance to be on “the hot seat” by playing a “fastest finger game” with two other hopefuls), and had no time limit to answer questions. The more questions the contestant got right, the higher the cash they stood to win. The maximum cash prize was N10 million.

We could remember, “your friend… is on the HOT SEAT”…

“The next voice you’re going to hear is that of…”

After running for 13 years, the show’s main sponsor, MTN, pulled out in 2017, leading to the production of the show being halted. Let’s just hope that if the show ever comes back, they get the original host, Frank Edoho, back. He’s the real deal! Lol


I remember applying for this reality show couple of times those days, guess luck no just shine on me… Lol Amstel Malta Box Office normally abbreviated as AMBO is sponsored by the producer of Amstel Malta, Nigerian Breweries Plc. This reality TV show aims are helping young Nigerians that are talented in acting to develop their acting skills to become superstar actors. And it has produced stars and some block bluster movies. Like Bayray McNwizu. The actress came to the limelight after winning the third Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. Since her win, the actress has featured in “Hire a Man,” “Cindy Notes,” “The Visit,” “Lekki Wives 3″ among others. Ivie Okujaye who acted in” Make a Move”. Oc Ukeje, who starred in, “When love happens”. And lots more! The last time it was aired was around 2014 or so.


Next Movie Star initiated by Sola Fajobi has as its objective the discovery of young talented movie stars. Popular Nigerian actors and actresses that emerged through this TV Reality Show include Tonto Dike, Portia Yamhan, Annie Macauley, Tamara Eteimo, and many more.


Nigeria Idol is one of the biggest music reality shows in Nigeria. The show is part of the global idol franchise which is a global show. It provides a veritable opportunity for young people talented in music to showcase their musical talents. At least if I can’t remember anything, I remember Timi Dakolo. Lol


Peak Talent Hunt is a 13week talent show organized and sponsored by Peak a well-known maker of liquid and powdered milk. The talent show provides a platform for young Nigerians that are gifted in music, singing, dancing, and acting to demonstrate what they know best. An amazing price awaits the winner.

OK… Let me drop this as a bonus, who else remembers, KKB SHOW? On Silverbird tv. KKB show coming up right now… Kids Know Better. “Who gave you the audacity to take my meat, my meat?”. The boy is all grown now ooo… Lol.

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