MTN Nigeria has suspended the much loved ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire ‘ game show which for thirteen years, educated and entertained Nigerians. This stoppage, according to industry watchers might be adduced to paucity of funds.
The widely viewed show made a bold entry into the Nigerian landscape in 2004 through the efforts of Ultima Limited, pacesetters in the entertainment industry. The show instantly became a platform to educate people as it was designed for the whole family.
MTN later took over the sponsorship of the show, pushed it further, made it bigger, richer and better by doubling the money tree. The appreciable success of the show gave birth to the Sunday episodes in 2008, giving MTN a chance to enrich more lives.
WWTBAM later unveiled other subs of the show which included The Lecturer/Student Special, Valentine Special; where a couple get to play for 10 million naira together, Children’s Special (which started off as the Parent/Children Special) where the child gets to play in the hot-seat for 10 million naira worth of scholarship. Who Deserves To Be A Millionaire? Where celebrities play on behalf of someone or group of people who have contributed in their own way to the positive image of the nation either as athlete, veteran actors, charity homes and the like.
Aside from the hot seat being the major attraction, there are other exciting platforms for various cash prizes or just for fun: Millionaire Home Quiz formerly Home Play, where 15 people win N20,000 weekly, 1 person wins N200,000 weekly and 1 person bags N1 million for the month. Worthy of mention is the audience play where 20 people from the studio audience win N20,000 each.
The online game was introduced in 2008. Although there are no more cash prizes to be won, the game allows you to enjoy the hot seat experience from the comfort of your PC, as well as giving you a chance to get an express entry as a contestant for the show without having to dial 132.
MTN had four editions of the Valentine Specials with couples as contestants, one edition of the Parent/Child Special, two editions of Children’s Special, one edition of Celebrity Specials and two fantastic edition of Who Deserves to Be a Millionaire?
The show had provided opportunities for over 500 hot seat contestants and over 1,000 Fastest Finger First stage contestants who didn’t make it to the hot seat.
In season 6, Aroma Ufodike won the jackpot of N10 million being the first contestant ever to get the grand prize. Osahon Osazuwa and Babatunde Oni are the only contestants so far to win N5 million in season 5 and 7 respectively.
Contestants from all over Nigeria have graced the show. Although, the contestants tend to be more of male than female, people from different ethnic groups, religious backgrounds, various professions and ages from as young as 18 years to as old as 71 years (except for our specials where there are younger contestants below 18 years) have participated.
Frank Edoho, Broadcaster and Compere, hosted the Nigerian Edition of Who Wants To be A Millionaire?, The University of Calabar trained, popular on-air personality began his broadcasting career as Presenter on entertainment shows at the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, followed by a three-year stint as Anchor on Breakfast Television at NTA Channel 9, Calabar.
Frank worked at DBN Television and later moved to Metro FM Lagos where he spent three years.