- Bet9ja is taking over from Payporte, as the headline sponsor of Big Brother Season 4.
Nigeria’s first sports-betting company, Bet9ja, has been announced as the official sponsor of the next “Big Brother Naija Season 4” reality TV show.
This announcement comes after reports indicated that bankruptcy had crippled its way into Payporte’s business, leading to some staff members of Payporte calling out their Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eyo Bassey, over non-payment of salaries and large debts.
Bet9ja’s Chief Executive Officer, Ayo Ojuroye said: “As the leading gaming company in Nigeria, we believe in changing lives.
Ojuroye who was represented by the Senior Marketing Manager, Bet9ja, Mr Olufemi Osobajo, said that this singular attribute coupled with the zeal and passion attributed to the Big Brother Naija platform aligns with Bet9ja’s core values and they were honoured by the opportunity to headline this year’s edition.
“Bet9ja will continue to support programmes that will connect more young Nigerians to their dreams,” he said.
About Payporte’s Massive Debt
Payporte officially sponsored the Big Brother Naija reality TV show for its second and third seasons, providing BBN housemates with several of their glamorous outfits, while employing some as brand ambassadors for the company.
However, after the last Big Brother Naija show, Iquo Okpo, a member of Payporte’s staff, last year, took to social media to call out the company for not paying salaries. Okpo, whose Instagram handle is “@pizjay” made the revelation on Instagram in an open letter to the organisation.
According to Okpo, “employees of the organisation have been afraid to speak out for fear of being blacklisted by their employer”. She claimed that Payporte has been owing staff for more than three months and has not remitted pension and tax for more than two years.
In a series of tweets, ex-Payporte staff members alleged that the e-Commerce company’s debt profile was close to N1bn. According to the thread, Payporte owed more than N400m to five Nigerian banks. The rent due for the company’s head office in Lagos would be in the order of N52m while the rent of an offline store in Lekki amounted to N40m. The company is also said to owe N50m to some advertising agencies.
Big Brother Naija Season 4
Africa’s popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), is set to return for a fourth season with the producers of the show revealing that the Big Brother House will be located in Nigeria. Auditions for the Big Brother Naija Season 4 will take place in major cities throughout Nigeria. According to the CEO, in eight cities, namely: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, Ibadan, Benin, and Enugu. Everyone who has reached 21, should come on February 1-2, 2019 and took part in the auditions
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