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Ultimate Love TV show ends tomorrow, as Coronavirus spreads

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The ongoing couple reality TV show, Ultimate Love will climax tomorrow. The show is ending a week earlier than the scheduled grand finale date due to fears over the spread of coronavirus (CoVID-19). However, the remaining love guests, as the contestants are called, are still not aware of what’s happening in the outside world.

The show, which is broadcast live on MultiChoice’s DSTV and GOtv, premiered on Sunday, February 9, 2020, and was supposed to run for eight weeks. But the organisers have resolved to cut it short by one week.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, March 24, to announce the end the show, the promoters said the decision was hinged to concerns over the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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“Whilst we know the show has garnered appreciable fans and viewers across Africa, it has become pertinent for us to join the ongoing efforts by the government and global public health officials to flatten the curve against the coronavirus,” part of the announcement read.

Last Sunday, two couples, ObiEbi and PreshDavid’s journey came to an end, as they were checked out of the Love Pad in a live eviction show.

For ObiEbi, who represented the true definition of ‘love is patient’ during their stay in the Love Pad, their love story might have started on a controversial slate, as they had their ups and downs, but they always found their way back to each other.

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The lovebirds weathered the storms and emerged stronger. From threatening to voluntarily check out to sort out their differences over a nice dinner date, there hasn’t been anything they haven’t done to fight for their love.

They taught the viewers ‘to fight’ for what they believe in, as everything about their journey was extra ordinary. Obichukwu even sent a message to his mother saying he’s bringing her a wise and good-looking woman.

Meanwhile, the battle for tomorrow’s ‘Ultimate Couple’, who will get a lavished all-expense paid wedding and a fully furnished home, as well as N5million after being married for a year is between Chivia, DoubleChris, Ikyeresa, Roksie and Bolar.

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Voting for the grand finale opened on Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 pm, and closed yesterday at 9:00 pm. Just like other reality shows such as Big Brother Africa (BBA) and Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), the Ultimate Love show has garnered appreciable fans and viewers across the African continent

The ultimate prize is finding love and if the ‘Ultimate Couple’ decides to get married, they will get lavish all-expenses-paid to wed and a fully furnished home. The winning couple will also get a cash prize of N5million after being married for a year.

The show is co-hosted by actress and Amnesty Internationa ambassador, Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Oluwaseun Olaniyan, a media creative, event compere and conference facilitator. It involved single male and female strangers living together in an isolated location with the hopes of finding life-long love.

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They are paired based on their mutual attraction to one other and will compete for who emerges as the ultimate couple. The couples will interact daily with a counsellor referred to as ‘Aunty’ as they embark on their journey to love.

Unlike the average dating game show, Ultimate Love show digs deep into the rich and diverse cultural norms and nuances in Nigeria. It showcases relationships and highlights topical areas such as courtship, traditions and practices, values and morals among other societal challenges. It seeks to change the narrative about love and marriage in contemporary times.

Guests at the Love Pad, as the Ultimate Love house is called included eight dudes, Arnold, David Wilson, Iyke, Jay, Kachi, Louis, Obichukwu, Michael, while the ladies are Bolanle, Cherry, Chris, Ebiteinye, Jenny Koko, Rosie, and Theresa.

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