Who Wants To Be In Millionaire is back with Frank Edoho
After a five-year hiatus, the renowned family TV show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is back on the TV screens, with the eccentric Frank Edoho returning as the show’s host. Now, with a revamped ultimate cash prize of N20 million and modified player lifelines, the show is set to steal the hearts of Nigerians once more.
The new sponsors of the TV game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Series 2-The Rebirth, were recently unveiled at an event in Lagos. They include UP, Payattitude, Payarena, and HopePSBank. The companies are members of UP Group-Nigeria’s premier Payments and Financial Technology Company and leaders in digital payments innovation.
Delivering his keynote speech at the event, the Managing Director of UP, Agada Apochi, explained the group’s decision to sponsor Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Series 2-The Rebirth’ was borne out of the desire to educate, excite and entertain Nigerians by bringing back the game show that keeps families at the edge of their seats.
“Entertainment brings people together, whether it is football or show. It brings families together colleagues together. It is for that reason we are investing in entertainment. For that reason, we are bringing back Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. For us in the UP group, we should invest in this TV game show not only because we want to promote our brands but also because we want to see a better Nigeria. You would agree with me there is no better way to build a better future for Nigeria than investment in education,” he said.
In his remarks, Hakeem Condotti, the Chief Executive Officer of BLK Hut, the franchise owner of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? In Nigeria, informed that BLK Hut produces the show in Nigeria, under the license of Sony Pictures.
“It is a great deal of excitement for us to be involved in the production of the iconic game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, which a lot of Nigerians have been looking forward to gracing their TV screens. We are aware of the expectation, and we can assure everyone that the quality of the content week in week out would be superb. We have the capacity and the resources to deliver entertaining and educative content that lives long-lasting memories,” he said.
Speaking immediately after his unveiling as the host of the show, Frank Edoho announced that the show comes back with some latest innovations, including a new staggering star prize money of Twenty Milion Naira ( N20,000,000.00)
Edoho also announced that apart from the usual three lifelines which lovers of the show are familiar with. ‘50/50’ – where the computer eliminates two random wrong options leaving the right option and the other remaining wrong option. ‘Phone a Friend’ – where the contestant has 30 seconds to call one of their five prearranged friends read the question and four possible alternatives to the friend who then has the remaining time to offer input. And ‘Ask the Audience’ – where the audience members use touchpads to designate what they believe the correct option to be, the percentage of the audience choosing each specific option is then displayed to the contestant, a new lifeline has now been added for this Series 2, ‘Ask The Host.’ This lifeline gives the contestants one chance to ask the host to answer the question.
Viewers can remember the intrigues and suspense honed by Frank Edoho, who anchored the show for 13 years, since its inception in 2004. Throughout the 13-year stint, only one contestant named Aroma Ufodike emerged the winner of the ultimate N10 million cash prize on September 11, 2009.