In what can be termed the clash of campuses, tertiary institutions within West Africa are gearing up for a face-off in what is arguably Africa’s first tertiary institution reality TV show, Queen Varsity Africa.
The show which will feature such schools like the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, YabaTech among others also features a tertiary institution from the neighbouring Benin Republic. 17 contestants known as princesses, representing their schools have so far made it to the show. They will be slugging it out with various tasks among themselves to clinch the crown of Queen Varsity.
The 13 episodes programme is billed to run on NTA 2 Lagos-which is on DSTV, and Jive TV on Startimes and other online portals will commence from February 11, 2019. Contestants would have the opportunity to vote via www.queenvarsityafrica.com and on the show’s social media pages for their favourite housemate or school to go to the round of ten. The ten princesses will then proceed to the grand finale where the Queen Varsity Africa will emerge.
Speaking on the objectives of the show, Jasmine noted that Queen Varsity Afrika is an empowerment programme that will avail the contestants the opportunity for self-realization, self-actualization, as well as boost their self-esteem. “The aim is to groom and empower the next generation of Nigerian women today as whoever empowers a woman empowers a nation.
Tagged ‘the search for Beauty plus Brains, the first edition of the show is a 13 episode family program that promises to entertain, educate and tutor both the contestants and the viewers at home. As a matter of rule, Jasmine says the reality show is a non-nudity, non-bikini show for obvious reasons. “The aim of this reality show is to project more of what the girls have to offer and not just about their physical attributes. That is why we are positioning this show as a non-bikini and a non-nudity show.”
Outside the experiences that the contestants referred to as princesses stand to gain, organisers say that there is a N1,000,000 price for the winner at the grand finale of the show to be held at a yet to be announced date.
On the collaboration, Jasmine explains that Queen Varsity Africa is open to partnership with interested parties who are willing to join in the promotion of sustainable education and welfare of the African girl-child. “For this year, we are working in collaboration with the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB). We are ready to partner with agencies, brands and organisations who are ready to join in empowering the African Girl Child using the platform of our educative and entertaining reality TV project this edition and in subsequent ones,” She concluded.