Love Island will debut in Nigeria this October (Picture: ITV)
Love Island Nigeria will be coming to screens this autumn as ITV Studios Global bosses have confirmed an air date for the spin-off.
It was previously announced that a Nigerian version of the hit dating series had been given the green light as the franchise expands worldwide.
An event was held in Lagos, Nigeria recently where it was revealed that Love Island Nigeria was set to debut in October, according to Nigeria’s The Guardian.
The new series will broadcast via a mobile streaming app in Nigeria, as well as Nigeria’s Free TV digital terrestrial television (DTT) and ViacomCBS Networks Africa’s MTV Base. It will feature 20 singletons looking to couple up in the villa and is the first edition in the Love Island franchise to feature an all-Black cast.
It’s not yet known which luxury villa the spin-off will take place in but you can bet it’ll be just as stunning as the famous Majorca residence.
Digital Play owner Toyin Subair teased that viewers in the UK will get to watch the action unfold, saying at the conference: ‘[It will] also air, the same way, in different parts of the world. Because of how strong the product value is, and because it’s going to be the first of its kind as an all-black Love Island in the whole world, it is also going to be available digitally and on Free to air TVs across the world.
‘It shows that we are about to exhibit everything, including our production, relationships, and lifestyle, to the rest of the world. That is what we plan to do with Love Island.’
Subair continued: ‘Love Island Nigeria, the first format to have an all-black cast, will give 20 singles an opportunity to come together and share the true essence of love, romance, friendship and relationships with all the twists and intrigues in 7 exhilarating weeks in the Love Island villa.
Huub Van Ballegooy, head of global content and productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, added: ‘As we have already seen in different parts of the world, Love Island works equally well across linear, digital and catch-up platforms.
Love Island South Africa was criticised for its predominantly white cast (Picture:
‘With love being a universal language and the growing Nigerian market, we are very excited to roll out Love Island soon in Nigeria as well.’
Love Island Nigeria series producer, Neil Oyenekan, said that ‘dating is a critical part of millennials’ maturation in today’s Africa, and Love Island Nigeria offers a verified format through which its key stages get tested’.
He then teased: ‘We expect great entertainment!’
Love Island already expanded to South Africa earlier this year, however, the programme was criticised for its lack of diversity. Series one featured a mostly white cast despite the country’s population being majority Black, while it also suffered ongoing technical issues and various errors.
Until October, fans can binge the latest series of Love Island UK while the USA instalment kicks off again this week.
Love Island Nigeria will arrive in October, a specific date is yet to be announced.