Gideon Okeke for The Money Drop

January 10th, 2013

He first hit screens in the M-Net reality series Big Brother Nigeria, then became famous after a starring role on glam AfricaMagic soap Tinsel. Now Nigerian television personality Gideon Okeke is taking on a central role as the host of the hot new game show The Money Drop Nigeria!

DStv audiences will be able to watch the series when it launches exclusively on AfricaMagic Entertainment on Sunday January 13 at 20:00 CAT. Simple but riveting, each episode of The Money Drop Nigeria sees a pair of contestants get USD 100 000 in cash. Then the game begins…

And what a game it is! Before each quiz question, contestants are given a choice of two categories. Once they choose a category, they are asked a question from it and are given a choice of possible answers.

Contestants must then place the money on the answer they think is correct. Or they can split the money and place different amounts on different answers. The one rule – they must use all USD 100 000!
But, if they have placed money on the wrong answer, then they watch as it tumbles out of reach through a glass trapdoor. The tension filled process continues through seven questions after which whatever money they still have, they can keep.

With some contestants risking it all on one answer, and with others painstakingly dividing their money to keep their chances alive, it’s a game packed with emotion, tension and quite a lot of drama!

Given the exhilarating nature of the show, it’s no wonder that Gideon Okeke says that his excited reaction when told he was going to host the show was “over the top!” He goes on to say that viewers should definitely tune in to watch the series. “Audiences are in for a thrill because it’s an exciting game show format that combines the elements of risk, reward, emotion and a more than generous start-off sum of $100 000 USD. “

With a diploma in Screen Acting from the acclaimed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, in 2008 Okeke starred in the feature film Relentless and appeared on stage at the Muson in Lagos in the production Fractures. He has also received the following awards: NEA Best Actor In a TV Series (2010, New York) and the FAB Most Stylish Male Actor (2011, Lagos).

“He’s definitely a star on the rise and one who M-Net has had a long association with,” says M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi. “From Big Brother to Tinsel and now to THE MONEY DROP NIGERIA, Gideon’s career in the spotlight is progressing forward steadily. In his latest role, he engages wonderfully with the contestants drawing out their personalities, while also guiding audiences watching at home through the game.”

Produced by Endemol SA and sponsored by Nigeria’s Diamond Bank, The Money Drop Nigeria marks the first time that the format has been filmed in Africa. The show will be re-screened on AfricaMagic Entertainment on Mondays at 22:30 CAT, Wednesdays at 17:30 CAT and Fridays at 22:30 CAT.

Video: Gideon Okeke on The Money Drop

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