Popular family game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (WWTBAM) will return to TV screens on Sunday, September 3 but not with Frank Edoho and MTN as host and sponsor respectively.
Airopay, a global international payments operator, is the new sponsor.
It was however gathered that Edoho and Ultima Limited, producers of the show, parted ways amicably.
At a joint press conference with Airopay last Thursday, the Managing Director of Ultima Studios, Femi Ayeni, said the show’s anchor, Frank Edoho, will likely be dropped.
His words: “The presenter may not be returning as a host this time around but he remains a part of the team. We will also encourage him to partake in the auditions which will see us have a befitting replacement if need be.
“We will be getting a younger presenter but Frank remains a part of WWTBM. We will air highlights from captivating past editions of the show for about 5 weeks until we get a new anchor for the show”.
During the week, Edoho, who had been the show’s host for 13 years, shared his excitement on Twitter over tge shows return but did not indicate his status with it.
Below is a list of what to expect when WWTBAM returns:
- Frank Edoho would be dropped and replaced by someone yet to be unveiled
- Star prize money has reduced from N10m to N5m
- For now, viewers would only be able to play on the MTN platform
- New sponsor is Airopay
Who wants to be a Millionaire went off air in June after MTN pulled out as sponsor.
“Airopay and Ultima are convinced that the synergy between Airopay and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s game show will be mutually beneficial”, Mr Ayeni also said.
“With this new sponsorship, Airopay is proud to say that the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire TV game show is much bigger, richer and better, as Airopay has increased the winnings sums of contestants who make it to the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire game show’s hot seat and participants who engage in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Homeplay.”