The Big Quiz Show (TBQS), Kenya’s first ever LIVE TV gaming show, will premiere on KTN Home this Sunday. The show has been developed by Kenyan tech innovators and will feature general and technical knowledge questions that will be rewarded with monetary wins.
The show will bring together TV personality Betty Kyalo and controversial comedian Eric Omondi as co-hosts. It’s a new lease of life for Betty, who was pushed out from K24 last year to venture into YouTube video-production and her salon business. Their roles will be known on Sunday 22nd March, when the show launches on KTN Home.
On the other hand, it will be a face-saving moment for Eric Omondi, who has recently run afoul Kenya’s film regulations and is currently under investigation over his “Wife Material” show which is said to border on pornography.
The interactivity element of the TV show is set to be a game-changer, according to the producers, as everyone can participate from any part of Kenya. Participants only need to register via SMS and answer simple multiple choice questions that will be beamed LIVE on TV.
“For the very first time in TV game show history, we leverage on technology to ‘democratize’ access so that the TV viewing public can participate on a LIVE TV game show from the comfort of their homes via their mobile phones and win instant prizes,” said Patrick Ojil, Executive Director of The Big Quiz Show while launching the product.
The format of the show breaks away from the traditional TV game shows that are usually pre-recorded and only a limited number of participants are invited on set while the public watch for entertainment only. “As the Standard Group and KTN, we are happy to provide a home for the show on our KTN Home channel and we look forward to great excitement, great entertainment and a great first season,” says Mr Joe Munene, Managing Director for the Broadcast Division at Standard Group.
Another unique aspect of the show is that winning will not be a function of luck! The edutainment/infotainment nature of the quiz aims at inculcating the spirit of research, reading culture and pursuit of knowledge among Kenyans, offering attractive rewards for those who participate.
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“We shall be testing for speed and accuracy; our software has been programmed to pick the fastest and the most accurate answers. Every participant can win depending on how fast and knowledgeable they are,” Mr Ojil added.
The Big Quiz Show will air every Sunday between 8pm and 9pm for the next 13 weeks (Season 1). There will be 13 millionaires in 13 weeks – 100 winners every week, with the top winner walking away with Ksh1,000,000 every week.
The TBQ team announced that proceeds from the show will go towards support of PCEA Thogoto Home for the aged.
A unique aspect of the show is that winning will not be a function of luck
He expressed hope that that many lives will be transformed especially after the Covid-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc and affected many livelihoods in the past one year now.
The Big Quiz Show is a service that lets users of smartphones and other mobile devices to register, pay and answer trivia questions and have the chance to win various prizes. The service is owned and operated by Silicon Solutions Limited, The Standard Media Group Limited and The Big Quiz Limited.
The show is an innovative product made for Kenyans by Kenyans looking to positively impact the lives of Kenyans by providing viewers with a fair chance to win every week thus enriching lives.