MultiChoice, the organizer of Ultimate Love on Tuesday announced that the Nigerian reality competition series will end this Sunday, 29 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The reality show which started on Sunday, February 9, 2020, was scheduled to end next week (April 5, 2020) before the nation recorded cases of the deadly virus.
“The finale voting will, therefore, open on Wednesday, 25 March at 10:00 pm WAT and close on Friday, 27 March at 9:00 pm WAT.
“Whilst we know the show has garnered appreciable fans and viewers across Africa, it has become pertinent for us to join the ongoing efforts by the Government and Global Public Health officials to flatten the curve,” it tweeted.
The reality show stars 16 single strangers from age 23-35 paired together, giving it a total of eight couples. They are addressed as Love Guests as their mission is to find love. Although, some of the couples have been checked out in the past weeks through the audience votes.
The show is supervised by a Love Doctor, counsellor and the Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Woman magazine, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, who is addressed in the show as ‘AUNTY’, just like ‘Biggie’ in Big Brother Naija.
Nigeria, as of Wednesday, has 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus; 43 active cases, 2 recoveries, 1 death.
Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, has the highest number of infected persons of 30, followed by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which has 8 cases, Ogun (3), Ekiti (1), Oyo (1), Edo (1) and Bauchi (1), Osun (1).