Reports that the 37 youths were officially presented at a news conference held at Sandralia Hotel by the Nigeria Rebirth Foundation, organisers of the show.
Mr Isaac Balami, National Coordinator, said that the project provides a platform for youths to explore their rich potential and contribute towards the building of a better Nigeria.
“The Labour Room is the first national development reality TV show in Africa, strategically designed to activate the super potential of Nigerian youths.
“The programme is designed to promote unity in our diversity, and shall over the period, analyse and x-ray the issues of our nationhood, articulating the workable, sustainable solutions and recommendations for reforms.”
“There are 37 selected housemates representing all the states in Nigeria and the FCT to be housed in a ‘Mansion’ for 60 days, and to be broadcast 24 hours daily.”
According to him, the organisers had earlier held audition for the show across the 36 states and the FCT and a contestant selected to represent each state.
He added that the contestants were made to undergo a three-day training in April.
“The training was meant to ensure that the TV show and activities of the contestants go in line with this administration’s agenda and conforms to basic national values and culture.”
He explained that the initiative would, among other benefits, stimulate many young entrepreneurs, create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and complement government’s effort towards promoting national unity and peace.
Balami added that at the end of the show, leaders, entrepreneurs and intellectuals who would contribute to nation building would have been discovered and empowered.
“The members of the public will be allowed to vote for the contestants of their choice, and at the end of the 60 days, four winners will emerge.
“The four of them will then be empowered with N200 million capital to set up a local content driven company towards contributing to national economic development.”
Balami said that the opening ceremony of the reality would hold on Sept.17, 2017 at the International Conference Centre.
He added that for the 60 days, the show would be aired on DSTV, STAR TIMES, NTA and other local and international Televisions with over 200 million targeted viewers across the globe.