Reality television has been embraced in Ghana but just a few can be labelled as very good. Therefore, Shine Publications took the initiative to assess the best entertainment reality television shows in Ghana using our in-house criteria as follows:
1) Social impact. This is the measure of the extent of positive influence the reality TV show has had on the immediate society. We measure this by observing the public reaction to the TV show during and after the show. Also, by random questioning in the streets, market places and also by monitoring social media comments about the programme.
2) Achievement of Winners after the TV show that can be linked to participating in the reality TV show. We only consider notable and applaudable achievements by the winners and participants.
3) Patronage from viewers. We measure this by monitoring social media trends, public following and popularity of the TV show. Random questioning in public places were also employed.
In descending order (from highest to lowest):
1) Talented Kids. We rate this television programme as the best entertainment reality television show because it scored the highest in all three areas of our criteria. This show has high viewership as can be felt when the time for it to air is due. Both children and parents create a buzz about the show. The TV show has echoed the importance of paying attention to developing talents in children; something which is often abandoned by a lot of Ghanaian parents. As some of the winners have gained national and in some cases international recognition, a lot of Ghanaian parents have now begun seeing children as possible game changers in the history of their families; and even the society at large. The biggest export of the TV show can be said to be 2017 winner of ‘Talented Kids’ Dj Switch also known as ‘ Erica Armah Bra – Bulu Tandoh in real life. The child prodigy has become a household name in Ghana and also grabbed some international applause for her talent. In 2019, she was acknowledged by American rapper Jay Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company. In September 2018, she opened the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual Goalkeeper’s event in New York City. Also, in May 2019 in New York, she performed at ‘Room to Read’s Gala with Wyclef Jean, and in June 2019 she performed at the 32nd ordinary session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government. Earlier in February 2019, she also performed at the World Bank Africa Society symposium in Washington. Back home, she won the ‘Discovery of the Year’ in 2018 and the ‘Best Dj of the Year’ in 2019 both at the Ghana Dj Awards.
2) Ghana’s Most Beautiful. Starting in 2007, this beauty pageant has risen to prominence and has also transformed the meaning of beauty pageants in Ghana. This is the first pageant to acknowledge and creatively inculcate the various unique Ghanaian traditions across the many Ghanaian ethnic groups in a pageant. The pageant has gone beyond entertainment to involving the participation of traditional rulers. This has given the TV show not just a very large viewership, but also loyal viewers. Both the winners and some participants of the pageant usually take up developmental projects in their immediate communities, and this draws attention from members of the society. The emergence and huge success ( both by patronage and sponsorship) of this TV show, has encouraged other Pageantry initiatives as others try to imitate similar Ghanaian traditionally focused beauty pageants.
3) MTN Hitmaker. This is the only annual music talent show that has sprung so many musicians who are very relevant in modern Ghanaian music. It has found a unique way of growing a fan base for new artistes and with an appreciable amount of popularity in Ghana. Some of these musicians were not even winners but have been able to leverage on the opportunity to become regional and even national icons.
Some of these names are multiple award winning Afropop singer Kuami Eugene, KiDi, Freda Rhymz, Mr Drew and others. The show has also featured prominent names in Ghanaian music as judges like Zapp Mallet, Richie Mensah, Stonebwoy, Mark Okraku Mantey, and others.
4) Miss Malaika Ghana. This is another beauty pageant that has captured the hearts of young educated University going Ghanaian ladies. With its clear target audience, it has built a vibrant and strong youthful following among various Ghanaian campuses across the nation. Its following on social media can be ranked as one of the largest and most loyal in Ghana. However, winners of this pageant usually disappear into oblivion as they rarely engaged in public events like community service or such initiatives that their immediate community can directly benefit from. The Queen’s usually slip back into quiet private lives after they win.
5) Date Rush. A new kid on the block only emerging this year 2020, yet, it has gained so much popularity and excitement among the Ghanaian upper, middle class and youthful viewers. The programme, though not having any serious community impact, plays around with the idea of choosing a life partner and the intricacies involved. It’s fun to watch, hence, its high viewers and regular trending habits on social media.
By Shine Publications In – House Research, Survey & Monitoring Team.
Approved by Head of Online Administration & Social Media Management Portia Owusu Ansah