Showmax has announced that it is renewing The Real Housewives of Durban for season 2 and bringing the popular franchise to Lagos, Nigeria.
In a statement on Friday (17 September), the online streaming service said both reality shows will premiere in more than 40 African countries in early 2022.
‘The Real Housewives of Lagos’
The Real Housewives of Lagos (RHOL) will be the first Nigerian instalment of the award-winning franchise, which is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group. This also marks the 16th international version of The Real Housewives format and the third to be adapted in Africa.
RHOL will build on the success of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most-streamed local series on Showmax in 2019, and The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD), which also broke records when it launched in January 2021.
“We’ve seen audiences across Africa devour The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and The Real Housewives of Durban,” says Candice Fangueiro, Showmax’s head of content.
“The Real Housewives franchise lends itself to localisation and we know our audience is going to love seeing the show reinvented Naija-style. We can’t wait to show the continent – and the world – another side of Lagos, with all the drama, high fashion and luxury you’d expect from The Real Housewives franchise.”
More extravagance in ‘The Real Housewives of Durban’
Speaking for NBCUniversal International Formats, Ana Langenberg added, “The vibrancy of Lagos and its rich culture, fashion and opulence makes for the perfect setting for the show.
“We also can’t wait to see the second season of Durban come to life and deliver fans all over the world even more extravagance and entertainment.”
RHOL will be produced by Livespot 360. RHOD is produced by Let It Rain Films, with Thumeka Hlotshana attached to direct Season 2 and Emmy winner Lee Doig (Survivor USA) creative directing.
RHOL will be the second Showmax Original reality series in Nigeria, following the success of I Am LAYCON, starring Big Brother Naija S5 winner Lekan Agbeleshe, which set a Nigerian first-day record for Showmax when it launched in February 2021.
The RHOD S1 trailer is also available on YouTube here.