Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Tomiwa Tegbe and Sharon Jatto have been confirmed as cast members for the new season of MTV Shuga Naija.
Etomi-Wellington is not new to the franchise, having played Sheila on MTV Shuga Naija season 2 and Down South.
According to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, this season will highlight gender equity, gender-based violence, COVID-19 vaccine confidence, and HIV self-testing.
The statement issued by the foundation also announced the “kick-off of the MTV Shuga Naija online auditions for aspiring talents to join the MTV Shuga Naija alumni.
” Online submissions will close on 24 October 2022 and aspiring talent can visit www.casting.ng/mtvshugaauditions to audition,” the statement added.
Supported by Unitaid, The Global Innovation Fund, and Paramount, the fifth season will be produced by 1Pod Pictures, a female-led production company, founded by Directors Isioma Osaje and Temidayo Makanjuola.
Country Manager, MTV Shuga Naija, Anita Aiyudu also announced a Talent Accelerator Programme.
“We have created a strategic approach to promote female-led production companies through our Talent Accelerator Program, which will guide emerging female creatives to hone their craft and make a name for themselves, while encouraging dialogue on real issues affecting young people,” Aiyudu explained.
The TV drama which is already in pre-production is expected to air in the second quarter of 2023.
MTV Shuga Naija will broadcast on MTV Base, (DSTV channel 322), NTA, and past seasons can be streamed on Netflix, YouTube and Facebook Watch.