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PICS: A look inside the Real Housewives of Lagos premiere hosted by Queen B

The Real Housewives of Lagos (RHOLagos) is now streaming on Showmax, after trending at number one on Twitter from 5pm on Thursday for 15 hours straight ahead of its Friday, 8am launch (with no sign of dropping down the charts at the time of writing).

“Seeing The Real Housewives of Lagos trend at #1 on Twitter in South Africa confirms what we knew all along: that this is going to be not just a hit Nigerian show but a pan-African one,” says Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax.

The Real Housewives of Lagos cast

The latest edition of the hit reality TV show franchise follows the opulent lives of six of the most glamorous women in Africa’s largest megacity: businesswoman Carolyna Hutchings, lawyer and luxury hair brand owner Chioma Ikokwu, Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo, influencer Laura Ikeji-Kanu, PR expert Mariam Timmer, and celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani-Adebayo. In true Lagos style, they will be serving up all the high fashion, luxury, drama, and power-moves that the franchise is known and loved for globally.

South Africa’s biggest stars turned out en masse in their finest at last night’s pink carpet South African premiere, hosted by Bonang Matheba at Summerplace in Sandton, Johannesburg. Chioma, Iyabo, Mariam, and Toyin all jetted in for the event, where they were joined by The Real Housewives of Durban’s Annie Ludick-Mthembu, Jojo Robinson, LaConco, Londie London, and Nonku Williams. Twitter had a lot to say about who had the best looks - the start of what looks set to be a juicy rivalry between the two shows, with #RHODurban trending at number two on Twitter in South Africa, just behind #RHOLagos, at the time of writing.

Annie Ludick-Mthembu at The Real Housewives of Lagos Jozi premiere

The Johannesburg premiere comes hot on the heels of the RHOLagos premiere held at the magnificent The Jewel Aedia in Lekki, Lagos, hosted by Toke Makinwa (talk show host on BBNaija: The Buzz and Talk with Toke Makinwa).

RHOLagos will be the first Nigerian instalment of the award-winning franchise, distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Formats, which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. This also marks the 16th international version of The Real Housewives format and the third African adaptation, following the success of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and Durban, both now streaming on Showmax.

RHOLagos will stream on Showmax throughout Africa, the United Kingdom and other international markets such as Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Mariam Timmer, Lasizwe, Mihlali and Chioma Ikokwu at The Real Housewives of Lagos Jozi premiere

The Real Housewives of Durban released its penultimate episode today, ahead of the finale next Friday, 15 April 2022, with a reunion scheduled for early May 2022. In today’s episodes, the queens’ rule over Sun City - but where there is sun, there is bound to be shade!

Take a look inside below:

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