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Tantrums & ‘Benzes’ – MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 comes to Nigeria



MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 is one of those shows that you love to hate or hate to love but still end up watching. It is fun to watch as the teens demand extravagant things, throw lavish parties and are gifted with exotic cars. The US version has had so many standout episodes and even spun off a Made for TV movie and a UK version, now the producers are trying out the concept in Nigeria.

MTV producers are looking for Nigerian candidates to star in the first ever global series of My Super Sweet, the reality show that focuses on coming-of-age parties and extravagant celebrations.

A ratings hit around the world, My Super Sweet is a fly-on-the-wall TV show which offers access all areas to one young person’s outrageous journey as they plot, plan and prepare for the birthday party of a lifetime.

As My Super Sweet goes global for the first time, the show is aiming to be bigger, rowdier and more glamorous than ever, as MTV sets its sights on sassy, edgy party hosts who are planning birthday celebrations all around the world. For this series, MTV has upped the age limit from 16 to 21, so we could soon be sprinkling sweetness on your 16th, spraying lashing of champagne all over your 18th or giving you the key to your 21st!

From Jos to Lagos, Abuja to Port Harcourt and everywhere in between… if you’re having the birthday party to end all birthday parties this year, or you know someone else who is then MTV wants to know about it…! Shooting will take place during 2010 and the various parties will be shown on MTV channels around the world including Africa on MTV base (DStv Channel 322). Note that MTV does not fund the My Super Sweet parties but films existing parties funded by consumers and their families.

The question is, will this show work in Nigeria? Granted, many Nigerians love to show off and these days teens are very indulged but still what do you think?

To nominate yourself or a friend to star in your own episode of My Super Sweet, just send an email to: [email protected] for more information. Or check out the Be On TV section at to download the application form.


  1. Mercury

    June 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    This should be interesting…

  2. brenda

    June 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    hahahaha,very funny…nigerians like to copy sha.i pity for those parents who wana participate cuz i can bet u,the EFCC will come right after their a.s.s

  3. Blossom

    June 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I think it’ll be completely different from what the American version is like. Especially because our culture does not celebrate nor embrace spoilt behaviour and rudeness which is what the show really promotes… Not sure about this one.

  4. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    June 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm


  5. eazzie E

    June 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    we just keep promoting avenues to distort the minds of our teenagers by giving room for the acquisition of the totally wrong perception of life. what is the essence of this show? i only feel sorry for the teens/parents with not too strong personalities/self esteem. this would surely push them to the wall as it soon becomes a yard stick for the measurement of the bigz teens so to say and like someone said: okoro must bubble so we can all imagine what becomes of the struggling to bubble teens(LMAO). looking forward to feeding my eyes though…. I also concur the opinion of “efcc haunting the parents down”.
    Bella please keep us posted oh. As usual!!!!

  6. mimshac

    June 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    hope this will not lead to more kidnapping in the country … we just better keep our lifes

  7. cheezzy

    June 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    i will say bad market to this my sweet sixteen crew cus we don’t patronise
    tantrums from almost grown-up adults who should be telling their younger once
    to stop misbehaving.

  8. Ency

    June 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    They have got to be kidding me…It’s not enough that we get to see the American spoilt bratz, now they want us to see their Nigerian counterparts…I’d say Hell to the No!!!

  9. Yetunde

    June 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hmmm… I’m with Blossom on this but a spoilt brat of a kid will get
    some discipline once they leave the house or it could backfire on the parents
    and reflect “irresponsible upbringing”. If the parents are strategic though
    it will be a great way to highlight their business. (potential revenue). We’ll see

  10. efizzy

    June 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    E.F.C.C E no go easy oh! cos hv not seen any legal riches in that country that can do dat kind of party for a 16yrs old….una too copy sef

  11. marezi

    June 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    As eazzie said…what is the essence of this show?? this is just to promote the spoilt behaviour some of our youths already possess. good luck wiv the sure…
    i am also looking forward to feeding my eyes…
    and of course

  12. waka-about

    June 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    @ eazzie E – very well said – “what is the essence of this show?” – just another
    avenue for 9jas to embrace the cutlure and behaviour of the oyibo and trample
    our own. Soon every teen will want to have a “sweet sixteen” party and will go
    to all extremes to have one. The parents or “uncles” of these “sweet sixteens”
    will only want to “oppress” with funds of dubious history and the “oppressed” masses
    will embrace, copy and salivate.

    This is on the same footing as celebrations of Halloween that I have seen in
    Lagos too. MTV should also try and bring “16 and pregnant” to Nigeria too.
    Make we see if chicken fit chop corn wey dey inside bottle.

  13. mia

    June 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm


  14. Lala

    June 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Not only EFCC, armed robbers will go and find you…

  15. Lala

    June 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Is there any ORIGINAL reality show in Nigeria where the concept wasn’t copied from American television?

    Get creative… But on second thought, My Sweet Sixteen might work because shows like Bisi Olatilo, NTA Newsline on sunday, Magazines like Ovation and Citypeople, and blogs like Bella and Linda already showcase lavish birthdays and weddings so minus bratty behavior, the show might work out.

  16. dankeo

    June 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    lol @ waka-about “Make we see if chicken fit chop corn wey dey inside bottle”.
    dnt mind all these peolpe wit these their yeye shows. what would our teenangers learn from this…oppression in the highest order would surely ensue(ofcourse with Nigeria’s money that was stolen) mscheeew….

  17. Ibo Omoge

    June 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    LOL!..I can just imagine how the show will be…Owambe-type party with a red carpet, with the “creme-de-le-creme” of the society (agbayas and all) strutting down all decked up and ready to party. I know my Naija people. The 16yr old party will turn into a society event.

  18. XoXo

    June 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Sorry, but it won’t work!

  19. whatsintheworld

    June 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    i can’t wait to see what the nigerian kids are gonna be wearing.
    it’s not copying its a global idea
    EFCC i don die oooo

  20. Uche

    June 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    This is so totally unnecessary. That show is so annoying, now we get to see Naija teens doing that same rubbish! What values are we trying to promote here?


  21. istidele

    June 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    aristos will become daddies

  22. anon

    June 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Lol, all these folks will watch it jare! After all the complaining! Mschew.

  23. Imagine!

    June 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Na wa oo. Na so so bad bad thing them dey introduce go naija. As them
    naija producers take mumu reach, money go make them lead folks astray.
    Better shows wey them suppose affiliate naija with, na lie them no go do that
    kind thing.

    Better waste of precious time be this show

  24. chilipalmer

    June 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Surely, MTV Cribs Nigeria would have been a better programme rather than Sweet 16. For one, it would attract a wider audience, and is in sync with many wealthy Nigerians’ love to show off.

    There is nothing sweet about sweet 16; the UK and American versions were just about over-pampered juvenile brats throwing tantrums. Boring show

  25. Nneka

    June 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Unfortunately for MTV, the Adenugas and Dangotes are all over 16. Everyone else is looking for trouble from the law of EFCC. All the ‘new’ money around cannot match up.

    Also, be sure that armed robbers and kidnappers will be tuning in too! Talk about a superbowl like gathering of thieves.

  26. chibaby

    June 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    lol @istidele,not sure if it will work ,the fear of kidnappers and EFCC,will make most pple not to participate.

  27. PalmwineTapper

    June 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm




  28. Bigzgels

    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I concur to all the above statements!

  29. Omo

    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Nigeria doesnt need this right now lets focus on more important issues like free health care
    for all, constant power supply, good infrastructure, CREATING AND MAINTAINING good
    governance to name a few. MTV sweet 16 works everywhere else, I dont think it will
    work in Nigeria 🙁

  30. Ujubaby

    June 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I hope d sweet sixteens’ won’t be acting bitchy!

  31. pam

    June 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I hope no one will be kidnapped after this bad idea comes to life

  32. silva

    June 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    rubbish… let’s see how it’ll work…

  33. rotimi

    June 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    for all those talking about efcc and kidnappers..why aren’t the efcc and armed robbers blah blah blah kidnapping people they are seeing in ovation etc and bisi olatilo show,etc…i am actually tired of people always acting hyporitical and acting like they watch programmes on tv to get some moral is pure entertainment..they have raised the bar to 21 yrs old to accomodate african culture which doesn’t throw a lavish party for a 16 yr old…contrary to the above comments..there are a lot of very very wealthy nigerians and the show could actually work..and not every child on sweet 16 has been spoilt and snotty..i must admit a lot are but not all..a sweet 16 showcasing the planning etc could actually work here and the child doesnt have to be rude..and this program might actually change the way things are done here..why would a young person be coming of age and his/her party would be filled with old folks in agbada?..i believe there is nothing wrong with this..let us all try and have some fun and stop being so damn hypocritical all the time..nuff said

  34. rotimi

    June 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

    sorry to add..why cant we all see this as an opportunity to show that Nigeria is actually modern country that knows as much about entertainment etc as much as people in the west..why cant we all see this as another way of showing another image of africa..instead of war and disease and poverty..wont you be happy to see young nigeians that aren’t celebrities well dressed speaking good english on mtv so the world can see another side..ok nuff said

  35. bukky

    June 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

    american kids are spoilt brats,why should nigerians help mtv promote spoilt brats on our home soil……kids ll go wild n parents will go gaga


    June 9, 2010 at 3:02 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! not in a country where the majority of the people are poor. maybe it can work in the USA, Canda and other western european nations, but NOT in Nigeria. its pretty shallow. they should just stay the F off!


    June 9, 2010 at 3:07 am

    also they are just a bunch of copycats! i think they should be copying reasonable shows, not nonsense shows like this.
    but im still waiting for the day when we can see shows like “Real Housewives of (lagos, abuja, port harcourt, enugu, calabar.) LOL!

    but not a show with a whole bunch of spoilt brats and rich twats. trust and believe these people would soon have to fear kidnappers. lol

  38. yoyo

    June 9, 2010 at 7:03 am

    A good idea for mtv though but who will participate in a how where you have to show wverything in your family.

  39. sassycassie

    June 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

    a very stupid idea especially for a country where the majority live in poverty. I mean i cant even stand the us version!! about misplaced priorities

  40. spicy9

    June 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    this is pure nonsense and baseless.i watch it on mtv and i classify those teenagers as spoilt brats.must we copy the west all the it will be i6 and pregnant.what will this teach.just showy and the rich parents been fussy.a beg give us some breath of fresh air.

  41. waka-about

    June 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    @rotimi – which African cutlure celebrates “coming of age” for 21 year olds
    lavishly? Why must our definition of modern country be the copying of values
    and culture that are not similar to ours and only erode our values.

    Why can’t the show be “My Super Sweet Traditional Wedding” or something
    similar which will at least potray the Nigerian culture, language and people in a
    positive light. Seems like your definition of modern is speaking good english…
    what about speaking good yoruba?

    You really believe that have a few people showing off immense wealth to the
    world from a country with extreme poverty makes us look modern. O ma se.

    If you want to watch the show problem but just say that.

  42. jess

    June 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Nawa oh..why so serious? It’ll be interesting to watch jo. Not everyone who is wealthy is stealing, so if there are people comfortable showing off their legit wealth..then why not?

  43. buttafly

    June 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    @rotimi, common will you stop dat! why do we have to show them anything? o you think they’ll be interested in watching naija sweet sixteen? ven if they wanted to promote the country’s “hood” image, its not thru sweet sixteen. i give this show months at the most to raise all the dust it can and die! it doesn t make any sense! how many parents, wealthy or not will conceed to the idea of throwing the kind of money required for the standard american sweet sixteen? i even watched one where the decorations cost about 300, 000 dollars…ah ah! true true only aristos and sugar daddies will drop this kind of money. so rotimi dear, i appreciate your patriotism, but pls take the true domesic circumstances of nigerian society into consideration…

  44. bkoko

    June 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    not a pessimist
    but THIS cant just work out well
    i remember naija version of CRIBS
    rumour had it that TUFACE was robbed after his episode was screened

  45. bibs

    June 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    great idea for kidnappers. A wealthy country like nigeria where there is a wide gap btwn rich and poor – bigger ratio than any where in the world.

    Yep, Continue to rub in the face of the poor of not having any. You dont have constant electricity but you want to be on a show called “Super Sweet Sixteen” – stupidity to the nonsense degree.

    i hope and wish all who do participate get kidnapped for huge ransom.

    Yall mofos like to show off too much.

  46. TT

    June 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Nigerians you like copying america too much for everything. Be creative for once in your entertainment – enough of the copying. Jeez.

    All tv shows are america
    red carpet stuff are from america
    most event planning stuff are copied from america

    This is just pathetic

  47. dammy

    June 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    if america wants to watch a child being slapped and beaten, they should bring it. bcos naija parents dont condone rudeness.


    June 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    @dammy, LOL, so true.

    @bkoko, i believe thats true.

    anyway overall, this show seems very baseless.

  49. Asa

    June 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Wow just what Nigeria needs right now, how on earth have we been surviving without a show like FAIL

  50. poloma

    June 10, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I don’t even care if they want to do my super sweet 50th owanbe….those that want to participate should feel free too. The rest of us will watch and laugh at them. Sometimes it’s nice to watch mindless tv and watch people make fools of themselves. I have no doubt, that this show will give us laughs.

    Now on to ROTIMI, is your comment for real? Modern in what sense? Forget cities like Lagos, Ibadan, Portharcourt & Abuja… is most of Nigeria not messed up? All the poverty nko? Abi, it is a figment of my own imagination? Or you think the pictures we see on Bella Naija and co is everybody’s reality? Is Africa not really still struggling? Is Nigerian not really a backward nation? Are majority of the people not living in abject poverty? Yet you want us to put on a façade and act like “we too know whatsup”. What exactly are we trying to prove to the western world again… ehn? Instead of all of us to go and think of how to we can make Nigeria better, we are here hoping that international media will show the “ikoyi & Lekki” of Nigeria (places that probably account for 3% of the population) Go and watch “welcome to Lagos”, if you have seen it already, please watch it again and then maybe it will knock some sense into you.

  51. Yeesha

    June 10, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I don’t think the show is a good idea in Nigeria. What purpose is it going
    to serve? It’s enough that the so-called big people display their wealth
    on a daily basis, now they want to showcase the children too.

    It just does not sound right to me…shakara will too much on the part of
    the children

  52. Gloria

    June 10, 2010 at 2:04 am

    pls dont do the show! there is so much at stake if we do “period”.

  53. chichibaby

    June 10, 2010 at 6:58 am


  54. A!

    June 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    @Chichibaby- you make sense o!
    Why didn’t MTV bring Making the Band or any of those reality shows.
    Failure- Part 2, that’s the title.

  55. ebube

    June 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    i don’t think mtv knows how many people live below $2 a day in nigeria

  56. sleepywillow

    June 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    @rotimi. What Nigeria are you living in? Modernity? We don’t even have a proper
    friggin sanitation system. You call modern burning trash on the side of the road?
    Many Nigerians are poor and the show would be rubbing it in their face.
    This is what is wrong with Nigeria today and why it continues in its backwards
    nature. Everyone wants to show off. Maybe if they did the show in India as they are now a world power. But I don’t even think any Indian would allow that garbage in. Seriously Nigeria, do you think if MTV came to India and told them to do this show 10-15 yrs ago, that they would be a world power today? No. What I like about them is that they don’t show off- they work hard. They can actually brag about their Bollywood because its good- we brag about ‘Nollywood’- and its crap quality because Nigerians are greedy.
    Nobody even watches Sweet 16 anymore and teens these days oppose that kind of behavior- its not ‘in’ anymore. Perhaps we can call Amnesty and they can do a show for teens on ideas to improve living conditions for impoverished people.

  57. LAdy P

    June 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    ROTFLOL this is a mess! Naija ain ready for this typa shows. So not Naija.

  58. rotimi

    June 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    hmm..for all those that commented on my previous comments..i must say i did not see it from that angle..but we must all admit that once in a while we need to show that things like this can work here..without the rudeness and brattiness of the the ones shown abroad..we can’t constantly passthe image of poverty and disaease to the rwest of the world and expect to progress…corruption is nigerias only problem..if we can solve that..everything else will fall into place..personally i dont watch sweet 16 on mtv and i might just watch the naija version to see how it pans out…i dont even think it will last one season..but watch dstv and u hardly ever see a negative image of south africa..but the harsh reality is that it is one of the countries with the largest populations of HIV related diseases and crime..but they promote a positive image so as to get more investments..i know this show will not exactly do that but isn’t everyone tired of only seeing bad stuff coming out of nigeria?..nepa corrupt,nitel dead,water corporation dead,police corrupt,govt corrupt,even nff handling our football is corrupt..isnt everyone tired..abeg me am for the show o

  59. Pizzazz

    June 13, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I would love to watch what Naija kids would do and how extravagant they would get. Don’t mean I can sign up for it anyways


    June 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

    @rotimi, i do see your point.

    and the South Africa part, true true.

  61. mimi

    June 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    LWKMD!!! all the comments here are so funny but most are TRUE. ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY!!

  62. lola

    June 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    well as 4 me sha, i don’t support it, and how many typical nig. parent would want a spoilt child cause nigerians usually have that metnality nomater how rich they are: privacy, no problems etc
    and they get easily irritated over spoilt children. Not even the very rich would want to squander millions over one 16 year old baby. Common, we are Nigerians and we know the show won’t last long on our soil.

  63. Lala

    June 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Kidnappers will now know eligible candidates

  64. Bee

    June 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

    LMAO @ Istidele!!!!! Can’t wait to see this…. Let’s see how our people wanna match up to the American version. Personally, I wanna see how parents handle the silly “tantrums” that Naija kids would dare to throw. I guarantee if parents dat participate are anything like my folks, oh Hell no are there gonna be any parties…

  65. jay

    June 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    do you wanna tell me, there is no genuine money in naija? cut the scrap….. let any one who to participate join. It ll be great to see naija people on international level. Believe some of you don’t know how the outside world look at africans they think we are all bunch of hungry people looking for aid money to feed on and living in treess..

  66. jacvirgo

    June 21, 2010 at 11:36 am

    lol lwkmd. sweet sixteen ni sweet sixteen ko.. pls let them try it atleast it will be
    fun to see who gets the benz and who gets the slaps.
    efcc , kidnappers and arm robbers who gets to

  67. chisom

    June 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Indeed! Really I cannot wait to see this happen…that is if they can even find one volunteer. The show is not Nigerian but on the other hand, lately, Nigeria or should I say, Nigerians are showing another side to themselves. Please keep us updated.

  68. youknowmwbaby

    July 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

    People hav money in this damn country and I know they can pull it off but the question is will they wonna do it? Somepeople are crazy rich but on the low. Looking forwatd to the first 3 episoded.. I know for sure the kids aint getting no Lambo but anyother fab ride goes..

  69. richbitch

    December 3, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Im sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited about this show!! I personally am 15 and am super excited to have my 16th birthday showcased!! yaaay get ready daddys bank account

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