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Two Zimbabweans on Survivor Africa

WITH less than two weeks to go before the September 3 debut of the Survivor Africa series, Independent Xtra can reveal that two Zimbabweans will represent the country on the reality show.

The Zimbabwean duo of 35-year old hotelier, Chipo Nzonzo, and Lusaka-based student, L

eonard Mapuranga (24), will join fellow contestants Ario (Nigeria), Tebby (Botswana), Derrick (Kenya), Frieda (Namibia), Meti (Ethiopia), Nana (Ghana), Nike (Nigeria), Jeremiah (Zambia), Lloyd (Zambia) and Yaga (Nigeria) on an island adventure in Panama that tests mental, physical and emotional stamina in a notoriously difficult environment.

Since the launch of the continental reality show, speculation has been swirling about who the 12 selected contestants would be.

Each of the 12 contestants stands a chance to win US$100 000 in prize money but only if they outplay each other over 21 days in the exhausting reality show.

M-Net’s head of operations for Africa, Joseph Hundah, said in a statement: “There’s really no other way to say it, you just have to watch the show to understand the magnitude of what these 12 people undertook to do. They can be proud of their selection for the show — it’s not easy to make the final list and thousands tried.”

In order to be selected, the 12 contestants had to pass rigorous examinations to test their suitability for the series — from fitness and emotional well-being to decision-making skills and the ability to work under pressure.

Survivor Africa is a reality show with contestants making up two teams who participate in a series of reward and immunity challenges each week. The winning team gets a reward or immunity while the losing team must vote one team member off the island. As the contestants diminish, the two “tribes” merge and battle it out in a series of individual tasks. At the end just two contestants remain and the eliminated contestants then return with the final say on who should win the money.

So the game is tough. Contestants have to consider keeping friends on the island and voting off the people they dislike. The dilemma is what if the person disliked is the person needed to keep winning the challenges.

Contestants also have to be wary that if you vote against one person, his/her friends could vote against you.

Produced by Endemol SA and hosted by Nigerian Anthony Oseyemi, Survivor Africa follows in the footsteps of M-Net’s continental success Big Brother Africa. The final will be on November 19. — Staff Writer.

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