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BBA — Zim waits with bated breath

“Biggie is always full of surprises”, is always the catch-line of the annual Big Brother Africa (BBA) series. The series, now in its eighth season will launch on May 26 on DStv’s channels 197 and 198.

By Melissa Mpofu

With a week left before the fun, adventure, controversy, romance, heartbreaks, conspiracies, alliances and drama start, fans are still speculating on their country’s representatives.

Socialite Pokello Nare and former Big Brother UK housemate Makosi Musambasi are some of the people who have been tipped to be Zimbabwe’s representatives.

Other celebrities who were spotted at the auditions include models Oliver Keith and Tanya Chikuni, musicians Lady Squanda and Taurai Mandebvu, DJ Staera and actor Hillary Indi.

Housemates-to-be are not allowed to tell the public that they have been selected and this has seen many of the prospective candidates declining to comment or professing ignorance about their participation in the show this year.

Most people are convinced this year’s house will be a socialites’ affair judging by their high attendance at this year’s BBA auditions.
The truth will only unfold on May 25 when the reality show launches. As usual, organisers of the show are trying by all means to hide the housemates’ identity from the public until the official launch.

This year’s edition has been christened “The Chase”.

What is guaranteed though is that the show will feature 28 housemates from 14 countries. They will not only be chasing the US$300 000 cash prize, but also the chance to become a household name across the continent, and perhaps even finding romance considering that some former housemates (Meryl and Mwisho) got married in the house.

Multichoice Zimbabwe publicity and public relations manager, Liz Dziva, said she had no idea of the representatives and was also waiting for the launch to find out.

“DStv audiences across the continent should gear up for more fun, entertainment and reality TV adventure. Every season has its own special moments and always strives to deliver the best in entertainment. Biggie is always full of surprises, what you see is not what you get,” she said.

Dziva added that The Chase would combine electrifying twists and big surprises that will require housemates to use their charm to get ahead, possibly leaving room for cupid’s arrow to connect two hearts or more.

Big Brother Africa is a television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated with no communication with the outside world, but continuously watched by television cameras. The series is produced for M-Net by Endemol South Africa.

The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house and surviving for three months.

Over the years, Zimbabwe has been represented by Tapuwa Mhere, Bertha Zakeyo, Munya Chidzonga, Krystal Culverwell, Itai Makumbe, Wendall Parson and Vimbai Mutinhiri, Roki, Teclar and Maneta Mazanhi.

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