From celebrities to uber hot Downville housemates and a performance by American Star J Cole, it was definitely a star-bright beginning for the new season of Big Brother Africa.
We found out about Upville (For the Celebs) and Downville (For the “regular” folk). The random lottery for nominations were also revealed, for this week, the Tanzanian and Zimbabwean couples were selected to go up for eviction.
This year the contestants are divided into two groups, namely the VIPs and the wannabes. The VIPs have been put into the snazzy Upville house while the wannabes are in the not- so- snazzy Downville House.
Ghana – Derick Kobina(DKB):Comedian, TV presenter, talent manager
Kenya – Jackson (Prezzo):Musician
Namibia – Martha (Lady May):Musician
Nigeria – Susan (Goldie):Singer
South Africa – Babalwa (Barbz):Model, salon owner
Zimbabwe – Rockford (Roki):Singer
Angola – Esperansa and Seydou
Botswana – Edith and Eve
Ghana – Keitta and Mildred
Kenya – Alex and Malonza
Liberia – Luke and Yadel
Malawi – Nafe and Wati
Namibia – Junia and Jesica
Nigeria – Chris and Ola
Sierra Leone – Dalphin and Zainab
South Africa – Keagan and Lee
Tanzania – Hilda and Julio
Uganda – Kyle and Jannette
Zambia – Talia and Tamara
Zimbabwe – Maneta and Teclar
Know more about the housemates here(below)
|Kenya - Alex & Malonza|
Biography: Alex is a student from Kiambu, currently studying towards a degree in Computer Science – and he already has a Diploma in Business and Communication Technology under his belt.
Biography: Malonza is single, enjoys watching Jacob’s Cross, Big Brother and Modern Family and his favourite musicians include Chris Brown, Santi Sol and Camp Mulla. His favourite actor is Johnny Depp and his all-time favourite movies include Real Steel and Tears of the Sun.
|Nigeria - Chris & Olalekan|
Occupation: Interior Designer
Biography: Lagos resident and interior designer Ola Bakare is an impressive 6’9” tall.
|Sierra Leone - Dalphin & Zainab|
Country: Sierra Leone
Biography: A model from Freetown – now based in Istanbul – Zainab is the youngest of eight sisters and four brothers.
|Botswana - Edith & Eve|
Biography: Eve – sister to partner Edith – has a National Diploma in Marketing Management.
|Angola - Esperanca & Seydou|
Biography: Entrepreneur Seydou entered Big Brother StarGame “for the money and the game as a whole”. He says he is willing to do everything to win the grand prize and says, “I am a delivery man – I will make it happen!”
|Tanzania - Hilda & Julio(OUT)|
Biography: Julio is from Dar es Salaam and works as the Head of VAS, Electronic Channels and Products at a company in the telecommunications industry. With a BComm in Finance and an MBA under his belt, he looks set to be a wily player on Big Brother StarGame! He entered to be on the show because his best friend – Hilda – was the perfect example of the best candidate. Coupled with that, he saw himself as the most complete character because of how he lives his life as a hedonist.
|Namibia - Jesica & Junia|
Biography: Receptionist and student Junia is from Windhoek and is really looking forward to playing Big Brother StarGame with her friend Jessica. “She’s fun and crazy, I like the way we get along and she stands up for herself – I like that,” she says. She’s looking forward to the partnering aspect of the game because she likes team work and calls the twist “an awesome idea”.
|Ghana - Keitta | Mildred|
Biography: Accra-based Mildred is a musician, with a Professional Certificate and Advanced Qualification in Marketing. She entered Big Brother StarGame to take up the challenge of living with people, learning new cultures and lifestyles, building on her personality and winning the money – plus gaining African recognition. She doesn’t mind having the whole continent watching her as she is a celebrity in Ghana, so she’s used to it.
|Liberia - Luke & Yadel(UP FOR EVICTION THIS WEEK)|
Biography: 5’2” Yadel is living proof that dynamite comes in small packages! She says she’ll do anything – except ungodly things – to win the grand prize on Big Brother StarGame and was inspired to enter by her passion for the show and the opportunity to make her country proud. She is looking forward to competing with Luke.
|Malawi - Nafe & Wati|
Biography: Wati entered Big Brother StarGame, based on his family and friends’ trust that he can entertain with good, clean fun. He says the change to allow pairs to compete in the game is unfair to the other Housemates, as he and partner Nafe “are gonna kill it”.
|South Africa - Keagan & Lee|
Country: South Africa
Biography: Lee is a second year Graphic Design Student from Cape Town. He’ll be playing the game with his lifelong friend Keagan – whom he says was “the only one mad enough to say yes” to taking part in Big Brother StarGame with him. His family is right behind him too – as long as he doesn’t embarrass them! If he wins the grand prize, Lee will give his parents a share for all their troubles, buy an apartment and invest in his future.
|Uganda - Janette & Kyle|
Biography: Kyle entered Big Brother StarGame because it’s a one-of-a-kind show. “I love the way that strangers become the best of friends as the rest of Africa watches,” he says. “It really brings out anybody’s patience levels because there is a lot of money to chase – very intriguing!”
|Zambia - Tamara & Talia|
Tamara says she is talkative, frank, good, and has a cool temperament. She likes the fact that she “tells it how it is”, helps people whenever she can manage and is a very happy person. She likes people who help other people and dislikes control freaks, know-it-alls and gossips. Tamara promises viewers entertainment, a lot of dancing, laughter and talking on the show.
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Biography: Talia hails from Lusaka, where she is a graphic designer and musician. She will be playing Big Brother StarGame with her older sister Tamara, because she believes they are a great pair, they complement each other well and they share a rare understanding. She believes their presence in the House will bring controversy and great entertainment – and their supportive family is right behind them.
|Zimbabwe - Maneta & Teclar(Maneta now in Upville house while Teclar is evicted)|
Biography: Actress and entrepreneur Teclar is single and currently studying towards her degree.
Her favourite place in Zimbabwe is Inyanga and she says the best thing about Africa is that it’s a beautiful continent full of uncountable opportunities.