And the NEA Nominees Are...

Yesterday at an event hosted by Pearl Hart of SoundcityTV and Freeze from CoolFM with performances by Emma Nyra, Eddie Kim, Jhybo, Ketchup, MSmooth with Ice Prince, Funny Bone, Jhybo, K9, DJ Spinall, KCee, Kswitch, MSmooth, Juliet Ibrahim, Ramsey Nouah, and Uti Nwachukwu in attendance, the nominees for the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards were announced at Euphoria nightclub.

The President of the NEA, Tope Esan announced the nominees from all thirty-four categories which included Iyanya’s Kukere and K9’s Kokoma for Hottest Single of the Year, Rita Dominic, Genevieve Nnaji and Uche Jombo for Best Lead Actress, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince and Vector for Best Rap Act and for Best Comedian BasketMouth, Bovi and Senator were also nominated.

See Full nominee’s list below:

1. Best Album Of The Year
Timaya Upgrade – Timaya
OBO – Davido
YBNL – Olamide
Empire Mates State of Mind – EME
Son of A Carpenter – Brymo
R&Bw – Banky W

2. Hottest Single Of The Year
Kukere – Iyanya
This Year – Jaywon
Kokoma – K9
Like To Party – Burna Boy
Limpopo – Kcee
Beat Of Life (Samba) – Sarz Featuring Wizkid

3. Best New Act Of The Year
Sean Tizzle
Seyi Shay
Burna Boy
Dammy Krane

4. Gospel Artist/Group Of The Year
Frank Edwards
Funke Akinokun
Sammy Okposo

5. Best Pop/R&B Artist Of The Year

Wande Coal

6. Best Rap Act Of The Year
Jesse Jagz
Ice Prince

7. Music Producer Of The Year


8. Music Video Of The Year
Tonight – Burna Boy (Directed By Mex)
Sisi Eko – Dare Featuring Flavour (Directed By Mark Hofmeyr)
Skibo - Solid Star (Directed By Clarence Peters)
Ghetto – Shank (Directed By Patrick Ellis)
Voice of the Streets – Olamide (Directed By Mattmax)
Oliver Twist – D’Banj (Directed By Sesan)

9. Most Promising Male Act To Watch
Sugar Boyz
Black Magic
Yung L

10. Most Promising Female Act To Watch

Lola Rae
Emma Nyra
Lil Miss Miss

11. Eastern African Artist Or Group Of The Year
Camp Mulla
Fally Ipupa
Radio & Weasel
P Unit

12. Western African Artist Or Group Of The Year

Magic System
Viviane Candid

13. Southern African Artist Or Group Of The Year
Tear Gas
The Very Best
Dama Do Bling
Zone Fam

14. Best International Artist

Lil’ Simz
Fuze ODG
Sean Csa

15. Best Indigenous Artist/Group

16. Best Collabo
Tony Montana - Naeto C Featuring Dbanj
Bottom Belle – Omawumi Featuring Flavour
Emi Ni – Chidinma Featuring Suspect & Illbliss
Ghost Mode – Phyno Featuring Olamide
Baddest Boy – E.M.E
Without My Heart – Tiwa Savage Featuring Don Jazzy

17. Best Lead Actor In Film
OC Ukeje (Alan Poza)
Femi Jacobs (The Meeting)
Bimbo Manuel (Hereos and Zereos)
Ali Nuhu (Confusion Na Wa)
Hakeem Kazim (Last Flight to Abuja)
Mike Ezuruonye (Friendly Scorpion)

18. Best Lead Actress In Film
Joke Muyiwa (Ayitale)
Rita Dominic (The Meeting)
Uche Jumbo (Mrs Somebody)
Genevieve Nnaji (Dr. Bello)
Omotola Ekeinde (Last Flight to Abuja)
Mercy Johnson (Fazebook Babes)

19. Best Supporting Actor In Film
Ali Nuhu (Blood and Henna)
Jide Kosoko (The Meeting)
Gabriel Afolayan (Hereos & Zereos)
Jim Iyke (Last Flight to Abuja)
OC Ukeje (Confusion Na Wa)
Alfred Atungu (Twin Sword)

20. Best Supporting Actress In Film
Ebbe Bassey (Dr. Bello)
Belinda Effah (Kokomma)
Tunde Aladese (Confusion Na Wa)
Nse Etim Ikpe (Kiss & Tell)
Oge Okoye (Fazebook Babes)
Tonto Dike (My Life My Damage)

21. Best Film Director
Charles Novia (Alan Poza)
John Uche (Bianca)
Niji Akanni (Hereos and Zereos)
Tunde Kelani (Maami)
Kenneth Gyang (Confusion Na Wah)
Ifeanyi Ogbonna (Fazebook Babes)

22. Best Picture (Film Producer)

Confusion Na Wah
Last Flight to Abuja (Obi Emelonye)
The Meeting (Rita Dominic)
Hereos and Zereos
The Twin Sword
Alan Poza

23. Best TV Show
Moments With Mo
Project Fame
Sunrise Daily – Channels TV
Big Brother Africa

24. Pan African Actor
Chris Attoh (Single & Married)
Frank Arthus (Heart of a Wife)
Majid Michel (The Grooms Bride)
Thomas Gumede (Otelo Burning)
David Mapane (Taxi Cop)
John Dumelo (Letters to My Mother)

25. Pan African Actress
Yvonne Okoro (The Contract)
Nadia Buari (Single & Married)
Yvonne Nelson (Single & Married)
Mbufung Seikeh (Ninah’s Dowry)
Matshepo Maleme (A Million Colours)
Nolwazi Shange (Otelo Burning)

26. World DJ

DJ Xclusive (LGA)
DJ Tunez (NYC)
DJ Sose (LGA)
DJ Spinall (LGA)
DJ Bayo (UK)

27. Best Comedian
Basket Mouth
Emeka Smith
Seyi Law
I Go Die

28. Entertainment Promoter
Shekpe Knights
Big A
Bigmoose Ent
Stronghold Ent
Coko Bar
Empire Entertainment

29. Radio On Air/Personality
Yaw – Wazobia
Freeze – CoolFM
Tolu – Nigeria Info
Ajebo – Naija FM
Gbemi – BeatFM
Toke Makinde – Rhythm FM

30. TV Personality
Labi Layori
Dolapo Oni
Uti Nwachukwu
Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere

31. Entertainment Blog
Linda Ikeji
Ndani TV

32. Entertainment Executive

Gaga (YSG Ent)
Ibaka TV
Tony Nwakolor (1805)
Ubi Franklin (Made Men Music)
Jason Njoku (IrokoTV)
Eric Idiahi (Spinlet)

33. Best International Actors
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Dayo Okeniyi
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Emmanuel Akintunde
Nonso Anozie
David Oyelowo

34. Best International Actress
Megalyn Echikunwoke
Ashley Madekwe
Caroline Chikezie
Hope Olaide Wilson
Adepero Oduye
Judi Shekoni

Voting begins online on June 28th. The Awards is scheduled to take place on September 1 in New York City.

Buttons Couture Presents: Road to Bravitude III - Special focus on the Bravitude Competition Winnners

The journey to destination Bravitude continues with another amazing peek into the happenings behind the most creative and innovative Nigerian fashion collection of our time. Having previously taken us through the celebrity fitting sessions and photo-shoots with the Bravitude ambassadors, we now get to see how the brand has engaged and affected the lives of everyday people around us.

This webcast which is the 3rd in the series which as we countdown to the official Bravitude collection launch and shows the 3 winners of various competitions held over the past weeks on various social media platforms. We get to see some of the winners (@Ms_DamiAjayi, @TinuAdex, and@blazinpearl) at a celebratory dinner with Buttons Couture CEO Remi Buttons, and Buttons Couture ambassador/prolific TV show host Denrele. The very excited winners talk about their experiences during the competition, how they helped coin a new term, what they committed to winning, and becoming a part of #BravitudeNation.

Through a hard-fought but friendly competition that generated over 20,000 social media impressions, resulted in numerous sleepless nights for the contestants, new friendships and groups formed, and over 150,000 Naira in prize money won, Bravitude has been able to engage, connect, and alter the lives of people, going beyond a mere fashion collection and metamorphosing into a culture; the creation of the Bravitude Nation.



The Beautiful Mother & Singer, Omawumi Covers Motherhood In-Style Magazine May 2013 Issue

Very mature... The gorgeous mother of one graces the cover of Motherhood In-Style magazine's May 2013 issue wearing a green knee length bandage dress paired with a silver neck piece and holding a can of Mortein which she is the brand ambassador, and also an ambassador of telecoms giant, GLO as well as brand ambassador/spokesperson for online retailer Konga. BIG!!!

This is her second cover this year, after the Red Sheet Magazine cover and her album(the Lasso of truth) release... What do you think?

Motherhood In-Style May Issue is out on stands now. Grab a copy!

Thank God It's Friday!!! Goodbye May, Hello June, What's Popping in Lagos This Weekend.

What's popping in Lagos 'innit'? Lmao at 'innit'. 
I'm laughing because my friend who is visiting Lagos for the first time today/this weekend from Port Harcourt says she hears she has to pack her British accent she acquired in Hertfordshire with her, as they say Lagos is mixed with all kinds of accent and you don't want to be tagged razz. Oh our dear sin city, is this it?

Anyways, what's happening in Lagos this weekend. We are definitely going to be crawling with TheBeat99.9FM crew and Hennessy as Hennessy Beat Bar Crawl is back this Friday for Lagos party lovers and another soul hopping edition. From 10pm today, the Bar Crawl will kick off at Bravo Lounge then to Sailors Lounge and finally stop The Place.  There will be special appearances by DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune, DJ X-Mix, Sean Tizzle, Orezi and Falz. Venue: Bravo Lounge, 32 A Admiralty Road, Lekki, Lagos → Sailors Lounge, Plot 1 Block 12 Admiralty Road, Lekki, Lagos → The Place, Plot 3B Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos.

Then this Saturday, 1st June 2013 from 11am - 6pm Rocks & Roses will be showcasing their fresh summer collection of statement jewelry at Rufkatu Rm, The Wheatbaker Hotel, 4 Onitola (Lawrence) Road, Ikoyi, Lagos TAGGED 'The Fine Art of Jewelry'. Also, Madame Coquette will also feature croc leather accessories. To attend, send an e-mail to

Are you a fan of theatre and Nollywood? Femi Branch’s Jungle Justice – a courtroom comedy show written and produced by Nigerian actor Femi Branch will take place at Terra Kulture. The show directed by William Benson will feature performances by Funke Akindele, Doris Simeon, Hafiz Oyetoro, Segun Arinze, Femi Brainard, Rykardo Agbor and Mercy Aigbe This Saturday 1st June 2013
Time: 3 PM & 6 PM
Venue: Terra Kulture, Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage,Off Ahmadu Bello Way,Victoria Island, Lagos
Ticket Prices: 3 PM – Students N 1,500 | Regular N 3,000 | 6 PM VIP N 5,000 | VIP Table of 8 N 500,000
Ticket Locations: Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahamdu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos | Ozone Cinemas, E-Centre, 1-11 Commercial Avenue, Yaba, Lagos | Terra Kulture, Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage,Off Ahmadu Bello Way,Victoria Island, Lagos |

You can also spend One Night with DJ Caise: A Special Birthday Celebration at Club Euphoria, Lagos. It promises to be a night of fun with one of your by favorite DJs. The event is organised by Ciroc Ultra Vodka, Chocolate City and Club Euphoria and admission is free for all From 9 PM at Club Euphoria, 19 Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

And after partying decently and drinking responsibly, make sure you GO TO CHURCH on Sunday!!!  

Ciao! Hope to catch sometime out this weekend.


It's the Sexy Yvonne Nelson on WOW Magazine Spring Issue - 'Swimsuit Issue'

The sexy 27 year old Ghollywood actress who isn't new to showing off her sexy body in a crystal-embellished bikini top, smoky eyes and purple lipstick. WE LOVE! 

Ask your local vendor for your copy to see more sizzling photos of Yvonne in swimsuit and summer fashion editorial shoots as well as a feature on the beautiful Lola Rae. 

Cover: Yvonne Nelson Photography: Obi Somto Stylist: Adebayo Oke-Lawal Assisted by: Ian Audifferen Make-up: Tinuke Akande for BM Pro Hair: Ola Hair Outfit: Bikini Pair by Tiannah Styling

Entertainment News Update!!! What's Popping

It's definitely the year of Nigerian artists with all the endorsements, tours, new albums, exquisite car acquisition and international collaborations. They are working straight to the banks. 

Wizkid just joined the likes of Davido, Iyanya, Praiz, others as an ambassador for the telecoms giant, MTN with a  one year endorsement deal while Pepsi has also extended his endorsement deal for another two years as well as Tiwa Savage who just announced the release date for her debut album, ONCE UPON A TIME out in stores, June 14 2013. BIG THINGS POPPIN!!!

And just as these two are walking straight to the bank with Wizkid acquiring a Porsche Panamera 2013, newly rapper 2shotz and rapper, record label exec and X-Factor Africa judge, MI just got theirselves new whips. Both Bentley. CHAIRMEN TINZ! And they aint the only ones flaunting new rides... SolidStar got himself a 2013 Infiniti JX3 earlier this month. 


Moving on to music, Brymo confirmed he has also joined Jesse Jagz leaving chocolate city.  And if you didn't know before, Wizkid is back to EME. All that initial gra gra came to an end when he realized going to court with his family might not be too cool.  

Just as we celebrate African artists and music going global with 2face remix of 'Rainbow' featuring T-Pain, Big A Entertainment will be launching the African Muzik Magazine -centered on the African entement scene. 

That's all for now. We will be back soonest!

Top Hairstylists, Ugo & B Ibokwe Cover TOPCHIC Magazine May Issue

Nigerian renowned pro hairstylist Ugo Igbokwe and his wife Bukola of the stylish and exquisite Make Me Beauty Place cover the new issue of fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine, TopChic Magazine.
TopChic Magazine is a lifestyle magazine which focuses on fashion and style, hair and makeup, celebs and top of the society event.. A bi-monthly publication, the unique characteristic of TopChic magazine is that it is established with a mission to promote ethical standards and professionalism in the fashion and style industry in Nigeria. we also feature Every life issues and business, health, matter Arising and Entertainment.

Make Me Beauty Place is located at 44 Bode Thomas Street Surulere Lagos, Nigeria 234-803-326-4217

Hot Body Ghanaian Actress/TV Presenter, Joselyn Dumas for Triple Cover of New African Woman Magazine New Issue

The first time I saw this lady I couldn't take my eyes off her! #NoHomo but with a body like a goddess and the face of a queen, you can't resist those thoughts in your head! Kim Kardashian and the likes stand at nothing where Joselyn stands. And when I finally got to spend more than 20minutes with her in a business meeting, her beauty encompassed just words. She is beautiful, strong, intelligent, smart, sophisticated and got the charisma of a mogul. In the June/July issue of New African Woman magazine, the face of Range Rover Ghana, actress and TV star Joselyn Dumas speaks exclusively about her brand new TV show 'At Home With Joselyn Dumas', that body, and how she lost almost 200lbs in weight the healthy way!

Photography: Dami Oyetade Fashion Stylist: Viennty Assistant Stylist: Delores Osori Hairstylist: Adeola Olasebikan Make-Up: Imelda Ladebo
Photo Credit: New African Woman

Posted by Sharon Ojong

Happy Democracy Day Nigerians!!!

Happy freedom from military rule celebration to all our fellow Nigerian civilians...
And thank you to General Abdusalami Abubakar who voluntarily handed over power to Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29, 1999 after 15years of military rule in Africa's most populous country.  As we celebrate this day, we pray for freedom from corrupt leaders. That's all! 

On May 29, 1999 Nigeria marked its historic handover to civilian rule, a turning point which visiting South African President Nelson Mandela then called “the most important development” in the country’s history.
62-year-old retired General Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Nigerian Federation then, Mr Muhammadu Uwais, placing his hand on a copy of the Bible and swearing allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Promising to protect the interests of the constitution and the sovereignty of the country, he was dressed in a resplendent white and green “agbada”, the traditional costume of the Yoruba tribe.
Outgoing Nigerian President General Abdulsalami Abubakar gives the government's seals to elected President Olusegun Obasanjo (L) in front of judges during a swearing- in ceremony on Saturday in Abuja. Obasanjo promised Nigerians to lead a crusade against corruption and offer better, more open government to the country at its "new dawn", after he was sworn in here as the first civilian head of state in more than 15 years.

A flurry of balloons in Nigeria’s green and white colours was released into the sky as singing broke out in the crowd.

Other African Heads of State that attended the inauguration were Presidents Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania.
Nigeria’s outgoing military ruler, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, said in Abuja it was time for the military to return to its constitutional role of defending the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
“We must forever resist and renounce the seduction and temptation of political power and office,” he said in a valedictory speech on the eve of the handover of power today to the new democratically-elected government.
General Abubakar was Nigeria’s eighth military ruler since independence from Britain in 1960. The military ruled Nigeria for all but ten years since then.
Source: National Tribune

Beazy Music Monday Week 4 #NP Touch You - Beazy ft Aina More & Ms Johnson

It's Monday and you know what time it is. 

This week, staying true to the theme to this seasons - Rhythm and Bars, Beazy presents TOUCH YOU featuring British Nigerian female rapper Aina More and brand new act Ms. Johnson produced by Vybez where Beazy explores his softer side in a perfect mix of R&B and Rap. And as Beazy promised also, to use #BeazyMusicMonday as a platform to introduce at least three new acts every edition. Ms. Johnson is the first and she shines with ad-libs that give the song the perfect feel. 


Pretty-Chic Ankara Pieces in Fenix Couture 2013 Collection - IHOTU

You've got to love simplicity in prints especially ankara prints and this collection(tagged IHOTU meaning Love in Idoma) got it all in cool, sophisticated and pretty chic pieces in different colours and styles.

Created and owned by Josephine Akioyemen, the Canadian based brand presents its 2013 collection which follows their brand statement - “We work to stamp our brand into the consciousness of the fashion world”



Photography: Julius Ding
Make- Up Artist: Nicole Ostonal
Model: Gabby

Source: BellaNaija

Big Brother Africa Season 8! Meet the Contestants & Photos of Don Jazzy, Wande Coal and D'Prince at the Opening...

Hosted by the incredible IK Osakioduwa(who came in on a power bike fully kitted in leather and the crowd cheering thunderously) alongside South African actress/comedian Tumi Morake and Kenya’s comedian Churchill, with perofrmances by MAVIN records stars Wande Coal, D Prince and Don Jazzy, SA’s Pop music group, Mafikizolo and Uhuru, the BIG BROTHER SEASON 8 - THE CHASE came on LIVE with an official opening ceremony. 

Representing Nigeria at Big Brother Africa Season 8 is video vixen and model Ada Beverly Osu who was is one of our D.E.E.V.A.S.(Click here to read a whole lot about her) and Melvin Oduah; first runner up at the Gulder Ultimate Search VI, and first runner up at Mr Nigeria 2011.

The 28 contestants will be staying in two different houses – 14 in the Diamond house and the other 14 in the Ruby house.
As usual we promise to bring you all the scoop and moments from both houses and the housemates as the show goes on... Naija D.E.E.V.A.S. will be watching as Big Brother watches...

See photos from the opening and meet the contestants below; 


Pokello – Zimbabwe. Harare-born Pokello has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications and owns a luxury shoe boutique. She enjoys pasta, spaghetti bolognaise and prawn cocktail.

She describes herself as “dynamic, captivating, intelligent, beautiful & hilarious” and says that the best thing about her is that she’s head-strong and a woman of real substance. “When I speak, I speak with depth and confidence,” she says. She admires people who are selfless and filled with humility and modesty, disliking disloyalty and betrayal.

Asked what viewers can expect from her, she says: “I am beautiful, intelligent, controlling and entertaining. I am funny and witty and I say the most humorous things.

Pokello says if she wins the USD 300 000, she’ll buy a big house for her son and herself, send him to a full-time soccer academy in London and invest in her business. 
LK4 – Uganda
Towering over the rest of the housemates at 6 feet 5 inches, professional basketball player LK4, is from Kampala. Outside of his achievements on the basketball court, LK4 also has a CPA and a Degree in Marketing.

LK4 was inspired to enter Big Brother by his teammates and friends and says he is excited to have Africa watching him. He says that viewers can expect him to make all the ladies fall in love with him, make viewers laugh. If he wins the grand prize, he’ll start building his basketball academy.

He describes himself as “compassionate, sexy, conscious, comical and athletic” and his favourite personal quality is his confidence, saying that he’s “the direct reflection of God’s creation”. He likes people who are loyal, humble, confident, honest and intelligent, but dislikes “disloyal, jealous, envious individuals”. His proudest achievements so far are winning the national championship with his team in 2010 and representing his country in Olympic Qualifiers.
Selly – Ghana
Selly is an actress from Tema in Accra. She entered Big Brother because of “the mouth-watering prize package” that she says would change her life, and also because she wants more drama in her life to “spice it up more”.She enjoys watching Fashion Police, SpongeBob Squarepants and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Selly says her boyfriend has influenced her life because he is extremely optimistic about life and has taught her to believe in herself.Describing herself as “spontaneous, kind, sensitive, no-nonsense and adventurous”, Selly dislikes back-biting, fake people and sycophants. She says viewers can expect dancing, cooking and entertainment from her. If she wins the grand prize, she’ll further her education, buy her mom a car, throw a huge party, start her dream business, renovate her mother’s house and buy herself a car.
Bassey – Sierra Leone

Student, actor and model Bassey is from Freetown, and is single. His favourite foods include rice, cassava leaves and pasta with tomato sauce. His favourite musicians are Rihanna, Beyonce, LMFAO and Justin Bieber.

Bassey’s role model is Michael Jackson, “because of the way he handled his career”. His two proudest achievements are graduating from University – and becoming the first of his siblings to do so – and also being nominated in the Youth Excellence Awards.

He entered Big Brother for the fame and money, believing that “Biggie changes lives”. He says it’ll be “weird” having so many people watching his every move on TV. If he wins, he’ll buy a house for his family, his dream car, invest in business and produce a movie.
Dellish – Namibia

Windhoek-born Dellish is a third year Psychology student with a passion for seafood. She describes herself as “caring, fun, troublesome, loving and adventurous”. Dellish says her best quality is the fact that she’s “very real and straightforward”. She values caring and considerate people and dislikes those who are selfish and lazy.

She entered Big Brother because she’s been a fan of the show for some time and promised herself that she would enter as soon as she was old enough. Dillish says it’s a bit scary to know that Africa will be watching her 24/7, but says she’s excited to share her private life and lifestyle with the continent.

Dellish says the best thing about Africa is the diverse cultures and “our unity”. Her favourite place in Namibia is Swakopmund and says even though she hasn’t travelled much, a trip to Nigeria last year was “the best ever”. Her grandfather is her role model. “He raised my mom and five of his grandchildren – including myself. He is my hero,” she says.
Angelo – South Africa

Dance teacher Angelo Collins entered Big Brother because he realised that life is too short and “one shouldn’t limit the things you want to do”. If he wins the grand prize, he will start a small business, help an orphanage and help his mom and family with a better life.

Angelo describes himself as “tall, dark, adventurous and handsome” and attributes his confidence to being relaxed and comfortable in his own skin. He dislikes arrogant, self-centred and rude people, preferring people who are confident and know what they want in life. Viewers can expect “a lot of craziness” from him, believing he has a funny personality and will make people laugh.

The best thing about Africa? The people, sunsets, mountains and how different, yet how similar cultural values are. Outside of his home country, he says he loves Mozambique, where he visited some amazing islands.

Nando – Tanzania

Student Nando says he has never watched Big Brother before and says it feels “normal” that the continent will be watching him 24/7. His friends encouraged him to enter and he says that if he wins the grand prize, he’ll “build an empire”.

Aside from the cash, Nando says he wouldn’t mind picking up a few endorsements on the back of his appearance on the show.

Describing himself as “young, ambitious, fun and loving”, Nando says he’s never thought about his best quality, but likes people with good personalities. His favourite place in Tanzania is Arusha, and globally, Brazil, because he loves football. He eats everything, likes good music and his favourite TV show is 1000 Ways To Die. His favourite actors are Scarlett Johansson and Martin Lawrence.
Fatima – Malawi

TV presenter and MC Fatima is from Lilongwe. She enjoys seafood and her favourite book is Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and her favourite TV shows are Game of Thrones and Sex in the City.

Fatima lists her father as her role model because he is her source of inspiration and the most honest, straightforward person she knows. The achievement she’s most proud of is giving birth to her daughter. “There is absolutely no feeling in the world that can top bringing another human into the world,” she says.

She describes herself as “unique, daring, nurturing, fun and loud” and says she makes friends very easily. Fatima is looking forward to the exposure offered by Big Brother and believes that appearing on the show will be an important stepping stone in her TV presenting career.
Huddah – Kenya

Huddah is a model with a Diploma in Programming. She loves Chinese food, ugali and fish.

Huddah’s favourite place in Kenya is Mombasa, and she says the best thing about Africa is the diversified cultures and natural resources. Her favourite place outside Kenya is Miami, because it’s a beautiful place and she loves tropical weather.

Her role model is Marilyn Monroe, because “she was intelligent, a go-getter, a sexy woman with a charming smile and also very popular”. Huddah entered Big Brother because she believes it’s a once in a lifetime experience and she felt she really needed to be part of it. “Plus it has brought a lot of opportunities in life for a lot of people,” she says.

She says having Africa’s eyes on her 24/7 will make her feel like a star, because she loves the attention. She says that if she wins the USD 300 000, she’ll double the money, expand her brand and build a business empire.

Bimp – Ethopia

Bimp is from Addis Ababa sees himself as “honest, loyal, dependable and responsible” and says his family are excited to see him on TV. If he wins the big prize, he’d like to open a club or bar in Addis Ababa and triple the money! He’d love to travel and start a TV series about his adventures. Bimp is looking forward to gaining and sharing experiences on Big Brother.

He says the best thing about Africa is the people, who he describes as “friendly, fun, welcoming and loving”.

He hopes that Africa learns something from watching him 24/7. He wants to represent his country and continent well and do them proud.
Motamma – Botswana

Scientific researcher and student Motamma has a BSc in Agriculture and is currently studying further. She says it feels ‘great’ that Africa’s eyes will be on her 24/7. She hasn’t watched previous Seasons of Big Brother, but her friends and colleagues have always kept her up to date.

Her favourite foods include pasta dishes and sorghum cooked in milk. Her favourite books are Secret of Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin and Letters to My Children by Jonathan Jansen.

Motamma says her favourite place in Botswana is Maun. The best thing about Africa? The fact that it’s rich in resources! Her favourite place outside Botswana is Mauritius, because it appears peaceful and suitable for a romantic getaway.
Neyll – Angola

Neyll describes himself as “fun, entertaining, unforgettable, intense and unique”. He has a daughter and is single. His favourite actor is Tom Cruise, because he identifies with him. No surprise then, that one of his favourite movies is Mission Impossible!

His favourite place in Angola is Mussulo Island because it’s a nice place to have fun and be with family and friends. Neyll says the best thing about Africa is its strong culture that can’t be compared to any other. His role model is his father because he was the person who inspired him and taught him to be a man.

Neyll entered Big Brother because “I know how to play the game”. He says viewers can expect surprises from him and will get the chance to see the real Neyll. If he wins the big prize, he’ll give some money to charity and help his family.
Beverly – Nigeria

Beverly is a model from Lagos. She describes herself as “smart, sexy, humble, loyal and crazy”. One of her favourite qualities is her sense of humour. In other people, she values “consistency, cleanliness, truth and humility” and dislikes unkept promises, lies and pretence.

Beverley says that viewers can expect “a total packaged African young diva to command the right qualities and characteristics of a blunt, sexy go-getter”. She doesn’t really have any role models, choosing rather to take unique attributes from different people. Asked who has influenced her life most, Beverley says “who I want to influence me all depends on the situation at hand”.

Her favourite musicians include John Legend, Kelly Rowland, Phenom and Rihanna.
Sulu – Zambia
Businessman Sulu is single and comes from Lusaka. He describes himself as “a guy that loves people” and says his best traits are his character and his enjoyment of the company of others. He values wisdom and intelligence in others, but dislikes negativity, gossip and evil.

He entered Big Brother because “there is a lot to learn about ourselves” and promises viewers lots of fun and life-changing lessons. If he wins, he’ll help young people realise their potential and invest in real estate. Sulu is humbled about the fact that so many people will be watching him on the show, but says that it’s “great” at the same time.

He says the best thing about Africa is its potential for development and says his favourite place in Zambia is Livingstone. Outside of his home country, he says America is his favourite place, because it’s “too much fun”.
Cleo – Zambia

Cleo is an artist and musician from Lusaka. Single with a daughter, she is currently looking to further her studies. She entered Big Brother because it’s something she’s always seen herself doing. “I have been trying to enter Big Brother since I was 21,” she says. “It looks fun, but it’s clear to see that only the strong personalities and characters go far”.

Her proudest achievement is making it into the Big Brother house, because she has always known it would be the biggest step she would make toward reaching her goals and realising her dreams.

Cleo describes herself as “friendly, loud, caring, blatant and loyal”, citing her favourite qualities as her patience, tact, obedience, domestication, humility and respect. She dislikes backstabbers, liars, immaturity and disrespectfulness and promises viewers “a lot of realness, a bit of comedy, a lot of singing and rapping, a lot of ME to the fullest”.
O’Neal – Botswana

ONeal is a radio personality and TV host. He describes himself as “fun, imaginative, entertaining, shocking and unforgettable”. ONeal values consideration in others and thinks his best quality is his imagination. He dislikes dishonesty and declares himself an entertainer at heart.

ONeal says his favourite place in Botswana is his house – in particular his couch – and says that the best thing about Africa is its people’s emotional strength. He was inspired to enter Big Brother because of “the lack of me in that house” and a need to increase his follower base outside his home country. ONeal has a younger brother and says it will be a privilege to have Africa’s eyes on him 24/7, but also acknowledges how tough it will probably be.

If he wins the grand prize, he’ll build his mom her dream house.
Maria – Namibia

Radio presenter and model Maria is single, has a Public Relations Diploma and is from Ondangwa. She lists spaghetti and chicken wings as her favourite foods and 50 Shades of Grey as her favourite book. Maria entered Big Brother in the hope of getting exposure which will boost her broadcasting career.

She promises viewers “a lot of blonde moments” and also says she’ll “be real”. If she wins the grand prize, she’ll buy a new car and pay off her house – and probably give the rest to charity.

She lists a friend that is currently battling cancer as her role model. The achievements she’s most proud of so far are having her own radio show and being chosen to host the Namibian Music Awards.

Maria says her favourite personal trait is her kind and compassionate heart and she values honesty and respect in others. She hates gossip-mongers and promises viewers: “I am the real deal”.
Melvin – Nigeria

Melvin is a model and actor from Delta State with a BSc in Chemistry. Melvin enjoys listening to Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and R Kelly.

His favourite place in Nigeria is Lagos and he says the best things about the continent as a whole are the culture and people. Outside of Nigeria, he enjoys spending time in South Africa and the USA because “these are places where you can relax and relate to people conveniently”.

His friends and family inspired him to enter Big Brother. He has always been a fan of the show and has previously come out tops in two other reality shows. He is hoping to use all his experience and charm to go all the way on Big Brother. If he wins the grand prize, he’ll invest it, but he’s also hoping to make his country proud and use this experience as a platform to achieve other things in his career.
Natasha – Malawi

Self-employed mom Natasha hails from Lilongwe. She entered Big Brother because she looks at it as being social, educational, entertaining and a platform for fame.

She describes herself as “fun, adventurous, flirtatious, crazy and sweet” and says that the qualities she likes most in herself are her patience, calmness, jokes and tolerance. She values patience, tolerance and kindness in others too, but despises control freaks, liars and unfaithfulness.

Her favourite musicians include Mampi, Zahara, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Kenny Rogers and her favourite actors are Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.
Her favourite part of Malawi is Livingstonia Beach and she believes the best thing about Africa is its unity, peace and friendliness of its cultures.

Biguesas – Angola

Biguesas from Luanda is single and doesn’t have any children. He describes himself as “handsome, intelligent, extroverted, playful and talkative”. He values sincerity in others and says if he wins the grand prize, he’ll share some of the money with his family, donate some, pay for university and buy a house. He’s also excited by the prospect of fame, as he’s always wanted to be a TV presenter.

His favourite foods are ‘pap’, hamburgers and fries. Biguesas says the best thing about Africa is the fauna & flora and his favourite place outside of Angola is Pretoria in South Africa. Biguesas says he is proud to be finishing University soon, a first for his family of 9 siblings.
Betty – Ethiopia

Betty is a translator and teacher from Addis Ababa. She describes herself as brave, confident, committed and able to make the right decisions at the right time. She likes punctual, reasonable, and confident people, but dislikes people with “big mouths”.

Her favourite food is pizza and favourite book is The Notebook. She says the best thing about Africa is the people, because they have showed the world they can do anything. Her favourite spot in Ethiopia is Kuriftu Resort in Debrezeit, and her favourite place outside her home country is Hollywood, because she loves film and music “and that’s where the stars live”.

Betty entered Big Brother because she has always wanted to be a part of it and is inspired by “every crazy thing in the show”. She says that having Africa’s eyes glued to the show will make her feel “like a princess”. If she wins the grand prize, she’ll open a travel agency in Ethiopia.
Feza – Tanzania

Recording artist Feza is from Arusha and has a certificate in IT. A fan of French fries and Ugali na Maziwa. She loves Big Brother and says that people always do well after appearing on the show, something she feels is vital for her career. She says that if she wins the grand prize, she’ll invest some, take her son to Disneyland and possibly buy a house.

Feza describes herself as “fun, bubbly, loyal, kind and strong” and thinks her best trait is her humility. She enjoys people who are honest, caring and fun, but dislikes those who are liars. She promises viewers “a lot of dance, a bit of noise and lots of laughs too”. She’s hoping to get exposure and growth from her time in the house.

Her mom is her role model, whom she cites as “the strongest, most beautiful and humble person I know. She has an older brother and sister, and one younger brother.
Elikem – Ghana

Tailor and actor Elikem is single and hails from Accra. Denzel Washington and Samuel L Jackson are his favourite actors – the former because he’s bold, confident and a natural and the latter because “he has made the black man proud”.

Elikem entered Big Brother for three things: the money, the exposure and the game play. He says it’s great that Africa will be watching him 24/7 because he’ll get a chance to show the continent who he is and what he can do and promote himself as a tailor and actor.

He has grand plans for the big prize. He says he’ll host a fashion fundraiser, open 3 retail stores in Accra – and 3 more abroad – as well as shoot a star studded movie before putting what’s left into investments and bonds.
Bolt – Sierra Leone

Freetown-born Bolt is a businessman with a Diploma in Computer Science. He loves Africa because it’s natural, and says his favourite place outside of Sierra Leone is the USA, because “it is a land full of opportunities” and he has family there.

Bolt will enjoy having the continent’s eyes on him, saying that it will make him feel like he’s ruling the world. If he wins, he’ll invest the money, start a music label, and give his daughter a quality education. His role model is R Kelly, because “he is a genius in music and is best at whatever he does”. With 4 brothers – one older and three younger – he says his mom has played a massive role in his life.

Bolt sees himself as a leader and says he is also frank, transparent and a supporter. He enjoys people who are open-minded, friendly and spontaneous and dislikes pretence, being ignored, people who are full of fear, and taking advantage of people’s weakness to destroy them.
Annabel – Kenya

Student and fashion designer Annabel says she doesn’t have any children – but considers her pets to be her babies. She enjoys reading philosophical literature. Her favourite foods include Ethiopian, Nigerian, Oriental and Italian and she lists her favourite TV show as Big Brother.

Annabel’s favourite place in Kenya is Mombasa, because she loves the water and says it’s the only place she finds peace and tranquillity. Outside of Kenya, she loves Greece or Rome because of the way they have preserved the artefacts and culture through the generations. “I love art and I’d kill to live there!” she says.

Annabel says she loves attention and is looking forward to having Africa’s eyes on her 24/7. “It makes me feel like the princess I’ve always been,” she says. Her family is happy she’s going to be on the show and she says they can’t wait to tell everyone they’re related to her.
Denzel – Uganda

Denzel is a radio and TV show host from Kampala. Asked to describe himself in 5 words, he says “I am very eccentric”. He says his best quality is his optimism and he likes a great sense of style and humour and open-mindedness in others. He dislikes negative people and smelly feet.

He entered Big Brother for the money, fame and adventure and ‘could care less’ that Africa will be watching him so closely. “People are always watching me, by virtue of my job,” he says. “In entertainment, you forfeit your right to privacy”. If he wins, he’ll “party”.

He lists himself as his own role model, because of what he has achieved despite what he has gone through. He is the youngest of 4 children and says his proudest achievement is that he makes the world’s best-tasting noodles.
Koketso – South Africa

Johannesburg-born Koketso is an entrepreneur, currently studying towards a Law degree. She enjoys eating “most African dishes, but to watch my weight I eat Thai for indulgence.

Koketso says the best thing about Africa is its potential – “It’s like a young bright kid with endless possibilities”. Her favourite place in South Africa is Coffee Bay and away from home, Dakar, citing it as the only place outside of South Africa she has felt at home.

Koketso entered Big Brother because of her “new-found fearlessness”. “I am now not afraid to take risks and live my life for me,” she says. “I wanted to see how far I can take this. I needed a new challenge and I wanted something to help me build a brand I can capitalise on”.

She says she’s nervous to have the continent’s eyes on her. If she wins the USD 300 000, she’ll start her foundation for young girls in her township and explore investment opportunities in other African countries.
Hakeem – Zimbabwe

Hakeem is a model from Harare. He entered Big Brother because he is a huge fan of the show and passionate about the experience. “I like the idea of taking simple and exceptionally talented people like me and thrusting them into stardom,” he says. “Also, I’m a model and aspiring actor seeking bigger opportunities”.

He says the best thing about Africa is the people, the culture, resources and history, which is “so rich, authentic and intriguing”. His favourite place in the world outside of his home country is Jamaica, because of the food, drink and climate – “and the parties are out of this world”.

Hakeem’s role model is Tyson Beckford because he was the first black male model to become a supermodel. “He was picked from the streets, yet so humble, ambitious and composed,” says Hakeem. If Hakeem wins Big Brother, he’ll invest in property, pay tithes, go to college, take care of his son and own the biggest model agency in Africa to help open doors for others.

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, is now the Official sponsor of the eighth edition of Africa’s biggest reality series, BIG BROTHER AFRICA (BBA). Dubbed The Chase, the new season which kicked off on May 26th, 2013
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