Written by DEREK MAPONDERA
BLANTYRE--To the sound of American rapper J Cole, Big Brother Stargame opened in eGoli, South Africa with a bang on Sunday with housemates from Tanzania and Zimbabwe "randomly selected" for possible eviction as they settled down in the house.
To the shock of Tanzania's pair Hilda and Julio and Zimbabwe's Maneta and Teclar, BBS presenter IK told them they had been selected for "possible eviction on Sunday."
At a glittering opening show and before a jubilant audience, the show started with celebrity housemates, also called VIPs, entering the Upville section of the house. Non-celebrity housemates, including Malawian cousins Nafi and Wati, entered the Downville House.
Ghana's rapper DKB was the first to enter Upville, followed by Prezzo of Kenya in a Masai outfit.
Lady May from Namibia followed third, wowing the audience and claiming: "I am going to bring the house down."
Eyeing the $300,000 prize money, she said she was "tired" of paying rent and wanted to win the big bucks to buy her own house. A singer, she brought a drum into the house, saying she had brought "my lover."
Singer Goldie from Nigeria was the fourth to enter. She styles herself as singer 'Lady Gaga.'
South African model Barbz made the celebrity list, saying she was a "happy and nice person."
Musician Mampi from Zambia was the sixth celebrity, claiming she was a "fun-loving person and my personality is my strategy" to win the prize. She loves to dance, she said, adding that she will provide "full-time entertainment" in the house.
Singer Rocky from Zimbabwe was the last to enter the Upville digs, with co-presenter beautiful Flavia from Uganda commenting that with this cast, "there will be lots of drama."
Angola's Esperanca and Esayadou entered the house as "good friends" saying they wanted "to be ourselves and have a nice time.” They were followed onto the stage by sisters Eve and Edith from Botswana, who said they had no strategy to win the prize and were simply "doing it for our country.”
Next were Mildred and Kietta from Ghana, who have been dating for a year. They are a model and musician. They were followed by Alex and Malonza from Kenya.
For the first in the history of Big Brother Africa, Liberia sent Luke and Yadel.
Malawi had Nafe and Wati Kulemeka, cousins and not twins as MaraPost had hinted based on a source close to the Malawi organisers.
From Namibia, friends Jessica and Junia are in the house, while Chris and Ola, who said they aren’t even friends, have come from Nigeria, a country which has produced three winners in a row in the recent past.
South Africa's Lee and Keagan say they want to be "ourselves" in the house, with one of them saying he had never watched Big Brother before.
Also for the first time in the BB history, Sierra Leone is represented by Dalphin and Zainab, models who have been friends for the past seven years and were happy to be in the house to "show people we do really exist" after their country was plagued by a bloody civil war for many years.
Tanzania's Hilda and Julio, who said they were not dating although they have known each other since young, had the misfortune of being the first pair, along with the Zimbos, to be selected for possible eviction next Sunday.
Uganda has Jannette and Kyle, who said they were in the house "to have fun." Sisters Tamara and Talia are from Zambia, who said their "strategy was to have no strategy at all," but to go all the way.
With no strategy as well are Zimbabweas Maneta and Teclar, who were unlucky to be voted for possible eviction less than two hours after entering the house.
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