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Meet the 'stars' of Big Brother Africa 8
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Wed, 29 May 2013 11:45
South African contestant Koketso

Big Brother 8: The Chase is on! Housemates entered the Big Brother house on Sunday 26 May to compete for $US300 000. For these 28 instant celebrities much adventure awaits as they are watched 24/7 by viewers across the African continent.


If Biguesas from Luanda (29) wins he will share some of his money with his family, donate some, pay for university and buy a house. He’s always wanted to be a television presenter.

Neyll from Luanda (32) entered Big Brother to be on television. He describes himself as “fun, entertaining, unforgettable, intense and unique”. If he wins the big prize, he’ll give some money to charity and help his family.


ONeal (33) is a radio personality and television host. 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. If he wins the grand prize, he’ll build his mom her dream house.

Motamma (26) is a scientific researcher, has a BSc in Agriculture and is studying further. She loves Rihanna and her favourite TV shows include Teen Mothers, Big Brother, Idols and Tyra. She says it feels "great" that Africa’s eyes will be on her 24/7.


Bimp (23) is from Addis Ababa and has a degree in Business Management. He describes 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.

Betty (26) is a translator and teacher from Addis Ababa with a BSc in Applied Biology. She says she is brave, confident, committed and able to make the right decisions at the right time. If she wins the grand prize, she’ll open a travel agency in Ethiopia.


Selly (25) from Tema in Accra is an actress who 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”. 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.

Elikem (24) is a tailor and actor from Accra. He entered Big Brother for three things: the money, the exposure and the game play. Elikem 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.


Annabel (24) from Nairobi is a fashion designer and 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.

Huddah (21) is a model who entered Big Brother because she believes it's a once in a lifetime experience and she really needed to be part of it. 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 money, she'll double it, expand her brand and build a business empire.


Fatima (30) is a television presenter and MC from Lilongwe. She describes herself as “unique, daring, nurturing, fun and loud” and says she makes friends very easily. She 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.

Natasha (26) from Lilongwe is a self-employed mom. She entered Big Brother because she looks at it as being social, educational, entertaining and a platform for fame. Her role models are Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey, because both are natural born heroes. Natasha's late father is the biggest influence in her life.


Radio presenter and model Maria (24) is from Ondangwa. Maria entered Big Brother in the hope of getting exposure that will boost her broadcasting career. 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 hates people who gossip and promises viewers: “I am the real deal”.

Dellish (22) is from Windhoek and is a third-year psychology student. 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 she is also excited to share her private life and lifestyle with the continent.


Melvin (27) is a model from Delta State with a BSc in Chemistry. His friends and family inspired him to enter Big Brother. He says he has always been a fan of the show and has previously come out tops in two other reality shows. Therefore, 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 also hope to make his country proud and use it as a platform to achieve other things in his career.

Beverly (21) is an MC and model from Lagos. She entered Big Brother because she believes that her everyday life is entertaining. Beverly says that viewers can expect “a total packaged African young diva to command the right qualities and characteristics of a blunt, sexy go-getter".

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Bolt (27) is a businessman with a Diploma in Computer Science. If he wins, he’ll invest the money, start a music label, and give his daughter a quality education. Bolt sees himself as a leader and says he is also frank, transparent and a supporter.

Bassey (22) is a student, actor and model from Freetown. 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 but says that he will get used to it with time. If he wins, he’ll buy a house for his family, his dream car, invest in business and produce a movie.

South Africa

Angelo (36) is a dance teacher from Cape Town and entered Big Brother because he realised that life is too short and "one shouldn’t limit the things you want to do". He is excited to have the continent’s eyes on him and regards it as an opportunity for Africa to see him and for him to share himself. If he wins the grand prize, he will start a small business, help an orphanage and assist his mom and family with a better life.

Koketso (26) is from Johannesburg and is an entrepreneur, currently studying towards a law degree. She says she entered Big Brother because of her new-found fearlessness. "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". If she wins, she'll start her foundation for young girls in her township and explore investment opportunities in other African countries.


Feza (25) is a recording artist from Arusha and has a certificate in IT. She loves Big Brother and says that people always do well after appearing on the show, something she feels is vital for her career.

Nando (22) is a student who 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.


Denzel (29) is a radio and television show host from Kampala. 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."

LK4 (28) is a professional basketball player from Kampala. 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".


Cleo (23) is an artist and musician from Lusaka. 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 that only the strong personalities and characters go far."

Sulu (31) is a businessman from Lusaka. 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 Big Brother Africa.


Hakeem (22) is a model from Harare. He entered Big Brother because he is a huge fan of the show and passionate about the experience. Hakeem’s role model is Tyson Beckford because he was the first black male model to become a supermodel. If he 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.

Pokello (27) has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications and owns a luxury shoe boutique. She says if she wins the money, 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.

Big Brother 8: The Chase screens 24/7 on DStv Channels 197 and 198.

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