This year’s Big Brother Africa Hotshots reality show will run for 63 days and not 91 days as has been the case with the previous shows. This change in timing was as a result of postponement from September 7 to October 5 following a devastating fire outbreak at the Sesani Studios (Click to read) which housed the original house on September 2. Expectant fans were not left disappointed as the organisers announced that the show will continue at a different location.
This year however, the organisers broke with the norm of revealing housemates at the start of the contest, instead the housemates are being revealed in batches. Fourteen African countries will be represented today, Sunday, October 5th when the contest begins.
The housemates revealed so far and the countries they represent are highlighted below.
Trezagah – Mozambique
31 year old Hip hop singer Trezagah studied Civil Engineering. He doesn’t have a favourite food, because he says he loves eating and “I eat everything!” The classic Hardy Boys books are his favourite, while he enjoys the Discovery and National Geographic channels on TV because he likes to “watch crocodiles and sharks attacking“.
Trezagah was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots by watching previous seasons. He is both happy and nervous at the thought of having the continent’s eyes on him. He says the best thing about Africa is “the culture each country preserves” and says his favourite place in Mozambique is Yofo Beach. He likes the Caribbean Islands because he’s a great fan of nature.
His role model is Jay-Z, “because he knows how to dress, how to be on stage, how to behave and has good business control“. His parents have played an incredibly influential role in his life because they always showed him what was right and what was wrong.
He describes himself as “happy, active, wise, serious and calm” and says the best thing about himself is the way he treats people indiscriminately, saying he can “be a friend of a poor person or even a person that sleeps on the street“.
Mira – Mozambique
Mozambican student intern, Mira, likes to eat pap and beef stew. The 21 year old loves to listen to the music of Sia and Miley Cyrus and watching Lost and Covert Affairs. Her favourite book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and her favourite actor is Adam Sandler because ‘I trust him to get a chuckle out of me’. She has one older sister, and a younger brother and sister.
Her favourite place in Mozambique is Maragra. She says the best thing about Africa is that “it’s the Motherland – you feel the warmth here”. Her favourite faraway place is the United States, because she loves the diversity there.
If she wins the grand prize, she says she’ll build her parents a retirement home, open a soup kitchen and shelter in the heart of Maputo and start a business to create more employment opportunities.
She describes herself as “fun, honest, reliable, fair and considerate” and says that she’s “laid-back and easy to talk to”. She enjoys people who are considerate, honest, reliable, fun and opinionated, but doesn’t like rude and judgmental people.
Macky2 – Zambia
29 year old Hip hop musician Macky2 is from Luanshya in Zambia. His favourite book is 48 Laws of Power and his top TV shows are Suits, Crisis, Game of Thrones and Idols SA. His favourite actor is Denzel Washington, because he’s able to play so many characters and bring each one to life.
Jay-Z is both his favourite musician and his role model – the latter because “he’s one of the most successful entertainers of our generation”. His father has also played a huge role in Macky2’s life.
He entered Big Brother Hotshots because he believes that “people naturally fall in love with my personality, so I know I stand a chance of winning that grand prize and changing my life”. Macky2 says he won’t lose himself and what he believes in, along the way.
Describing himself as “a natural entertainer who’s loveable”, he says he always pushed himself and is never discouraged by setbacks. “I’m confident and I truly believe I can do anything I set my mind to,” he says.
Resa – Zambia
Zambia will be represented by Resa, 25 year-old event planner, MC and public speaker. She entered Big Brother Hotshots in the hope of winning the grand prize and being able to pay off her mother’s debts. “She has moved heaven and earth to ensure that I get my honours degree and in the process she has incurred debts,” says Resa.
She’s “extremely nervous, but delighted at the same time” at the prospect of having the continent’s eyes on her 24/7. She says the viewers can expect ‘realness’ from her. “No pretence, I’m an open book, I don’t hide my struggles because they’ve shaped me into who I am and I’ve used them as stepping stones,” she says. “Also, lots of dancing and definitely lots of laughter!”
Resa describes herself as “unique, colourful, bubbly, random and hyper”, saying that her inquisitive nature means that she won’t suffer in silence. “I’m apologetic, my outspoken nature, I’m a go-getter, open-minded and spontaneous,” she says.
Permithias – Namibia
Namibia’s Permithias, is a 25-year-old, professional sushi chef. Permithias unsurprisingly lists sushi as one of his favourite foods, alongside pizza. He has no favourite book, but enjoys watching The Originals on TV. Permithias’ favourite films are: Turbo and Happy Feet, as he enjoys animated movies while he also enjoys the music of Chris Brown, James Blunt, and Joe Tomas.
His mom is his role model, because she provided for the family with ‘nothing but blood, sweat and tears’. He is the eldest of five children; he has three sisters and a brother. Permithias says that becoming a chef is his greatest achievement so far, because it ‘opened a window’ for himself and his family
He was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots because he’s been watching the show for years but won’t sell his soul or lose his self-worth in the process. Asked how he feels knowing that the whole continent will be watching him 24/7, he says: ‘scared, but it will all come together the way it should’. If he wins, he’ll take care of his Mom and open his own restaurant.
Permithias says he’s easy-going, open-minded and ‘down for whatever is fun’ and enjoys others who are also open-minded.
Lius – Namibia
Associate Producer Luis has a B. Tech in Financial Information. The 23 year old loves anything made with or from potatoes, his favourite book is The Alchemist and he enjoys the music of Kanye West. His favourite TV shows are Game of Thrones, The Fixer and The Good Wife, and his all-time favourite film is Ali.
Luis says his favourite place in Namibia is the river beds in his home town of Rundu, ‘where the mighty Okavango Delta flows into the ocean’. He says that the best thing about Africa is ‘the diverse cultures – however different, every single one is somehow relatable by being connected to the next one’. He calls Los Angeles ‘the city of dreams where anybody can make it, given the right amount of perseverance and correct hustle’.
His role models are his parents because they had the biggest influence on his life. ‘They took care of not only my siblings and I, but also my cousins, grandmother and their own siblings,’ he says. ‘They taught me spiritual values from infancy – those values have brought me this far in life’. He’s most proud of the achievement of graduating from university while being Namibia’s top male international model.
Luis entered Big Brother Hotshots because Namibia has never been represented by anyone from the Okavango region before. ‘I’d be grateful to tell my story to Africa – hopefully it inspires many others with a similar past,’ he says. He’s excited to have the whole continent watching him and If he wins the grand prize, Luis will build a film and television studio in Namibia.
Butterphly – Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is ably represented by 24 year-old Butterphly. Butterphly is a Radio, Television Presenter and Producer from Harare. She lists her favourite foods as meat, pasta with cheese, black-eyed peas and eggs. Her favourite books include the Bible, The Firm, The Long Goodbye, and the Sherlock Holmes series. She likes to watch Chopped, 24, Intelligence and Big Brother Africa.
Butterphly entered Big Brother Hotshots because she’d always wanted to be part of a national sports team, but never got the chance. ‘Being on Big Brother Africa will allow me to take the opportunity to market myself and expand my brand’. She says she won’t use ‘backstabbing and cheating’ or immoral and unethical methods to get the prize. If she wins, she’ll send her sister, brother and kids to really good schools, start a chain of unique food, social and fashion hangout joints and take her mom shopping.
Describing herself as ‘unique, feisty, mysterious, fun-loving and witty’, Butterphly says that people are always shocked when they discover that she’s humble, compassionate and kind. She likes other people with a sense of humour, honour and truthfulness, and dislikes ‘dishonesty and people who pretend to like a person’.
Her mom is her role model: ‘she put her life on pause so ours could play. She’s the hardest working woman I know’. Butterphly says he draws influence from ‘all sorts of people’. ‘Ordinary, young, dead, legends – in everyone’s life story I try to extract important lessons like resilience, faith, strength etc. I learn as much as I can from the people I meet or read about,’ she says.
JJ – Zimbabwe
JJ, aged 23, calls himself ‘an entertainer’ on the back of his work as a ‘singer, rapper, actor, songwriter and director’. His inspiration behind entering Big Brother Hotshots is the platform the show provides. ‘It’s a necessary foundation for me to be able to produce my own music even if I don’t win the money,’ he says.
He says that viewers can expect to be entertained, and that they’ll also have a gym partner every morning. If he wins the money, he’ll fix up his parents’ house, invest in his career by working n his first international album and give some money to charity.
JJ loves Italian and Japanese food, his favourite book is Shakespeare’s Macbeth and his favourite TV show is Elementary. His favourite musicians are JP Cooper, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and MiCasa’s J.Something. His all-time favourite films are 300, The Vow and American Gangster, with his favourite actor, Denzel Washington.
He believes that the best thing about Africa is that ‘the people are all full of life’. His favourite place in Zimbabwe is Inyaga, and outside it, Manchester in England, ‘home of the greatest football club and where I found my feet and my passion’, he says.
Arthur – Rwanda
23 year old Kigali-born Radio Presenter Arthur describes himself as ‘funny, humorous and humble’. He says he loves the fact that he is social and makes friends easily. He enjoys people who are humble, and dislikes people who are irresponsible.
His favourite foods are rice and beans, his favourite book The Whole Truth, and favourite TV show, Real Husbands of Hollywood. He enjoys Usher’s music and his favourite actor, Kevin Hart, is the star of his favourite film, Think Like A Man Too.
He says that viewers can expect ‘talent and humour’ from him and if he wins, he’ll invest his money in business. What won’t he do to win? ‘Anything that goes against my human nature’.
Arthur believes that ‘originality’ is the best thing about Africa, in terms of its culture. His favourite place outside the continent is the United Kingdom, ‘because that place is calm – especially Wales’. Arthur’s role model is Chris Rock, because ‘he is really good when it comes to comedy and he has helped so many comedians to make it on the market’.
Frankie – Rwanda
Frankie is a 33 year old singer, model and actor with a degree in Financial Management.
His favourite food is ugali with beef stew and his favourite book is Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk To Freedom. Frankie enjoys the music of Joe Thomas, Luther Vandross and Morgan Heritage and he loves ‘epic movies and romantic comedies’. His favourite actors? Djimon Hounsou, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz and Lupita Nyong’o.
He values Africa’s ‘uniqueness and authenticity’ and lists his favourite place as Kigali – his place of birth. Outside of the continent, he says that Canada is his favourite destination because of all the opportunities there, but also because his son Taye was born there.
Frankie considers his parents to be his role models, because ‘they have gone through lots of tribulations, but love and kindness always blossomed’. His proudest achievements are graduating from university and when his son was born.
Frankie says that viewers can expect ‘great times full of enthusiasm and adventure’ from him and that if he wins, he’ll contribute towards building a school in his grandmother’s village and buy a house for his parents, to thank them for everything they did for him.
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