Propelled to Africa-wide fame or notoriety … Zimbabwe’s Pokello Nare 11 years ago the continent was on fire as MultiChoice Africa mooted the idea of bringing the internationally acclaimed 24-hour reality television series to Africa in a pan-African version of Big Brother. A sweltering hot pit of fire and burning brimstone was made out for MultiChoice and they were on the brink of being tossed into it. From contestant to host … Vimbai Mutinhiri
“Big Brother lacks morals and is UnAfrican! It destroys the ethos of ‘hunhu-ubuntu’ on which the continent’s foundations lie,” was the general cry. Now, exactly eleven years after Bayo, Tapuwa Mhere, and the first crazy bunch walked into the house for that first controversial Endemol production, subsequent participants have been feted by Presidents, Prime Ministers and the economic royalty on the continent as well as being revered and followed by both kings and vagabonds!
Yes, what was supposed to erode the continent’s morals has become the very programme that Africa looks forward to and announcements recently made that the reality series was again hitting the continent have been met with great enthusiasm.
“We can confirm that the excitement is running high in MultiChoice as the continent’s favorite reality television show rolls into life next month,” said MultiChoice Zimbabwe’s communications guru Elizabeth Dziva. SEE MORE ON PAGE2