As contenders for Big Brother Africa (BBA) season 9 polish their armour like actors on stage, Nigerians are worried that the contestants especially the girl, might bring disgrace to the country like Goldie and Beverly Osu.
Late Goldie who represented the country in season 7 of the show disgraced herself in a love scenario with a Kenyan representative, Prezzo. Also, Beverly another female representative from Nigeria was at the season 8 of the show, where she displayed what was described as the most foolish sexual relationship with a South African representative, Angelo.
In fact, her behaviours forced most Nigerians to condemn the show and bar their children from watching it.
Speaking generally on the show, Obed Longs said it is unfortunate that people will publicly disgrace their country.
“While watching the programme, I felt for my country Nigeria. It is not only her family because she represented Nigeria. Though we know some people come from un religious homes and tend to display it as normal life style.
“If you ask me, I sincerely don’t know the value of the programme. It is an aberration of our African cultural values. When the house was burnt leading to cancellation of the programme many thought it was as a result of the sinful act in the house”.
Speaking further, a sociologist, DaudaSendi said “Sodom and Gomorrah has come again. It is just a period of sin and nothing else. I wish there is more to it but that is what I have seen. I just pray that these crops of guys will represent us well”.
Meanwhile, as the season 9 of the Big Brother Africa, tagged “Hotshots” will begin on Sunday, a total of 26 housemates from 13 countries are expected to participate.
They are: Lilian and Tayo from Nigeria, Goitse and Sheila from Botswana, Kacey Moore and Ma’m Bea from Ghana, Melvin Alusa and Sabina from Kenya, Mr. 256 and Sipe from Malawi, Mira and Trezagah from Mozambique and Luis and Permithias from Namibia.
Others are; Frankie and Arthur from Rwanda, Nhlanhla and Samantha from South Africa, Idris and Laveda from Tanzania, Ellah and Esther from Uganda, Macky2 and Resa from Zambia and Butterphly and JJ from Zimbabwe.
A brief about the two Nigerian representatives
Lilian – Age: 22 Known as ‘SexyLeeLee’ to her friends, Lillian is a model, actor, presenter, and tax collector! She entered Big Brother Hotshots for ‘the platform it provides and the publicity that comes with it and the money’. She’s not willing to sell herself short to win the grand prize. If she does win, she’ll invest in her talk show, which is about ‘helping upcoming talents’ and get herself a house.
Lilian’s favourite foods are rice and plantain and she likes watching Baggage on TV and listing to 2FaceIdibia. She doesn’t have a favourite book, but likes movies like Think like a Man, Blended, Friends With Benefits, Bridesmaids and Twelve Years A Slave. Her favourite actor is Angelina Jolie, because ‘she’s creative and can switch between roles’.
Her favourite place in Nigeria is Lagos, and she says the best thing about Africa is its cultural diversity. Outside her home country, she’d like to visit California for the opportunities she believes it would provide her to improve her career.
Lilian’s role model is Oprah Winfrey, because of her strength, and the person who has most influenced her life is her mother, ‘because she has always believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams’.
She describes herself as ‘spontaneous, easy-going, focused and confident’ and says her best assets are that she’s ambitious, a good listener, flexible, persuasive, competitive, independent and original.
Tayo-NigeriaA 1.93m-tall model with a Higher National Diploma in Maritime Studies, Tayo from Nigeria, certainly stands out in a crowd. He lists his favourite foods as eba and okra soup mixed with fish stew; his favourite musicians are 2FaceIdibia, Beautiful Nubia and D’Banj. He said his favourite place in Nigeria is Oyo Town, his place of birth. “That’s my home, where I started life. It reminds me of who I am now and how far I’ve come in life.”
He said the best thing about Africa is culture and pride and that his favourite place outside of Nigeria is South Africa, which he calls his “home away from home”. He entered Big Brother Hotshots because he believes in himself, and was also encouraged to enter by others. “I like to be seen and to be heard,” he said.
Tayo said he is not willing to change who he is or disgrace his family and friends to impress viewers or his fellow housemates. If Tayo wins the grand prize he will set up his life and give himself a life of luxury.
With the profile of the two representatives, one might be quick to qualify them ahead of their predecessor, but since it is a show for the audience, the judgement will come at the end of the programme.