Big Brother Hotshots will soon kick off. The reality show which was scheduled to start on Sunday, September 7, 2014 had to be postponed because of the fire that gutted the studio that will house the contestants. As October 5 date draws close, Biggie has started unveiling the house mates to expect on the show. ENCOMIUM Weekly presents Big Brother Africa Hotshots house mates…
Butterphly is a radio, television presenter and producer from Harare. Butterphly entered Big Brother Hotshots because she has 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 has promised not to use backstabbing and cheating or immoral and unethical methods to get the prize. If she wins, she will send her sister, brother and kids to really good schools, start a chain of unique food, social and fashion hangout joints and take her mother shopping.
She lists her favorite food as meat, pasta with cheese,black-eyed peas and eggs. Her favorite 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.
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 humor, 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.”
Ellah is a sales assistant with a BSc. in Business Computing from Nsambya, Uganda. She was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots because of the fact that “it unites Africa and also is a platform for me to advance”. She says she is super excited and is looking forward to being on the show. If she wins the grand prize, Ellah will buy cars for her mom and invest the rest in real estate. She describes herself as charismatic, bitchy, outspoken, loving and sophisticated and says that she’s strong and determined. She values honesty, charisma and joyfulness in others, but dislikes ‘lies and fakeness She lists her favorite foods as rice and chicken and her favorite books as Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady, and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich. She enjoys watching Reality shows like Real House wives of Atlanta, New York and Orange County. And she says the best thing about Africa is “the warm ness of the people”. Outside of her home country, she says Cambodia is “a hidden gem and somewhat a free country”. Ellah, who has 12 brothers and sisters, says her Mom is her role model: “her strength and character captivate me”. Ellah is most proud of having emerged Miss Uganda2013/14 she said it was a stiff competition and a strong test for me”. She describes herself as “charismatic, bitchy, outspoken, loving and sophisticated” and says that she is strong and determined.
Alusa is an actor, radio drama director and MC. He is from Nairobi, Kenya, he is married and has three children. Describing himself as ambitious, spiritual, out-spoken, generous and mysterious, Alusa likes people who are detailed and who have a good sense of humour, because he likes to laugh. He doesn’t enjoy people who “emit negative energy.” He entered Big Brother Hotshots for the exposure, as well as the intrigue of living with total strangers in a closed environment and the desire to share his life style with a huge audience. Alusa is looking forward to having the continent watch him: I am an artist, a performer, so I love attention. I am not in the least bit intimidated. In fact, I am thrilled. Alusa lists Mombasa and his village, Kakamega, as his favorite places in Kenya, because they are both very exotic in their ways and rich culture. He says the best thing about Africa is her people. “Africans are both beautiful in form and diverse culture,” he says. Outside of Africa, his favorite place is Brazil.
Mozambican student intern, she has one older sister, a younger brother and sister. If she wins the grand prize, she says she will 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 is 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.
Her favorite place in Mozambique is Maragra. She says the best thing about Africa is that “it’s the Motherland – you feel the warmth here”. Her favorite faraway place is the United States, because she loves the diversity there. Mira likes to eat pap and beef stew.
Idris is a photographer from Arusha in Tanzania. His Mom has influenced his life most. He is most proud of the respect he earned by show casing his skill and creativity in photography. .He was “inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots because he wants to inspire people and make a name for myself in the process.” He feels “thrilled, excited and accomplished, totally special” that the continent will be watching him on the show. He describes himself as smart, charming, funny, flirty and creative. His favorite books are anything by Dan Brown and he enjoys watching The Colbert Report, Drunk History, The Daily Show. His musical tastes are quite varied: Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Lana Del Ray. Idris says he doesn’t have one specific role model, choosing instead to take the best from every successful person he meets.
Mr. 265 is a TV presenter. He is single and currently studying Purchasing and Supply Management. He entered Big Brother Hotshots because he always thought he could win it, when he used to watch it. “It is easy to criticize people on different things, especially when you don’t know how it is like being in their shoes,” he says. “I have watched Big Brother for a while and I have always told myself I can win the show, I can do better, but I don’t know what really goes on. So I have given myself a challenge to now step into the shoes I wasn’t wearing before and see how I will walk with them.”
He won’t pretend to be someone he is not, to win the grand prize. “It is very disappointing to get booted out and know that you weren’t your real self. I would rather lose the money at the expense of being myself. Then I can say I tried my best. Everybody has his own morals,” says Mr. 265.
When asked about his feelings on knowing that the continent’s eyes will be glued to their screens 24/7, he says he will feel the pressure. “Pressure is and will be there for the first few days. I am taking it like a new job”. He says that the best thing about Africa is that it is very rich in natural resources.
Hip hop musician Macky2 is from Luanshya in Zambia. His favorite book is 48 Laws of Power and his top TV shows are Suits, Crisis, Game of Thrones and Idols South Africa. His favorite actor is Denzel Washington, because he’s able to play so many characters and bring each one to life.
Jay-Z is both his favorite 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 is lovable”, he says he always pushed himself and is never discouraged by setbacks. “I am confident and I truly believe I can do anything I set my mind to.”
She is 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, the publicity that comes with it and the money. But she is not willing to sell herself short to win the grand prize. If she wins, she will invest in her talk show, which is about helping up and coming talents and also get herself a house. Lilian’s favorite foods are rice and plantain and she likes watching Baggage on TV and listening to 2Face Idibia. She doesn’t have a favorite book, but likes movies like Think like a Man, Blended, Friends With Benefits, Bridesmaids and Twelve Years a Slave. Her favorite actor is Angelina Jolie, because she is creative and can switch between roles. Her favorite place in Nigeria is Lagos, and she says the best thing about Africa is its cultural diversity. Outside her home country, she will 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. 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 is ambitious, a good listener, flexible, persuasive, competitive, independent and original.
Bachelor of Fine Arts theatre student Goitse hails from Mahalapye in Botswana. To her, the best thing about Africa is its history: it is so rich with details of what our forefathers have gone through. South Africa is her favorite place outside of Botswana because she has met great people there who have become family. They also have a range of interesting official languages which are similar to those in Botswana. Goitse entered Big Brother Hotshots for the adventure. “People from different countries in Africa, all under one roof, no contact with the outside world in anyway, that is amazing!” she says. In her quest for the prize, she won’t pretend to be someone she is not and if she wins, she will use the money to open a dance studio. That will be dreams come true. Goistse’s mom is her role model, she said.” She is a fighter, another survivor. She has been through a lot of hardships, but she stands tall and strong. She always pushed me to be the best I can be, no matter how challenging it can get.” Goitse describes herself as carefree, free-spirited, fun, energetic and motivated.
Ghanaian M’am Bea lists her occupation as acting trainee manager/fashion designer. She has a diploma in Management Finance. Her favorite foods are yam and her favorite place in Ghana is Aburi Garden, and she says the best thing about Africa is that it expresses diversity through colors and we are not ashamed to exhibit that. Outside of her home country, her favorite place in the world is South Africa because it offers so many opportunities. It also offers young people the opportunity to study and become great people in the world .M’am Bea’s role model is her mother, because she is strong, humble, God-fearing and puts her family first.
She was inspired to enter Big Brother Hotshots by her talent and the unity of all African countries coming together as one to learn and share. M’am Bea also lists making it onto the show as her proudest achievement so far. “It will give me room to showcase my personality and influence young, gifted youth out there,” she described herself as a ‘driven, humble and respectful self-starter. M’am Bea says that viewers can expect her true self’, her fashion sense, sense of humor, cooking skills, intelligence and wise words to shine through on screen. She is humbled and overwhelmed, knowing that the continent’s eyes will be on her.
Pint-sized Esther is a student, she is from Uganda Nsambya. She says she entered Big Brother Hotshots to connect with people from different countries and to help her expose her talent, something she sees as a very big inspiration.
She is looking forward to giving Africa the chance to see her true self. She describes herself as meek, bubbly, creative, truthful and loving. Esther likes the fact that she is bubbly, friendly and outgoing. Her favorite foods are mashed potato and chicken. Her favorite book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad and her favorite musician, Rihanna. She likes The Wendy Williams Show and her favorite actress is Zoe Saldanha. Esther says that Jinja is her favorite place in Uganda, which she describes as “the pearl of Africa”. Outside of her home country, she sees California as the place of dreams and fun. The most influential person in Esther’s life is her brother Fred, because “he has been there for me and he always will be.”
Esther promises viewers “unique skills, entertainment and being herself always”. If she wins, she plans to invest some of the money, donate some to charity and support her family and career.
Luis is an associate producer. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Financial Information. He loves anything made with or from potatoes, his favorite book is The Alchemist and he enjoys the music of Kanye West. His favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones, The Fixer and The Good Wife. His favorite 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. His role models are his parents because they had the biggest influence on his life. They taught me spiritual values from infancy those values have brought me this far in life. He is most proud of the achievement of graduating from university while being Namibia’s top male international model is another thing to be proud of. Luis entered Big Brother Hotshots because Namibia has never been represented by anyone from the Okavango region before. I will be grateful to tell my story to Africa, hopefully, it will inspires many others with a similar past.
He is 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.
Professional sushi chef, Permithias unsurprisingly lists sushi as one of his favourite foods, alongside pizza. He doesn’t have a favourite book, but enjoys watching The Originals on TV. A fan of animation, Permithias’ favourite movies are Turbo and Happy Feet, while he also likes 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 has 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 will take care of his Mom and open his own restaurant. Permithias is easy going, open-minded and “down for whatever is fun” and enjoys others who are also open minded too.
– SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN and DOLAPO AMODENI