BBA: The Chase is On
Windhoek ‑ The eighth edition of Big Brother Africa “The Chase” has started in earnest.
Africa’s biggest television reality show saw 28 housemates from 14 countries across the continent pairing up to share two houses ‑ Ruby and Diamond.
As always, Big Brother has something up his sleeve. Soon after entering the house, he gave housemates less than 24 hours to be acquainted before the first nomination session the next morning.
Some viewers felt it was too soon for nominations. However, Big Brother is always unpredictable – and probably that is the main reason millions of viewers stay glued to their screens.
This Sunday, two housemates leave the house ‑ with Huddah (Kenya), Denzel (Uganda) and Beverley (Nigeria) up for eviction.
BBA host, IK Osakioduwa, has revealed a few changes to the game this year.
Big Brother is hunting for housemates who would make romantic gestures, with a special prize up for grabs for the housemate who brings the most romance.
In this edition, the Head of House (HoH) got new powers. Besides authority to “save and replace” nominees, the HoH also has the powers to switch housemates between houses every Friday during the Airtel Showdown arena games.
There is also a new “3-Strike Rule” where housemates who commit serious infringements do not face immediate expulsion from the show – but accumulate penalty strikes. Once a housemate picks up three strikes for breaking rules – he/she is disqualified from the game.
Meanwhile, South African comedian, Tumi Morake, will be hosting a show on Africa Magic after each Sunday’s show called Big Brother Hot Room, starting this Sunday.
She will put a mocking spin on the week that was, take comic spot shots at the most-talked about events of the week and re-enact parody scenes with housemates.
The launch of Hot Room should certainly bring fun, laughter and witty commentary in an amusing and comical way.
Besides, M-Net Africa Managing Director, Biola Alabi, has promised audiences interesting and engaging new elements to the show.
“Big Brother has displayed remarkable growth over the years and we hope that this year will be different,” Alabi said.
Shock, drama, emotions and surprises have always been one and the same with the show, but the audience must keep watching, as anything is possible over the next 91 days.
Additionally, there will be prizes up for grabs weekly. The winner will be named after 91 days of head-to-head competition and the power to award the US$300 000 grand prize rests solely in the hands of the viewers.