BBA Chase: Anybody’s game

Windhoek – Last week was a roller coaster of emotions. So much happened ‑ some good, some dramatic; but there was never a dull moment in the House.
First was the revelation of the fakeness of the Emeralds. While the Emeralds were pleased after successfully pranking the Chasemates, Elikem and Sulu just could not help but feel angry and talked about the issue for days. “How could they do this to us?” asked Sulu in disbelief.  Annabel, on the other hand, kept yelling at the top of her voice, “I knew it, I knew it.  I knew they were fake because they just kept saying things that didn’t add up, plus how could they be struggling to use the stove if they had one in their house?” She asked.

The last eviction show saw the dispatch of Kenya’s Annabel and Zambia’s Sulu. Annabel, who survived eviction numerous times before, confessed how difficult it is being confined with the same faces day after day. But it is all about respect at the end of the day, she said. “Respect my space and I will respect yours,” she added. Sulu uttered that he is always jolly and is not quick to get angry; the Sulu we saw in the house is the exact same Sulu outside the house he confessed.  Since Natasha, Bassey, Sulu and Annabel who were the loudest are no longer part of the game, the house is undoubtedly going to be much quieter, but the game continues nonetheless.

And lack of “respect” is what cost Tanzanian representative Nando’s run for the money in the biggest shocker of the game yet. Nando was disqualified last Sunday evening soon after the eviction show. The Tanzanian was served his third strike for being a threat to himself and his other housemates. The expulsion came after he had received his second strike on Friday following a heated exchange of words with Ghana’s Elikem, which the Tanzanian provoked. For failing to contain himself, Elikem got his first strike. In a video played to all, after the confrontation Nando was heard saying: “I feel like stabbing him.  A nigga like that deserves to die”.
Twice Nando was seen is possession of dangerous instruments  first a pair of scissors, which he stashed under his bed and then a knife he kept sharpening until Saturday Channel O party.  
Apparently, this was not the first time the troubled young Chasemate had been found on the wrong side of the law. He had earned his first strike after he was found carrying a knife to the Channel O party.
According to rules of the game, “Any Housemate who becomes physically violent will be removed from the House immediately. Violence can refer to self-inflicted violence, or violence towards another. Violence includes provocation, goading, bullying and victimisation.”
While Nando’s behaviour cannot be condoned, it is indeed a reflection of the troubled youth of today in a society that knows little else than violence.
Up for eviction this week are “lovebirds” Oneal and Feza better known as Oneza by viewers and Ethiopia's Bimp, who hasn't been a regular on the list, but finds himself in danger after Elikem’s swap. Elikem won the HoH at a crucial moment in his game and with the swap jinx hounding the House this might just be the end of the road for Bimp. The game surely gets a lot tougher, especially after Biggie outlawed conspiracy, which threatened to spoil the game.
That the House is fast depleting should be a waking up call for all the Chasemates.
The Chase commenced with 28 housemates from 14 countries, as of now there are down to eight countries and nine housemates namely Botswana (Oneal), Namibia (Dillish), South Africa (Angelo), Nigeria (Beverly and Melvin), Ethiopia (Bimp), Ghana (Elikem), Tanzania (Feza) and Zambia (Cleo).

August 2013
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