Former Big Brother Africa (BBA) housemates produced one of the harmonious songs in praise of M-Net’s recent announcement that anyone who wants to compete for the $300 000 winner-takes-it all prize in the upcoming season must partner with another person.
In separate interviews, Code Sangala, Lomwe (real name Tendai Namate) and Felicia Ng’oma said the arrangement would double up the fun and bring a new twist to the seventh coming of the pan-African reality show, but would prove suicidal if the pair entered as a couple.
“It is very nice and exciting if you have a good friend. You can enjoy as I did when Edward Kankhomba visited me in the BBA All Stars Barn. It would be very nice to represent your country as a pair. However, it would be risky to go in with your spouse or partner. You are likely to break up because the house is too dynamic and diverse for a stable relationship to last,” said Code who represented the country in BBA 2 and All Stars edition.
The broadcaster, who had a casual relationship with Uganda’s Maureen in his first appearance in the show, indicated he would not haveÃ‚Â partnered with his wife Juna Verheij or Kankhomba if he had the chance to double-up. He says BBA is a closed chapter and he has made many friends to choose one for the TV show.
Equally reluctant to name a probable partner was Felicia, who was on the last show alongside Lomwe. She says she would let the chance pass because she cannot imagine going into the house with anybody.
“It’s good for a change and I can’t wait to see people competing and representing their countries in pairs. With all the drama and conspiracies, it will be pure entertainment to see how pairs behave.Ã‚Â But this will double up the task. It will be tough and feeble partners will fall or disband along the way,” said the BBA Amplified queen.
But her co-housemate says he would share the spotlight with his cousin Kondwani Gumulira just to keep the money in his family line.
“It’s obviously exciting and in line with M-Net plans to make the upcoming season different from the previous. Pairing up will help housemates to share their strength and win the game,” said Lomwe, who earlier indicated that he would have moved in with DJ Panther whom he worked with at FM 101 Power.
The show will kick-off on May 6 with no rep from Ethiopia. Instead, Liberia and Sierra Leone have joined in. Apart from Malawi, other participating countries include Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.