The Big Brother Africa season nine, tagged Hotshots, ended on Sunday with Idris from Tanzania emerging winner of the $300 000 (about K156 million) prize.
Eight housemates—Malawi’s Sipe, Nhlanhla, Mackey 2, JJ, Idris, Mam’bea, Butterphly and Tayo—of 26 remained after 63 days.
They were evicted in this order: Butterphly and Mam’bea, JJ and Sipe, Nhlanhla and Macky2, leaving Idris and Tayo.
The last two contenders were feted with a burst of fireworks as they walked out of the Big Brother house for the last time.
Nigeria’s Tayo was one of the more controversial housemates, often engaged in war of words with his fellow housemates.
His “realness,” however, made him a fan’s favourite.
Some highlights of the show included a prank by Big Brother, where past contestants of the show including Nigeria’s Uti, a former winner, were added to the competition. They stayed in the house for a week and brought a lot of chaos and entertainment.
There was also the “freeze” challenge. Towards the end of the competition, the housemates were visited by a loved one during this challenge. This brought some high emotion to the show.
For Malawi, it was another said moment as the country’s finalist, Sipe, who made it into the Top Eight, failed win the top prize.
When the final moment came, the two finalists Tayo and Idris were brought through via limousine and joined host IK on stage waiting to hear who would be crowned this season’s winner, the Big Brother Hotshot.
Idris stood speechless, while Tayo watched his final video of his 63 days in the house, he shuffled around nervously. After taking the two through their 63-day epic journey in the house, IK had to announce the ultimate winner and there was the 21-year-old “Mr. Loverman” Idris!
Having won the Star Meter gift twice, Sipe, who gave Malawians hope having made it into the finals, told IK that she was a winner not a loser and she was happy she had made it through to the finals.
As winner, Idris said as it is Africa that put him where he was now, he was going to give back the money to Africa. He, however, did not disclose how he intends to reward the continent with his grand prize.
According to the final votes of this season, the housemate with the most number of country votes was Idris who received five country votes from Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The runner-up, Tayo received two country votes from Nigeria and Mozambique. The rest of the finalists received country votes as follows: Macky2 got two country votes from Zambia and Rest of Africa, Nhlanhla also got two country votes from South Africa and Botswana, JJ got one country vote from Zimbabwe, Sipe also got one country vote from Malawi, while Butterphly and Ma’m Bea received zero country votes.
The BBA Hotshots finale was spiced up by performances from the evicted housemates, South Africa’s Unathi and Nigerian celebrated artists D’Banj and M.I, among others. n