Good people, it is that time again Malawi welcomes its rejected son from Big Brother Africa (BBA).
Goodbyes are only tearful when those leaving are good at what they are expected to do.
Yet Malawians have never been so unanimous in celebrating the exit of its BBA envoys as this week when Masuzgo ‘DJ Mallick’ Msiska aka Mr 265 (Oh what a rally of names!) was booted out.
He went into the house silently, lived almost quietly and he would be lucky to stir a gig on his return.
Not that the Times TV personality was not meant to last. Every moment Mr 265 came into the picture, he never ceased making the reality show look overrated, overhyped and overpriced—not worth of the fame and dime.
Remember the day Mr 265 put up a less than lackluster performance along with the little known survivor Sipe from Lilongwe? Ever since, the so-called Malawian hotshot left ‘hot or not’ critics with no doubt that he was just lukewarm after all—a sign that the recruitment team slept on duty during his audition.
It is said chetechete sautsa nyama and I agree there is nothing for nothing. Having seen Mr 265 recoiling into a hushed slumber for weeks, it will be a flattering privilege to see Malawians shed a tear when the tourist from BBA belatedly jets home this week or later.
For all there is, Masuzgo’s return is another testimony that Big Brother’s obsession with media personalities is denying Malawi’s truly talented young minds a worthwhile opportunity to showcase their sterner stuff on the show and win something for the country.
For posterity’s sake, Big Brother has been flirting with FM 101 Power DJs Lomwe, Code and Mr 265, but none of them hit the heights attained by previously unknown Mzamose Chibambo and Hazel Warren who lost the show after somebody decided to toss the coin.
Fortunately, Malawi remains an agricultural country and Mr 265 will be glad to know the rains have just begun. Ulimi wa Big Blaza watilaka, tiyese wa mtayakhasu!