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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

PICS & BIO: MEET BIG BROTHER AFRICA'S STARGAME CONTESTANTS!

IT'S ON!
On May 6, 2012, the seventh season of the famous Big Brother reality show kicked off in top gear with an opening performance from US rapper J Cole.
Already the housemates have been shared into two different groups - Upville and Downville. The VIPs have been put into the snazzy Upville house while the wannabes are in the not- so- snazzy Downville House.
This year’s Housemates are from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. PICS & BIO OF CONTESTANTS HERE


SEYDOU
Age: 26
Country: Angola
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Bio: Entrepreneur Seydou entered Big Brother StarGame ‘for the money and the game as a whole’. He says he is willing to do everything to win the grand prize and says, ‘I am a delivery man – I will make it happen!
ESPERANCA
Age: 24
Country: Angola
Occupation: Model
Bio: Former M-Net Face of Africa Model Search Top 10 Finalist Esperanca loves pizza, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, ‘America’s Next Top Model’, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and horror movies.
EDITH
Age: 30
Country: Botswana
Occupation: Personal Assistant
Bio: Edith, a Personal Assistant from Francistown, entered Big Brother StarGame at the insistence of her friends, who told her she is fun to be around and would make a good Housemate.
EVE
Age: 25
Country: Botswana
Occupation: Marketer
Bio: Eve – sister to partner Edith – has a National Diploma in Marketing Management.
MILDRED
Age: 25
Country: Ghana
Occupation: Musician
Bio: Accra-based Mildred is a musician, with a Professional Certificate and Advanced Qualification in Marketing. She entered Big Brother StarGame to take up the challenge of living with people, learning new cultures and lifestyles, building on her personality and winning the money – plus gaining African recognition. She doesn’t mind having the whole continent watching her as she is a celebrity in Ghana, so she’s used to it.
KEITTA
Age: 22
Country:Ghana
Occupation: Model
Bio: Keitta is a model, who hails from Accra. He was inspired to enter Big Brother StarGame by the challenge of living with different people and cultures.
ALEX
Age: 23
Country: Kenya
Occupation: Student
Bio: Alex is a student from Kiambu, currently studying towards a degree in Computer Science – and he already has a Diploma in Business and Communication Technology under his belt.
MALONZA
Age: 22
Country:Kenya
Occupation: Student
Bio: Malonza is single, enjoys watching Jacob’s Cross, Big Brother and Modern Family and his favourite musicians include Chris Brown, Santi Sol and Camp Mulla. His favourite actor is Johnny Depp and his all-time favourite movies include Real Steel and Tears of the Sun.
YADEL
Age: 22
Country: Liberia
Occupation: Entertainer
Bio: 5’2’ Yadel is living proof that dynamite comes in small packages! She says she’ll do anything – except ungodly things – to win the grand prize on Big Brother StarGame and was inspired to enter by her passion for the show and the opportunity to make her country proud. She is looking forward to competing with Luke.
LUKE
Age: 26
Country: Liberia
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Bio: Luke entered Big Brother StarGame for the glitz, glamour and the impact he hopes it will have on his life. The only thing he’s not willing to do to win the grand prize? ‘Lose it! I’ll have fun all the way and head to the grand prize – and then cling to it,’ he says. He says he already feels like a superstar at the mere prospect of having the continent watching his every move.
NAFE
Age: 22
Country: Malawi
Occupation: Assistant Administrator
Bio: Nafe is an Assistant Administrator from Lilongwe who entered Big Brother StarGame at the insistence of his cousin Wati – who will also be his partner in the game.
WATI
Age: 22
Country: Malawi
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Bio: Wati entered Big Brother StarGame, based on his family and friends’ trust that he can entertain with good, clean fun. He says the change to allow pairs to compete in the game is unfair to the other Housemates, as he and partner Nafe ‘are gonna kill it’.
JUNIA
Age: 23
Country: Namibia
Occupation: Receptionist
Bio: Receptionist and student Junia is from Windhoek and is really looking forward to playing Big Brother StarGame with her friend Jessica. ‘She’s fun and crazy, I like the way we get along and she stands up for herself – I like that,’ she says. She’s looking forward to the partnering aspect of the game because she likes team work and calls the twist ‘an awesome idea’.
JESICA
Age: 21
Country: Namibia
Occupation: Student
Bio: Third-year Human Resources student Jesica says her favourite place in Namibia is Windhoek, because ‘you have a life there – you may go out and mingle as much as you want’.
OLA
Age: 29
Country: Nigeria
Occupation: Interior Designer
Bio: Lagos resident and interior designer Ola Bakare is an impressive 6’9’ tall. His favourite thing about Africa is that the land has been blessed a great deal, while he also enjoys the people and culture. He says his Dad influenced his life the most because ‘he always worked hard for me and wants the best for me – he loves me unconditionally’
CHRIS
Age: 25
Country: Nigeria
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Bio: Fashion designer Chris is single and has a degree in Human Kinetics. He entered Big Brother StarGame because he thinks the House is fun – and he’s a fun-loving person. He hopes to bring his own style to the game and make a great impression. He’s looking forward to partnering with fellow Nigerian Ola because ‘he is one of the funniest individuals I have come across and I think we share the same sense of humour. He’s a crazy guy, trust me!’
LEE
Age: 22
Country: South Africa
Occupation: Student
Bio: Lee is a second year Graphic Design Student from Cape Town. He’ll be playing the game with his lifelong friend Keagan – whom he says was ‘the only one mad enough to say yes’ to taking part in Big Brother StarGame with him. His family is right behind him too – as long as he doesn’t embarrass them! If he wins the grand prize, Lee will give his parents a share for all their troubles, buy an apartment and invest in his future.
KEAGAN
Age: 22
Country: South Africa
Occupation: Intern Manager
Bio: Keagan says his favourite place in South Africa is his hometown – Cape Town – and that the best thing about the continent is ‘the amount of cultures we have and the people that make Africa a better place’. Outside of Cape Town, he says his favourite place in the world is Miami, where he lived for 5 years.
DALPHIN
Age        27
Country: Sierra Leone
Occupatio: Model Booker
Bio: Dalphin is a model booker from Freetown and has a BA degree. She was inspired to enter Big Brother StarGame with her friend Zainab because her friends and model clients have always pushed her to do something on television. She and Zainab have been friends for about 8 years and have been through it all together.
ZANIAB
Age: 26
Country
Sierra Leone
Occupation: Model
Bio: A model from Freetown – now based in Istanbul – Zainab is the youngest of eight sisters and four brothers. Her role models are Naomi Campbell and her mother –’both great women’.
HILDA
Age        28
Country: Tanzania
Occupation: Saleswoman
Bio: Hilda hails from Morogoro and is a saleswoman. She has a son and enjoys the novels of Sydney Sheldon and the book Memoirs of a Geisha. Hilda was inspired to enter Big Brother StarGame by Biggie himself! ‘He seems to be a big challenge in the House and so I thought it would be fun to join him this time around and give him a special challenge. I can’t wait…’ she says. She’s excited by the partnering format of this year’s show as it will be filled with fun and entertainment – plus her partner Julio is her best friend. ‘He is charming, sweet and a very good listener, of course,’ she says.
JULIO
Age        27
Country: Tanzania
Occupation: Manager
Bio: Julio is from Dar es Salaam and works as the Head of VAS, Electronic Channels and Products at a company in the telecommunications industry. With a BComm in Finance and an MBA under his belt, he looks set to be a wily player on Big Brother StarGame! He entered to be on the show because his best friend – Hilda – was the perfect example of the best candidate. Coupled with that, he saw himself as the most complete character because of how he lives his life as a hedonist.
JANNETTE
Age        22
Country: Uganda
Occupation         Dancer
Bio: Her favourite singers are Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Shania Twain and Britney Spears, while her favourite actors are Angelina Jolie, Maggie Q, Denzel Washington and Kiefer Sutherland.
KYLE
Age        24
Country: Uganda
Occupation: Journalist
Bio: Kyle entered Big Brother StarGame because it’s a one-of-a-kind show. ‘I love the way that strangers become the best of friends as the rest of Africa watches,’ he says. ‘It really brings out anybody’s patience levels because there is a lot of money to chase – very intriguing!’
TAMARA
Age        27
Country: Zambia
Occupation:  Musician
Bio: Tamara is a musician, just like her younger sister and Big Brother StarGame partner Talia.  She was inspired to enter Big Brother StarGame by the possibilities: the exposure, chance to meet new people, and above all, the money which she says will change her life
MANETA
Age: 21
Country: Zimbabwe
Occupation: Student
Bio: Bulawayo-born Maneta is a law student who says she is her own role model: ‘I am my own person and I have my own capabilities and I am fearfully and wonderfully made’.
TECLAR
Age: 31
Country: Zimbabwe
Occupation: Actress
Bio: Actress and entrepreneur Teclar is single and currently studying towards her degree.  Her favourite place in Zimbabwe is Inyanga and she says the best thing about Africa is that it’s a beautiful continent full of uncountable opportunities.
DKB
Age: 26
Country: Ghana
Occupation: Comedian
Bio: Comedian, TV presenter, event organizer and talent manager DKB hails from Accra. He entered Big Brother StarGame because it’s a platform for people from different cultures and socialization to meet and bring the best out of themselves. He describes himself as sociable, kind, trustworthy, entertaining and adaptable and promises viewers ‘non-stop entertainment’.
BARBZ
Age: 34
Country: South Africa
Occupation: Model & Events Manager
Bio: Babalwa entered Big Brother StarGame because she loves competing in challenges, both physical and intellectual. The model, events manager and hair salon boss from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape says the fact that she will be pushed to the limit in the house excites her and that she loves winning – ‘losing ain’t for me!’ she says.
PREZZO
Age: 32
Country: Kenya
Occupation: Musician
Bio: Musician Prezzo was inspired to enter Big Brother StarGame because he sees it as a great challenge. He says he is looking forward to being on Africa’s TV screens 24/7 because he loves attention. He hasn’t really seen much of previous seasons of the show and says that if he wins the grand prize, he’ll ‘cross that bridge when we get to it’.
MAMPI
Age: 25
Country: Zambia
Occupation: R&B Singer
Bio: 25 year old Zambian R&B star, Mampi, says that she is looking forward to having Africa’s eyes on her. The ‘Queen Diva’ from Lusaka was inspired to enter Big Brother by her fans. Mampi describes herself as a diva who is spontaneous, unpredictable and sexy, and likes people who are friendly, funny and free-spirited.
LADY MAY
Age: 25
Country: Namibia
Occupation: Musician
Bio: Lady May is an award-winning musician who can’t wait to have Africa’s eyes on her 24/7 on Big Brother StarGame. She sums up what viewers can expect from her in one word: ‘excitement!’. Lady May says she doesn’t let anyone or anything bring her down and loves people who pick themselves up from life’s knocks and never give up.
ROKI
Age: 27
Country: Zimbabwe
Occupation: Musician
Bio: Harare-born Roki is a musician who describes himself as creative, quick, attentive, productive and soft. He has been told that his soft heart will be his downfall, but he reckons ‘it’s just easier to let go of stuff’. He likes caring, hard-working and clever people and dislikes people who are lazy and heartless.
GOLDIE
GOLDIE
Age: 28
Country: Nigeria
Occupation: Musician
Bio: Goldie is a musician and singer from Lagos, Nigeria who is hoping to use her innate generosity, humility, culinary abilities, style and kind heart to win Big Brother StarGame. Promising that viewers can expect ‘never a dull moment’, she hopes to use the game as a learning experience and a personal challenge.

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