Father to Zimbabwe’s Big Brother Africa All Stars representative Munyaradzi Chidzonga believes the record consecutive nominations that his son has faced have strengthened him.
Edwin Chidzonga is, however, cautious and wants to avoid the air of arrogance and over-confidence as the Big Brother game was far from ending.
There is still a month before one of the 14 ambitious housemates walks away with the grand prize of $200 000.
“I think the consecutive nominations and evictions have strengthened my son,” said Chidzonga.
He expressed gratitude to Zimbabweans for the support they had shown for him as reflected by the votes.
Munya has been lucky as Zimbabwe has thrown its weight behind him all the way, unlike other housemates – such as Ethiopia’s Yacob – whose countries voted them out.
Lerato from South Africa had her country splitting her votes which also might have led to her downfall. Chidzonga said he was pleased by his son’s change of attitude saying this was a good move which would bring him closer to the grand prize.
“It is a pity I cannot communicate with Munya but I am glad that he is saying the right things these days,” said Chidzonga.
In August, however, Munya courted the ire of his fans when he lashed out at MultiChoice Zimbabwe claiming that they did not give him a celebrity status after he left BBA 3.
As if that was not enough, he went on to shout at his fans and Africa saying, “F***k Africa, f***k Big Brother, f***k everything, I want to go home.”
But with BBA there is no formula, it seemed as if the more he hit out at Africa, the more they voted for him to stay in the house.
Other countries who had their housemates put up for eviction against Munya tried using Munya’s stinking attitude as a way of saving their housemates but it did not work, as all the housemates exited the house one by one and watched Munya dodge the bullet.
Twenty-four-hour viewers of the show would also agree that the barn is now a better place to be, with characters such as Tatiana and Lerato providing live entertainment.
At least Munya, who is now known as the proverbial cat with nine lives, is off the ropes this week but he probably thinks he is up for eviction as the housemates have continuously put him up.
The BBA action continues live 24/7 on DStv Channel 198, with edited highlights showing every day of the week on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and later on AfricaMagic (DStv Channel 114).
Meanwhile, BBA fans in Zimbabwe have been spoiled by MultiChoice as two BBA fan lounges are currently running in Harare and Bulawayo.
The two fan lounges have been received well by the public, especially those from Bulawayo as this is the first time MultiChoice has launched such a fan club in Bulawayo.
Fans have been urged by MultiChoice Zimbabwe public relations manager Elizabeth Dziva to be part of any of the fan lounges and share the excitement with other fans.
The Bulawayo fan lounge runs every Sunday at Walkers Pub and Restaurant while the Harare one is being run at the Liquid Lounge, which is situated at Rhodesville Shopping Centre.