Zimbabwe’s representative in the just-ended controversial Big Brother Africa All-Stars reality television show Munyaradzi Chidzonga arrived in Harare yesterday afternoon but his fans, who had thronged the airport to welcome him, did not get a chance to interact with him as he had to be quickly whisked away to meet President Robert Mugabe.
President Mugabe then handed over $300 000, which had been deposited into Chidzonga’s Trust Fund account by Harare business tycoons Phillip Chiyangwa and David Chapfika.
He was also given a miniature Zimbabwean flag with the President’s signature.
This was a dream come true for the BBA star who had expressed his wish to meet the President during his stint in the reality television show, which lasted 91 days.
Addressing a press conference later in the afternoon, Chidzonga, who was accompanied by his wife Adiona Maboreke, said: “If you can dream it, put action to it, you can achieve it. I felt like a baby shaking and sweating in front of the President and the ministers present were laughing at me.”
He added that the President was a pleasant person who had a great sense of humour.
Munya said people should never doubt his sexuality because of his secret, when he told Big Brother he had kissed a guy while acting in a movie.
He said he went into Big Brother to promote his movie Lobola, which will be launched in November at the 7 Arts.
Earlier, soon after disembarking the South African Airways plane, the BBA star was bundled into a maroon Chevrolet and driven to State House.
Hundreds of people thronged Harare International Airport to welcome Chidzonga, who had become an overnight hero following a pledge by Chiyangwa and Chapfika to raise $300 000 for him.
Chidzonga apologised to his fans about what had transpired at the airport, saying it was beyond his control.
The incident at the airport had not gone down well with the fans that had been waiting patiently for his arrival.
Croco Motors, who were supposed to drive Chidzonga from the airport, were apparently not impressed by the turn of events, having made elaborate efforts to make the arrival memorable.
They had brought in a colourful convoy and MultiChoice Zimbabwe had roped in a traditional dance group to be part of the arrival ceremony.
Some of the officials from Croco Motors started pulling off the Chidzonga posters they had stuck on their cars in disappointment.
A strong contender for the $200 000 grand prize during the 91-day show, Chidzonga however missed the prize on the last day under controversial circumstances that saw Nigerian housemate Uti Nwachuku win, much to the chagrin of Chidzonga’s fans across the globe.
Chidzonga had survived eviction a record nine times.