Munyaradzi Chidzonga, who represented Zimbabwe in the Big Brother Africa All-Stars (BBA) reality show last year, has dismissed allegations that he is involved in politics, saying people should view him as a “statesman”.
Speaking during in an episode of M-Net’s Big Brother Africa: The Journey show which was broadcast on Tuesday, Munya said doing business and moving around with top government officials did not make him a politician.
“I must say I am not a politician and would rather call myself a statesman as I love my country and will do anything which assists its development,” said the “Diamond boy”, as Munya is affectionately known.
During the programme, he was asked if he thought it was fair for the Zimbabwe government to give $300 000 to a loser but he cunningly avoided the question, saying he did not get the money from government but from a consortium of businessmen who felt he deserved the honour.
Munya revealed that he has become very busy after leaving the BBA house since he has to attend various meetings and functions on numerous occasions.
The winner of BBA, Uti Nwachukwu of Nigeria who was also on the programme, bragged about his success, saying his life has been good as he has been getting paid to sit and drink champagne.
“I have not spent a single cent from the $200 000 that I received when I won BBA. Instead, I just get paid to sit, drink champagne and hug people,” said Uti.
Asked how he felt about people saying he did not deserve to win, Uti said God was the only person who could judge him.
“God is the only person who can judge and say who deserves or doesn’t. If he says it is your time to win and succeed, then let it be.”
Big Brother Africa: The Journey featured the top five housemates from BBA , namely Munya, Uti, Lorato Sengadi from South Africa, Mwisho Mwampamba of Tanzania, and Kenya’s Sheila Kwamboka.
They all took this platform to give incoming housemates a few tips on the game.
Lerato and Sheila said housemates should be true to themselves and go for the challenge.
Munya jokingly urged the housemates to believe in themselves and hope to receive money from businessmen after not winning.
Mwisho said the only way to win was to be a Nigerian and Uti said they should stick to one formula.
“You should stick to your game plan, you should choose if you want to fake it or be real and stick to that the whole way,” said Uti.
The show was undoubtedly a big treat for BBA fans as M-Net gave them a chance to reunite with their five favourite housemates.
Nigeria’s IK Osakioduwa who was the BBA presenter also anchored this special reunion show.
He visited each of the five housemates in their home countries to see what they had been doing since the show ended, and how their lives had changed since their appearance on BBA5.
The show also saw the housemates joining IK in a studio in Johannesburg to talk about their future plans.