It is only 19 days to go before the sixth season of Big Brother Africa (BBA) show, which has been christened Big Brother Amplified, kicks off and anticipation is high among fans across the continent.
Since housemates’ identities remain under wraps as usual, Zimbabwean fans have been speculative and some popular names have been mentioned in the grapevine as our possible representatives.
But the truth is that most local fans are anxiously waiting for the kick-off of the show so that they find out who will be attempting the onerous task of emulating Munya Chidzonga or doing even better.
Munya represented the country in the BB house last year and settled for second position. The live show which will kick off on DStv channel 198 on May 1, will run for 91 days and will be broadcast 24 hours a day.
The 14 housemates drawn from 14 countries namely Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, will be eyeing a dream grand prize of $ 200 000.
Created and produced for M-Net by Endemol South Africa, the series will once again be hosted by charismatic IK Osakioduwa, who has been at the heart of the action since he joined the show two seasons ago.
Also, a brand new house is under construction.
M-Net Africa managing director Biola Alabi said the sixth season of Africa’s biggest reality show will include more drama.
“This year’s edition of Big Brother will have more drama, emotions, excitement and suspense which have made the series a firm fan favourite. All this is going to be amplified,” said Alabi.
She added: “By definition amplified means to increase the volume, to make louder, to make more powerful.
And that’s exactly what we want to do with season six. We want to take the elements that audiences find so fantastic and present them in a refreshing new way while adding big surprises and entertaining twists.”
Alabi said the term amplified fits perfectly as it is a well-known pop culture term and Big Brother has definitely become a pop culture success.
With a dramatic new eye, etched in a carbon fibre background with an edgy, futuristic feeling and with a sophisticated polished reflective finish, the newly unveiled show logo sets the scene for a bold new season.
“We received an unprecedented amount of entries this year, it’s been truly phenomenal, with almost 7 000 written entries received from across the continent and countless more people attending the ‘last chance’ open auditions,” said Alabi.
She added that they had seen people from all walks of life from very different backgrounds with completely different aspirations going for the auditions.