There was a multi-racial crowd of hundreds of fans, music entertainment by a top traditional dance group and a stretch Hummer limousine waiting to add glamour.
Such was the euphoria that gripped Harare International Airport yesterday when Big Brother Amplified co-winner Wendall Parson and fellow Zimbabwean housemate Vimbai Mutinhiri jetted in.
Celebrations started well before the pair’s arrival as Zvido Zvevanhu Dance Group entertained the crowd with their highly energetic dances and models lined up to honour the two.
As soon as the two appeared, proudly holding the national flag, fans went into a frenzy, jostling to catch a glimpse of Wendall in particular, the first Zimbabwean to win the prestigious reality television show.
Speaking to NewsDay after his arrival, Wendall said there was no place like home and the reception he got at the airport was touching.
“South Africa was something else. When it was announced that Luclay had been evicted, things turned nasty as fans started screaming out his nickname saying he was the winner,” said Wendall.
After emotionally waving to the cheering crowd, the pair was then transported in an open safari Truck, behind the Hummer inscribed Wendall – BBA Winner!
The entourage proceeded to make a tour of the city, bringing business to a halt as they passed.
Today, President Robert Mugabe is set to host a reception for the two, in recognition of their sterling achievement.
Also set to be honoured is Zimbabwean athlete Steven Muzhingi, who in May won the gruelling Comrades Marathon in South Africa a record three times.
For coming out joint winner, together with Nigerian Karen Igho, Wendall pocketed a whopping $200 000.