BBA: A new journey begins


Mnet, organisers of the continent’s attention-grabbing reality television powerhouse Big Brother Africa (BBA), have urged viewers and aspiring housemates to gear for BBA 7 which will be hitting DStv screens in May.

This will be the seventh season of the reality show after BBA 1, BBA 2, BBA 3, Big Brother Allstars, Big Brother Revolution and the recent Big Brother Amplified which saw Zimbabwe’s Wendall Parson and Nigeria’s Karen Igho walking away with $200 000 each.

Entry for the new season is expected to be open to the public this month. Coca-Cola remains the main sponsor of the show.

“We are announcing the new season very early so people interested in participating can consider taking part in this incredible journey. That decision is the first step on a road that may well lead right to the Big Brother house,” said Mnet Africa managing director Biola Alabi.

According to series executives, viewers can once again get set for drama, action and entertainment with twists and turns galore from the reality TV powerhouse that continues to draw widespread audience interaction and some of the most entertaining personalities on African television.

Alabi added: “This show is definitely a high-demand production that draws and entertains audiences from the beginning to the end.

While the basics are the same, every season is different from previous ones. Reinvention is crucial and I can confirm this year we are doing something that has never been done before in the history of Big Brother Africa.”

Mnet said the entry criteria for aspiring housemates had changed and there would be only one winner as compared to last year’s edition which had two winners.

BBA is a television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world, but continuously monitored by television cameras.

Each series lasts for around three months (91 days) and there are usually 12 participants drawn from different countries in Africa. The housemates compete for a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.

Over the years Zimbabwe has been represented by Tapuwa Mhere, Bertha Zakeyo, Munya Chidzonga, Itai Makumbe, Kristal Culverwell, Vimbai Mutinhiri and Wendall Parson. Parson was the first Zimbabwean to win the show.

Big Brother Africa is produced for Mnet by Endemol South Africa and is screened live throughout the show in 47 African countries on DStv.