BBA: Hakeem lost focus

MUNYARADZI Hakeem Mandaza became the 12th housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother Africa: The Chase Diamond’s House on Sunday evening.

Report by Melissa Mpofu

He was evicted together with Malawi’s Fatima who received one country vote, while he had no vote.

Hakeem was visibly shocked when the show’s host, IK, announced that he had been evicted.

But, for close followers of the show, Hakeem’s departure was no surprise because he seemed to have lost the plot somehow during his stay in the house and lost viewers’ votes along the way.

During his first nomination in the second week of the game, Hakeem received six popularity country votes to save him and it seemed like he was Africa’s favourite considering that he had the highest votes compared to other nominated housemates.

Weeks later, his votes plummeted to zero, showing how unpopular he now was among the show’s viewers.

Whoever said women have been many men’s downfall was right because Hakeem’s love, Cleo (Zambia), somehow contributed to his early eviction.

During the first weeks of the show, viewers loved Hakeem as he was good-looking, sweet, caring and generally seemed like an interesting fellow.

He got close to Cleo and the two were in some kind of a romantic relationship.

This was taken well by the show’s viewers who flooded the shows television straps with messages of praise for the relationship.

But, Hakeem changed drastically the day Cleo was separated from him when Head of House sent Hakeem to the Diamond’s House leaving Cleo in the Rubies’.

She did not seem moved by the change, while Hakeem behaved as if the world had come to an end.

Diamonds’ housemates welcomed Hakeem to the new home and tried interacting with him, but he did not budge as he kept preaching the “gospel of Cleo”.

This is when he became a bore to watch because all he ever spoke of was Cleo while Cleo never spoke of him much.

He was vulnerable as Diamonds’ housemates constantly nominated him for eviction because they wanted to play the game with Hakeem, but he chose to only play with Cleo.

Weeks later, he was re-united with Cleo, but he was frustrated after discovering that Cleo had been given an opportunity to re-unite with him earlier, but refused saying she wanted to concentrate more on the game.

She was right, but Hakeem would not understand and started backstabbing Cleo, talking negatively about her to other housemates.

Their relationship was never the same again although the two tried to mend things as Cleo constantly reminded him that they needed to focus more on the game.

Also, Hakeem lost some support when he openly confessed that he would never be friends with Pokello because the two were from different classes.

On the other hand, Pokello told Big Brother that she cared for Hakeem and took him as a younger brother.

Unfortunately for Hakeem, his chase in the house eventually came to an end on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, he was up for eviction and was saved by his lover’s country Zambia who voted for him while Zimbabwe voted for Pokello.

This week unfortunately, his lover, Cleo, was also up for eviction and Zambia voted for her, and again Zimbabwe voted for Pokello leaving Hakeem with no vote.

As they say, charity begins at home, if Hakeem had at least received a vote from his country, he might have survived on Sunday, but unfortunately, that golden vote went to Pokello who bagged four country votes.

Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe voted to save Pokello and as usual, she had the highest popularity votes as compared to other housemates.

But, compared to last year’s Zimbabwean representatives who fought, Hakeem represented the country well because he always had Pokello’s back as his home girl because he always told her each time people gossiped about her and would confront those who spoke badly about her.

He also loved Cleo dearly, but probably his romantic game plan was not what this year’s BBA viewers were looking for.

Pokello, on the other hand, was hurt when she learnt of Hakeem’s eviction on Sunday, saying the only person she could call a friend and trust had gone.

Hakeem is expected back home tomorrow at midday.

Meanwhile, chances are high that Pokello will be up for eviction this week as she received the most number of nominations for eviction.

The game continues with 16 housemates, 47 days and eight countries left in The Chase for the
$300 000 prize money.


  1. i thnk he did the best he culd,pluz i thnk his childish behavior also contributed greatly 2 his downfall.

    1. gee-u ngubane

      Hakeem was very true to himself. He really loved Cleo and was confused by those jealous ppl who gossiped and meddled n their affair. He I a humble , loving, beautiful soul. He didn’t play any grls and even those who tried to corner him failed. No matter what he will always be the most handsome BBA mate EVER!! Perfect species.

      1. dude…are we toking about the same Hakeem

  2. Vote for ZANU, Hakeem….

  3. Reggy Muchenj

    Come home and vote for Mawanbo shasha… Zve three hundred thousand dollars zvaramba.

  4. Come back home and sing Nora. Kwasara chikadzi ichi, kwahi Pokino, Pinokio, hamheno ikoko………….KKkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

    1. is this supposed to be funny?

      1. yes it is funny.

  5. Hakeem was TOO childish.He acted like he never had a girl in his life.i was so dissapointed in him. At first i liked him a lot but his behaviour was SHOCKING.however its not the end of the world,get up ,dust yourself and move on young man.

  6. Its a game u win sme u lose plus mfana wacho ainyanya kuzvitemba, thts why he was shockd wth e evction. Stil huya tivhotere mdhara wedu

  7. Gusheshe stop showin us yo emotions, munhu ngaasekwe, kana waidawo 300 thaza manje ma1. Chimwana chidiki chkomana hakeem. Kuda kutiitira zveumwana isu chembere. Women women women, wokanganwa zvemari. Shame

    1. inga ndabvuma wani kuti hakeem was too childish.zvaitosvodesa zvaaiita.kutokangamwa zvaakavingira sika sika nemadhirezi.ochemedzwa pamusoro pazvo.iwo makuhwa.Hakeem is an overgrown baby.period.

  8. tuff……

  9. it was only a game after all. Give the guy some credit. He might have missed on the 300k, but he scored on Cleo. The girl is hot.

    1. ngatisnyeperane kuti its only a game ,pane mari apa,,300k..!

  10. ngatisnyeperane kuti its only a game ,pane mari apa,,300k..!

  11. what ever makes you SMILE always make you CRY remember that young man, btter luck next time

  12. what ever makes you SMILE always make you CRY remember that young man, better luck next time

  13. the guy was jus a bore….period!! go home baba

  14. Bolt messed up in bba,but his Country Welcome $ Recieved him with lov,what wrong
    did Hakeem do,he never had sex nor fight,Zim for once show lov to ur rep,He represented one is perfect lov can make u do things u never expected to do unless u have
    never been in lov bf

  15. hakeeem idhara

  16. hakeem ws childish and mst of ol his strategy ws 4 Poky to leave 1st so that Africa wld vote for hm,bt tht didnt work,besides being childish and acting lyk he’s never seen a gal b4,nemakuhwa,the list is endless

  17. MaZimbo munoshamisa imi.Wamurikuda kuti ahwine wacho mutsvene ndiyani? Indava kungotaridza ruvengo rwakadaro. MuBBA makazara tunhubu turikumiririrwa nenyika dzatyo memo muchituvhotera futi kungwara ikoko.Benzi nderako kudzana ndiwe unopururudza. Why being so negative about your reps while others forget abt the wrongs of their reps and rally behind them.

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