Coming hard on the heels of a successful run last year that saw Zimbabwe joint winners of the ultimate prize which was then $250 000, most will fancy a go at the elusive greenback.
This year the show, called Double Up, promises more of the catfights as people pair up to try and upstage each other in a game of wits and tension that will last 90 days.
This year the purse is $300 000 and the precondition is that for someone to be part of the reality show they must enter with a partner to be admitted as a pair.
In a statement Endemol the producers of the show said: “This year’s edition will see each of the participating countries sending two representatives, but the difference is representatives will know each other prior to the show unlike last year when they only became acquainted when they entered the house.”
Tafadzwa Chinembiri along time BBA fan said: “I think there will a lot of people given that Zimbabwean are confident of doing well given that in the past years we have done well with Munyaradzi Chidzonga and Wendall Parson. I want to give it a go for the fun of it and see where this takes me.”
The housemates will be revealed on May 06 but this year those who will pair up will know each other beforehand making it exciting that the plotting for the others downfall will start well in advance.
The other catch is that despite pairing up it seems only one winner will have the walk of the fame at the end of the show.
MNet Africa managing director Biola Alabi said: “We’ve had positive feedback from BBA fans who love the challenge of entering in pairs. It’s great to see them embrace the change so enthusiastically.”
The show will have representatives from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in order to win.
Last year, Zimbabwe was represented by Vimbai Mutinhiri and Wendall Parson. Nigeria’s Karen Igho and Parson were joint winners and won $200 000 each.
Big Brother Africa has been enchanting viewers for six years now, luring African audiences who crave local content. In the past, television producers have written Africa off as a place not deserving of its own locally-produced entertainment.
But now, reality TV is highlighting the growth of Africa’s middle classes, and forging a new continent-wide identity in the process.
Companies such as MTV and MultiChoice, South Africabased producer of BBAfrica, have recognised the value of entertainment starring African people.
By promoting cross-cultural interaction, these TV shows are helping to bring Africans closer together. BBAfrica groups 26 contestants from 14 sub-Saharan African countries into one house.
Building on the massively successful Western format, the show has enjoyed success promoting musical talent. Last season it featured no less than 20 artists from 11 different countries, who were brought in to perform at parties and evictions.