On May the 26th Africa’s favorite reality show Big Brother will launch its 8th season aptly titled, ‘The Chase.’ The show will launch on the 26th of May with 28 contestants from 14 countries competing for 300 000 USD. The show has created many a star, as former housemates such as Ugandan BBA1 housemate Gaetano “Gae” Kagwa, Kenyan born, Nick Wang’ondu and Zimbabwean, Vimbai Mutinhiri have gone on to work in the media despite losing the competition. In addition Big Brother Star Game winner, Nigerian, Uti Nwachukwu, shot to superstardom after winning the competition and is now a successful, TV host, actor and model.
This year as usual speculation was rife on who would be entering the Big Brother house with celebrities such as Khanyi Mbau from South Africa and Nigerian star Iyanya being fan favorites to represent their countries. However the Big Brother team has remained tight lipped about the contestants and surprises in store and as such fans of the show will have to wait for the launch on the 26th of May to meet the new housemates.
A face that is now synonymous with the Big Brother franchise, IK Osakioduwa will once again return as the host for the 2013 show. IK joined Big Brother Africa in 2009 and has won over Africans with his wit and sense of humor. Speaking on the launch of ‘The Chase’ the presenter commented that “Big Brother Africa is a pretty unique show. Every season has its own special moments and features. I’m super excited to be invited back to host the show. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past seasons and I look forward to bringing a fresh and energetic approach to The Chase.”
With the past seasons of Big Brother bringing a lot of drama and issues to the forefront one wonders what tricks ‘Biggy’ has up his sleeves this year, and what entertainment the housemates will provide. Commenting on the new season, M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi said, “Without revealing too much, I can say that AfricaMagic always strives to deliver the best in entertainment and Big Brother Africa remains at the forefront of our plans. We want to give audiences and loyal fans of the show, a truly unforgettable viewing experience once again. This season audiences can expect a show encompassing suspense, emotions, drama, fun, excitement and quite possibly, as we have seen in previous seasons, a little romance.”
The wait will soon be over when the chase for the much coveted prize money begins on the 26th of May. Big Brother Africa will be screened live 24/7 for 91 days on DStv channels 197 and 198.