After 63 days of living in a confined house, Tanzania’s Idris has emerged winner of this year’s Big Brother Africa (Hotshots) reality show.
He amassed the highest number of votes to beat seven other finalists, JJ (Zimbabwe), Tayo (Nigeria), Butterphly (Zimbabwe), Macky2 (Zambia), Sipe (Malawi), Nhlanhla (South Africa) and Ghana’s M’am Bea to the title.
Idris thus wins the jackpot prize of $300,000 and the title as winner of the shortest season of the reality show with featured 26 housemates.
The finale night kicked off with an impressive performance from some evicted housemates of this season’s show. After a recap of the final week and exciting moments of this year’s show, and also the housemates presenting their last task extravaganza performance, host of the show, IK got down to business.
Butterphly and M’am Bea saw their hopes of winning the money dashed as they became the first two of the final eight housemates to be evicted. M’am Bea’s eviction meant that Ghana has to again wait for another year to see if her dream of winning the reality show for the first time will ever come to pass.
Last year, Elikem Kumordzie became the first Ghanaian to reach the reality show’s finale. He emerged third in the Big Brother Africa (The Chase) reality show.
M’am Bea: I have done so well
Ghana’s two representatives – Kacey Moore and M’am Bea – for this season’s show were selected to represent the country through a special audition in South Africa. Organizers, Endemol selected representatives for Ghana in South Africa due to challenges with visa acquisition by the four Ghanaians selected in the Accra auditions.
The decision to select the Ghanaian candidates from South Africa generated a huge public debate with many concluding that the country’s representative will not be Ghanaian enough.
But making it to finale, M’am Bea, in spite of losing out on the grand prize believes that she has done very well.
The 25-year-old Ghanaian fashion designer told IK after her eviction that: “I think I have done so well. One thing I can say is I thank God for bringing me this far.”
M’am Bea was known as the mother of the house for her tender caring love and her passion for cooking. This, she said is due to the fact that, she has “a caring heart” a trait she picked from her mother.
Housemates JJ, Sipe, Nhlanhla and Macky2 were evicted subsequently leaving Tanzania’s Idris and Nigeria’s Tayo having their eyes on the grand prize.
After those evictions, Tayo and Idris were asked to report to the Diary Room where Big Brother, in a bid to calm their nerves, had a chit-chat with them and wished them well.
In the midst of fireworks, the two remaining housemates were rushed to evictions stage in a stretch limo. When they appeared on stage, Tayo disclosed that if he emerges winner, he will use the money to pay his tithe and also pay the bride price of the woman in his life.
Idris, on the other hand said if he wins the money, “ I will give it back to Africa, since the money came from Africa,”
After a few nerve-racking moments, IK declared Idris as the winner of this season’s show and as soon as that declaration was made, other housemates rushed to hug and congratulate him.
A very elated Idris simply told IK “I’m exhausted. It’s been a long way.”
The finale also witnessed exciting performances from Nigeria D’banj, who led ONE Africa ambassadors to perform ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’, Unathi Msengana, and M.I.