Big Brother Africa
|Big Brother Africa|
|Country of origin||South Africa|
|No. of series||8|
|Location(s)||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Original channel||Various, mainly M-Net, AfricaMagic Entertainment|
|Original run||2003, 2007 – present|
|, http://www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother Website|
Big Brother Africa is the African version of the Big Brother reality game show. The show initially involved 12 countries within Africa (Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe) with two countries (Ethiopia and Mozambique) being added in season 4 and two other countries (Liberia and Sierra Leone) being added in season 7. Each country provides a contestant living in an isolated house while trying to avoid being evicted by viewers and ultimately winning a large cash prize at the end of the show. The show is co-produced by Endemol South Africa.
Big Brother Africa 1
The first season of Big Brother Africa, featuring 12 housemates from 12 different African countries, premiered to audiences in 42 African countries on Sunday May 25, 2003, and ended on September 7 of the same year, lasting 106 days. It was the first time in the world that the internationally famous program will be created using participants of different nationalities from one continent. Mark Pilgrim was the host.
Big Brother Africa 2
The second season of Big Brother Africa, featuring 12 housemates from 12 different African countries, premiered August 5, 2007, and ended on November 11 of the same year, lasting 98 days. The show returned from its four year hiatus, with a brand new host, KB Ngakane.
Big Brother Africa 3
The third season of Big Brother Africa, featured 12 housemates from 12 different African countries, premiered August 24, 2008, and ended on November 23 of the same year, lasting 91 days. KB returned as host.
Big Brother Africa 4: The Revolution
The fourth season of Big Brother Africa, featured 25 housemates from 14 different African countries. The season premiered September 6, 2009, and ended on December 6 of the same year, lasting 91 days. This year, Ikponmwosa "IK" Osakioduwa took over as the new host.It was the first season featuring more than 12 contestants. It was also the first time 14 countries participated.
Big Brother Africa 5: All-Stars
Big Brother Africa 5 started on July 18, 2010, and ran for 91 days until October 17, 2010. This was an all-star series which featured 14 former Big Brother Africa contestants. For the second time, IK was the host. The winner was Uti Nwachukwu
Big Brother Africa 6: Amplified
The sixth season of Big Brother Africa, tagged "Amplified" ran for 91 days from May 1, 2011 to 31 July the same year. Bringing together 26 housemates from 14 different African countries, M-Net co-partnered with Cocacola for the series. IK returned as host. This season is the first ever series of Big Brother in the world to have 2 winners; Karen from Nigeria and Wendall Robert Parson from Zimbabwe. One of the notable housemates in this season was Zimbabwean actress, model and TV personality, Vimbai Mutinhiri.
Big Brother Africa 7: StarGame!
The seventh season of Big Brother Africa premiered to viewers in 47 African countries on Sunday 6 May 2012 and ran for 91 days until 5 August 2012. Live performances were made by American rapper J. Cole during the opening ceremony. The show was once again headline sponsored by Coca Cola and hosted by IK.
This season, the cash prize was raised to US$ 300,000. A new rule called Double-Up was introduced to the show. This means that entrants partnered with other people to enter as a pair.
Liberia and Sierra Leone were represented in the house for the first time ever, while Ethiopia was not represented this time round and contestants from Mozambique were expected to take on a new role that was not announced, the idea was dropped and replaced with seven celebrity housemates making it a Stargame themed series.
This season featured a record breaker, for the first time ever in the worldwide history of big brother, 35 housemates went into the big brother house on launch night. From 14 African countries the 35 contestants constituted 14 pairs called BBFs(Big Brother Friends) and seven VIP celebrity housemates.
Keagan Pietersen from South Africa was crowned the winner of the $300 000 cash prize on 5 August 2012 during the 2 hours 20 minutes finale.
Big Brother Africa 8: The Chase
The eighth season of Big Brother Africa airs in 2013 titled The Chase. M-net's AfricaMagic confirmed the return of the series on 18 December 2012. The season premieres Sunday 26 May 2013 with 28 housemates from 14 African countries and will last for 91 days ending on Sunday 25 August 2013. Ethiopia returned as the fourteenth participating country in the show, replacing Liberia. IK returned as host of the series.
Airtel took over the role of headline sponsor becoming the official sponsor of Big Brother The Chase. Once again 2 houses are featured on BBA The Chase, "Diamonds" and "Rubies".
Seasons and winners
|Big Brother Africa 1||2003||Cherise Makubale|| Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia,
Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
|Big Brother Africa 2||2007||Richard Dyle Bezuidenhout|
|Big Brother Africa 3||2008||Ricardo Venancio|
|Big Brother Africa 4||2009||Kevin Chuwang||Ethiopia, Mozambique|
|Big Brother Africa All-Stars||2010||Uti Nwachukwu|
|Big Brother Africa 6||2011|| Karen Igho
|Big Brother Africa 7||2012||Keagan Petersen||Liberia, Sierra Leone|
|Big Brother Africa 8||2013||Dillish Matheus|
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