By SAM PHIRI –
With the announcement of the ninth edition of Africa’s biggest reality series BIG BROTHER AFRICA kicking off in September, fans are already asking… who will the new housemates be? Who will find their names and their faces gracing newspapers? Though the biggest of all questions remain: When are the auditions?
No more question, the audition dates and venue for this most watched reality show is set! Lusaka’s Hotel InterContinental it is! Only 4th and 5th of July, 2014.
Now, unlike previous years, this year’s entry process is slightly different as potential housemates are invited to come in their numbers for auditions in their respective country venues.
MultiChoice Zambia acting public relations manager, Mumbi Mutale makes it clear that the major difference is that this year’s auditions will have pre-audition forms.
Mumbi says it is yet another exciting moment where Zambians will stand a chance of wining a life-changing US$ 300,000 or even simply transforming their lives completely after the Big Brother experience.
“There has been a wind of winning in Zambia of late; talk of the Disney exotic trip to Paris for a family of four, the Zone Fam, AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Award, and many more. So I strongly believe Zambia stands a great chance of winning this year, just look at how popular Sulu was and how close Cleo was from grabbing the US$300,000, ” he says.
AfricaMagic has always been associated with unearthing, nurturing and recognising talent from around the continent; and Big Brother Africa is one of the shows that have become known for transforming ordinary citizens into stars.
“We are very grateful and remain pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response that the show has been receiving over the years.
We look forward to the selection of our potential housemates coming in large numbers to auditions at the specified venues and take that chance at being the next Big Brother star,” says M-Net Africa Regional Director (West Africa) Wangi Wa-Uzoukwu.
He says fact the that the fans truly adore the show is all the motivation needed to keep it fresh and that is always made possible by the enthusiastic and fun-loving young Africans who will answer to Big Brother.
“We are rearing to go and we know that this will definitely be another exciting season that is full of quality entertainment!” she adds.
Her sentiments are echoed by Endemol MD Sivan Pillay who says, “We have been producing this series for M-Net for a number of seasons now and as partners, together we have seen this show grow to the phenomenon that it has become.
We hope the season will be even better as we strive to improve on our offering season after season. We will not hold back on the quality and exciting unpredictability that has become synonymous with Big Brother Africa. Audiences and fans can expect yet another high quality production and of course, another group of fun-loving housemates who will keep you guessing on who will be left standing come day 91.”
MultiChoice Africa CEO Nico Meyer says: “As MultiChoice Africa we are always pleased to welcome each new season of Big Brother Africa onto our platforms and we applaud its amazing success and ability to bring together audiences from all across the continent.
The inclusion of Rwanda in this season is even more exciting as this displays that our reach and growth into the various sub-Saharan markets is going from strength to strength. We look forward to seeing further growth as well as the impressive social media presence that the show enjoys.”
All persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and have a valid passport, can enter Big Brother Africa 9. If you are open-minded, bold and adventurous, that’s even better! Previous editions of Big Brother Africa have boasted huge cash prizes for winners and this it is no different as the prize money is USD300,000.
Remember, entries are open to the following 14 countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
BIG BROTHER AFRICA 9 will be screened live 24/7 on DStv channels 197 and 198 while GOtv audiences will see highlights of the show, which begins on Sunday September 7 and is scheduled to run for 91 days. Big Brother Africa is produced by ENDEMOL SA.