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Fan or not, there is no doubt that the last episode of Big Brother Africa was a memorable one. Not only did a woman win, but she was from Namibia, a country no one thinks of twice when it comes to the Big Brother Africa franchise.
It was an incredible show and even the host, IK, came in with some serious dance moves – a long-overdue performance.
Although some people thought Nigeria’s Melvin was going to win and I lost a hundred bucks on Ghana’s Elikem, the last person anyone thought would get it was Dillish. Considering that she had been to the eviction axe five times, it was highly unlikely that she would make it out.
• Dillish (Namibia)
We started with self-proclaimed princess Dillish (pictured), who is as rich as any princess could be. Although she won the prize a few days ago, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“On the night it happened, I went to bed at 3am and I was up at 5am. There is just so much out there going on for me to actually let it sink in that I won,” she said.
Apart from winning the $300 000 (R3 million), she also gained a celebrity status that will get her recognised in every country that participated in the competition.
“I didn’t know what I got myself into until I was in it. I had never thought that I would go all the way. I had given myself about three weeks and to my surprise, here we are,” she said.
Anyone who has cared to ask knows that the prize money means a lot to Dillish.
She wants to buy a home where she can live with her siblings.
“I live with my young sister, who only moved in with me a few months ago. I have three little brothers who live with my grandfather and I want to take them to live with me, too. Our parents got divorced and my mom can’t take care of us, so it’s on me to reunite my family,” she said.
Professionally, the winning lady has no idea what she really wants to do, but she will be milking every moment of it all.
“I am open to any deal that comes my way, but I will have to weigh them all up and see which one takes my fancy. I will probably try a bit of modelling and see how far I can go with that,” she said.
• Melvin (Nigeria)
I guess that to many critics, Big Brother Africa is now authentic given that a Nigerian did not win the competition. That said, Melvin was undoubtedly one of the strongest players in the game – and that had nothing to do with where he was from. The man just had a charm that even Boity Thulo could not resist. Still, that did not save him from eviction.
“I was not aware of the support I had out there but I know it now,” said the somewhat shy contestant.
“I am an actor and a model, so I am hoping this experience will open some doors for me when I return home,” he said.
• Elikem (Ghana)
This is where my money was but, in hindsight, the Ghanaian was nowhere close to the top. Hated by many because of his ego, it was no surprise that the first thing he did when he got out was Google himself.
“I realised that no matter what, you will always have haters,” said the man, unperturbed. Instead, he is focusing on his tailoring business and will push his acting ambitions when he gets back to Ghana.
• Cleo (Zambia)
While it seemed that the Zambian beauty would not make through to the end, she came second, which shocked her, too.
“I am humbled that Africa kept me in the competition for that long,” she said.
She and Zimbabwean contestant Hakeem made a good pair, but Cleo said nothing solid about what the future held for them.
“I don’t know where I stand with him. We were good together in the house but now we are in the real world, so I think we will just take each day as it comes,” she said.
Fans should look out for new music, as she will be working on a project with most of the former housemates who are musically inclined.
• Beverly (Nigeria)
The mystery is not only how Dillish won, but how Beverly got this far. Interestingly, she believed she deserved to be in the top five.
“I saw myself going right to the end,” she said. Although she lost out, she will use her newfound fame to try to establish her make-up line and perhaps finish her studies.