Big Brother Evicts Zimbabwean

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On her return to Harare, Bertha was welcomed with pomp and pageantry by the reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Caroline Marufu

[Africa News Update]


Zimbabwe's contestant on the M-Net reality TV show Big Brother Africa, Bertha Zakeyo is out of the race for the US$100, 000 cash prize after she was evicted last week.

On her return to Harare, Bertha was welcomed with pomp and pageantry by the reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Caroline Marufu, her mother and fans. A traditional music dance group enlivened the event at the Harare International Airport.

"Zimbabwe is not all about doom and gloom. Of course, I came across many questions in terms of Zimbabwe. What’s going in Zimbabwe—and I'm sure you all witnessed my blow-out with Richard on one occasion but I really feel I represented Zimbabwe in that way," Bertha told a scrum of reporters at a city hotel.

She spoke with a great sense of pride about everything Zimbabwean. "I drew the Victoria Falls and my flag. I own that task which I was very proud of because I had done something Zimbabwean. And the whole time I was thinking Zimbabwean and I made my sadza for them. I made muriwo nenyama for them and they really enjoyed it," an excited Bertha said, referring, respectively to Zimbabwe’s delicious meals of staple maize food and vegetable and meat relish. "It was just great having to excel in something as a Zimbabwean."

Zakeyo thinks Kwaku has a great chance of winning BBA with Titiana coming second and Ofunneka third. With a tinge of rivalry, she is believes Maureen will not clinch this coveted cash prize.

Bertha wore a bracelet from Ghanaian contestant, Kwaku with whom she said they had a “friendship with no romantic connections.”  She was surprised that Kwaku had told Big Brother during a private session that the Zimbabwean girl was “throwing herself” onto him.
"Kwaku and I have a real connection. I don't think you can fake that. Even the expressions that I made in the house,  it was not about the game. Kwaku is a very good friend of mine. We shared a lot and I think I respect our relationship and I will protect it," she said.

She is not disappointed about her eviction and says she has “emerged stronger” out having participated in the BBA series.
Last night, Friday Oct 12, Symphony, an up market night club in Harare, hosted an “Eviction Party” for Bertha.

Tsiko is The Black Star News’s Southern Africa correspondent based in Harare.


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