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Africa News Update


M-Net’s Big Brother Africa 2, promises to bring out at much controversy as Big Brother 1 did, four years ago.

Although the first show, which aired in 46 African countries, proved popular with viewers, politicians and religious leaders were angered by some steamy scenes.

In Malawi it was pulled off air after it was deemed immoral, but the High Court overturned the ban. Former Namibian President Sam Nujoma called on the country's NBC channel to stop airing the program, saying it encouraged immorality. But the channel resisted calls for a ban at the time. In Zambia, a group of churches demanded Big Brother to be pulled from air calling on the government to stop the broadcasts.

This time, Africa awaits the drama, the controversies and emotions that goes with Big Brother Africa 2. Viewers of Big Brother Africa II can catch the drama, emotions and excitement of the 98-day reality series on DStv. The reality show, which is running its second edition, was originally aired in 2003.

This African version of the reality TV show is proving to be one of the most popular programs based on what is now referred to as unscripted drama.

"This show defined the term 'popular demand' for us. From the minute Cherise Makubale won the first series, fans have asked when Big Brother Africa would return. So we're thrilled to announce season two," M-Net's operations director for Africa south of the Sahara, Joseph Hundah said. "Now it's our turn to ask Big Brother fans one simple question. What are you waiting for? Start entering!"

Twelve contestants from 12 countries are participating in this 98-day lock-in program, which is being filmed on location in South Africa and produced by Endemol SA. The long-awaited reality show kicked off on August 5 amid pomp and fanfare, with a celebrity welcome for the 12 housemates.

Contestants from Ghana, Uganda Tanzania, Kenya, Angola, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Zambia are vying for the US$100 000 grand prize.

The participants will be evicted every Sunday with the viewers nominating which housemate is to leave.  In 2003, M-Net made history in Africa by running the first edition of Big Brother Africa which kept people from the continent glued to the television watching the first set of the 12 housemates from 12 countries.

Emotions, opinions, cultures and personalities were fused into one as the participants lived, laughed, learned and made loved under one roof for 106 days.

Reality guru Mark Burnett launched the original Survivor series on American television in 2000. Since then, the concept has now spread all over the world. In 2003, Cherise Makubale, a Zambian, won the first pan African version of the TV reality winning the $100,000 prize money.

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


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