Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Official Announcement: Big Brother Africa Put On Hold

M-Net has announced that while regional Big Brother shows are being produced, including Big Brother Angola and Big Brother Mzansi, the continental version of the show (Big Brother Africa) is currently on hold.

Big Brother continues to captivate audiences in each market in which it is produced, and the move to regionalise the show allows producers to re-evaluate the direction of the show.

M-Net wish to thank Big Brother Africa fans for their continuous support and assure them that in the future further announcements will be made.
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Update On Big Brother Africa 2015

A reliable source has confirmed to BBAfanclub that Big Brother Africa 2015 has been called off.

News about the cancellation of the show first trickled in from Ghana after the Manager of MultiChoice Ghana, Anne Sackey, told Razz newspaper that they (MultiChoice Ghana) have received notice from M-Net that this year's edition of Big Brother Africa will not be happening.

She explained that M-Net did not give them any reasons as to why the show won't be televised this year, but she personally thinks it's due to sponsorship constraints.

"They didn't give us any reason though, but I think it's mainly because of cash constraints as we all know the show is very expensive to put up," she said.

Anne Sackey continued that since the organizers don't have a constant annual headline sponsor (s) for the show, it becomes difficult sometimes getting sponsors.

"They don't have fixed sponsors for the show. Every year the sponsor changes, sometimes it's Coca­Cola, sometimes MTN and other companies from Ghana have sponsored before," she noted.

However, an insider has told us that other reasons probably contributed to the cancellation too, specifically the logistical difficulties the show faced last season, most especially Visa issues and the house burning down before the season started.

An official statement is expected to be released soon.
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Sunday, July 05, 2015

It's A Baby Boy For Karen Igho!

Big Brother Africa 6 (Amplified) co-winner, Karen Igho Rakos has welcomed a baby boy with her husband, Yaroslav Rakos.

The actress, OAP and new mother, delivered the baby at Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospital in New York City on Saturday, July 4, 2015 - just a day after she wrote a heartfelt letter to the unborn child.
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Karen Writes Open Letter To Unborn Child

Heavily pregnant Big Brother Africa star, Karen Igho Rakos has written an emotional letter to her unborn child. She shared it today morning...along with a photo of her huge baby bump.
A Love Letter To My Unborn Child

I write this letter to my unborn child from the depths of my soul. You've entered my womb and made my life complete and whole. I never thought I would be chosen for such an awesome task. It is a greater blessing than what I ever could ask. I can almost imagine you in my mind. Beautiful, Happy, Bouncing, flashing a smile so kind. Feeling you flutter is a sensation like no other. It does wonders for the joy of this soon-to-be-mother! You create a glow in me I never knew I would see. It is true happiness that sets me on cloud nine manifested deep inside of me! You're my baby, my child, my heart, and my wonder. I pray we create a bond that no one can put asunder. You're a designer's original! A creation from the King! I can hardly wait for you to enter the world and see the joy you bring.

Sweet baby of mine, you're a magnificent gift from above. Living proof of how your father and I have shared our love. I hope you have your father's eyes Then you will go into the world able to look at all things wise. I hope you inherit my ability to plan. With that you will be able to face all things in life as a strong woman or man. I hope you receive from your father his selfless ways. For this the Heavenly Father will bless you, as he did him, all of your days.

I hope you learn from my spirit and let no one take it. Believe me you will need it in life, and many will try to break it. But with that spirit you must have your father's center. With that you will be cautious of any door you enter. I want you to have my curiosity. There's nothing wrong with questions you may blurt! But receive your father's discernment, so you'll know when to let go before getting hurt. Have my big heart; know what emotions are and how to be real. Share your father's strength so you can handle what you feel. Share my sense of humor! Laugh a lot it helps you through life. Share your father's sense of duty. Know how to be serious and take strife. I'm emotional so I tell you it's okay to blubber once and a while like your Mom. But learn to develop what your father has; an excellent sense of calm. Can't wait to see meet you my little king or queen. Love, mom.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Macky2 Weds Longtime Girlfriend Cheelo Haantinga | Photos

Popular Zambian rapper, Mark Mulaza Kaira popularly known as Macky2, MK, DJ Bugar or Flava Boy and longtime sweetheart, Cheelo Haantinga, tied the knot on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at a colorful ceremony in Lusaka.

It was a star studded affair as several renowned music acts and personalities in the entertainment circles pitched up at the event to lend support to the Big Brother Hotshots finalist as he exchanged vows with his beautiful bride, Haantinga.

Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, who was the guest of honour, wished the newly married couple the best in the journey that they have started.

Among people on the high powered performances that came forward include bumbling comic 'Kasaka' of the Mwine Mushi comic strip.

The voluptuous  BBA star Mampi, T-Sean, Afunika and Macky2's brother Chef 187 were all part of the wedding line up.

Conspicuously however, XYZ front-man Slap Dee and his entire crew were missing at the event leading to speculation they did not receive a card or simply didn't turn up for the well organised ceremony which is thought to have cost the Alpha Entertainment CEO several thousands of dollars.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

I Was Not Invited – Pokello's Biological Father

Pokello's biological father was conspicuously absent when Elikem went to pay lobola last week. It has since emerged that Retired Colonel George Nare was not invited to the ceremony.

Eyebrows were raised when none of the Nare clan was present. Yet when a daughter gets married, regardless of the differences between mum and dad, both parents are always involved.

However, Rtd Col Nare was not angry like some fathers would be after he was not invited but maintained his cool saying he was not worried about being snubbed.

He downplayed the issue hinting that he was not one to dance publicly to family politics adding that he wished them the best in their marriage that he also read about in the press.

He said he had since invited the lovebirds for a ceremony that would be held in Bulawayo soon.

"I personally congratulate the two on their union. It is a fact that every family has politics and they should not be ashamed. To me it's not a big deal.

"I am not worried. What we should focus on is that the two are now a couple who love each other dearly and no father can ever dump his child because of such circumstances," Rtd Colonel Nare told Sunday News.

In an interview when the two had just started dating two years ago, Rtd Col Nare refused to meet Elikem saying it was against tradition for him to meet the Ghanaian before he paid lobola.

He said then that he was happy the two had finally united in wonderful harmony, but would only meet Elikem after the bride price has been paid.

"My daughter called me and told me she was coming to Bulawayo with her boyfriend and wanted me to meet him, but I was very frank with her and I told her that it was against our tradition that I meet him before they formalised their marriage. I am happy for her and it is easy for her to be introduced to his family but not otherwise, I can only be able to meet him when they come for official introductions," he said then.

Speculation has is that Pokello is now pregnant, hence the lobola payments. Elikem said he paid $25,000 as the bride price and the two were not in a rush for the white wedding.

Adhering to the Zimbabwean tradition, Elikem said they would only have the wedding six months after the traditional wedding rites.

"Over here they don't rush the white wedding. They give it some time . . . it's six months or a year . . .," he said.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BBA Couple To Have White Wedding In Six Months Time

Ghana's Elikem Kumordzie and Zimbabwe's Pokello Nare, could have their white wedding in Ghana in six months time.

Elikem, who married Pokello on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in an interview on Airtel Entertainment News on Drive Time on Joy FM dropped the hint about the wedding, yesterday evening.

The Big Brother Africa lovebirds had their traditional wedding in Zimbabwe after dating for two years.

Asked when the white wedding will be held, the Ghanaian actor and fashion designer said they are not in a rush but it may take place in about six months to a year.

According to him, in Zimbabwe, the white wedding is held about six months after the traditional marriage. "Over here they don’t rush the white wedding. They give it some time.. it's six months or a year."

Elikem explained that Ghana is likely to be the venue for the white wedding because, "the traditional wedding was here because this is where the lady comes from but otherwise the white wedding should most likely be in Ghana and another reception in Zimbabwe."

Commenting on marriage life, Ghana's best performing Big Brother Africa housemate, revealed "feels no different. Me and Pokello have been together for the past two years or so and had been engaged for a year and any time we are around each other we are basically like a couple I guess."

He said the wedding was "just making it formal now and doing the right thing which is getting married otherwise it's the same friends, same lifestyle. It's just now [there is some] responsibility. It is [important] when it comes to taking good care of your wife."

There were reports that the Ghanaian paid $25,000 as lobola (bride price) for his love, Pokello.

Elikem will neither deny nor confirm the amount but said unlike Ghana, where one buys just some items, the lebola rages from "$15,000 to $30,000 for a labola for a girl like Pokello."

The amount he paid, he added, is "a lot of money trust me. When it is converted into Ghana money.. talk about cars and maybe a mortgage or something.. it was quite a lump sum," adding that for a woman like Pokello the amount was worth it.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I Paid USD25,000 As Bride Price For Pokello – Elikem Reveals

After several speculations about Elikem's marriage to Pokello. Details of what really happened in Zimbabwe over the weekend in the official Polikem union have emerged.

In an exclusive interview with Peacefmonline.com today morning, Elikem Kumordzi 'The Tailor' confirmed that he has indeed gotten married to Pokello Nare. According to Elikem, the very private traditional marriage ceremony took place far away in Zimbabwe on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

"I paid a lot of money and before you pay such money for a lady's hand in marriage you have to be sure she's the one. Otherwise you will be a silly young man throwing a lot of money away. So it feels good to be married to the right woman. It feels amazing. No mistakes or regrets whatsoever", Elikem revealed.

Asked how much he paid as bride price for Pokello, Elikem was a bit reluctant in his response but finally agreed to give Peacefmonline.com those exclusive details, because according to him, people are mentioning wrong figures all over so he wants to use the opportunity to correct that.

"I initially didn't want to make this information public but people are getting figures wrong so I want to correct it. The lobola (Bride price for a traditional marriage in Zimbabwe) was 25,000 US Dollars. A deposit of 20,000 US Dollars was paid on Saturday and the 5,000 US Dollars balance is to be paid by the white wedding".

The Ghanaian actor and fashion designer said, according to Zimbabwean culture, a couple waits for months or even years before their white wedding, so the date for their white wedding is not known yet. He however indicated that the white wedding would take place both in Zimbabwe and Ghana on separate dates.  

The BBA star added that it was humbling to see members of both families come together to witness and bless such a beautiful union. Among those who flew with Elikem from Ghana to Zimbabwe were his mother, his grandmother, his brothers, cousins, his sister, his spiritual father Elder Maxwell and a few close friends. Also in attendance was Ghana's ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Mr. Sylvanus Tamakloe.

The new couple is currently at a secret location spending some quality time together before they head back to Accra.

Elikem met Pokello (now his wife) who was representing Zimbabwe during his time in the Big Brother Africa 2013 house in South Africa and the two have been in love since then. After being together for almost a year, he proposed to his Zimbabwean girlfriend publicly at last year's Ghana Music Awards when they went on stage to present an award.

After their public show of love with that romantic proposal on national television the love birds were hit with a number of scandals including allegations that Elikem was having secret romantic affair with ex-wife of former Black Stars player Odartey Lamtey and there were several rumors that Polikem had separated but they came out to deny on most occasions. Perhaps their marriage would end it all.

By Eugene Osafo-Nkansah / Peacefmonline.com
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Heavily Pregnant Karen Igho Rakos Flaunts Baby Bump

Karen Igho Rakos is pregnant with her first child. The actress and media personality got married to her husband, Yaroslav Rakos, in December 2014.

Karen, who co-won the 6th edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA Amplified), revealed her huge baby bump on Instagram today and wrote:

"You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you."
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Elikem And Pokello Are Now Husband And Wife | Exclusive Photos

After dating for two years, Big Brother Africa stars, Elikem Kumordzie 'The Tailor' and Pokello Nare got married traditionally in Harare over the weekend where Elikem is said to have paid USD16,000 bride price.

Elikem and Pokello's relationship has been topsy-turvy after they met and fell in love on Big Brother Africa season 8 (The Chase) reality show in 2013.

The Ghanaian, who is an actor and a fashion designer, on a number of occasions had been accused of cheating.

The relationship was nearly marred by allegations that Elikem had an affair with the then wife of former Black Stars player, Nii Odartey Lamptey, an allegation he vehemently denied.

But as if that was not enough, the two at one point decided to call it quits after Pokello accused Elikem's ex-flame, Gloria Lamptey, of constantly meddling in their relationship.

Elikem, in spite of his turbulent past, surprised many when he proposed to Pokello at 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Since then, the two have had to renew their passports several times as they are constantly on the road, travelling to visit each other. Prior to the traditional wedding, the two had met each other's parents.

Last weekend's proceedings, which were for the first time in their relationship conducted off television, served as a testament of the lovebirds' commitment to each other.

There are pictures which have gone viral on social media networking sites where Kumordzie's family is captured seated on the floor, negotiating. Pokello and other family members are also seen on the other side sited, following proceedings.

Sources close to the development said after the proceedings at Pokello's family home had been complete, the couple and their families proceeded to celebrate their nuptials at a private function in Harare where they were joined by close friends.

Though she could not be reached for comment, Zimbabwe's Pokello, a businesswoman, socialite and mother of one, dropped a hint of the traditional marriage on Instagram with the post: "And the 2 shall become 1 ❤️" accompanied by their photograph.

Many doubted their relationship saying it wouldn't last because of the long distance, Pokello's s*x tape with Zimbabwean rapper Stunner, her son and their different cultures among many other things.

But, the lovers seem undeterred, weathering the storm with a white wedding on the cards.

It remains to be seen where the two will settle as Pokello has highlighted that she is not much of a fan of staying in Ghana.

"The food is too chilli spiced and the weather is unbearable, it's too hot in Ghana," she has been quoted saying.

Elikem on the other hand does not seem to mind staying in Zimbabwe though he, like his wife, complains about the food there saying it is not spicy as Ghanaians love their food spiced up.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

BBA Season 10: Audition Dates Yet To Be Announced

Aspiring Big Brother Africa housemates will likely suffer for the sins committed by previous housemates, especially those from Big Brother Mzansi as broadcasters and producers of the reality shows — M-Net and Endemol Shine Africa — said they would start monitoring housemates' behaviour closely.

Over the years, housemates have been left to do as they please but squabbles which have led to disqualifications and the recent alleged rape in the BBM House have forced reality show producers to tighten screws by implementing additional measures to safeguard the well-being of reality show contestants.

M-Net this week said it would start monitoring the contestants' alcohol consumption after two housemates — Adams and Bexx were booted out of the show unceremoniously following alleged sexual misconduct early last month after a night of beer binging during their Friday parties.

The Pay TV said although results of Adams and Bexx's investigation suggested that there was nothing amiss, the broadcaster would tighten its screws in order to ensure the safety and well being of all housemates.

"An investigation was carried out by independent law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr from April 6. The investigation didn't reveal clear suggestion that anything was amiss from the events leading up to the incident.

"The incident was escalated after a conversation between housemates. However, from now on, the house will be closely monitored," said M-Net in a statement.

Following the outcome of the investigation, M-Net and Endemol Shine Africa said the new measures would be a mandatory condition for the production of all reality shows.

The conditions will include "on-site content directors who will intervene immediately to address any suspicious conduct, whether on air or not, and then escalate to senior production staff."

"Alcohol consumption will be more closely monitored. Housemates must more frequently be reminded that they're responsible for making their own decisions but if necessary, the producers will intervene proactively. Future productions of the Big Brother shows must include a person solely responsible for risk mitigation and monitoring the on-going well-being of housemates and production teams will receive in-depth legal and ethical training on potential misconduct."

Audition dates for Big Brother Africa season 10 are yet to be announced with the show expected to kick off towards the end of the year.

Last year's BBA edition was won by Tanzania's Idris Sultan while Big Brother Mzansi's second edition was won by Soweto's Ntombi and Ace.

By Melissa Mpofu, The Chronicle
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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Wema Sepetu Confirms She's Dating Luis Munana

Former Miss Tanzania and actress Wema Sepetu is in love with Namibia's Big Brother Hotshots representative, Luis Munana.

Wema officially introduced Luis as her man at the Instagram Party in Dar es Salaam over the weekend. Wema said that Luis is so hot especially when he is shirtless and she doesn't want him to be far from her!

Luis too praised Wema's beauty and said he took a flight from Namibia to Dar es salaam just to see his beautiful woman.

A source told Tanzania's Global Publishers that the two have been sleeping together in the same hotel room for more than two days:

"It is true Luis is dating our sister Wema Sepetu because I witnessed since yesterday, Wema came at this hotel and they later on left together. Even that day after the Instagram Party they came here and slept together again. Besides that, Wema and Luis seem to have been in love for quite sometime now but Luis didn't have a chance to be in Dar," said the source.

Luis has been posting photos with Wema on his social media accounts with romantic captions, he also seems to know Swahili well and Team Wema accepted the news warmly.

Meanwhile, his BBA lover, Mira Miguel has since moved on and is now dating Nigerian dancehall artist, Ketchup.

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