Monday, April 06, 2015

Karen Igho Is A Year Older Today & She Looks Pregnant

BBA Amplified winner, Karen Igho Rakos is a year older today. In a post on Instagram to celebrate her birthday, Karen, who got married to Yaroslav Rakos in December 2014 expressed her gratitude to God for allowing her to have good health and a loving husband.

In the picture, she is seen with an unmistaken baby bump protruding, which indicates that she is expecting her first child with husband, Yaroslav.

She wrote;

"Today I am a year older, Normally I would have thrown a party but this year I find myself reflecting back on my life, I have been through a lot but yet I am alive, strong and healthy.I feel complete, I am tempted to say I have it all. I have been blessed with a wonderful,loving and caring husband who loves me for me and the most amazing family.
"Things I thought mattered don't really matter any more, as I grow older the more wiser and mature I get. I never felt this type of happiness with the fame and money. I want to thank my Heavenly Father for his guidance and protection and for seeing me through all the tough times in my life. As I step in to this new chapter of my life I need you oh Lord to lead me every step of the way."
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Photos From The BBA Housemates Party Yesterday

Hosted by Rwanda's Frankie Joe Rukundo, the BBA Reunion party and musical concert went down yesterday (March 27) at Kigali Serena Hotel.

Big Brother Hotshots present included: Arthur Nkusi (Rwanda), Ellah Nantumbwe and Esther Akankwasa (Uganda), Tayo Faniran (Nigeria), Permithias Owoseb (Namibia) and Nhlanhla Nhlapo (South Africa).

Photos by Nkinzingabo Jacques / IGIHE
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tayo, Ellah, Esther & King Kong Land In Kigali Ahead Of BBA Reunion Party

Tayo, Ellah and Esther have also arrived in Kigali for the BBA Housemates party hosted by Frankie, who will also be launching his first Album this Friday at Kigali Serena Hotel.

The trio plus Tayo's friend King Kong arrived today, 26th March 2015 following the arrival of  Permithias and Nhlanhla yesterday.

The Big Brother Hotshots stars are in Rwanda to support Frankie and to explore the beauty of the country of a thousand hills.

Speaking to IGIHE, Tayo was so excited and he said he is in love with Rwandans because of their kind hearts showered with lots of love.

“I love Rwandans and I am happy to be here, I am exepecting to learn a lot from people here and I hope I meet all my friends whom we lived together,” he said.

Miss Uganda 2013/2014 Ellah added that Rwanda is a country she is proud of because of the beauty, cleanness, development and everything in general not forgetting the love of its people.

Entrance fee is 10,000frw and 20,000frw for VIP.

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Permithias And Nhlanhla Arrive In Rwanda

The BBA stars have arrived in Rwanda to support their fellow Hotshot, Frankie Joe who is launching his first album on Friday.

Permithias from Namibia and Nhlanhla from South Africa landed in Kigali, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

The Launch of Frankie's 1st album named 'Alive to Love' is set to take place on 27th March at Kigali Serena Hotel and he is almost done with the preparations of the event.

Speaking to IGIHE as they arrived at the Kigali International Airport, both Permithias and Nhlanhla were excited to land in a country of a thousand hills and were surprised with the love they were shown from Rwandan people.

Permithias said, "The country is clean everywhere as far as I can see, people are so lovely and friendly and I hope I enjoy the rest of my stay in this country".

"After seeing how friendly people are here in Rwanda and the cleanness of the country, I want to enjoy the local foods and learn more about their culture," Nhlanhla added.

The two knew Rwanda as a country of bad history due to the Genocide that broke out in 1994 but they were pleased to see how fast it is growing in development.

Besides Permithias and Nhlanla who have already landed, Tayo, Ellah, Esther and Kidum are expected to arrive today.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

JJ Is Depressed And Suicidal, Cries For Help

BBA Hotshots finalist, Jerome 'JJ' Arab says he is broke, depressed, hates his life and has become suicidal. The Zimbabwean singer, rapper, actor, songwriter and director said he expected his life to change after appearing on the show, but things have gotten worse as there's so much more pressure on him now to make something of his life. JJ says he's just an ordinary unemployed Zimbabwean struggling to make ends meet.

"The truth is that I am broke and going through a rough patch. I am a pedestrian, I didn't win the jackpot and I am probably poorer than I was before BBA," he admitted.

"So many things are piling in my life and it doesn't seem like there is an immediate solution for me. It stressed me so much I had to go for a psychological analysis."

In an interview with Zimbabwean journalist Chipo Sabeta for H-Metro, JJ talks more about his situation. Hear him;


Hi sister, it’s been long and not rosy. Before I say much, people think life on TV is amazing but I want you to tell them that is neither real no rosy.


There is so much I want to do and I am funding everything from my pocket. I am also looking after my granny,my mum and daddy will be coming back for my sister’s wedding and they want my help as well. They are in Zambia. The truth is that I am broke and going through a bad patch.


Of course, everyone , everyone in the country is going through the same challenges but I feel my situation is complex, I am an entertainer and the industry in Zimbabwe is not paying.

I tried everything but nothing came up. I have a Diploma in Media and And television Studies but I have not used that certificate since I obtained it. I tried recording but nothing is paying. SO many things are piling in my life and it doesn’t seem like there is an immediate solution for me. It stressed me so much that I had to go for a psychological analysis.


I was scared to go there for the first time. The first session was intense. The process they give you a book and things to fill out.

I had started losing weight and my friend referred me there to a pyschologist. They must have got me on a bad day and started questioning me on little things. To cut the long story short, they then referred me to South African for rehabilitation.


Today was my final day of counselling. The psychologist asked me how I feel since I have done so much work. I have tried everything at all cost but life has never brought me any good. I am trying music, recording, acting but there is nothing happening.

They were worried. The most stressed people are suicidal. But my handlers thought otherwise. They insist that my situation was normal and it is basically what everyone could be going through.

Its not too serious yet. They said when its gets serious, it gets bad to the extent on self-harm, like cutting myself. They physically checked my body for signs of self harm.

It was not the case with me. That’s why they released me. Today was my final day.


I am an adopted child, my mother gave up on me when I was two weeks old because she could not take care of me since she was only 13 years old. Her name was Natalie Hellen Hussey. I only heard about her death in 2007. I have never met my dad and I don’t know if he is alive or not. I have four sisters from my mother’s side and I have only met three of them. I am told one is in Canada.


My parents are Yasin and geraldine Arab. They took care of me, schooled me and sent me to the UK when I was 17 years old. I have two sisters in my adopted family. They are in Zambia at the moment taking care of my granny.


Things were not rosy in Zimbabwe around 2008 and my parents decided to send us to the United Kingdom. We were going to stay there with my aunty(mum’s sister) but upon arrival, they only accepted my sister. They had no accommodation. My(adopted) sister got a life and she even got married.


I was only 17 and life was difficult. I managed to work formally which I did for nearly a year. I had three jobs then, however upon losing my documents, everything went wrong, I could not afford paying taxes and everything was complicated because I was sleeping in gym backyards, restaurants and hospitals for the better part of my years in the UK.

However I managed to raise money to come back home. Surprisingly the migration official handed me my passport that day.


I think they are the largely attributed to my upbringing. Sometimes I find myself breaking down alone. I can’t face the reality of not knowing my biological parents despite the smooth upbringing my adopted parents gave me until I finished school.


When I left for big brother, I realised it was not everything in life. The fame it brings is not rosy.


I started receiving hate mails and it’s been bad for me. I was accused of a lot of things especially from those who claim that I sabotaged their favourite players. There is a tendency of judging people but the truth is that we are as good as people in the street and I am one of those people who doesn’t pretend.


Pheww. I am not in good shape. My blood pressure is too high and it’s been like that for a month. They insist that I must stay calm but I don’t think it’s right to take them seriously at the moment.


I was an alcoholic. I used to abuse alcohol since I was a teenager and upon my return from UK i then decided to quit for two months before I entered the BBA house. I know what type of a person I become when I get drunk. I easily break down and get depressed.


The industry is full of people who can sell a dream but do nothing to help you or put you on the map. Musically, I am working on some stuff with Bashupi. We have a recorded track schedule for release any day.


Diploma in Media and TV studies.


(laughing) You think I can afford to marry in such a case? Do you really understand what I am going through? I am very single ad I don’t have plans of settling with anyone at the moment. I really need time to recover from what I am going through.


Hatfield. I use a cottage at my uncle’s house and I am staying there for free but I feel like a burden because I am a grown man who should be taking care of himself.


It’s tough, that’s all I can say. I am lucky that I a getting part of my parents’ rent from the Mt Pleasant house but the money is only meant for food.


I can easily be described as a fun, ambitious, happy, loving and warm person but I dislike people who are “full of themselves”.

I don’t lie. I speak the truth and I don’t pretend. I am not ashamed to speak out my condition.


I don’t own a car. The one I used today belongs to my sister because I had appointments because I had appointments with the psychiatrists and you..(laughing) I use public transport.


A friend of mine took me for auditions in 2013 but I only managed to be a fake housemate. I was among si fake housemates on Big Brother Africa. I only got US$1 000 for those two weeks on TV


It feels good but its not what people think it is. It’s also frustrating in the house and there are many challenges.


True probably because I was in the UK for some time and I had nothing on my name in the entertainment circles. Of course it was because of the years in Europe. I was only in Zimbabwe for two years before I tried BBA.


She was my mate and we get along . She is a cool sisters. But after the game, everyone heads home and minds their own business. We talk though, we are cool.


I was among the last group and having spent three months in the house , it’s painful to have nothing to show. I left the house empty handed. Upon my arrival, I had to help my granny pay her medical bills and start life all over again. It was like starting from ZERO.

Besides being called at Multichoice official functions, there is really nothing to show for it. I am a pedestrian, I didn’t win the jackpot and I am probably poor than I was before BBA.

However I enjoyed and learnt more about people’s cultures. It’s a good platform for uniting Africa because it’s a chance that everyone wanted.


I was going to expand my music career onto the international stage, refurbish my parents house and also donate to charity.


I am a writer. I am working on a book to portray my bad traits and how some of them have been haunting me. At times I do menial coaching to sports students at Prince Edward. I was a semi professional rugby player. They don’t pay me but it’s just a way of giving back to the community, that’s my former school.


I love singing, it annoys my family but I believe I will make it. Like I said, I have done a track with BaShupi and its recorded. I am hoping it will be released soon but he is away in Zambia.


I am good at that too but still nothing is coming my way to put food on the table.


Bashupi, Simba TAx, who is a singer and producer, Revarb 7(producer) ad Kelly Rusike.


No, a big NO, I will never go back there. It’s better to struggle from home than in a foreign land. Of course, I still want to to explore countries like America and Canada.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Kevin Explains Why His Family Relocated To Jos

Big Brother Africa season 4 (The Revolution) winner, Kevin Chuwang Pam and Tanzanian wife, Elizabeth Gupta-Pam celebrated four years of blissful marriage recently. They had a low key celebration as a family.

Encomium Weekly had an interview with Kevin on the four years of marriage, fatherhood and why they relocated to Jos.

How does it feel clocking four in marriage?

It doesn’t really feel different, but it really feels good to know you are moving forward.

How will you describe the journey so far?

Interesting.  All of a sudden, my priorities have changed, my movement has changed.  I have a family now. I have to put them into consideration in everything I do.

What have been the challenges?

Trying to balance the life of a family man and career.  It has been quite tasking.

What will you say has sustained your marriage in four years?

God, the grace of God.  He gives us the patience and every other quality you need to succeed in it.

Can you recall how your path and that of your wife crossed?

Everybody can recall for us.  It all started in Big Brother Africa.

How will you describe her?

She is the smartest woman I have ever seen.  She has been through a lot, yet she is standing.  She is a pillar of support, a great helper.  Despite the fact that our culture differs, she has adapted to our culture.  She can cook any traditional soup.  She is really trying.

Can you share some of the challenges the marriage has faced because of the cultural differences?

Yes, there are definitely some challenges.  Some things came as a shock.  At first, the food, soup and some other things.  There were some adaptive features we had to discuss and sort out but things are fine, she is doing quite okay.

How often does she visit Tanzania?

As often as she wants to go, depending on what she is going to do.  She went four months ago.

How did you celebrate your anniversary?

It wasn’t something too big.  We went out, hung out together, had jokes and that was it.

We learnt you had a baby four months ago, how does it feel to be a father again?

It is an awesome feeling.  It comes with this different instinct, a feeling of joy, happiness and relief that the long wait is over.

Can you compare the two experiences?

The first time was mind blowing.  You never had that feeling or experience before.  The first experience was really different.  The second also came with joy but not as much as that first experience.

We also gathered that you have relocated to Jos, why?

I started doing a lot about youth development tagged, Jos Bring It On.  I came to Jos to seek talent. I want to give the youth a chance to express themselves and pursue a career in entertainment.  We also opened a restaurant.  Politics is another reason for relocating.  Politically, we are creating awareness for the youth to change their outlook to life and political matters.  My wife runs the restaurant.  We call it Gupsy Delight.  We sell intercontinental and African dishes.  We have Tanzanian dishes at Gupsy Delight.  The reception was good though, it may take time before we take it to the place of our dream.

If you are invited to Big Brother again, will you honour the call?

It all depends. If what is at stake is worth it, why not?  Then, if I am chanced to go, I will weigh everything first.

What about your wife, will you allow her go?

It depends on her. If she wants to go, is it worthwhile after weighing it.  It is okay.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Big Brother Africa Gave Me This New Life - Pokello

Pokello and Blogger Princess Prom.
In an exclusive interview Princess Prom of AmeboThingz, BBA The Chase's Pokello Nare says she owes the new life she is living right now to the Big Brother Africa experience as well as her fans. Read the extract below;

I got to know Pokello during Big Brother Africa (BBA), who was Pokello before BBA?

Before Big Brother, I was and still a mother, a businesswoman, I was importing shoes from America, London and Brazil. I was a socialite from Zimbabwe. I don't even understand what socialite even mean or why i was a socialite but that's what they use to call me. So, they were familiar with my face before I went for BBA.

Where are you from?

My Father is a Sotho, he's South African and my Mother is Zimbabwean, I was born in Zimbabwe. I speak Shona which is a Zimbabwe language because I was born there. So I'm basically Zimbabwean by birth.

You said you're a mother, how were you able to maintain that as a busy woman? For sure your baby will definitely miss you when you are not around.

Yeah, I know, but I always make sure that when I'm in Zimbabwe, I attend all his soccer matches, athletics and whatever he needs when I'm there, so when I'm outside, he doesn't feel it much.

Is it true you loved sports and use to participate too?

Yes, I love sports and use to participate but not anymore.

So how did you come about the name Queen Of Swagger All Day Everyday?

Well, I came up with the name because I always make an effort to look good everyday with what i wear. So, I decided to call myself the Queen Of Swagger, "All day Everyday" was added after BBA because when I was in the Big Brother house, Elikem always used to say All Day Everyday. So you know, when I came out, I just started saying I'm the Queen of Swagger All Day Everyday. So, that's how that name came about.

So, Pokello was the first female Socialite Co-ordinator back in school?

Yeah, when I was in the Varsity, I was one of the Student Representative Council (SRC). They had an election on who is going to represent the students, and the position I ran for has been previously occupied by men. So when I won, it was the first time it has actually gone to a woman.

Would you say Big Brother brought fame to you?

BBA gave me this new life, I owe this life to the BBA experience and my fans.

If you are given another chance to go back for the BBA competition, would you go?

I would definitely go back, You know it's an experience that is unforgettable and it's something that I feel like I would want to do again. I always feel like I got evicted before my time, I felt like I was the game changer in the house, a lot of drama and controversy was always around me and it made me the centre of attention, I was good for TV, I think I would like to go back one more time.

Recently, you launched your Pink Button Shoes, how did you come about the name and business idea?

Like I said, before BBA, I had my own shoe store, since December 2011, and I've always been importing shoes from England, United State and Brazil. Elikem started giving me this idea that i need to start making my own shoes, designing and branding your own shoes. So, he pushed me into it and I said yeah, that's a good idea, we started doing the research and I knew I had to study shoe designing which I did online, so I did that for a year, I had to go to Italy to do the final exam and I did great

What has been the outcome so far?

We have three designs, the first is "the pointy collection" which I'm wearing now, it's classic and timeless. This is actually my first design. I want to have many colours and name them after all the girls I was with in Big Brother house. At first I was searching and started coming out with names. I thought about Huddah, one of the Housemates from Kenya, I named nude Monroe after her. I called the black one Ada because the black was the first one I lauched, Ada means first and that was Beverly, the Nigerian Housemate's name. I was very creative with some of those names, the Kessy Mint was named after Feza from Tanzania. Red Ria Rogue was named after Maria.

What was the response you got from the former Housemates when they got to know about their names and your shoes?

The response within the girls has been very good because at the same time, it also makes them remain relevant and people tweet about it online. I've given most of them their pairs, only five of them haven't received theirs. One of them came back and bought four pairs. I made another one that has my name on it, black and gold, then it has my name on the ankle, I made it for evening wears. You really need something with my name on it because that's the way I would love the brand to be many years from now.

You've really achieved so many things, some people will say good things, others will say bad things about you, how have you been able to live with it?

Well, the good thing is that people who watched me on Big Brother appreciate the fact that I am always real, even when I'm upset, even when I'm not happy, I can't pretend and i think people embrace that realness about me. They also appreciate the fact that I'm a hardworking woman, I'm not the type of woman that depends on her man or whatever to achieve something in life, I believe you should be hardworking on your own. And I'm always there for my son, he doesn't even feel the fact that Mummy is a single mum, I always make sure whatever Nathan needs, Nathan gets. I've been a mother from 17years old, so I feel like my whole life, I've been a mother.

Coming back to Elikem, what can you say about him?

He is an amazing man, very understanding, very patient.

Do you still keep in touch with your fellow housemates?

Yes, yes, I still keep in touch with almost everybody.

Lastly, whats your advice to those looking up to you?

I always say, stay true to who you are, it doesn't matter what people say. What's the point of being loved by everybody and you’re going to bed with lies?
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Dillish Purchases A Brand New Car

Big Brother Africa (The Chase) winner, Dillish Matthews, has bought herself a brand new car!

The Namibian shared a photo of her latest purchase on social media and wrote, "Just picked my new baby up! This one is waaaaay faster yasssss! My brand new love! New business, new car new Attitude but still the same Dillish! Life is GOOD THANK YOU JESUS! I've named him Sven these German cars got me bad #WCLT #OneOfThebestWeeksOfMyLife."

Take a closer look at it below...

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