· Discovery of the homicidal housemate and his concealed weapon
Let us take a ride back into the very first days of the 2013 edition of the Big Brother Africa reality TV show titled ‘The Chase’ especially with regards to one of the evicted housemates, Pokello Nare.
Barely a week into the show, she was hit by a nasty ghost from her sexual past, a steamy sex tape.
The sex tape in question was not lengthy in nature. Rather, it was a short clip but it was enough to do collateral damage to Pokello’s personality and moral physique as seen by the viewing public and this soon became a major reference point for her.
The fact that the incident in the sex tape occurred prior to her entry into the Big Brother Africa house, it did little or nothing to quell the spears of condemnation from being hurled at Pokello.
When Pokello was eventually evicted, a good number of viewers especially those on the morally erect side of the fence had expected her country to verbally give her a remorseless pounding.
However, what happened when Pokello returned home to Zimbabwe was a far cry to what some had anticipated.
Pokello was evicted from Big Brother Africa-The Chase but received a hero’s welcome at the Harare International Airport by scores of fans, just like Natasha.
The fans, led by her official support group, ‘Team Pokello’ along with her family and fellow housemate Hakeem, cheered on as Pokello could not help but shed tears as she hugged and shook hands with fans that were clad in ‘Team Pokello’ regalia.
Her 10-year-old son, Gerald who incidentally happens to be one of her biggest fans was also in the crowd and he stood solidly by her until she was whisked away to a hotel in a white stretch Hummer limousine.
In a shocking twist, Nando was evicted from the Big Brother Africa house after being found guilty of concealing a dangerous weapon.
This puts an end to the STD sage in the house between Nando and Selly; both of whom have now been officially evicted from the show.
The STD sage began when Nando openly accused fellow housemate, Selly of infecting him with STDs and it came as a bit of a surprise to viewers when Nando and Selly who were once very intimate suddenly began to avoid each other.
Earlier in the show, while talking to Bimp one-on-one, Nando had disclosed that Selly infected him with what he called 'Chlamydia;' a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), even as this claim is yet to be medically verified.
Nando’s allegations might remain largely unconfirmed but it completely explains the glaring loss of affection between himself and Selly while she was still in the house to a point of keeping each other at arms length.
The drama appears to have taken a new dimension as the Ghanaian evictee and former housemate, Selly has threatened to ensure Nando pays the price for allegedly tarnishing her image before a global audience.
While fielding questions at a recent press conference in Accra, Selly revealed she is presently considering suing Nando for defamation of character.
When asked to comment on Nando's claims that she infected him with an STD, she said, "Actually, my mum has threatened to take Nando on legally, which we have communicated to the BBA producers. Nando and I did not have sexual intercourse; we made out, yes! And that was as far as it went. I am only hearing all these things outside of the house because I didn’t know about it while I was in the house so I didn’t get a chance to defend myself.”
She expressed her shock at his claim and noted that she would get him to communicate to the world where he contracted his ‘STD’ from.
“…So for the STI allegations that he is making, I am just waiting for Nando to come out so I can ask him how he got the STI. I have been tested and I don’t have any background of STI or STD so I don’t know how Nando contracted the disease that he claims he has.”
Nando might have blamed Selly for his STD but who would he blame for what led to his eviction?
After a very heated altercation between Ghana’s Elikem and Tanzania’s Nando in the house, Big Brother was forced to reach a verdict.
After the eviction show, Big Brother summoned all housemates to the living room and replayed the footage of the very tempestuous argument that almost led to a fight that would have easily ended in a ‘blood bath.’
Prior to the summon, Nando already had one strike for concealing a weapon to the Saturday party a while back, was then given two more strikes for his bad conduct - one for his attempt at violence and the second one for his concealment of a pair of scissors under his bed.
Nando’s third strike was born from making direct threats against Elikem’s life.
“I feel like stabbing him. A ‘nigga’ like that deserves to die,” Nando had said.
Last month, he had also been served with a strike and a stern warning from Big Brother after he was found carrying a knife to the Channel O Party. The possession of weapons or intention to be violent in the House constituted another violation of the Big Brother rules.
Immediately the announcement was made, he was disqualified and expelled from the house.
On the other hand, Elikem was also given a strike for counter-provoking Nando during their altercation and will remain in the house.
For followers of the Big Brother Africa show, it might interest you to know that a total of 18 housemates have been evicted from the house so far. Contestants who have been evicted from the show include Bolt, Maria, Biguesas, Neyll, Betty, Montamma, Denzel, LK4, Koketso, Fatima, Hakeem, Natasha, Selly, Bassey and Pokello. The latest additions to the list are Annabel and Sulu as they bid farewell to the prize money
As another week rolls to an end, viewers wonder who the axe of eviction strikes next.
By Samod Biobaku
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