HARARE - Multichoice Africa has been mum on this year’s edition of Big Brother Africa (BBA) amid uncertainty that the television reality show would take place.
BBA auditions traditionally take place around March with the three-month journey beginning end of May or early June.
Last year’s BBA was moved to September due to the Fifa World Cup held in Brazil during the months of June and July, which was also being beamed on DStv.
But as of this year’s edition, up to this day there has not been a word.
When contacted for comment, Liz Dziva, Multichoice Zimbabwe’s Public Relations and Publicity manager said there was no news as yet.
“I have been asked to wait a little bit for news regarding Big Brother. I will keep in touch,” she said.
Inquiries on Big Brother are answered by the Multichoice South Africa office.
Problems seemed to have started when the original house burned down last year in September, a week before the set date.
The date had already been moved to pave way for the World Cup as they were screening all matches live.
They had a new house which hosted BBA (2014) and Big Brother Mzansi (2015).
In May, during Big Brother Mzansi which is a South African version, a neighbour reportedly had enough of the noise from the house and sprayed water from a hose-pipe over the cast and crew.
This made them resolve to install more sound proof material, in order not to disturb the neighbours.
Other people feel that Big Brother Mzansi which took place in March, with auditions having taken place in January is cheaper as contestants are South Africans only; therefore the travelling costs are cheaper for domestic flights.
BBA has contestants from about 14 African countries.
The reality show has seen the boosting of some people’s careers and fortunes including Pokello Nare who not only managed to boost her shoe business, but also got married to Elikem from Ghana.
Meanwhile local radio DJ, Butterphly also got a career boost as she is now more visible and her breakfast show gets more advertisers and sponsors.
Maneta Mazanhi also managed to launch her acting career as she now features in South African soapie, Isidingo and starred in several Nigerian movies.