Bad start for Butterphly in Big Brother Africa
By Tafadzwa Zimoyo
Zimbabwean female housemate in Big Brother Africa Hotshots Butterphly – real name Tariro Mharapara – started the run on a bad note after she got the least votes from viewers in a talent show that kicked off the reality show on Sunday.
The talent show which was meant to introduce and market each housemate saw Butterphly getting the lowest votes (44,5 percent) after poetic performance.
Another Zimbabwean representative in the house JJ (Jerome Arab) managed to wow the crowd and got 72,6 percent for his singing which landed him in the top six.
After the talent show, 25 housemates were shocked to receive news that there are up for eviction except for Tanzanian housemate Laveda. Laveda was automatically voted as the first head of the house after she clinched the highest votes from the talent show and is immune for eviction.
In an interview at The Venue in Avondale, Big Brother Africa Amplified winner Wendall Parson said he had high hopes for Butterphly.
“It’s bad that she had the least votes but believe you me she has a good personality and can represent us well. She has got a good voice and can pull through, just give her time,” he said.
Though some Zimbabweans have already blasted her on social media, one show fanatic said we should unite supporting both housemates.
“I think she was nervous because she came early and people had their high expectations on each housemate. She has got what it takes to represent the country. It’s just that she chose a bad presentation for the talent show. Look at how she was dressed and you can tell very well that she is ready for the show,” said a fan.
Meanwhile JJ has been singled out among the hottest housemate along with five other representatives namely Sheila from Botswana, Nhlanhla of South Africa, Sabina from Kenya, Frankie of Rwanda and Nigerian Lilan.
JJ who some described as “too confident” is not new to the reality show. According to his chat with BBA host IK, JJ has auditioned four times and last year he was a fake Emerald housemate.
Kurt Rusike, JJ’s cousin said Zimbabwe has the right housemates.
“Jerome is good though he was a bit nervous but from the votes I tell you he will put a good act in the show,” said Rusike.
This year’s edition is running for 63 days. The launch show saw multiple award winning musicians Davido from Nigeria, Tanzania’s Diamond and South African Casper Nyovest performing. The Herald