Some people check the calendar to see how far into the year we are, others just wait for a new season of Big Brother Africa. The annual reality show only airs for 91 days, but it leaves a lasting expression on those who enjoy it. It shapes the lives of the young, ambitious people who participate hoping to become the winner who walks away with both fame and fortune.
Incredibly, after South Africa’s Kabelo “KB” Ngakane handed over the reins of the Big Brother hosting job, his replace- ment, IK Osakioduw, has helmed the spot ever since.
“This coming season will be my fifth consecutive season on the show,” said the man popularly known as IK.
“I feel like I have done a decent job to stay this long and I appreciate that Multichoice has believed in me,” he said.
IK hopes to become more involved in matters behind the scenes as well so that he can grow as a broadcaster and have some understanding on where he needs to improve as a host.
“I am in the good books of all the technical staff and opening my mind to all sorts of possibilities that come with being involved in the behind-the-scenes work. I have been doing radio for 13 years so I think it is only time that I branch out and under-stand the ins and outs of television pro- duction,” he pointed out.
Titled Big Brother: The Chase, this year’s instalment is possibly going to be the biggest yet, with $300 000 (R2.8 million) up for grabs. Although the producers are mum about how the show will work, IK hinted that its launch was going to be exciting.
“You know, they always save the good stuff for the big reveal on Sunday and they never disappoint, so move whatever other plans you may have to catch Big Brother: The Chase’s launch. It is going to be the best yet, and at this point that’s all I am allowed to say,” he said.
For someone who has been on the show for a long time it was only right to ask him what he regards as his highs and lows from when he started out.
“My happiest moment must have been when I had to announce to Wendall and Karen that they were the winners. The two were unlikely victors at first, but they remained themselves and people found out that the rest were acting so it became clear who should win,” he said.
“My lowest was letting three sets of housemates go. Some had fought, others because of sickness then the other pair, one of them was just bored and did not want anything to do with the show. I always wish everyone could stay right until to the end because that way we know they tried their best,” explained the host.
While we don’t know who will be on the upcoming season, IK offered some advice to the hopefuls on how to play the game.
“This may sound like a cliche, but the truth is, there is no better way of saying it other than saying, you have to be yourself. Acting for three months straight is hard and audiences feel cheated when they discover you were putting on a facade,” he said.
Big Brother starts Sunday at 7pm on AfricaMagic (DStv channel 154), Africa- Magic Entertainment (DStv channel 150), AfricaMagic World (DStv channel 155) and DStv channels 197 and 198.