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Big Brother Africa is the biggest television show in Africa with viewers in over 20 countries on the continent. It requires a number of young men and women living together in a closed space for over 90 days. They have no outside contacts and they are not allowed to use their phones, computers or even watch television. For the period of the show, the only people they have are themselves and Big Brother.
What makes the show exciting is that after a while, the housemates start to develop relationship amongst themselves. The intrigues and intricacies of these affairs make for good television content and keep viewers glued to their set. The relationship of late Goldie and Prezzo is a very good example of such relationships. It was a big topic on social media for many weeks.
Unfortunately, these relationships made in Big Brother House are usually short lived and they end up in the house. This is not a surprising since the house mates come from different countries on the continent and they all go back to their various countries after the show. Also, contestants in the house are evicted one after the other on a weekly basis. So most times, while one love-bird is evicted, the other remains in the house.
However, there are a few who take their love outside the house and into the real world. Some even go as far as tying the knot on the long run. Last weekend, the ‘controversial’ ex-Big Brother couple, Pokello Nare and Elikem Kumordzie, AKA Polikem tied the knot. The couple had their traditional union with family and friends in attendance. It held in Pokello’s country home in Zimbabwe.
The road to the altar was not a smooth one for the two, after taking part in the Big Brother show three years ago, the two had maintained the relationship they started in the house. For one, their each live in different region of the continent. Pokello lives in Zimbabwe while Elikem had been busy as an actor in his country Ghana.
Also, story also broke out that Elikem was cheating on Pokello with an older lady called Gloria Lamptey. Elikem later confirmed the relationship but says he has ended it long time ago, but Gloria would not have any of it. In his explanation which he posted on Facebook, Eliekm explained, “I had an affair with Gloria Lamptey for four years before Big Brother. I tried to start a new life with Pokello but it seems my past won’t allow.” He said that Gloria even went as far as calling pokello, threatening her.
Love however found a way and Elikem and Pokello resumed their relationship. Their union marks the fourth marriage by housemates in Big Brother. Nigeria’s Kevin Chuwang, who won the 2009 Big Brother Revolution got married to his wife Elizabeth Gupta from Tanzania who was also a Revolution housemate. They now have two children together.
Kevin and Elizabeth were fast lovers in the house and after the show, Kevin proposed to Elizabeth in 2010 and the couple eventually tied the knot on February 26, 2011 at a wedding ceremony held in Abuja. Many had predicted that the union will not last but as it seems, it is waxing stronger.
Also, Meryl Shikwambane from Namibia and Mwisho Mwampamba from Tanzania, who met on Big Brother All Stars in 2010, fell in love and eventually got engaged in the house, becoming the very first BBA couple to do so in the house. They ended up marrying and they now have a baby girl together.
Also married are South African Quinn Sieber and Mozambiques Jennifer Mussanhane, from the BBA 4 in 2010. Philbert Okure, who represented Uganda in Big Brother Revolution, did not marry Liziwe Coka, the South African housemate from the same show but they also have a baby together.
Speaking with two relationship experts they explain why Big Brother relationships can lead to marriage. Agatha Edo says, “When a man and woman are forced to stay in an enclosure for a long period of time, romantic feelings can be induced. Whether it is real or not is debatable. But from experience it will take more than that period of confinement for both parties to make the relationship work outside the restriction era. Even though the days of confinement have given the couple the rare opportunity of close observations of their inherent flaws and strengths, the relationship still has to be subjected to the dynamism of a free world to distill its true substance. That is when the true worth of what they feel for each other can be classified.”
Samuel Agunbiade of Happy Home consultancy says “Statistically, it makes sense that a few of the Big Brother housemates will eventually marry each other. From the beginning of the show, let’s say they have had 200 housemates all together. Four couples emerge. That is just four percent of the number of house mates. These are people from age 20 to say 35, these are ages people get married. The places they would meet their spouses is limited, and Big Brother house is just one of them. So it is just probability and nothing more. If the percentage was like 20 percent of even 15 percent, then we can agree that something special is going on in the Big Brother House.”

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