The stage is set for a journey of 91 days in which attitude, friendship and emotions will be put to test. The glamorous opening of Big Brother Africa 7 tagged “The Stargame” will grace DSTV Channel 198 tomorrow, May 6, 2012. Fans are in a state of frenzy to meet housemates from fourteen African countries through which a winner for the contest will emerge.
The undenialably talented 32-year-old sleek and smooth talking Nigerian is simply called IK. BBA fans first met IK in 2009 when he took over from Kabelo Ngakane by hosting BBA 4. As the official host of BBA, his energy, skills and captivating sense of humour has thrilled audiences across Africa and won him over to BBA producers, fans and housemates.
Charming, articulate and easy going IK returns for the fourth time to anchor The Stargame. “I am not surprised he has come this far in his career because I remember listening to his programme on radio and believe me, he is good” recalls Jennifer Akpan, a marketer with a first generation bank.
He studied Economics in the University of Lagos where he started his career professionally in the television industry on a show called “Campus Circuit” which aired on African Independent Television (AIT). After graduating from school in 2001, he worked for Silverbird’s Rhythm 93.7fm as a presenter and he was known as “The Wild Child” as a result of his mischievous and humorous attitude.
As an ace presenter, he has anchored lots of shows and programmes including M-NET’s Studio 53, Comedy Live Lagos and the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. “He is so cute and to top it all, he is six feet tall” said Faith Obong, a reporter. As a multiple award winning presenter, he is at the peak of his career.
Jermaine Lamar Cole:
He is a determined, creative and gifted Grammy nominated rapper popularly called J Cole. Born January 28, 1985, he had a passion for music at a very tender age which he explored and developed. He became the first rap artiste to be signed on to Roc Nation, an influential record label owned by Jay – Z. Based in New York, his debut album “The Sideline Story” has gained him worldwide attention.
He has collaborated with stars like Beyonce, Missy Eliot, Trey Songz, Drake among others. He is the major reason why Stargame was chosen as the tag for this year’s edition of BBA as he is scheduled to perform for the first time in Africa with some of his hit tracks at the grand opening of the show.
Naetochukwu Chikwe, an Imo State indigene born in Houston, Texas on December 17, 1982 is a multiple award rapper, afrobeat artiste and record producer, who has carved a niche for himself in the music industry. He is one of the foremost Nigerian artistes scheduled to perform at BBA opening ceremony.
Although he was a guest artiste at Big Brother Africa Amplified, he has been invited again to perform alongside other artistes. Born November 1, 1990 in Angola, he was called nobody at home because his mother had lost three children and nobody knew if he would die or survive. He got his name from his record label, Power House, and his hit track ‘Windek’ shot him to stardom.
They are Kenyan hip hop group on the performing artistes list for BBA 7 opening. This will not be the first time as they have shared the stage with big names such as P Square, Naeto C and Flavour. They are one of the most exciting upcoming groups in Kenya.
Aemo’ E Face:
He is a South-African based Malawi pop singer, rapper and entrepreneur. Born 1987, in Amos Mazinyane, he was introduced to the music scene at the age of six by his dad when he forced him to join the choir at his native church.
David Adeleke was born in Atlanta, USA and has been producing music since the tender age of 13. He shot into stardom with his hit track ‘Dami Duro’.
He is a Times correspondent who has been delegated to cover the live grand opening of this edition of BBA.
No doubt, this year’s edition is going to be very explosive as Big Brother Africa are known to have the ‘magic wand’ to keep viewers glued to their TV sets throughout the duration of the show and you can count on us to bring you the dramas as they unfold.
As we wait on the unveiling of housemates and the attendant razzmatazz, we wish them (all housemate) a swell time in the Big Brother Africa’s house.