Nigerian housemate Karen won one half of the Big Brother Africa Amplified on the evening of Sunday July 31. She was announced winner of the $200,000 prize money to the delight of many viewers and followers of the hit reality television series showed on DSTV.
However, many viewers were taken unawares as Zimbabwean housemate Wendall was announced co-winner of the top prize. Wendall, 23, a commercial pilot, had seemed under the radar during most of the show as many analysts had expected South African housemate Luclay to share the prize.
It was the first time two winners had been announced in the continent’s most watched reality show.
Model Karen, 27, who had delighted many viewers with her lack of restraint during the show’s 91 days had the most votes with six block votes going to her while Wendall had four to claim second place in popularity ratings.
Karen stamped her popularity across the continent with votes coming from Nigeria, Angola, Rest of Africa, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania that represented west, southern and eastern Africa.
Wendall’s votes came mainly from the southern African region with Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia as well as Kenya from the east.
Other housemates in the final day were Luclay who finished with two country votes – South Africa and Botswana, Lomwe, Sharon O and Hanni with one country votes each – Malawi, Uganda, and Ethiopia respectively.
Second Nigerian housemate Vina was last on the popularity cards as she had no country vote.