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Big Brother Africa Revolution is LIVE! Housemates & StarMates Revealed



The 4th season of Big Brother Africa premiered on African TV last night.
The new season is being hailed as Big Brother Revolution and its producers and publicists – they attempted to show us why last night.

As we previously disclosed, the host of this season is Nigerian Radio/TV presenter IK Osakioduwa. IK introduced the new season and then went on to interview a bunch of celebrities – after chatting with them for a couple of minutes, he gave them a tour of the BBA Revolution house and revealed that they were now officially StarMates.

One of the surprises was the introduction of the StarMates – 4 celebrities from around Africa who were to spend 24 hours in the Big Brother Africa House living alongside the housemates. They are: Nonhle Thema is one of the most recognisable faces across the continent, and best known for her role as a Channel O presenter (on the shows Oboma and O-Access) over several years ; A versatile actor and producer, Nollywood actor Tuvi James is passionate about what he does; 25 year old Steven Charles Kanumba is one of the most established young actors out of Tanzania ; Khanyi Mbau burst onto the South African entertainment scene when she took over the role of Doobsie in the popular South African soapie, Muvhango. Her life is often played out in the local tabloids, where she is referred to as the South African Paris Hilton.

BBA StarMates - SA's Nonhle Thema, Nigeria's Tuvi James, TZ's Steve Kanumba, SA's Khanyi Mbau

BBA StarMates - SA's Nonhle Thema, Nigeria's Tuvi James, TZ's Steve Kanumba, SA's Khanyi Mbau

The 4 celebs spend the day with the housemates – chatting and even cooking for them. Earlier this evening – they exited the BBA House.

During the kickoff show, there were performance from South African urban contemporary dancers and Somalian/Canadian musician K’Naan. You can view K’Naan’s performance below:

Past Winners
Big Brother cameras caught up with past winners and here is what they are up to:
BBA1 Winner – Cherise Makubale: Cherise got married in October 2008 and is now based in London UK with her spouse. She is still involved in charitable ventures in Zambia

BBA2 Winner – Richard Bezuidenhout: Despite his trifling ways while on BBA2, Richard is still married to his wife, Ricki – they have welcomed a new addition to their family – Joshua. He has also established his film company in Tanzania.

BBA3 Winner – Ricardo Venâncio (Ricco): Ricco has relocated to Brazil – he is enrolled in a theatre and TV presenting course. He’s also currently dating!

BBA Revolution Housemates

kevin_profile_quote3_lgThe Nigerian Housemate – Kevin

Age 27
Country Nigeria
Hometown Jos
Occupation Entertainer
Biography 27- year- old entertainer Kevin has a BA in English Language and has 7 siblings. He’s proud to be Nigerian because Nigerians stand out and survive any situation – “which is why you’ll find a Nigerian almost anywhere. ” A Manchester United fan whose hobbies include rapping, Kevin would like travel to Hollywood to see a movie in the making there. If he wins Big Brother Revolution, Kevin will spend his money on creating an entertainment empire and will share some of it with friends and family who have stood by him.

All the BB Revolution Housemates
BBA4Revolution Housemates

The Twins Twist
The final housemate, the 33 year old Namibian, Edward arrives on stage seemingly to end a very eventful launch show. At this point, 11 housemates have entered the house and there are no women in sight. Just when Biggie’s bag of surprises appears to have come to an end, a second Edward enters the stage leaving the crowd shocked.
“Am I seeing double, what’s going on?” IK asks.
It would seem Big Brother had one more surprise for the fans. The second Edward is in fact his twin brother, Erastus who will also be playing the game, but in rotation. One of the twins will be isolated at a secret place. He will have no communication with the outside world, and every now and then, they’ll swap places. They need to keep this up for four weeks. If, during that time one gets evicted, they both go.
Housemates are not supposed to notice the swop-over and if another Housemate works it out, he should be sworn to secrecy. The twins can co-opt up to 3 housemates, but if a 4th housemate finds out, it is game over, and the twins both play as one. They get nominated as one and evicted as one! If they pull the wool over the Housemates’ eyes for the full four weeks, then they get to play for the $200,000 as individual Housemates.

No Ladies
There are currently no females in the house. Apparently, they will enter the house by the weekend.

So that’s it folks – BBA Revolution 101. You can follow all the action on DSTV and via the Big Brother Africa website


  1. Bebe

    September 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    how will those of us in jand watch this thing now ehn?

  2. Kpakpando

    September 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Is there a ban on good looking guys this season?
    I thought Nigeria was boycotting the show after the Ofunneka mini scandal.
    I like the twins twist alot, I doubt they’ll be able to pull it off though.
    Again, no eye candy? maka why?

  3. fre

    September 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    contrary 2 previous opinion, i think d guys r good-looking enough, especially jeremy[d kenyan] and he talks smoothly 2.

  4. AM

    September 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    After Ofunneka, BBA still went on with that Nigerian guy remember? So it will be the second season since the incident. No wonder they haven’t sent a female since… hehe!

  5. ladi

    September 7, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    relocate to 9ja nah! I’m sure there will be clips and BBA’s website always puts videos on.

  6. Sugabelly

    September 8, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Why is the South African representative always white????

    SA’s population is 80% South African, 10% other, and only 10% Boer. There are 8 South Africans for every Boer in South Africa so what are the mathematical odds of the South African being white???

  7. Nairobian Perspective

    September 8, 2009 at 6:16 am

    that was quite revolutionary, love your post, the layout and in depth analysis!

    • Tony

      July 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      thankx bro

  8. uguysramazn

    September 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    @Bebe,sowie nah


    September 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

    This is interesting. Please BBA keep it up to give us surprises

  10. kapeface

    September 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

    tanzanian actor why he is so quite or problem is language

  11. inspired

    September 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    @sugabelly, i swear you have real ISSUES. wETIN WHITEMAN DO YOU SEF? Good grief. Infact i apologise on their behalf.
    I think one white person amongst 11 blacks is more than representative of the white population in Africa. Unless you are suggesting that they be completely ignored. You live in a country were pple of your colour are a minority and are constantly trying to get represented… abeg practise what you preach. Thanks.

  12. mayowalulu

    September 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    dont understand the no females thing ohh

  13. Bebe

    September 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    relocate ke? i’m studying o…but will b done in jan [halleluyah]…will check mnet website

  14. Anni

    September 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    plz is there a way i can watch this show online;coz i don’t reside in nigeria

  15. Sugabelly

    September 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    I don’t “live” here. I live in Nigeria. Also, why is it that in a country where Africans outnumber Boers 8 to 1, the Boers CONSTANTLY get recognition, representation, etc.

    Or are you suggesting that Zulu and Xhosa people are not good enough to be on Big Brother???

  16. Kpakpando

    September 9, 2009 at 12:41 am

    If you’re going to go on this “this is so racist” rant, at least get your facts correct. The representative on BBA from South Africa is not always white, actually this guy is the first white representative from South Africa.

  17. Ola

    September 9, 2009 at 1:12 am

    The racist ting sef don tire me oh! I no fit shout again.

  18. Obi-talker

    September 9, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I think its because the producers want a white person in the house so you can really only get that in SA. Kind of wat they would do in Britain’s BB by putting a black and Asian house mate. sort of ticking the ethnic box.

  19. Ladi

    September 9, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Sugabelly, Afrikaners have been in South Africa for as long as blacks in America. They are a minority and put apartheid aside, they need representation and suffer almost the same issues blacks in America suffer. For creative purposes, BB should have a white person in the house to show a different perspective.

    I have interacted with non-black Africans who see themselves as 100% Africans and are passionate about preserving their African identity moreso than many black Africans desperately trying to be Akata American by force. The way Nigerian kids who were only born in America see themselves as American same way white people whose forefathers came 400years ago to the cape and mixed with San bushmen (historically, before Bantus like Zulu and Xhosa even arrived SA from West Africa).Ok, I’m going off topic but in this case, there’s nothing wrong with a white south African. T’was about time we saw a white African anyway.

  20. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    September 9, 2009 at 5:40 am

    i am not with Sugabelly on this…but Ladi , i totally disagree with “suffer almost the same issues blacks in America suffer”…White folks in SA have more priviledges than the blacks even tho they are the minority…I rem watching that show Egoli years back and thinking “where the heck are black south africans” thank God shows “Generations which potrayed the black one.Also Ladi, you cant compare the history of blacks in America and Afrikaners in SA.In all everyone should be equally represented

    @ Kpaks Jeremy and Phil are hot now…

  21. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    September 9, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Your comment was a bit too short. Please go back and try again.-lol

    yeah..i guess

  22. FirstIWantToDanceWithYouPere

    September 9, 2009 at 5:43 am

    shebi people audition for the show themselves?am i right?abi the government chooses who goes ni?

  23. Astrid

    September 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Eddie & Eras u guys have it all!! just bring the money home… biggie thank you!! Nam is proud

  24. Kpakpando

    September 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Jeremy & Phil are manageable, did I ever say I was a manager? Ofu mkpulu certified fine boy no pimples, dem no fit bring abeg askoh BBA4 jare.

  25. odu

    September 10, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Why can’t i view the big brother channel on 198 or 199 after i sent a text to 30333 with my smart card number. Pls reply via my email.

    Odu 4rm 9ja

  26. inspired

    September 10, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    sugabelly, i see you have gone quiet. I did not expect any less from your kind. You’ve been called out and you hide away. Next time get your facts right. And what is all this ‘Boer’ and Africans talk. Just leave it simply at black and white, okay? We know you are permanently on google and wiki, your knowledge as usual is as unoriginal as the place you claim to live.
    when you move back home, then i’ll believe you.

  27. wienna

    September 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hmmm…not feeling the naija rep this year at all. I think the SA, Ugandan & Kenyan guys are hot though.

  28. oladapo omotosho

    September 12, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    i think Edward is still the best housemate so far.he is so matured and posses the needed social skill to emerged the winner.Phil is sensitive and hannington sucks he acts fake.Kevin this is not about been cute it is more of been discreet….awake the sleeping man in you. Nigerians are counting on you.good luck.

  29. destiny

    September 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    hi kelvin good speech u made there. ur father was right when he told u that u should not play for the money but to bring out the best of nigeria in u. good work my boy…….nigeria r ready to vote for u.

  30. nadre

    September 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    ltai & Kristy u rock…keep on playin the game

  31. ruth daso

    September 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    yeah the nija guy and ladies are hot as 4 geraldine i like her strategy its kool, feel safe with her u mostn”t show the world africa that ur loud.

  32. ruth daso

    September 15, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    kelvin nkenna and gerldine make it ahppen 4 naija ur all keeping it real.naij 4 life al them naija haters should burn in hellllllllll……… as 4 kristy shes a bitch………

  33. Ephy .e

    September 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Naija keven mind what are there 4 so don, t bring shame to naija like super eagle

  34. Chidimma purity

    September 17, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Nkenna,Kelvin nd gerald just make naija proud of u.God wil surely be with u all.amen

  35. TETE

    September 19, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    kelvin u be careful ok ?

  36. TETE

    September 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    big brother you are too much jst kip it up

  37. TETE

    September 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    kelvin fan unite

  38. niozy aleezy

    September 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    pliz i wanna spot de revolution on line

  39. niozy aleezy

    September 19, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    its cool with this rev`n

  40. tshepiso

    September 20, 2009 at 11:56 am

    yacob brother ur voice rocks-tshepiso (wtb)south africa

  41. steffoil

    September 20, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    kevin my boy keep it up 4 naija we love u. But nkenna did not do lik an igbo girl she was too fast u seeeeeeee

  42. zil

    September 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    kelvin like d way u stay cool in the house and not behaving like dat igbo gal feel uuuuuuuuu

  43. dee

    September 22, 2009 at 2:34 am

    i though kevin was gonna hook up with emma, so sad she’s with jeremy…i luv u kevin

  44. seyide

    September 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Keven,Emma,Kay1 u rock

  45. nyny

    September 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

    kevin nd liz rocks


    September 22, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    pliz lvote 4 itai 2 stay hsmates need someone with good english we

  47. hellcitizon

    September 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    K1 show dm.u ar d best


    September 24, 2009 at 9:30 am


  49. arthur edeh

    September 25, 2009 at 5:47 am

    leave nkenna alone she’s jst being herself.

  50. arthur edeh

    September 25, 2009 at 5:54 am

    kvin you are a complete naija. keep up jare!

  51. arthur edeh

    September 25, 2009 at 5:56 am

    kvin dont let the girls corrupt u

  52. ijbaby

    September 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Kelvin na u bi di man we sabi, u too much for d house

  53. ijbaby

    September 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    kelvin u remain my man, na u bi d man wey sabi u too much for d house.

  54. vivian aguebor

    September 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm


  55. EVELYN

    September 30, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Nigerians love u kevin

  56. evelyn Manda

    October 2, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Go Paroma we are behind you girl

  57. sanele

    October 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    i love u kevin.jeremy n quen

  58. adebola adeyemi

    October 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    kelvin is always the best. am voting for you

  59. ijbaby

    October 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Kevin you impress me so much in the BB house, I like ur person, ur presentation, and above all ur decency. Why won’t Itah and his cohorts leave u to remain in the house for me. I am proud of you.

  60. ijbaby

    October 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Kevin u will remain the best in the house, am voting for u. Keep flying

  61. ijbaby

    October 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Kevin is u the niger people want we are voting for u ooooooooooo

  62. Kurt

    October 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    It’s good for Yacob to clean the toilet and bathroom with a toothbrush it will take his mind off his smoking problem

  63. Kurt

    October 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Your time in the house is over Yacob and Hammington injoy it, for the last few day!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. othiniel mbaraka

    October 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    No one like Elizabeth,she will be in the house till the end. Othiniel

  65. othiniel mbaraka

    October 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm


  66. othiniel mbaraka

    October 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm


  67. thazie

    October 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    she is livin very soon i do not like her she thinks jst coz sh was hoh sh won big brother HELL NO! OUT OUT!

  68. adejare adelayo

    October 9, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Kelvin is the best

  69. Kurt

    October 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Kevin enjoy u last weekend in the big house u and Elizabeth

  70. cletus

    October 10, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    kevin honestly you are the best in the house, you are not going but use your number 6, you hav couple of enimies in the house but for us out there you are best.

  71. cletus

    October 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    kevin, your presentation was unigue, please keep it up, you are not going

  72. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 12:34 am

    kevin and and Elizabeth out

  73. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 12:38 am

    kevin and Elizabeth OUT

  74. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Kevin and Elizabeth you time is up hot

  75. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 12:48 am

    kevin and Elizabeth your time is up so out

  76. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Elizabeth and Kevin out

  77. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

    kevin and Eliza are so out

  78. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:03 am

    voting hannin and ycob

  79. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:09 am

    hannin and ycob are going to stay

  80. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:11 am

    hannin and ycob all the way

  81. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:13 am

    hannin the best soo hev stays

  82. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:15 am

    love you hannin and ycob so am voting you

  83. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:19 am

    stay cool hann and ycob you 2 are going no were

  84. mary

    October 11, 2009 at 1:20 am

    hannin and ycob rocks

  85. nonye wilson

    October 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    kevin keep up the good work naija loves your swagas no sweat

  86. nonye wilson

    October 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Are u sure quinn is not up to something? who in his right mind will swap himself 4 another in such a game? watch out guyz

  87. hadson

    October 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    plz quinn swap yaself for kevin and eliz.kenya

  88. lebsa

    October 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    voting for kaone & liz

  89. eloho

    October 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    kelvin u rock d house

  90. eloho

    October 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    liz nd kaone go home

  91. ijbaby

    October 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Kevin u too much in the house am voting for you


    October 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

    pls room mate dnt u pple think dat is better for every body tom be more frndly to our nija son


    October 19, 2009 at 10:30 am

    i dey vote for u nija boy infact am in love with u

  94. Hafo

    October 19, 2009 at 11:39 am

    The dogg is Hot I admit that the Dogg is Really Really HOT.

  95. Hafo

    October 19, 2009 at 11:42 am

    My song is on the Radio, says THE DOGG.

  96. ijbaby

    October 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I felt so much for kaone liz rubbed him with her ill luck. I will miss kaone in d house. Biggie pls enough of this pairing.

  97. ijbay

    October 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Kevin my vote will always go 4 u, naija is proud of u. keep the good up.

  98. ijbay

    October 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    i VOTE for kevin naija is proud of u keep it up

  99. jacobeth

    October 20, 2009 at 10:09 am

    elizabeth out!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. sylvia

    October 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Kavliz stayssssssssss. Quin/Malawi outttttttt

  101. sylvia

    October 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    quinn said he wants to leave the house, africa pls lets help him out

  102. sylvia

    October 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    the house will be boring without nija boy

  103. desmond

    October 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    hello housemates, i vote for leonal

  104. gaddafi

    October 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

    big brother you my target.

  105. Gets

    October 23, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I vote Quin and Kristel

  106. frank

    October 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

    kristal dont want money,i vote for elizabeth

  107. Eucky baby

    October 24, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Kevin i vote u to win so just believe in your mind that u have won.

  108. tinna

    November 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    i want kelvin to win the grand prize because he’s playing the game

  109. Mapule

    November 3, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Mzamo you rock,do it again you and Leonel it very fantastic, seeing you doing your thing

  110. Mapule

    November 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Nkena you are so selfish and paranoid, you vote out your friends for no good reason i hate your dids.

  111. Phum

    November 4, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I hate Elizabeth, she’s crazy and manipulative. Itai is a snake, Emma is taking the game personal and she thinks she’s the queen of the house, my foot

  112. tito-300 rhyms

    November 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    yeahhh thats it Ed, nw nzamo can bring murrah home

  113. ivan

    November 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    emma you rochks beyb

  114. BUKASON

    November 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    kevin rocks the house, we nigerians believe in you, so go for the money
    i love you style of dance of sudenly entertan us plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  115. BUKASON

    November 5, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    i vote nkenna,because i like wat she did in her decision, so she must not go from the house

  116. sobby

    November 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Kevin should stay, he is the most viable guy in the house


    November 7, 2009 at 12:18 am

    hi hauzmates!i think itai is acting,NKENNA is d gurl!!!! i vote for her.

  118. tosyne

    November 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

    kelvin is the man repin 9ja

  119. malacky

    November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    i want that niaja boy kelvin to wine but he acts like a kid lets give it to jeradin

  120. medua

    November 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    9ja Diva….please lets vote to save kelvin, Leonel does not deserve to stay in the house after what he did to mzamo… talk about morality…africa my africa…

  121. mimi

    November 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    kevin u r fake so outtttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  122. angelina

    November 13, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    kevin he think he the best he even want other nigeria to. he beta go now i prefer leonel to stay in the house

  123. wallang mitterrand

    November 14, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    i think i like kelvin because when his acting his part his always serious and i believe thats gonna make him the winner of this year

  124. Faithlee

    November 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    9ija 4 kelvin.. You are too real and interesting… Win de cash bro!!!

  125. Kola

    November 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Hi 9ja 4real, i think Kevin needs all our vote to stay in house, so keep it flowing in, He’s the right GUY!

  126. Nomathemba

    November 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Nkenna is such a boreeeeeeeeeeeeee,out she goes

  127. omex

    November 21, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Malawi will make it through its rp Mzamose

  128. omex

    November 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Support Mzamo from Malawi, a lady to enter into BBA soonest

  129. dimoso

    November 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    let us twins win the money coz always twins are special individual persons like I am.

  130. thandie

    November 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    mzamo go,malawi loves you

  131. tobi4real

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Uti u rock

  132. obey

    July 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Munya go brotherman, dont let anyone pull you down. like they say you cant put a good man down hey and i say you arent going down.and like you say its jus business.

  133. martha

    September 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    i just love the whole issue of entering the barn.

  134. ken

    May 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

    mampi, girl make sure you rise up every ‘diva’ if there is any

  135. foxymah

    May 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    this z sum funny ishh i enjoy wtchn t …luv yah ol housmates

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