The Post (Lusaka)

Zambia: Cherise - Winner of Big Brother Africa Warona - Was Among the Last Five

Lusaka — CHERISE has made us proud, Vice-President Nevers Mumba said yesterday.

Commenting on Zambia's ambassador to the Big Brother Africa House in South Africa, Cherise Makubale' victory shortly after she won the US $100, 000 prize, Vice-President Mumba described her winning as historical.

He said government was proud of Cherise because she had won the country great pride. He said it had become obvious from submissions coming from many countries because of the manner she represented herself that she would scoop the prize.

"She represented the true African culture and showed a high level of morality which puts Zambia in a high position," Vice-President Mumba said. He said all Zambians were happy with Cherise's achievement. He noted that Cherise was able to abstain from many things and that she showed herself as a hard worker.

"She is a role model, she proved to be a hard worker, caring about others and she showed the true African spirit," Vice-President Mumba said.

And 24-year-old Cherise yesterday walked away with US $100,000 prize money and the title of ultimate winner of Big Brother Africa (BBA) 2003.

According to the Big Brother Africa (BBA) website, the atmosphere was electric and emotions could not be contained as Mark Pilgrim, the presenter made the announcement. Cherise, the crowd and no doubt Cherise's fans all over Africa went absolutely wild.

She could not hide her joy and she openly wept before kneeling down for what appeared a brief prayer. Tanzania's Mwisho, the runner up and by no means a loser, came out of the house to be greeted by appreciative fans and family.

Mwisho - came close

According to the BBA website, Mwisho certainly didn't look like he was disappointed by the result, and would undoubtedly be reaping the rewards of being Africa's second most popular housemate.

On the other hand, he would take comfort in knowing that he couldn't have lost to a better winner. As for Cherise, she did not only walk away with a lot of money and prestige, but pride in being the most loved housemate in all Africa.

Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya voted for Cherise. BBA described the suspense when Cherise and the Tanzanian Mwisho, remained in the house as killing. Botswana's Warona, Uganda's Gaetano and Zimbabwe's Tapuwa had gone out already and millions of Africans were left guessing and biting their finger nails.

The last two housemates were waiting to hear the news. There was no escape. Only one of them was supposed to take the big prize and it had to be Cherise.

Tapuwa - among the last three

BBA stated that it was clear that many viewers could have been surprised with Zimbabwe's Tapuwa for being among the top three. Tapuwa's stay in the house was marked by many a change. She was the one character viewers could not understand. When she first entered the house, the Zimbabwean was very quiet, a character trait mistaken for weakness by many.

As time progressed, Tapuwa proved viewers wrong. But what caused this transformation? When she began to come out of her shell, she became involved in many arguments mainly because she began to express her opinions.

Once she told the housemates that Alex had a big crush on Abby and this didn't sit in well with Alex. But instead of falling, she rose. While the whole House attacked her from all sides, she remained calm. And although she had good cause, Tapuwa never bad-mouthed her fellow housemates.

After being evicted during the grand and final eviction yesterday, Tapuwa openly admitted that she was disappointed. An estimated 25 million people were glued to the screen to watch Cherise win.

The 12 housemates who had been in the BBA house reunited again at the final party where they relived their experiences in the House.

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