Vanguard (Lagos)

10 August 2012

Africa: How South Africa Stood Still for Keagan

Photo: Big Brother
Talia from Zambia

Until last Sunday, South Africans have never had any cause to celebrate at the end of every season of Big Brother Africa reality show despite being the host of the show for seven years.

But the story was different this year as they took to the streets to celebrate after their representative at this year's edition,Keagan emerged the star winner of the continent's flagship show.

Keagan beat Kenya's Prezzo, Lady May, Kyle, Talia and Wati to clinch the massive USD 300 000 prize (R2.5m) after 91 days of 24/7 drama, intrigues and thrills.

He won the show with the votes of six countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Liberia.While Kenya's Prezzo got votes from two countries, his home country and Tanzania, Kyle who was the first housemate to be evicted on the night got only one country's vote(Uganda).

Colourful grand finale

Lady May won votes from two countries; Namibia and Zimbadwe ; Wati(Malawi) and Talia who also won votes from Zambia and Sengal.

At the Sesani Studio, in Johannesburg, venue of the colourful grand finale, it was all jubilation and popping of champagne as most former South African housemates that included Barbz, Lee, and the Amplified season hopeful Nkuli stormed the stage to share their joy with Keagan who was dumb-founded with the win. Also, the natives' joy knew no bounds as they took to the floor of the studio to celebrate Keagan's victory.

Keagan dressed in rugged jeans with top blaze popped champagne indiscriminately out of excitement. "All I can say its thank you to the people who voted for me,"Keagan muttered as he continued to celebrate his victory on stage.

He was closely followed by Kenya's rap luminary Prezzo who was the second runners up but got away with relatively a big deal as an ambassador for the One Campaign project. He will be going to USA to join one of the world's acclaimed Rap kings, J- Zee for the concert.

For Keagan, winning the show was a long journey as he came to the House with a bag of luck which many people believed helped him to emerged the winner.

He won the Head of House three times in both Houses(Downville and Upville) totaling to six regimes of leadership in the game.

Speaking after the show, Keagan said he entered the house to be himself. According to him, "It's been a couple of hours since I have been outside the house but I am still trying to let everything soak in properly but it is super overwhelming ... it's a real sensation."

Keagan added, "I was extremely shocked ... I wasn't sure what Africa wanted, I wasn't sure how the voting was actually going to go and I didn't know where I stood... so that's why I was extremely surprised when my name was called out to be the winner."

Continuing the 22 year old South African said, he wasn't expectant at all and was extremely surprised, explaining, "that is why I had no extreme reaction. I was just quite."

Keagan was noted for being the most troublesome housemate but he explained his attitude in the house was exactly how he behaves. "I was always at the centre of mischief, always doing crazy random and spontaneous things."

Another high point in Keagan's stay in the reality show was his relationship with Zambian housemate Talia. He described the relationship as one of "a mutual understanding."

The relationship, he hinted, may lead to a union between the two but quickly added that the final decision, however, rested with Talia.

A night before the finale, the two lovebirds were captured by the cameras in a very intimate position. Keagan confirmed that Talia and himself had sex in the Big Brother house and does not hold any regrets for the affair.

He disclosed that Angolan housemate Saydou, who dated Talia before him was evicted from the show, reacted "maturely" when they met after the finale. "He even congratulated me," he added.

Asked what he plans to do with the prize money, Keagan, who entered the reality show with a male partner, Lee, said he may share the money with his mate.

Malawi's representative, Wati was the first housemate to be evicted on the night, followed by Kyle, Talia, Lady May and, finally, Prezzo. Keagan and Prezzo entered the game on two different sides -Downville and Upville, respectively-on 6 May and kept Africa entertained for 91 days.

The Big Brother StarGame finale was a star-studded affair. Stars of past Big Brother seasons, including former winner Karen Igho were keen onlookers in the live studio audience, alongside VIP's like Zinzi Mandela.

African music superstars also took to the Big Brother stage to take the finale to the next level. Nigerian hip-hop star D'Banj, fresh from the success of his sensational global hit, Oliver Twist, was joined by East African hip hop powerhouse Navio (Uganda), sizzling South African MC Khuli Chana and award-winning Ghanaian hip-life king Sarkodie while Nigeria's phenomenal Afro-pop star Naeto C all rocked the stage, giving viewers a night to remember.

An after-party which followed the BBA grand finale, held at the downtown, saw the 28 participants including Uganda's Kyle and Janette, Kenya (Alex and Malonza), Tanzania (Hilda and Julio), South Africa (Keagan and Lee), Zambia (Tamara and Talia), Malawi (Nafe and Wati), Namibia (Junia and Jesica), Liberia (Yadel and Luke), Ghana (Mildred and Keitta), Nigeria (Ola and Chris), Angola (Seydou and Esperanca), Botswana (Edith and Eve), Zimbabwe (Maneta and Teclar) and Sierra Leone (Dalphin and Zainab) in attendance. Also, in attendance were the seven celebrity participants from Kenya (Prezzo), Ghana (DKB), South Africa (Barbz), Nigeria (Goldie), Zambia (Mampi), Zimbabwe (Roki) and Namibia (Lady May). It was party to remember as South Africans defied the coldness of the night to celebrate their new hero.

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