MELVIN is a model and actor from Delta State with a BSc in Chemistry.
He likes spaghetti and his favourite books include The Dark, Iron Bender and Pelican Brief.
His favourite TV shows include Monday Night Football and Happy Family.
Melvin enjoys the music of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and R.Kelly and lists his favourite actors as Christian Bale and Tom Cruise, because "they are awesome to watch".
His favourite place in Nigeria is Lagos and he says the best things about the continent as a whole are the culture and people.
Outside of Nigeria, he enjoys spending time in South Africa and the USA because "these are places where you can relax and relate to people conveniently".
Melvin's role model is his dad, who taught him never to settle for less.
His dad lost his parents at an early age, but didn't let that stop him becoming the man he is today.
Melvin is one of four children - he has a twin sister and, remarkably, a younger brother and younger sister who are also twins.
His friends and family inspired him to enter Big Brother.
He says he has always been a fan of the show and has previously come out tops in two other reality shows, he is hoping to use all his experience and charm to go all the way on Big Brother.
If he wins the grand prize, he'll invest it, but is also hoping make his country proud and use it as a platform to achieve other things in his career.
BANK worker and student Biguesas from Luanda, is single, and doesn't have any children.
He describes himself as "handsome, intelligent, extroverted, always playing and talkative".
He values sincerity in others and says that those close to him at home are very excited to see him on the show.
If he wins the grand prize, he'll share some of the money with his family, donate some, pay for university and buy a house.
He's also excited by the prospect of fame, as he's always wanted to be a TV presenter.
He says his favourite actors are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and his favourite films are 8 Mile and Salt.
He likes watching Mixed Martial Arts and World Wrestling Entertainment on TV and his favourite foods are 'pap', hamburgers and fries.
Biguesas says the best thing about Africa is the fauna & flora and that his favourite place outside of Angola is Pretoria in South Africa, where he spent 3 years at high school.
Biguesas says he is proud to be finishing University soon, a first within his family of 9
SCIENTIFIC researcher and student Motamma has a BSc in Agriculture and is currently studying further.
Her favourite foods include pasta dishes and sorghum cooked in milk, her favourite books are Secret of Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin and Letters to My Children by Jonathan Jansen.
She loves Rihanna and her favourite TV shows include Teen Mothers, Big Brother, Idols and Tyra.
Motamma says her favourite place in Botswana is Maun.
The best thing about Africa?
The fact that it's rich in resources.
Her favourite place outside Botswana is Mauritius, because it appears peaceful and suitable for a romantic getaway.
She says it feels 'great' that Africa's eyes will be on her 24/7.
She hasn't watched previous seasons of Big Brother, but her friends and colleagues always kept her up to date.
She says her favourite former housemate is Keagan because he knew nothing about
Big Brother, stuck to his character and won.
AN actress with a certificate in Broadcasting and Journalism, Selly is from Tema in Accra.
She entered Big Brother because of "the mouth-watering prize package" that she says would change her life, and also because she wants more drama in her life to "spice it up more".
She enjoys watching Fashion Police, SpongeBob Squarepants and Keeping Up With The Kardashians and her favourite movies include Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels.
Selly's favourite musicians are Bruno Mars, Praye, D'Banj, Samini, Rihanna and Sarkodie and one of her favourite actress is Angelina Jolie because she's "strong and daring".
Her role model is her mother, who is a very ambitious and strong-willed woman who has succeeded in everything she set her mind to.
Her boyfriend has influenced her life because he is extremely optimistic about life and has taught her to believe in herself.
Her proudest achievement to date is winning talent search 'Miss Goldenwood', which got her movie roles and made her popular.
Describing herself as "spontaneous, kind, sensitive, no-nonsense and adventurous", Selly dislikes back-biting, fake people and sycophants.
She says viewers can expect dancing, cooking and entertainment from her.
If she wins the grand prize, she'll further her education, buy her mom a car, throw a huge party, start her dream business, renovate her mother's house and buy herself a car.
BIMP is from Addis Ababa and is armed with a degree in Business Management.
He loves fast food and watching TV shows like Family Guy, An Idiot Abroad, Scandal, Homeland and Game of Thrones. His favourite musicians include Tupac, Biggie, Big Pun, Eminem, Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
He says the best thing about Africa is the people, who he describes as "friendly, fun, welcoming and loving".
A middle child, Bimp has both an older and a younger brother.
Bimp entered Big Brother because of fellow Ethiopian Hanni's experiences in the house.
He hopes that Africa learns something from him by watching him 24/7.
He wants to represent his country and continent well and do them proud.
He sees himself as "honest, loyal, dependable and responsible" and says his family are excited to see him on TV.
If he wins the big prize, he'd like to open a club or bar in Addis Ababa and triple the money! He'd love to travel and start a TV series about his adventures.
Bimp is looking forward to gaining and sharing experiences on Big Brother and is hoping that the experience will help him decide what he does and doesn't want to do with his life.
RADIO presenter and model Maria is single, has a public relations diploma and is from Ondangwa.
She lists spaghetti and chicken wings as her favourite foods and 50 Shades of Grey as her favourite book - even though she's still trying to finish it. Her favourite musician is Beyonce and one of her favourite movies, Mr & Mrs Smith, features her favourite actress, Angelina Jolie.
Maria entered Big Brother in the hope of getting exposure which would boost her broadcasting career. She promises viewers "a lot of blonde moments" and also says she'll "be real".
If she wins the grand prize, she'll buy a new car and pay off her house - and probably give the rest to charity.
She lists a friend that is currently battling cancer as her role model.
She has two older sisters, two older brothers, and two younger twin brothers and says her grandfather has been the biggest influence over her life because of his wisdom and strength of character.
The achievements she's most proud of so far are having her own radio show and being chosen to host the Namibian Music Awards.
Maria says her favourite personal trait is her kind and compassionate heart and she values honesty and respect in others.
She hates gossip-mongers and promises viewers: "I am the real deal".