The Herald (Harare)

11 July 2013

Zimbabwe: BBA Hakeem Back

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BBA: Hakeem and Fatima

Zimbabwean representative in Big Brother Africa Munyaradzi Hakeem Mandaza who was evicted last Sunday flew into the country yesterday afternoon.

The 23-year-old former housemate was welcomed at Harare International Airport by his mother Ms Shiver Katiyo, baby mother Michelle Chiwanza, family members and fans. He

was whisked away in a limousine courtesy of Sam's Limo to a local hotel where he would be staying for a day. His mother who hugged him and shed tears of joy said she was happy to see her son back home.

"I am excited that my son is back home. He did his best and we should continue supporting him," she said.

In an interview at the press conference held at the hotel, Hakeem said Zimbabwe had and still has good representation in the BBA house.

"I don't feel sorry for myself because I was a strong contender. Pokello is a good sister to me and sometimes we spoke in our mother language tipping ourselves since we felt we were a threat to other housemates," he said.

The Hulk as he is affectionately known as by his legion of fans said he entered the BBA house without a strategy.

"I will be honest with you. I had no strategy. I went into the Big Brother house because I wanted to market my modelling career. From the day that I entered the house, my life changed because of the cameras. I kept thinking that people at home would be watching every move I was making in the house," he said.

The ex-housemate said his mind and strength was the only thing he relied on during his stay in the house.

"It was not an easy environment as you have no control whatsoever. Imagine staying with people who annoy you. There is nothing you can do about it and you have to accept reality," said Hakeem.

Hakeem said he was being natural.

"What people saw on television was real and I am still me. I wanted to prove to Africa that Zimbabwean men have love and know how to treat women. My affair with Zambian house-mate Cleo was real and I am waiting for her. We also have 'style and swag', something which was a threat to others," he said.

Hakeem said the sky was the limit and had good plans for his future.

"While I was in South Africa I met United States R'n'B singer Joe Thomas and we discussed possible music collaborations.

"I now have contacts from Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa among others. I am happy to say that I want to pursue my acting career with the major deals that I have clinched across Africa," Hakeem said.

He added that he was planning to work with the youth and become the country's youth ambassador. Hakeem was the 12th housemate to be evicted in Big Brother Africa.

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