Nigeria’s Karen Igho & Zimbabwe’s Wendall Parson win Big Brother Amplified – $200,000 Each

Aspiring actress and model, Karen Igho from Nigeria and Zimbabwean pilot, Wendall Parson have won the 2011 edition of Africa’s most popular reality TV show, Big Brother Amplified. From the tasks to fights to romance to reunions and evictions.
The finale show kicked off with Big Brother Amplified host, Ik Osakioduwa who looked sharp in his grey suit and violet tie. He then introduced his co-host, Channel O-Access VJ, Dineo Moeketsi.
Nigerian “superstar” Wizkid hit the stage in a potent leather jacket paired with skinny jeans. Wizkid connected with the audience as he hyped up the crowd with his song “Holla at Your Boy”. Another young African star took the baton from Wizzy as Mo’Cheddah performed her song “Ko Ma Roll” dressed in a shiny print babydoll mini dress by Nigerian label April by Kunbi.
IK proceeded to the BBA house where he chatted with the housemate for a few minutes. After that, we were treated to clips which showed highlights from this season of Big Brother Africa – Big Brother Amplified. It was fun to go down memory lane! It was also funny that we had totally forgotten some housemates..oops!
M-Net Africa Managing Director, Biola Alabi provided insight into the decision to choose 2 winners this season and the various reasons why this season of BBA was truly AMPLIFIED. Coca-Cola Nigeria Marketing Director Austin Ufomba talked about the strategic relationhip between BBA and Coca-Cola brands – Coke & Sprite including the music, football and dance focused Sprite Triple Slam competition.
The Amplified Dance Crew rocked the stage with a dynamic performance to various rhythmic African tracks. With the female dancers in white and the male dancers in black, they did well.
Tanzania’s Cpwaa performed his hit “Action” and got the ladies in the audience screaming. His backup dancers added flavour to the performance with their synchronized moves.
And after verification from the Ernst & Young representative, the real action began…
First BBA finale housemate evicted – Vina from Nigeria
Next was Hanni from Ethiopia
Then a twist – the 5 remaining housemates were order out of the house. South Africa’s Professor and Speedy performed before the Top 5 housemates arrived on stage. IK interviewed the housemates and they talked about their favorite moments in house and then showed highlights of their standout moments in the house.
Next to exit was Sharon O from Uganda
Then Lomwe from Malawi
The Amplified Dance Crew performed one more time and Fally Ipupa from the DRC totally enchanted the audience with his “Sexy Dance”.
The performances were entertaining but we were waiting for one thing and that was for IK to announce the WINNERS!
Finally, Ik asked Luclay to stand…he went on about Luclay’s antics in the house. Then the moment of truth – SHOCKER – Luclay eliminiated.
So Karen & Wendall are the winners!
How Africa Voted
Vina received zero country votes and was evicted first. Hanni, Lomwe and Sharon O received one country vote each and were also evicted, as was Luclay who received 2 country votes. Karen, with six country votes and Wendall with four country votes have won the Amplified season.
Karen: 6 country votes – Nigeria, Angola, Rest of Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania
Wendall: 4 country votes – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya
Luclay: 2 country votes – South Africa, Botswana
Lomwe: 1 country vote – Malawi
Sharon O: 1 country vote – Uganda
Hanni: 1 country vote – Ethiopia
Vina: 0 Country Votes.
What did you think about this season of Big Brother Africa. Was it amplified?
Did the winners deserve to win?

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