Bob pops out for Big Brother loser

2010-10-24 10:53

Big Brother Africa All Stars runner-up Munyaradzi Chidzonga said he was surprised when his country’s business people opened a bank account for him, donating $300 000 (about R2 million) and making him $100 000 richer than the winner, Uti Nwachukwu of Nigeria.

The 24-year-old Zimbabwean, who was known as “Diamond Boy” or “Son of the Soil” in the BB house, was given a hero’s welcome when he returned.

“As soon as I arrived in the morning I went to see the president, who congratulated me and presented me with a letter saying that an account had been set up in my name,” said Chidzonga.

Chidzonga said he didn’t think he was supposed to be rewarded but the money was donated by the business community of Zimbabwe as a gift for “my efforts on behalf of my country”.

He said the project to raise the funds for him had been spearheaded by the minister of youth development, indigenisation and empowerment, Savior Kasukuwere, former deputy finance minister David Chapfika and businessman Phillip Chiyangwa.

He said he had not yet decided what he was going to do with the money but that he would donate 10% to charity and his church. He said he did not have a problem with Nwachukwu’s win even though he had thought that he (Chidzonga) was going to win.

“Nwachukwu was the strongest next to myself as he survived many nominations for eviction,” he said.

Nwachukwu won by eight votes to Chidzonga’s seven.

According to media reports a group of Zimbabweans felt the voting was not “free and fair” and President Robert Mugabe had asked M-Net to provide him with recordings of the show. However, according to M-Net the only request it had received for footage was from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation “and ZBCTV were fortunately able to retrieve this footage using a DStv PVR”.

MNet said the show’s results were verified by Alexander Forbes.

Attempts to contact Zimbabwean presidential spokesperson George Charamba were unsuccessful.

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