Tropika Island of Treasure: Contestant 1

By Drum Digital
30 October 2013

Lucky Diamond was recently revealed as the first contestant in the new Tropika Island of Treasure

Many of us fantasise about living a fabulous life like the celebrities we see on TV. In this alternate realm all our whims are attended to – including being pampered from head to toe. Unfortunately, few are fortunate enough to actually live out such dreams. Well that is unless you are Boitumelo ‘Diamond’ Seakatsie the first winner of the Tropika Island of Treasure competition. The 22-year-old business student from Bez Valley, Joburg, entered the Tropika

competition by sending her lucky bottle code via USSD line and beat hundreds of thousands of other hopefuls to a slot in the contest. “I’m obsessed with Tropika,” Diamond says excitedly. “When people want to eat ice cream and other goodies, I always buy the juice. My favourite is orange.” “I entered the competition because I wanted to win some of that airtime!” says the bubbly daughter of Seganelo and Mosioua Seakatsie, laughing. “I was depressed when I didn’t get it, but then people from Tropika sent me an e-mail saying I had made it through to the auditions.”

The bubbly Diamond – one of six children – usually spends her time studying or working as a business development consultant at SAP, a leading German multinational software company. She enjoys hanging out with friends and also owns a small events company with two close guy pals. Making it as the first winner wasn’t easy, Diamond admits.

There were four selection rounds before the contestants made it to the interview phase. Then they had to test their mettle on various challenges to prove they were worthy of being reality TV stars on the Tropika Island. “The competition was really fierce because everyone wanted to make the cut,” Diamond says.

“I’m proud of myself for getting this far.” After all the gruelling tests, Diamond received the news that may prove to change the rest of her life. “I got the call on a Monday when they told me I was selected as the first contestant,” she says. “I couldn’t believe it! I entered the competition last year and didn’t even get a response. Now I’m sitting pretty and ready to jet off to the island.” Diamond was then unveiled at upmarket nightclub

Taboo in Sandton, Joburg, as the first contestant who will feature on season 6 of the Tropika Island of Treasure. The upcoming instalment is different from past seasons in that there’ll be no celebrities on the island. Instead the ultimate six competitors, consisting of “normal” people, will be competing on the island for the whopping R1 million prize. Diamond says her charming sultry voice and personality are just two of her secret weapons. “I have a contagiously bubbly personality so I’m hoping that people fall in love with it and relate to me,” she says.

But before the fun in the sun starts in Mauritius, a new participant and potential winner will be announced each month. The contestant will get a makeover from a team of stylists and live it up in an exclusive penthouse suite for a week with three friends. Then they will be thrust into the spotlight with appearances on SABC1 gossip show The Real Goboza, be heard on national radio station Metro FM and get VIP treatment at their own reveal party at one of South Africa’s posh nightclubs.

To top it all off, each contestant gets R10 000 to splash out on whatever they wish. This is ‘Da Tropika Smoooth Life’ that Diamond enjoyed during her week of pampered bliss. “It’s so crazy!” Diamond says excitedly.

“I mean the penthouse has three showers and the biggest one is outside. The rooftop even has live green grass! It’s just so beautiful up here.” And her new image overhaul and celeb status has not disappointed either. “I love how I look. The shoes are amazing and so is the rest of my new closet. I really enjoyed the photoshoot and interviews I did with the media.” So what would she do if she won the money? “I’d love to buy a Mini Cooper car, a house, pay off the rest of my school fees and take my family on a shopping spree. The key thing here is to invest in my future,” Diamond says with a smile.

Becoming the next big reality TV star and a millionaire will be useful for the events company called Takeover SA that she co-owns with friends Sizo Thekwane and Kenneth Hlatshwayo. “Being part of the entertainment scene will help take the business further because I’ll have access to a lot of local celebrities,” she says.

Diamond is keeping mum about which tactics she plans to employ in the game on the Tropika Island of Treasure. “As clichéd as this sounds, I’m just going to be myself. Obviously I have a few tricks up my sleeve, but those aren’t the kind of things you reveal beforehand.”

And you, the viewer, will be the judge of how well they work and if they’re worthy of a million bucks.

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