|On Roki ground|
|Saturday, 23 June 2012 18:55|
But while the anger by Zimbabweans at their own children is understandable, it is important to highlight the shortcomings of this season’s game as well.
M-Net and Endemol should have stuck to the old rule — of one candidate per country — and that would have helped viewers to follow the different housemates with much more ease.
When BBA started seven seasons ago, the thinking was that the game was mainly about cultural interaction, exchanging cultural values, but that aspect is seriously lacking this season.
At the expense of cultural interaction, there is a rather alarming commercial slant. For instance, what did Africa and the rest of the housemates benefit culturally from Tanzanian duo of Julio and Hilda, who were evicted in their first week in the house?
The other issue which begs an answer is that of background checks. Does M-Net and series producers Endemol really do proper background checks of the characters they bring into the house as they claim?
hypertension. If his medical history had been established, he would not have entered the house in the first instance.
As well, how did Ghanaian DKB, whose track record of gender-based violence is well documented, end up in the house? DKB was expelled from the house a few weeks ago together with Zainab (Sierra Leone) after giving her two strong open palm slaps to the face.
As for Roki, whose ex-wife Pauline Gundidza he once bashed in broad daylight at a crowded Eastgate shopping mall in the city centre and is known to be emotionally unstable — one wonders how he ended up in such a confined place, full of strangers. Endemol needs to carry out thorough background checks of the selected housemates if the reality show is to remain relevant and interesting.
Surely since the BBA participants are purported to represent their countries, culturally, shouldn’t the countries have a say in whom they would prefer to be their ambassador in the house?
This is because. as it stands, what does Africa and the whole world that watched Roki and Maneta’s weeks of bickering, shallow-mindedness and irritability think of Zimbabwe?
The other thing that took the sting out of the game was that of participants coming in pairs, which resulted in some housemates being forced to leave the house because their partner chose to quit.
The idea of pairing has proven to be burdening as the Zambian pair of Talia and Tamara is always arguing about going-and-staying. As much as Talia wants out of the house, Tamara knows that would mean the end of the show for her, as they would be asked to leave as a pair.
The fight between Roki and Maneta was a storm brewing for a long time and it was just like a volcano waiting to erupt, and, in Roki’s case, exploded at the wrong time. The controversial urban groover, who was an outright favourite, blew his chances of clinching the grand prize as was feared by his fans back home.
Add to that, his somewhat unpredictable nature and sense of humour, and you have a winner. On the other hand, Maneta, the self-opinionated and somewhat controversial character, kept the viewers on the edge of their seats, as almost everything that came out of her mouth was a debate starter.
Her volatile nature and views on life, however, mostly alienated her from a section of the viewers, particularly her fellow countrymen and women. The bigger issue, however, is not on the evictions and scandals of this season’s damp squib but on the reality show’s weaknesses, which appear to have been magnified this season.