“…I know, but I can’t tell you...” KB
THERE is more than one man acting. They are blacks, not whites. They do not necessarily reside in the Big Brother house, but each time they speak, the voice is manipulated through the sound system so that their voices sound the same.
Some of them are in the entertainment field, probably prominent figures – these were the clues that Big Brother Africa 3 (BBA 3) host, Kabelo ‘KB’ Ngakane, offered to Informanté about the ‘faceless’ Big Brother Africa. In an exclusive interview with Informanté at the just concluded Sanlam/NBC Music Awards last Friday at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek, KB, the Master of Ceremonies alongside NBC TV/Radio personality, Ilke ‘Cutie’ Platt, offered these hints - the first such hints ever afforded to the press.
Asked whether he was a main voice behind the ‘faceless Big Brother’ - given that pre-recorded voices could have been used whilst he was busy entertaining the audience on stage - KB said that even though the characters had remained some of the most phenomenal in the entertainment industry, he was none of them.
I am not Biggie
KB - who is also a music powerhouse, Channel O’s VJ, and one of the most prominent entertainment figures on the African continent - answered this reporter’s questions backstage, in between hosting the coveted Sanlam/NBC Music Awards aired live across the country.
“I am not allowed to reveal the identity of Big Brother (Africa), but definitely I am not the one – some people are paid to do that,” he said.
“Of course he is not white, that’s a black man’s voice – and of course I know them, but I am not allowed to say.”
The revelations come just after BBA3 wrapped up in Johannesburg a fortnight ago, with Angola’s Ricardo ‘Ricco’ Vernancio, wrestling the US$100,000 (about N$985,000) prize money from Malawi’s Hazel Warren on percentage votes, after the two had tied with six country votes each.
This signalled the end of the continental reality show, which was hosted by KB and watched by millions viewers across Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Namibia’s representative, Lucille Naobeb, was the second housemate to be kicked out of the contest, which involved 12 countries and ran from August 24 until November 23. Other participating countries included Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.