The biggest reality show in Africa is back and AfricaMagic can reveal that season 8 of Big Brother Africa has been dramatically titled The Chase. 28 housemates from 14 countries will not only be chasing after the 300 000 USD cash prize but the chance of becoming a household name and perhaps even finding romance.
Launching on Sunday 26 May, Big BrotherThe Chase will combine electrifying twists and big surprises that will require housemates to use their charm to get ahead, possibly leaving room for cupid’s arrow to connect two hearts or more.
Setting the tone,in line with theme,the
the new season’s logo showcases a glittering and slightly flirtatious feel with chic, edgy gold plated lines. The iconic Big Brother eye has an enchanting gold dust finish with a dazzling diamond centre, featuring a teasing hint of ruby red.
More good news is that the witty and entertaining IK Osakioduwa returns once again in 2013to host The Chase. He has won many fans across the continent for his ability to speak openly with housemates and allow them to be at ease at their most vulnerable moments.
“Big Brother Africa is a pretty unique show. Every season has its own special moments and features. I’m super excited to be invited back to host the show.I have thoroughly enjoyed the past seasons and I look forward to bringing a fresh and energetic approach to The Chase,” says the popular TV and radio presenter.
Commenting on the new seasonM-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi says, “Without revealing too much, I cansay that AfricaMagicalways strives to deliver the best in entertainment and Big Brother Africa remains at the forefront of our plans. We want to give audiences and loyal fans of the show, a truly unforgettable viewing experience once again. This season audiences can expect a show encompassing suspense, emotions, drama, fun, excitement and quite possibly, as we have seenin previous seasons, a little romance.
Having produced Big Brother Africa from season one, Endemol promises a sterling edition ofThe Chase, “Endemol is excited to present another season of Big Brother in Africa. Another vintage season lies in store with fresh new twists and surprises and ultimately great reality entertainment” adds Managing Director of Endemol South Africa Sivan Pillay.
With less than four weeks remaining to the big launch night, audiences can get the latest Big Brother Africa updates on www.bigbrotherafrica.comas well as on Facebook and Twitter.
For 91 days, Africa biggest reality series will be screened live 24/7 on DStv channels 197 and 198 while GOtv audiences will be able to see highlights. So stay tune…Biggie has returned and the fun is about to begin!
Alright, so i guess by now you are aware of the numerous number of so-called celebrities who are rooting for Some Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates.
As a matter of fact, President John Mahama has a great support from some of these so-called celebrities, even more than the NPP’s Akufo Addo, who won the hearts of many musicians in the 2008 elections.
But come to think of it, do you really believe that these so-called celebrities mean well for the nation as a whole or they do so for their own interest?
Well my interaction with some Ghanaians seem to be making me possibly believe that they do so largely for their own good.
Indeed some of these people do so because of their personal ties with these aspirants. Others work privately for them and stand a chance of not benefiting if the supposed candidates lose.
There is one of these so-called celebrities who is supporting a candidate just because of his ties with the candidate’s relation and this is trivial…It is shameful and unpatriotic!!
Nevertheless, there are genuine reasons that necessitated some of these so-called Celebrities to side with some of these aspirants.
What do you think?
It is World Food Day today and I am asking -
Do you have a three square meal each day, How often do you throw food away and how are you helping in your own small way to help make food available for others who struggle to have one meal a day?
Remember, lots of people especially in Africa literally eat in day.It is not because they want to fast, it is because they have no access to food – food is scarce and poverty makes no money available to buy food…
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For decades, Africa was often depicted as a continent of starving children, flies in their mouths and malnourished bellies, families decimated by AIDS, or adults in raggedy clothes walking past the decaying corpse of animals beside a dusty road, running away from their war-torn country into the neighbouring country’s makeshift tents. How about pictures of child soldiers brandishing AK47s.
Who can one forget the late Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning picture of a child crawling towards a UN food camp as a
vulture waited for the child to die so that it can eat him?
For years these pictures and political instability formed negative perceptions about the continent, prompting analysts and the media to describe Africa as a waste basket case, a Dark Continent…
Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, once had this to say about Africa: “The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world. But if the world, as a community, focused on it, we could heal it. And if we don’t, that scar will become deeper and angrier still.”
Thankfully, these descriptions and perceptions are changing fast. Now Africa is described as a continent of emerging markets, rising skyscrapers lining the horizon, cities teeming with educated graduates hungry for opportunities, a thriving small business environment, emerging farmers and emerging mineral wealth and economies which have doubled in size this century and continues to grow, fast.
Perceptions are changing, thanks to the rising number of democratically elected governments, the disappearing violent conflicts, scarcity of wars and coups, ebbing inflation, innovative business executives, rising foreign investment from other emerging markets (Chinese, Brazilian and India). Of course the rising commodity prices of oil, aluminum, cotton, and diamonds and other minerals has also fueled this growth.
For many years, Western nations advocated increased aid as a silver bullet for Africa’s development.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, in his speech to the UN Assembly once said: “We seek to ensure that we move away from the donor- recipient relationship with the developed world to a new partnership based on mutual respect as well as shared responsibility and accountability.”
Thanks to leaders of Mbeki’s ilk, to improve our image, Africans have embarked on a road to build a future filled with hope through joint efforts to halt and prevent hostilities and accelerate common development, shared responsibility and economic growth.
This has forced African countries to become more self-reliant and to take responsibility. Our continent is slowly emerging from darkness into a region described as the next big growth market.
Africa is thriving. The fact that the flow of aid stayed flat even as growth took off in several African economies suggests that the begging bowl was never going to solve our problems. Now the all-consuming discussion of aid is being overtaken by Africa’s homegrown solutions.
Africa’s rising can be attributed to a mix of better governance, new technologies, improved and friendly economic policies, investment by Eastern nations, the growth of mobile telephony and inevitably, globalisation.
RISE OF DEMOCRACIES
It is hard to believe that for almost two decades only Botswana, Senegal and Mauritius were the only true democracies. Today despotism is fast disappearing and more than 48 out of 54 African countries hold regular multi-party elections. The continent is a freer and more democratic place.
Military dictatorships and single- party governments have gone from being the norm to the exception.
The more open political and economic climate has meant that Africans who worked and lived overseas are returning home to provide valuable resources: their brainpower and enthusiasm.
Young people who’ve lived overseas are returning to work in democratic governments or start businesses. For them the opportunities are enormous.
THE CHINESE ARE HERE
As the Western powers concentrate on other priorities, the Chinese, Indians, Russians and Brazilians are prowling the continent for economic and investment opportunities. They are crawling our cities and villages looking for opportunities to invest.
They are exploiting natural resources such as agricultural self-sufficiency and high-value agro-exports and natural resources such as oil and metals, copper and other commodities.
For example, South African gold is still an attraction. Nigeria is awash with black gold, currently producing two million barrels of oil a day and Ghana is producing oil for the first time.
Africa is now a final frontier for investors. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world top 10 fastest growing economies include six African countries, Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique and Rwanda. Of the 10, Angola has experienced an 11.1 growth rate, Nigeria 8.9% Ethiopia 8.4%, Chad, 7.9%, Mozambique, 7.9% and Rwanda 7.6%.
Sub-Saharan Africa is considered the world’s second fastest growing region after Asia. According to the IMF, GDP forecast for 2012 is 5.8%. The United Nations says foreign direct investment(FDI) in the region has increased from $9 billion in 2000 to more than $88 billion today.
There is also an expansion of unique range of service industries, including tourism with westerners thronging African beaches and world wonders such as Victoria Falls in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. South Africa continues to reap the benefits of having hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
With all of these opportunities come beneficiation deals to technology and skills transfer brought by foreign investor partnerships.
Also, African currencies have been more stable and inflation in the main is more acceptable. Additionally, the income of many African nationals has been rising steadily. This has led to significant investment in infrastructure and growth in the telecommunications industries.
Africa is feeling the impact of information and communication technology. We all know that technology is not limited to the sector in which it is produced, but rather spreads to all sectors of production and consumption. This is true for mobile telephony in Africa.
Mobile telephony, even though it is still significantly below the saturation levels of the developed world, has contributed to global economic development in a positive and significant way.
Indeed, infrastructure, while improving, remains inadequate. The boom in mobile phones is transforming everything from agriculture to healthcare. Young Africans – impatient for change, and innovative and increasingly well-educated – are using mobile technologies to solve problems presented by poor services and political stagnation.
Across the continent, mobile phones accelerate the maintenance and formation of social capital and social ties. Mobile phones strengthen existing social networks and overlap with economic networks. This means of communication is being incorporated in rural production and commercial activities and has become an everyday business communication tool.
REGIONALLY SPONSORED PEACE AGREEMENTS
The end of apartheid was an example and motivation that Africans can solve their own problems, hence South Africa‘s role in the region is encouraging economic development across the continent.
Today, regionally sponsored peace agreements, supported by African peacekeeping and peace-building mechanisms are becoming the norm.
Mbeki has brokered peace in Sudan. As Africa’s largest country, its stability was critical to the pursuit of durable peace in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.
Also, joint efforts made by African leaders in recent years have led to a halt to long-standing conflicts in Sierra Leone and Angola.
Africa has realised that it cannot be left behind when it comes to globalisation. A new Africa is emerging, powered by capitalism, embracing globalisation and finally shaking off the shackles of colonisation, the begging bowl syndrome and the cold war that proved so crippling to development.
To accelerate the momentum of growth, African governments should champion the setting of the scene for private sector participation.
Such development models must rest on the pillars of political stability, property rights, access to capital and investment in health and education.
Also, there is a greater need for transparency and accountability and for eradication of corruption. Governments need to develop the right policies and incentives for ideas, capital and businesses to circulate and develop
This will help establish sound, sustainable business institutions and investment and development of infrastructure, build transport links and constructing solid strategies.
African governments must continue to support entrepreneurship and small businesses, grow companies that will create a multiplier effect and see Africa rise and rise.
Let the continent be the pre-eminent frontier for economic boom and political stability.
Let Africa continue to rise.
By Rich Mkhondo. He is the Executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN Group. He delivered these comments during a keynote address at Highway Africa, the continent’s largest annual gathering of 600 African journalists on the continent recently held at Rhodes University.
Ghana’s Largest Opposition Party’s Leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was spotted busily enjoying a meal of kpokpoi during his tour in the Greater Accra Region.
Nana Addo launched his listening tour campaign right after his nomination as the NPP’s Flag bearer and from what you see in the picture above, this practice by Nana is perhaps, one of his strategies to understand the plights of the ordinary person.
Don’t forget all these if you break the mystery of the “J word”, John, to be Ghana’s President.
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Not long ago, the largest opposition party in Ghana, New Patriotic Party (NPP) launched its Manifesto. This was followed by an official endorsement of President Mahama as the flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDC). The Nduom’s Led Progressive People’s Party (PPP) outdored its National Headquarters and threw some very important challenges to the NDC and NPP. He is asking their Leaders to declare their assets.
The NPP’s “Book of Big Ambitions” needs to be critically examined, to really figure out whether they could deliver all
Instead of us to use online and radio platforms to discuss important issues in the manifestos of the various political parties, Ghana is busily debating on trivial issues like: which political party’s leader is a youth.
Ghana’s Youth Policy Document say this: “The policy defines “youth” as “persons who are within the age bracket of fifteen (15) and thirty-five (35)”. Ghana’s definition has been informed by those used by the United Nations Organisation and the Commonwealth Secretariat.”
From above, none of the flag bearers of the various political parties is a youth. You do not claim to be youth because you are physically active.
None of you can claim to represent the youth by mere assumption that you look youth. You can prove that only by your policies for Ghanaian Youth.
The youth of these times should be alert and support political leaders who have reasonable and concise policies; not leaders who are trying to please the youth based on their physical look, past events or pretensions.
Tell us what you can do and if you make sense, after careful deliberations on your promises, we
would then decide to support you or not.
The Youth Should Know them by now. They give several excuses to their inability to deliver their promises. They talk about global economic crises; forgetting that these crises existed when they were making their empty promises.
As future leaders of Ghana, the youth must not vote based on ethnic lines. VOTE based on POLICIES!!
We can do it without them! Study your environment and identify any small opportunity and build it to have a positive impact on your society.
Ghana Prides herself with Beautiful, Lovely and well behaved women. It is the truth and you can’t take it from them.
But a recent research by the Giant condoms manufacturer, Durex, is suggesting that Ghana women are the most unfaithful in the world.
The research wasbased on interviews with 29,000 people from 36 countries.
The top two countries are Ghana and Thailand with 62 and 59 percent respectively.
Well, opinion polls may not necessarily be the exact truth but if these results are anything to go by, then GHANA WOMEN, Prove to YOUR MEN, that you have not SUDDENLY CHANGED….lol
What do you think?
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Ethiopia’s prime minister Mr. Meles Zenawi, 57, is reportedly dead. He came to power two decades ago and has been a strong force in the African sub region.
His health has been a talk for sometime now. The Ethiopian State news reported this morning this morning that he was receiving a medical attention but died as a result of some infections.
Though his deputy is would be taking over from him, it is not still clear whether other blocks may agree…
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