, JOHANNESBURG, November 25 – Amidst cheering fans and glittering confetti in an electric atmosphere, M-Net’s Big Brother Africa 3 came to a dramatic end on Sunday night, after 91 days when Angolan Ricco Venancio was voted to victory by the show’s fans.
In a two-hour finale screened live across the continent on DStv, and featuring performances by gorgeous Jamaican superstars Brick and Lace, the 21-year-old from Luanda scooped the big prize, walking off with a hefty $100 000!
The twelve Big Brother Africa guest presenters said their farewells to the continent whilst audiences were also treated to a last dose of ‘diary room gems’. Also included in the Final was a quick whip around the continent as fans showed that support for Hazel, Munya and Ricco seemed evenly split.
Then, heading onto the Big Brother Africa stage for the very last time, were the nine previously eliminated housemates. Latoya, TK, Lucille, Mimi, Morris, Sheila, Tawana, Thami and Uti, took to the spotlight to take questions from series host KB Ngakane about their time in the house, punctuating their answers with good humor and smiles.
However the Final was all about one question…who would win Big Brother Africa 3?
The answer began when Zimbabwe’s Munya became the tenth person evicted from the show after voting lines closed. When the time came for the winner announcement, auditing firm Alexander Forbes revealed that the results were evenly split with Hazel and Ricco each receiving exactly six country votes.
Ricco was voted for by Angola, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and the Rest of Africa. Hazel was picked by Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.
Following the format rules of Big Brother Africa, the auditing firm then consolidated the collective percentages that Hazel and Ricco had each received. At that time, host KB crossed live back into the Big Brother Africa house to make the big announcement.
Waiting a few breathless moments, KB announced that it was Ricco who was Africa’s winner!
As Hazel headed outside, she was met by her mom and the cheering approval of the crowd. Then it was time for a thrilled Ricco to head outside as fans roared their support and his family, including his mother, welcomed him back into the world outside the Big Brother doors!