Tanzania’s Big Brother representative Idris was announced the winner of this year’s Big Brother Africa. He took home $300,000 (sh828 million, N53 million Naira) jackpot Sunday night, becoming the second Tanzanian to claim the BBA money after Richard Bezuidenhout who won the 2007 edition.
The Tanzanian, who played his game as the house’s bad boy and lover man, beat Nigeria’s Tayo to the jackpot in a nerve-wrecking finale to end the 63-day African reality TV show that gave viewers a wonderful experience.
Why and How Idris won
Tayo had turned out to be the outright favourite to the jackpot but Idris’ advantage came because most countries that have allies to Tanzania like Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia had bowed out of the house, unlike Idris who still had competitors to the finale. Idris won his country’s vote and also country votes from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Zambia who are all allies of Tanzania.
Note: If a contenstant wins majority of all votes in from a particular country, its counted that they have won the country. So the volume of overall votes does not matter. For instance, even if Tayo’s total votes was 100k and Idris’s was 50k, it doesn’t make Tayo the winner. The winner is calculated based on number of countries you are able to dominate regardless of the volume of votes coming from the countries.
When asked what he will do with the money, Idris was not really committal on what he was to use the prize money, saying he will give back to Africa, to which IK, the show’s host teased him to be exact with his promises.
He was the boy who had a romantic fling with Uganda’s Ellah and Botswana’s Goitse during the show while Tayo was the emotional boy who at some point fell out with almost every male housemate in the house.