Malawi's 2009 Big Brother Revolution representative 24-year old Mzamose Jean Chibambo. Pic courtesy of Timve Magazine.
By Frank Malemia
Malawi’s 2009 reality show, Big Brother Africa Revolution representative Mzamose Jean Chibambo may instantly become a millionaire on Sunday if a viewers’ vote goes in her favour.
The 24-year old Mzamo has stunned many of her critics in Malawi when she reached the finals of the 2009 Big Brother Revolution show which is being held in South Africa.
The daughter of a former diplomat and politician Ziliro Chibambo, Mzamo has caused some controversy back home in Malawi because of what many people have described as her un Malawian behavior.
The issues that have not impressed many Malawians include; her excessive drinking culture, smoking habit, dressing, the use of foul language and her sexual escapades with evicted housemate, Lionel from the neighbouring Mozambique.
The two are reported to have had sex in the house although this has not been proved.
Following her behaviour in the house and a public outcry, her own family back home in Malawi condemned her greatly.
Her own sister, Violet who acts as a spokesperson for the Chibambo family said that Mzamose had shown some un Malawian behavior in the house.
She said then that what Mzamose was doing in the house was not what the Chibambo family had expected of her and that they were embarrassed she behaved that way on live television.
However, following some great help from Namibian housemate Edward who twice has saved Mzamo from possible eviction, the Malawian student is set to grab the US$200,000.00 prize money if viewers vote in her favour.
Following the eviction of Zimbabwean Itai last Sunday, the race now remains between five competitors including Namibia’s Edward, Angola’s Emma, Kelvin and Nkenna both from Nigeria and of course Malawi’s own Mzamo.
Meanwhile, Mzamo’s family has retreated from their earlier remarks and have since announced they are proud of her for reaching the finals.
Last month, a group of women religious leaders petitioned the Malawi Government through Women and Gender Minister Patricia Kaliati to condemn Mzamose behaviour in the reality show and withdraw her from the race.
Although this was the stance taken by the women religious leaders, there has been divergent opinion on the Malawi girl’s behaviour.
Others have argued it’s reality television such that people are displaying their normal behaviour whilst others feel she has embarrassed the nation.
Malawi remains a conservative society that was very dominant under the 31-year autocratic rule under former late president Hastings Kamuzu Banda and the former ruling Malawi Congress Party-Malawi Digest.