Malawi is being presented at the Africa’s popular reality TV show Big Brother StarGame by Lilongwe-based cousins Alinafe Philip Kulemeka (Nafe) and Watipaso Vincent Kulemeka (Wati).
The two are representing a country which has failed to win in six previous shows.
But a relation to the pair, journalists and cartoonist Mtheto Lungu tells Nyasa Times that that the Malawian’s bets at bringing home a jackpot of $300,000 from the StarGame have what it takes to win the converted prize.
Nyasa Times’Thom Chiumia asked Mtheto to say more about the pair.
Nyasa Times: Can you say more about Nafe and Wati being your cousins? What type of people are they?
Mtheto: Alinafe and Watipaso Kulemeka are [my] blood cousins. Their fathers are identical twins from Dedza and are both married to women from Mzimba. Wati’s father is Paul (heading the National Roads Authority) and Nafe’s is Peter (with a project under the UNDP) both based in Lilongwe.
They have sisters and a horde of supportive cousins, and are both good with friends.
Wati’s mother is Kondwani, who won one of the prestigious accolades in home gardening and offers her beautiful place for wedding and other function photo sessions in Area 10. Nafe’s mother is Kwacha and she runs the impressive Cherub Private Schools in Area 47. You can see hard work and the zeal to reach for greater heights must be inborn traits for the cousins.
Again, the two were born in the same year and are 22, both grew up in the capital city.
They are outgoing and very lively good people. They easily make friends.
I know them as passionate to their own game and hard working young men. They have the potential to make it big in life in their respective careers. Alinafe helps out with the family business and Watipaso is a self-employed young energetic entrepreneur of sorts.
You should also know that following in they are good basket players and in other games including pool, like were their dads.
Nyasa Times: Do you think they have what it takes to win the Big Brother StarGame prize money?
Of course yes. They have the aptitude for it and now that they are going for the big prize, I will be disappointed if fate was not on their side. As Big Brother often seems to be about, the two are well tailored for such exigent events.
Their enthusiasm to taking challenges to the end with positive results cannot be under emphasized. I can bet all it takes that they will bring what Malawi has been robbed of through all the other Big Brother shows to the homeland.
They are smart and think that way. I am positive nothing will divert them from their winning fixture.
Nyasa Times: What has been the reaction of their parents and the family for their Big Brother participation?
I know all should be excited. Both parents are understanding people and supportive not only of their own children, but of dependents and those not even related to them, I believe they have all their support on their boys.
As for the rest of the family members, we are as grateful and excited with this new-age development. We will support them and probably conduct one or two home events in the three cities in their support.
I wish I there was a chance to rejig them of their love for climate change issues and their dreams to making life a better thing to live in Malawi.
We want Malawi to benefit from these young people. We want more than last second position. We want the first position. And we are going to give that to our beloved nation through Nafe and Wati. We love them and they love Malawi. Thanks to Multi-choice for this wonderful gift to the family!
Nyasa Times: What is their occupation?
Like earlier said, assistant administrator helping with the family business for Nafe and self employed entrepreneur for Wati, who is a genius in mathematics.
Nyasa Times: Any other comment about Nafe and Wati?
Well, Malawi can rest be assured that this is a winning team and that we shall have all the support we can get for these two wonderful lads. The media, am sure, will also put its weight behind the guys! In God we trust and in God we shall succeed.
The reality show pits seven selected celebrity housemates and 14 couples from across sub-Saharan Africa against each other to compete in the two houses, namely, Upville and Downville studded with 53 cameras and 120 microphones.
The Upville contains seven celebrity housemates while the Downville is the one which contains all the contestants.
Big Brother StarGame features a new automated nomination process that is similar to that used on the National Lottery.
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