Big Brother Africa: 8 Malawi auditions next week

As Mnet continues the search for Big Brother Africa (BBA) reality TV show housemates, the scouting team will next week be in Malawi where it is expected to conduct auditions in Lilongwe.

The auditions are expected to take place at Cresta Crossroads Hotel and will be conducted for three days starting next Monday, March 11, 2013. MultiChoice Malawi has since confirmed the dates and the venue.

According to Chimwemwe Nyirenda, MultiChoice Malawi sales and marketing manager, auditions will only be conducted in the capital city, contrary to previous reports that the judges will also be in Blantyre to audition candidates for BBA season 8.

“We planned to have auditions in Blantyre and Lilongwe but the organisers [Mnet] advised us to do auditions where we got more registrations,” the official told Nyasa Times as he disclosed that they had received more applications from the capital.

MultiChoice Malawi spokesman, Chimwemwe Nyirenda:  BBA Malawi auditions
MultiChoice Malawi spokesman, Chimwemwe Nyirenda: BBA Malawi auditions

Speaking in an interview, Nyirenda revealed that they had received over 70 applications at their offices in Blantyre and Lilongwe, but he was quick to indicate that they were yet to receive online applications from Mnet.

“On average we get 100 plus applications every year, so we expect the same numbers this year,” said Nyirenda. He noted that other people may apply both online and through the print forms hence he couldn’t say the exact figure.

This will be the first time for BBA auditions in Malawi to take place in the capital city. Nyirenda therefore encouraged all applicants from Blantyre and other areas to travel to Lilongwe and try their luck.

“We are talking of K100 million at stake for this year’s winner. Who would want to miss this opportunity?” Nyirenda asked.

He gave examples of Hazel Warren, Felicia Ngoma as well as Nafe and Wati Kulemeka who had travelled all the way from Lilongwe to Blantyre to audition and were picked.

The MultiChoice Malawi spokesperson said they will try to make an arrangement with the visiting judging panel to prioritise applicants from outside Lilongwe.
The eighth edition of BBA is scheduled to start on May 26 and will run for 91 days.

This year, there are 14 participating countries namely Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Entry is open to all those persons over the age of 21, who are citizens of one of the participating countries and who either have a valid passport or will be able to obtain one by the end of March.

Producers are looking for persons who are fluent in English, entertaining and passionate about the Big Brother experience.

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