Malawi’s Wati misses K75m in Big Brother Africa StarGame

After an undisputed splendid performance Malawi’s flag carrier in the Big Brother StarGame, Watipaso Kulemeka, has miserably failed to clinch the coveted US$300 000 (K75 million) prize money.

Popularly known as Wati P in the house and by his fans, the 22-year-old Malawian representative sadly finished last among the remaining six housemates.

After 91 days of super action and plenty of drama, the Big Brother StarGame 2012 came to a sour end last Sunday night for the Malawian contestant when he dejectedly saw the well decorated title being awarded to South African representative Keagan Petersen.

The Cape Town born South African essentially became the first South African representative in the house to hit the jack pot in the Africa’s arguably most popular reality television show during its seven seasons’ life despite being hosted there.

Wati: Missed the big prize

In the final week, the 22-year-old winner competed for the top prize against Uganda’s Kyle, Lady May from Namibia, Kenyan rapper Prezzo, Zambian Talia and Malawi’s Wati.

Having made it to Day 91, Malawi’s Wati deflated the spirits of many Malawian BBA followers and his fans across Africa when he became the first of the six finalists to be evicted.

The 22-year-old Malawian was followed by Uganda’s Kyle then Talia and Lady May leaving the Kenyan and Keagan before the intern manager was announced as the winning StarMate of the 2012 Big Brother show after a nail-biting finale sending all corners in South Africa into widespread celebrations.

Prezzo, real names Jackson Ngechu Makini, is the first Kenyan to make it to the finals and was however rewarded with a One Campaign ambassador slot for finishing second and has also been told he would attend artist Jay Z’s concert in US on a date to be announced later.

Wati, adored by all housemates for his great cooking, garden making, and down-to-earth leaderships skills, but despised for his heavily drinking habits, only got one vote (from Malawi).

The South African housemate, who managed to beat off stiff competition from 34 other housemates, plans to invest his prize money in helping his family and donate some to charity.

In this year’s edition, 14 partners with an existing form of relationship graced the show in one of two houses called Downville.

The 28 participants were from Uganda (Kyle and Janette), Kenya (Alex and Malonza), Tanzania (Hilda and Julio), South Africa (Keagan and Lee), Zambia (Tamara and Talia), Malawi (Nafe and Wati), Namibia (Junia and Jesica), Liberia (Yadel and Luke), Ghana (Mildred and Keitta), Nigeria (Ola and Chris), Angola (Seydou and Esperanca), Botswana (Edith and Eve), Zimbabwe (Maneta and Teclar) and Sierra Leone (Dalphin and Zainab).

Then, another seven celebrity participants from Kenya (Prezzo), Ghana (DKB), South Africa (Barbz), Nigeria (Goldie), Zambia (Mampi), Zimbabwe (Roki) and Namibia (Lady May) were tucked away in another house called Upville.

The Big Brother Africa StarGame which was beamed in over 40 African countries has been a hit on Television screens generating interests from millions of people.

Meanwhile, Multichoice Malawi says it has organised a grand welcome party for Wati in Lilongwe for his exceptional performance in the House despite failing to clinch the final prize.

Multichoice Malawi Regional Manager for Central and Northern Regions, Titania Katenga Kaunda, said the Malawian housemate performed remarkably well but was let down by Malawians who did not vote for him.

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