Big Brother’s Sizzling Hot Namibian GirlsBy: Tuyeimo Haidula
MAGINE the Downville house without Junia and Jesica. Yes, dull! Whether you like them or not, they have Namibians glued to their TV screens as they compete for the Big Brother prize money.
Junia shared the first kiss on the show when she playfully locked lips with Kenyan contestant Malonza, as housemates gathered round the jacuzzi on the first Sunday. Then, Jesica and Luke had viewers agog with their romantic goings on before the Liberian was evicted.
During his exit interview, Luke said he’d like to pursue a relationship with Jessica after the show.
So who are these two young women who shot out of nowhere to become household names and set tongues wagging. The Weekender caught up with a couple of people close to the duo to get their take on our housemates.
Jesica Shikeva is a Human Resource student at Lingua College in Windhoek. Born on September, 15 1990, she grew up in Karasburg. Her former boyfriend of almost two years, Jurgen Katjivena (well known as Zulu), and her mother, Anna Gubula, provided some insight on this beauty.
The oldest of three children, she grew up in a boys-only family resulting in her being something of a tomboy. She has a scar on her face, from being hit by a stone while playing with her brothers.
Her grandmother was her guardian as her parents were away a lot of the time working at tourist resorts.
Zulu describes Jesica as a young lady with a vibrant character who believes in hard work and success, and as cute, smart, original, genuine, loud and stubborn.
He said her favourite personal sayings include, “Trust is good but control is better” and, “Dis net lewe” (it’s just life).
It emerged that although she’s shy, she also loves the spotlight.
According to Zulu, no one encouraged her to take part in Big Brother. He said she’d been keen to take part since last year and went for it this year. “I helped her complete her form and thereafter she did everything on her own,” he said.
“This year was a dramatic one for the both of us. Early in March she lost her grandmother, she was all in tears as she looked up to her as a mother and a friend. Going for Big Brother Stargame was a comfort. Everything happened all at once,” said Zulu.
Her mother, Anna, told The Weekender that, as a mother, she would be glad if her daughter just settles in comfortably in the StarGame house.
She had nothing to say about the comments people make about Jesica. She said she’s at a resort in a very isolated area with no access to television. “The last thing I said to her was good luck,” Anna said.
About Jesica leaving college for Big Brother, her mother said it doesn’t bother her. “This is her last year. She is going to graduate anyway because she attends classes only at a certain time of the year.”
Her mother concluded by saying if Jesica wins the money maybe she could try to start up a business or invest and plough back into the community.
Jesica loves fashion and would love to be a designer. Her future plans are to own a boutique, and to continue with her studies and get that HR position.
She loves dogs and hates gossip; the kitchen is her favourite place in the house; while spaghetti with mince and cheese is her favourite meal. Her favourite colours are green, brown and black. The only thing she regrets in her life is her Grade 12 performance.
Junia was born on February 21, 1989 and grew up in Gibeon and went to Mariental High School up to Grade 11 before moving to Karasburg High School for Grade 12.
Her mother, Maria Cloete, described her daughter as a fun person.
“She talks a lot, likes jokes, is friendly and straightforward. I’m very happy and only get sad when people in the house try to upset her.”
Maria is very proud of her daughter. “I would never have imagined seeing her on TV, let alone the whole of Africa watching my last born. It’s really amazing! I really didn’t know if she was going because I can only remember her telling me that she was going to an interview. So I am just surprised to see she went through,” she said.
“So far I think she’s really fun and I think she’s performing and behaving. It’s good to see her mingling with the guys more than the girls and I see she is just real and it makes me miss her.”
Maria has to rely on a friend when it comes to watching the show, but tries to catch as much of her daughter on TV as she can. Although she agrees with some of the comments people make about Junia, she doesn’t agree with them all. “People should understand that is how she’s always been with regards to who to hang out with.”
“The first thing I will do when she comes out is ask how it was inside, if she missed me and how she coped and if she was happy to be there.”
About Junia leaving her job for the show, she said she doesn’t know much about it. “All I know is that she was last working at a guest house, ‘Vondelhof Guest House’, as a receptionist. So I’m not sure if she put in leave to go.”
Asked about what she will do if Junia wins, she exclaimed: “My dear! Such big money! I really don’t know. I will be sooooo happy and glad, and I will thank the Lord.” Gordon Joseph, a close friend, described Junia as an easygoing person, a daredevil, a risk taker, dramatic and intelligent. She is quite outspoken, kind, and adventurous, always ready to help, bubbly, never moody and takes humour in everything,” he said.
Gordon said he’s not sure who encouraged her to take part in Big Brother but she was always a fan of the show. “She is passionate about performing arts and back at school it was all about drama and acting,” he said.
Junia wants to win Big Brother, continue with her studies and build a house in Windhoek with some flats to rent out. She hates people who think they are superior and makes others feel inferior. She likes making others feel good about themselves and her favourite meals are toast with eggs, bacon, tea/coffee, and macaroni and cooked chicken for dinner and lunch. Her favourite colour is brown.