Big Brother Africa: How the cookie crumbles

Big Brother Africa: How the cookie crumbles

AHA, so how are the fans of the ‘Boring 5’ feeling now? Please, I would like an honest answer.

Do you remember when the so-called ‘Untouchables’ were in the house how they were accused of gossiping, backbiting, arrogance and all manner of unmentionables? Do you remember? And now what are we to say about the ‘Big 5’? Whaaaaat? Can’t hear you! Hullooooo … I’m waiting for an answer.On Tuesday night, the cookie began to crumble for the five remaining housemates.The gossiping, the backstabbing, the tension (which the ‘Untouchables’ were accused of creating) were all there.Sorry, no ‘Untouchables’ to blame now.They were nowhere in sight.Mmmmmmm …Interesting.So what has happened to this so-called more respectful, more understanding, more mature, more intelligent group of people? GOSSIP GALORE Tarty Tatiana, who is turning out to be the most manipulative of the whole lot, engaged the much-venerated Miss Ofunneka in a tête-à-tête outside the house.Not to discuss the task at hand but to discuss poor Maureen who now seems to be the target of all the housemates.It’s like she is the new untouchable! I am sure Ofunneka was regretting her decision not to exchange Richard with Maureen on the nomination list.Ofunneka told Tatiana that Maureen had approached her the day before to complain to her that she (Maureen) no longer had time with Ofunneka because Tatiana was always in the way.Ofunneka said Maureen had basically accused her of spending too much time with Tatiana at the expense of their friendship.Tatiana, the ever-perky little missy, was quick to give her opinion.In her view, Maureen was ‘getting emotionally confused’.She then went on to tell Ofunneka that the same Maureen had also accused her of spending too much time with Richard and that it was Richard’s fault because he was preventing her from mixing with the other housemates.Tatiana also revealed that Biggie had even asked her about how it made her feel that Richard was keeping her away from the others? Now, people we have all been watching Big Brother and Maureen’s observations were spot on.There was nothing wrong with what she told Tatiana.Richard does keep Tatiana away from the others.He does get jealous when she spends time with others and indulges in the type of childish temper tantrums that my seven-year-old would envy! But DID Ofunneka agree with Maureen’s observations? Shock of shocks…NOOOOOOOOO.It appears she has changed her mind about Richard’s behaviour.Remember people that Ofunneka has also made observations about Richard’s jealous and abusive tendencies.For God’s sake, she cried on Tatiana’s shoulders about how Richard reminded her of her possessive and abusive ex-boyfriend.We all sympathised.Ofunemama, we have not forgotten.The two of them went on to tear Maureen apart, saying how she was going crazy because of the pressure of her man being nominated for the first time.Now if this is not backstabbing and gossiping, then I do not know what it is.This group – in their devoted fans’ eyes – is supposed to be the epitome of ‘morality and maturity as put to us by their supporters but it looks like they are beginning to crumble.Their true colours are now being exposed for all to see.RICHARD ON MAUREEN Tatiana having made sure Ofunneka would never again support Maureen, then moved on to her playmate ‘Sir’ Richard.They went into the bathroom where Tatiana proceeded to relay her conversation with Ofunneka to him, ending by saying ‘Foxy (Ofunneka) is upset’.Richard summed up Maureen as being “jealous” of the relationship between himself and Tatiana and between Tatiana and Ofunneka.He called Maureen ‘stupid’ and said she was suffering from ‘lonely fever’.He threatened to confront her and ask: “If you have psychological problems, then deal with them.”Aaaah, the oh-so nice Richard! If this is not insulting, arrogance and gossiping, then I need more education on these subjects.I suppose I should take English 101 again.I thought only the ‘Untouchables’ apparently insulted others and thought they were better than others.For Richard to insinuate that Maureen needs psychological help is really a case of trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye when you have a log in your own.What about him and his abusiveness, him and his temper, him and his childish behaviour, him and his fixation with ‘bumping’ and him and his adulterous goings-on.How can he assume he is better than her, I ask you people.Back to the gossip galore, do you notice a pattern here, people …TATIANA.She is playing the remaining housemates like no other housemate.She has upped her game and the other housemates have become pawns in her chess game.My biggest disappointment is how Ofunneka has fallen into the tarty trap, or maybe she is now also playing her game.Who knows? SEX TALK As Maureen and Richard were discussing their task, Richard ambushed Maureen by asking her: “Maureen, do you like sex?” Maureen was taken aback, telling Richard they were discussing something serious – poverty in Africa – so why was he asking her about sex.To which he replied that they were adults and he wanted to know.So Maureen tells him she does like sex.His next question was how she was managing because it had been two months without it.She told him she could control herself.Richard then elaborated on how he was managing: he said he was being helped out by wet dreams, juice and the Jacuzzi moments.He said after he had wet dreams, his mind would settle and he would be able to go for a week without sex.Code who was nearby heard the entire conversation and was not impressed.Not at all.Later, he confronted Maureen and accused her of disrespecting him by having the sex discussion with Richard.Maureen defended herself saying Richard was always picking on her and it was time she stood up to him and showed him that he could not continue intimidating her.She reminded Code that sometime back he had clearly told Richard that he could have her.At that time, she said, she felt like property that was being passed around and yet he was supposed to be protecting her.The conversation ended in a stalemate.This particular cookie has definitely crumbled.We obviously cannot expect anything more from these two once they leave the house.TASK This week the housemates have to design two posters highlighting the campaign to eradicate poverty.The emphasis of the posters will be to ask viewers to support the UN Eradication of Poverty campaign.The couples have been split up: Code is working with Tatiana and Richard with Maureen.Ofunneka, being the head of the house, will be the overall supervisor and help each group complete their task.Big Brother is looking for creativity, emotional impact and a strong clear message in each poster.Housemates were encouraged to focus on layout, design and colour in both Pictures and Text.* Catch all the Big Brother action on DStv Channel 198I’m waiting for an answer.On Tuesday night, the cookie began to crumble for the five remaining housemates.The gossiping, the backstabbing, the tension (which the ‘Untouchables’ were accused of creating) were all there.Sorry, no ‘Untouchables’ to blame now.They were nowhere in sight.Mmmmmmm …Interesting.So what has happened to this so-called more respectful, more understanding, more mature, more intelligent group of people? GOSSIP GALORE Tarty Tatiana, who is turning out to be the most manipulative of the whole lot, engaged the much-venerated Miss Ofunneka in a tête-à-tête outside the house.Not to discuss the task at hand but to discuss poor Maureen who now seems to be the target of all the housemates.It’s like she is the new untouchable! I am sure Ofunneka was regretting her decision not to exchange Richard with Maureen on the nomination list.Ofunneka told Tatiana that Maureen had approached her the day before to complain to her that she (Maureen) no longer had time with Ofunneka because Tatiana was always in the way.Ofunneka said Maureen had basically accused her of spending too much time with Tatiana at the expense of their friendship.Tatiana, the ever-perky little missy, was quick to give her opinion.In her view, Maureen was ‘getting emotionally confused’.She then went on to tell Ofunneka that the same Maureen had also accused her of spending too much time with Richard and that it was Richard’s fault because he was preventing her from mixing with the other housemates.Tatiana also revealed that Biggie had even asked her about how it made her feel that Richard was keeping her away from the others? Now, people we have all been watching Big Brother and Maureen’s observations were spot on.There was nothing wrong with what she told Tatiana.Richard does keep Tatiana away from the others.He does get jealous when she spends time with others and indulges in the type of childish temper tantrums that my seven-year-old would envy! But DID Ofunneka agree with Maureen’s observations? Shock of shocks…NOOOOOOOOO.It appears she has changed her mind about Richard’s behaviour.Remember people that Ofunneka has also made observations about Richard’s jealous and abusive tendencies.For God’s sake, she cried on Tatiana’s shoulders about how Richard reminded her of her possessive and abusive ex-boyfriend.We all sympathised.Ofunemama, we have not forgotten.The two of them went on to tear Maureen apart, saying how she was going crazy because of the pressure of her man being nominated for the first time.Now if this is not backstabbing and gossiping, then I do not know what it is.This group – in their devoted fans’ eyes – is supposed to be the epitome of ‘morality and maturity as put to us by their supporters but it looks like they are beginning to crumble.Their true colours are now being exposed for all to see.RICHARD ON MAUREEN Tatiana having made sure Ofunneka would never again support Maureen, then moved on to her playmate ‘Sir’ Richard.They went into the bathroom where Tatiana proceeded to relay her conversation with Ofunneka to him, ending by saying ‘Foxy (Ofunneka) is upset’.Richard summed up Maureen as being “jealous” of the relationship between himself and Tatiana and between Tatiana and Ofunneka.He called Maureen ‘stupid’ and said she was suffering from ‘lonely fever’.He threatened to confront her and ask: “If you have psychological problems, then deal with them.”Aaaah, the oh-so nice Richard! If this is not insulting, arrogance and gossiping, then I need more education on these subjects.I suppose I should take English 101 again.I thought only the ‘Untouchables’ apparently insulted others and thought they were better than others.For Richard to insinuate that Maureen needs psychological help is really a case of trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye when you have a log in your own.What about him and his abusiveness, him and his temper, him and his childish behaviour, him and his fixation with ‘bumping’ and him and his adulterous goings-on.How can he assume he is better than her, I ask you people.Back to the gossip galore, do you notice a pattern here, people …TATIANA.She is playing the remaining housemates like no other housemate.She has upped her game and the other housemates have become pawns in her chess game.My biggest disappointment is how Ofunneka has fallen into the tarty trap, or maybe she is now also playing her game.Who knows? SEX TALK As Maureen and Richard were discussing their task, Richard ambushed Maureen by asking her: “Maureen, do you like sex?” Maureen was taken aback, telling Richard they were discussing something serious – poverty in Africa – so why was he asking her about sex.To which he replied that they were adults and he wanted to know.So Maureen tells him she does like sex.His next question was how she was managing because it had been two months without it.She told him she could control herself.Richard then elaborated on how he was managing: he said he was being helped out by wet dreams, juice and the Jacuzzi moments.He said after he had wet dreams, his mind would settle and he would be able to go for a week without sex.Code who was nearby heard the entire conversation and was not impressed.Not at all.Later, he confronted Maureen and accused her of disrespecting him by having the sex discussion with Richard.Maureen defended herself saying Richard was always picking on her and it was time she stood up to him and showed him that he could not continue intimidating her.She reminded Code that sometime back he had clearly told Richard that he could have her.At that time, she said, she felt like property that was being passed around and yet he was supposed to be protecting her.The conversation ended in a stalemate.This particular cookie has definitely crumbled.We obviously cannot expect anything more from these two once they leave the house.TASK This week the housemates have to design two posters highlighting the campaign to eradicate poverty.The emphasis of the posters will be to ask viewers to support the UN Eradication of Poverty campaign.The couples have been split up: Code is working with Tatiana and Richard with Maureen.Ofunneka, being the head of the house, will be the overall supervisor and help each group complete their task.Big Brother is looking for creativity, emotional impact and a strong clear message in each poster.Housemates were encouraged to focus on layout, design and colour in both Pictures and Text.* Catch all the Big Brother action on DStv Channel 198

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