Khosi Twala, a contestant from South Africa, emerged as the winner of the first edition of the Big Brother Titans reality TV show after competing against 24 other contestants for a total of 78 days.
The show, which began on 25th January, had twelve Nigerians and twelve South Africans competing for the grand prize of $100,000.
Since the show began, Khosi has proven to be an outstanding housemate, with her endless drama and entertaining personality.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, 25-year-old Khosi revealed what she plans to do with her massive win.
The reality TV show star said she did not experience any cultural differences while on the show. According to her, she was already used to Nigerians living in South Africa and was familiar with their culture.
She was able to connect with Nigerians because she had been exposed to their culture and way of life. This exposure had given her a certain level of familiarity, which helped her to appreciate and relate to Nigerians better.
However, this does not mean that her experience was not unique, and there are several other points we have been able to highlight from her statement.
Before that, let’s take a look at the relationship between Nigeria and the Southern African country prior to the show.
Nigeria and South Africa are two of the largest economies in Africa, and both countries have played a key role in the development of the continent. However, the relationship between these two countries has not always been smooth.
In 2019, there were cases of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, leading to a diplomatic spat between the two countries. The incident sparked outrage across the continent, with many calling for improved relations between Nigeria and South Africa.
However, the debut of Big Brother Titans, a reality tv show which brings citizens of these great countries together under one roof, is a testament to the improved relationship between Nigeria and South Africa. Also common is music collaboration among Nigerian chart-topping artistes like Davido, Wizkid, Naira Marley, Falz, e.t.c and South African’s bests such as Mafikizolo, Mphela, Focalistic, Big Zulu, e.t.c which has further strengthen the relationship between these two giants.
Khosi’s comments about her experience with Nigerians in the Big Brother’s house and her desire for better relations between South Africa and Nigeria highlight the fact that cultural differences can be overcome through interaction and familiarity.
Despite the historical and cultural differences that may exist between these countries, the housemates were able to live together in the house shunning any form of violence and conflict.
A further enabler of this was the organizer of the Big Brother Franchise pairing the Nigerian and South African housemates of opposite sexes to promote collective responsibilities among them.
Khosi’s desire to take her activities to Nigeria, as part of her plans as the winner of the show, is a positive step towards building stronger ties between South Africa and Nigeria. By expanding her reach beyond her home country, she is creating opportunities for collaboration and exchange between South Africans and Nigerians.
The BBT Season one winner also noted that “Nigerians are just human beings who happen to be from West Africa, and me from South Africa, and basic things connect us.” This is an important reminder, especially in a world where differences are often used to divide people. If we focus on our similarities and shared values, we can build stronger relationships and create more inclusive communities.
The inter-cultural experience and relation among the contestant of the Big Brother Titans show while in the house highlight the importance of cultural exchange and collaboration on the African continent.
Needless to say, it is only through working together that African countries can overcome the challenges that lie ahead and build a brighter future for all Africans.