This year’s show will require each entrant to pair themselves with their best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, brother, sister, boss, husband, wife, neighbour, hairdresser, or anyone they wish.
Each participating country will provide a pair of housemates that must be at least 21 years old and fluent in English.
Last year’s edition saw Zimbabwe’s Wendall Parson and Nigeria’s Karen Igho winning the show and walking away with US$200 000 each.
Adding to the innovation for which the hit reality TV series has become known for, the M-Net show has also increased the prize money from US$200 000 to US$300 000.
Multichoice Zimbabwe Public relations manager, Liz Dziva said:
“The entrants must be fun-loving, vocal, creative, original and articulate and in addition all entrants must have the social flexibility to live in close proximity with others and must be tolerant of views and lifestyle choices other than their own.”
Liberia and Sierra Leone will have representatives in the show for the first time. They will join other housemates from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This year, there will be no housemates from Ethiopia. Mozambique will take on a new role.