Big Brother Hotshots gets underway
in a matter of days and IK
Osakioduwa is set to host Africa's
biggest reality show for the sixth time in a row.
IK has won the hearts of many fans across Africa
for his ability to speak openly and directly with
housemates and allow them to be at ease about
their most vulnerable moments. Asuquo Eton met up
with IK, who revealed what viewers can expect from
the new season and how he feels about hosting this
When you hear Big Brother what comes to
IK: Well the first thing is the word "dedication". You
have to understand that I don't see the show how
everyone else sees it. To me it's more than just a
source of entertainment. I have the rare privilege of
seeing the team behind the scenes that run the
show I've got to tell you, the amount of dedication it
takes to run the Big Brother is second to no other
show I know.
What's the one thing you love about Big Brother?
The difference in perspective it creates. It gives you
a window into the lives of other Africans and how
they live life. I'm always shocked along the way by
something someone will say or do because I may
think a totally different way from them due to our
different backgrounds. So if there's one thing I love
about the show it's how it teaches you to be tolerant
of all people.
What advice do you have for this year's contestants?
The same advice I give to ask the contestants every
year. Try your best to be yourself. That way, people
get to know who you are and can make a decent
choice whether to vote for you or not. But if you put
up an act, you might not be able to sustain it until
the end of the show and the minute you start to
change you'll confuse whatever fans you may
already have gathered. It's just safest to be
You're back for the sixth time as host of this year's edition, how does that feel? and what should we
I always view it as a compliment when I'm asked to
do the show again. It's like someone is saying they
are proud of the work I did the last time. So I'm
always really pleased to be asked to do the show.
And since every show is different I'm always super
exited to discover what we'll get up to as the show
What has Biggie got up his sleeve this year, you know?
I think it's safe to say that no matter what Biggie is
planning we can expect a lot of drama. The house is
always full of drama.
Is Big Brother a guy or a girl?
Seeing as I've never seen Biggie (even though he
speaks to me on the show) I can't really answer
that question authoritatively. But I always think of a
Biggie as "Sexless". I simply picture Biggie as The
Boss. You know his word is law in the house.
Have you ever met Big Brother?
No. Not physically
What are your expectations for this year's Big
Brother Hotshots edition?
In all honesty, I never know what to expect until I
meet the Housemates. They are the ones that bring
life to Biggie's ideas and concepts. So I guess I'm
just kinda excited and waiting with baited breath.
How does it feel being the one to announce
evictions to the housemates?
Well, it's always a difficult thing to do because
you've come to like these people. You've spent so
much time watching them that you feel kinda
connected to them. Like we were friends from
before the house. And who wants to be the one to
tell a friend bad news? But hey it's part of the show
and it's part of my job.
Which year's Big Brother stands out the most to
The show has progressively gotten better over the
years, and each year has exceeded my
expectations. So even though I see each edition
differently and can hardly compare them, I think
each new edition outdoes the previous ones. And
even the numbers support that notion. Each year the
social media interaction about the show exceeds
the last year's records.
Do you think Big Brother participants have better
opportunities after their stay in the house?
I certainly think it opens up a world of possibilities to
them. Especially if they are interested in a media
career. If you look at the lives of some past
housemates, it also supports the theory. Nic hosts
Mashariki Mix , Gaetano got a job on several radio
stations and landed several acting gigs, Uti hosts
Jara , Vimbai hosts Star Gist etc. The list goes on.
The truth is that once you've been on the show,
people all over Africa are more welcoming to you.
Apart from being the host of Big Brother, what other
projects are you currently working on?
Well apart from Big Brother I also keep a radio job
where I work on the radio four times a week. This
year I also ventured into acting. I played lead in a
TV series and I have acted in two other movies. I'm
going to do even more acting in the near future. I
also have plans for some more TV show content.
Just watch this space.
Big Brother Hotshots kicks off on Sunday, 7
September at 19:00 CAT and run 24/7 on DStv
channels 197 and 198.