ZIMBABWE’S Big Brother Africa contestant Pokello Nare was in the middle of a bullying storm last night as show bosses threatened Ghana’s Selorm ‘Selly’ Ghalley with expulsion from the TV show.
Selly, an actress, dumped a glass full of beer on the 27-year-old Zimbabwean socialite during a booze-fuelled party in the Big Brother house last Saturday – and the incident had largely been ignored until late Tuesday.
Big Brother summoned housemates to the lounge as a video of the incident was played back to stunned housemates.
Big Brother said “the rule book prohibits such behaviour as it may provoke violence”, while praising the Zimbabwean for showing restraint.
Selly, who was warned about her future conduct, was later summoned to the Diary Room where, as fellow housemates watched, she issued an apology.
“The drink was a lot, I didn’t realise that, I thought it was just a little. I just poured it on her with the intention of making her know that ‘you are dancing really well’. I really, really didn’t have any bad intention,” she explained.
“We are friends and we have never quarrelled, we get along very, very fine. I realised she didn’t take it too well and I apologised to her. She forgave me and I even went to all the housemates to help me apologise to her...
“It was actually my way of letting her know she was the life of the party and I was just admiring her from behind. I’m even so surprised how far this has come. I’m very, very sorry, I had no bad intention, absolutely not.”
Big Brother then told the other housemates that “even though Selly explained that this is a practice that she does back home when she parties with her friends, Big Brother finds such behaviour inappropriate and unacceptable”.
Show bosses who expelled Zimbabwe’s two representatives in last year’s show – Maneta Mazanhi and Roki Josphats – for fighting in the house would have been aware that the incident could not go unpunished without provoking outrage in Zimbabwe.
The decision to let Selly get away with a ticking off appeared not to sit well with Pokello and compatriot Munyaradzi ‘Hakeem’ Mandaza. Other housemates also weighed in, many expressing admiring surprise at Pokello’s calm reaction to the provocation.
Hakeem said: “When you go to a party you dress up, you want to look good. If somebody pours a drink on you, how would you feel about it? They don’t have that kind of relationship.”
Pokello, who watched the events in the company of her Ghanaian love interest, Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia, appeared slightly confused as she asked: “So this just went live to the viewers?”
She then added: “I was so powerless [during the beer incident], I could not understand why she was pouring the drink in the first place... The way Big Brother was talking, I was about to cry.”
A remorseful Selly apologised again to Pokello, who told her: "It's okay. Don't worry about it.”
Pokello is nominated for eviction on Sunday, and Selly – despite her claims the pair are friends – was one of the housemates who put her on the chopping block. She claimed the Zimbabwean "is very difficult to work with and doesn't take instructions".
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