The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe has hailed the setting up of a consolation fund for Big Bother Africa All Stars housemate and Zimbabweâ€™s representative, Munyaradzi Chidzonga by local businessman, saying the whole country should rally behind the Diamond Boy for his gallant effort in lifting the countryâ€™s flag high.Â Â
Deputy Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Mr. Nicholas Moyo hailed Munya for putting his country in a positive light, adding that all Zimbabweans should now rally behind the Diamond Boy, also known as the Son of the Soil.
Fans of Munya all over Africa cried foul over the voting system and the way the results came out saying Munya was the peopleâ€™s choice judging by the way he survived eviction a record nine times.
A consolation fund by a consortium of businessmen has been set up to raise $300 thousand US dollars to compensate Munya for the alleged flawed results and unfair decision.
The consortium is headed by businessman, Philip Chiyangwa and Chairperson of the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board, Mr David Chapfika.
The 24 year old Munya, who survived a record 9 times eviction in the Big Brother All Stars came second to the disappointment of many who had already declared him a winner.Â
After fighting off stiff competition from Zimbabweâ€™s Munya, Nigeriaâ€™s Uti was announced the winner of US$ 200 000.
The 27 year old Nigerian beat Munya when he won with 8 country votes against Munyaâ€™s 7 votes in a closely fought finale in South Africa.
Zimbabwean fans expressed disappointment at the results as Munya was voted second.
Mr Chapfika said although the Son of the Soil as he was also known came second, he won the most hearts and minds of millions of Africans judging by the number of evictions he survived every week.
Munyaâ€™s housemates tried to throw him off the reality show but he kept coming back with the help of the showâ€™s fans. Chapfika said the whole voting and verification process was not transparent as it defeated the spirit of youth empowerment.
Third place went to South Africaâ€™s Lerato, while Tanzaniaâ€™s Mwisho came in fourth. Sheila from Kenya clinched fifth place.
Meanwhile, Zimbabweans have expressed dismay at the way Munya lost insisting that Munya was robbed.
During his 91 day stay in the reality show, Munya raised high the countryâ€™s flag exhibiting a refreshing aura of patriotism.
He made it clear that his wish was to meet President Mugabe. This yearâ€™s Big Brother Africa All Stars drew participants from 14 countries.