'JJ'
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Housemate Information
Real/Full Name: Jerome Arab
Country: Zimbabwe
Gender: Male
Season(s) Competed In: Big Brother Africa 9
Number of Days Spent in House: 63
House Status: Finalist
Position Finished In: 5th (out of 26)

Jerome Arab, also known as JJ is one of the six fake Emerald housemates for Big Brother Africa 8. He entered the house on Day 48 and left on Day 61. He is also a former Big Brother Africa housemate. He represented Zimbabwe during the ninth season of the show where he finished in fifth place on Day 63 after receiving 1/14 votes to win.

About JJ

Big Brother Africa 8

Harare-born JJ is a singer and songwriter from Zimbabwe, with a National Diploma in Media. His favourite books are 48 Laws of Power and The Secret and his favourite movies include American Gangster, 300 and The Vow. He describes himself as “fun, ambitious, happy, loving and warm” and says the thing he likes most about himself is his “chilled quality”. JJ likes “happy, smiley people” but dislikes people who are “full of themselves”. JJ cites his dad as his role model and says the best thing about Africa is its people and his favourite place in Zimbabwe is Nyanga, “because of the fresh air”. Outside of Africa, his favourite place is Studio 25 in Manchester, which was a roof over his head “when times were tough”. The achievement he’s most proud of so far is the release of his first single - internationally - this year. His strategy as an Emerald housemate is to confuse the current housemates and use reverse psychology on them. He says that viewers can expect “laughs, jokes and fun times” when he’s in the house.

Big Brother Africa 9

JJ calls himself ‘an entertainer’ on the back of his work as a ‘singer, rapper, actor, songwriter and director’. His inspiration behind entering Big Brother Hotshots is the platform the show provides. ‘It’s a necessary foundation for me to be able to produce my own music even if I don’t win the money,’ he says. He says that viewers can expect to be entertained, and that they’ll also have a gym partner every morning. If he wins the money, he’ll fix up his parents’ house, invest in his career by working on his first international album and give some money to charity. JJ loves Italian and Japanese food, his favourite book is Shakespeare’s Macbeth and his favourite TV show is Elementary. His favourite musicians are JP Cooper, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and MiCasa’s J.Something. His all-time favourite films are 300, The Vow and American Gangster, with his favourite actor, Denzel Washington. He believes that the best thing about Africa is that ‘the people are all full of life’. His favourite place in Zimbabwe is Inyaga, and outside it, Manchester in England, ‘home of the greatest football club and where I found my feet and my passion’, he says.

Housemate History

Housemate Status

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9
Nominated Nominated Nominated Head of House Exempted Exempted Safe Nominated 5th Place
(Day 63)

Total Nominations Received

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Total
0 7 4 0 0 0 0 2 5th Place 13
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Big Brother Africa 6 Housemates
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