As Reality TV Gets Hotter… First Lady Lectures Housemates


By Amin Kef Sesay

Housemates Salone Season 2 is getting hotter as the interesting episodes keep unfolding. The gossips, the intimate relationships courted, the educative debates on various topics and all the hullabaloo going on in the House are adding juice, maggi and pepper  to one of the unique Reality TV Shows that is been staged in Sierra Leone, brought together courtesy of Africell and AYV.

The latest of these dramas or episodes, which took place on the 30th October, 2020 and caught the attention of many viewers in and out of the country, has to do with the Housemates Season 2 Court Verdict.

Yanapoli and Sarah, two of the Housemates, were accused of violating one of the rules of the House which is no fighting. In other words, they were accused of fighting for which both were charged to court. In the same case, it was furthered that Victor Onie Williams, another Housemate, stands accused of “hesitation to act responsibly”.

The court, which was presided over by Magistrate Mohamed Heist of Housemates Court No. 1, found both Yanapoli and Sarah guilty of violating the rule of no fighting in the House. Both were therefore given a Yellow Card and sentenced to twenty-four (24) hours Room arrest.

With regards, .Victor Onie Williams, who was accused of “hesitation to act responsibly” he lost five (5) points. He, however, launched an appeal contesting the decision by Chief to deduct 25% of his points scored in the House. Lamentably, he lost the appeal and thus got 5% of his points deducted and 20% restored. According to the judge, he (Victor) hesitated to act responsibly in separating the aforementioned during the fight to an extent of standing by, watching as if he was enjoying the drama.

Yanapoli and Sarah were escorted by the lockup to their cells.

After a long day with court proceedings, the Housemates finally cool off themselves in a Halloween BBQ Pool Party with DJ Cross as the Guest.

In another related issue, the First Lady, Madam Fatima Jabbie Bio’s courtesy visit to the Housemates this past Saturday, 31st October 2020 could be best described as very significant not only in giving confidence to the Housemates to continue to do their best but to know that after Housemates Salone Season 2 their invaluable contributions to nation building will be of utmost importance.

Her inspirational messages, encapsulating keeping their heads up, to have self-esteem and be change makers were well in place, encouraging and would definitely help to define the rationale behind the Reality TV Show which borders on Youth Empowerment.

Housemates Salone Season 2 provided the right platform for the First Lady to reiterate her campaign on “Keep Your Hands Off Our Girls” and other burning issues relating to Sexual and Gender Based Violence and the need to come together to combat the social malaise of rape and sexual penetration to the wider audience, especially viewers of this special episode of the ongoing show.

Though the First Lady has taken the campaign to almost all the districts of the country, however, her visit to the House took the campaign to another level and the intended impact could be huge as the bulk of those who are emotionally attached to watching the Reality TV Show are young people and therefore the expected outcome will be positive in terms of people knowing more about the ramifications of perpetuating Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Housemates Salone Season 2 has captured the hearts and minds of many, evident in the various discussions it is generating. For now many know the Housemates by their individual names, can vividly describe their behavioural patterns and the attributes they possess.

This Reality TV Show is currently giving viewers a lot of fun and laughter.

The Housemates that are now in the House were drawn from various parts of the country and different backgrounds currently competing to the best of their abilities to scoop the votes from members of the public until such a time when the show will reach its climax albeit evictions along the process ultimately leading to the clash of the Titans to determine to final winner.

The ultimate winner will heartily and elatedly bag the whooping sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le250M) and will be availed the opportunity to go on a round trip to Dubai.

However, Housemates Salone is designed in such a way that for every day any of the Housemates stays in the House, he or she becomes automatically eligible to earn one hundred thousand Leones (Le100, 000).

It is important to note that to keep the Housemates in the House, viewers must vote for them. In other words, their survival to be in the House largely depends on the voting public. Make use of this opportunity now by sending SMS messages or vote via the number of any of the Housemates to: 5500 or Dial *5500#. For International voting, call: +23299005500.

According to the organizers, this exciting Reality TV Show was put together against the backdrop of promoting Youth Empowerment. Better put into perspective, Housemates Salone encompasses providing mentorship for young aspiring Sierra Leoneans who believe that they have talents that they could showcase that will not only be sources of entertainment for viewers but provide valuable insights as to the everyday behavioural patterns of young people living together.

However, the most important aspect of the Reality TV Show is that it is serving as a conduit via which the Housemates are taken through  mental and physical exercises that will end up to mould and shape their characters.

They are now benefitting from being guided to be motivational speakers, to think critically as well as rationally, how to healthily interact, how to solve problems, to cook, to sing, dance, control emotions and stress. The Housemates now have the opportunity to learn from what visiting guests, including the First Lady, Madam Fatima Bio, as well as officials of corporate institutions will teach them, learn how to play games and a host of other things that are aligned to coping mechanisms in life.

If it could be succinctly put in other words, Housemates Salone could be liken to a refinery where the current competitors are going through life overhauling experiences to such an extent that life after Housemates Salone will be  positively different for them.

Another good thing about the show is that it has now put all the Housemates in the spotlight as the Reality TV Show is being watched by many in and out of the country. People are now coming to know them, the talents they possess and what they are capable of doing.

The show is a window of opportunity for the Housemates as some people out there could be interested in tapping the talents that they have seen displayed which could end up in changing their fortunes for life. Indeed something has to start somewhere!

This is a rare opportunity for young people who have the conviction that they have all what it takes to grab the mouth-watering winning prize of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Leones and a round trip to Dubai.

Housemates Salone Season 2 will definitely leave an indelible imprint on the entertainment landscape of this country and positive change lives.


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