By Amin Kef-Ranger
The venue , AYV Media Empire, was bubbling with life, laughter filling the air, the fragrance of a variety of perfume, all over the place, as those who turned up to grace the climax of Housemates Salone Season 3, with the slogan “Di Game Get Yagba, If You Nor Able Na for Pull Hand” were seen chatting in groups, some cracking jokes, some taking group photos and selfies, which probably could serve as testimonies that they witnessed the climax of one of the biggest entertainment social events organized by the African Young Voices (AYV) Empire and Africell.
The audience was a mixed one mainly made up by young people as well as elderly folks. The organizers, AYV Media and Africell personnel, were conspicuous as they could be easily identified in T-Shirts, with the event’s name inscribed on them, seen moving here and there ensuring that everything was going according to plan.
After fantastic musical and cultural performances setting the stage for proper commencement of the grand finale of the Reality TV Show that has been running for weeks, the Master of Ceremony (the MC) informed the audience of the purpose of the event.
Speeches, bordering on the objective of organizing the Reality TV Show, portrayed as a conduit to enhance Youth Empowerment, were delivered by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AYV Media Empire, Amb Anthony Navo Jr and the Managing Director of Africell-Sierra Leone, Shadi Gerjawi.
Both underscored that the mentorship provided the Housemates, from the start of the competition up to the end undoubtedly impacted them (Housemates), in positive ways expressing the conviction that they will no longer be the same as they were before they entered the Big House.
They noted how the participants have been exposed to the outside world maintaining that with the vista of opportunities that now await them they must make good use of them.
They also expressed thanks and appreciation to all the sponsors that supported the show, asserting that indeed the platform, in one way or the other exposed the products and services that they have to offer which many may now be aware of.
The organizers also appreciated all the efforts made by members of the public for taking part in the Public Voting maintaining how their contributions helped in making the Reality TV Show a success.
As the event progressed, reaching the climax, the audience which was now restless to know the winner, was held in suspense, as there were catcalls and false announcements made evoking laughter and fun. Finally the winner was announced and the crowd went wild with commendations, in various forms, coming from different sides.
With the rowdy support from the fan base, seen all around the winner, a symbolic presentation of the Two Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le250M) and a ticket for a round trip to Dubai was done to the winner , who emerged at the top after all the ‘Yagba’ in the House.
Indeed, from what this medium learnt many in and out of the country really enjoyed the Season 3 of the Reality TV Show stating that it was well organized. Others expressed the view that there were certain explicit scenes that were not decent for minors recommending that in future episodes such should be well edited or not shown bordering their assertion on morality. But what was so exceptional about the Show was the interest shown by young Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora to actively participate which dwarfed that aspect in the previous two Seasons.
Housemates Salone Season 3, will for a very long period of time, etched on the minds of many as one of the biggest events of the year.
If it could be succinctly put in other words, Housemates Salone was a kind of refinery where the competitors went through life overhauling experiences to an extent that life after Housemates Salone is now completely different for them.