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Stand up, speak out!

Another article by NATASHA UYS from :

Check out: http://www.makepovertyhistory.com.au/standup.aspx to show your support.

THERE were some interesting folks visiting the BBA house this past week.

First it was a visit from two representatives from the United Nations, who took the opportunity to enlighten the housemates and viewers across Africa on some of the millennium goals set out by African heads of state.

Goals such as the eradication of hunger and poverty, the improvement of the standard of education and the quality of medical services and the combat of HIV-AIDS across the continent are part of the proposed millennium goals, which will hopefully be achieved by 2015.

The task for the week centred around creating awareness about these and several other issues hampering development across Africa.

The ‘Stand Up, Speak Out’ campaign was launched in the BBA house with the help of a few big wigs in Africa’s entertainment world.

Celebrated South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka visited the house, via the plasma screen, and instructed the housemates to build an anti-poverty fire in the garden.

The fire had to be kept burning for 24 hours and the housemates had to take it in shifts to stand by the fire during the duration of the task.


STARS STEP IN: Then on Wednesday, the housemates received some celeb attention when a group of well-known and funky South African musicians set up a studio in the boys’ bedroom.

DJ Oskido, Appleseed from Bongo Maffin, Theo from Mafikizolo, Zonke and DJ Christos worked closely with the remaining housemates to record a song as part of the ‘Stand Up, Speak Out’ anti-poverty campaign.

The jam session between the creative musos and the budding talents displayed by some housemates was a real example of the abundance of raw, untapped talent that much of Africa has to offer.

But, if you thought that was all – there was even more to come …

Senegal’s Baaba Maal had the housemates squealing with excitement and in a scurry of activity when he paid the BBA house a surprise visit.

As part of the campaign he delivered a message to speak out against poverty in Africa.

The housemates sang for him – with Code on the guitar – and it seems that as one of Africa’s musical greats, he was quite impressed with their compositions.

Later in the week the housemates sat in awe as they watched the talented musician in concert on DVD.

Former Big Brother Africa contestant Gaetano relayed a message via the plasma screen regarding the state of HIV-AIDS in Africa and took the opportunity to introduce two AIDS campaigners, who also visited the house.

The two women, both of whom are living with the disease, took the opportunity to discuss the reality of HIV-AIDS with the housemates.

Together they spoke about the possible ways to reduce the instances of HIV-AIDS in Africa.

DIFFERENT REALITIES: The one-on-one interaction between the housemates and the pair of HIV-AIDS campaigners brought the reality of the disease home in a very powerful way, transforming the much-talked-about but apathy-laden issue into something more urgent and real.

Reflecting on the more serious side of things, the housemates were overjoyed to receive a quick visit from South African kwaito group, TKZee.

Tokollo, Kabelo and Zwai were taken on a quick tour of the BBA house before they sat down to chat and started jamming in an impromptu session of freestyle beats.

CHALLENGE: After meeting various musicians and even spending some time in the recording studio, the housemates had the opportunity to switch over to the creative pursuit of filmmaking.

The housemates were tasked with conceptualising an advert for MTN.

A representative from MTN joined the housemates as they threw ideas around and got to grips with the dynamic world of advertising.

Each of the housemates had to film a 30-second ad on their cellphones, using a laptop to edit the footage.

Some of the best ads will be chosen, expanded upon and used in the MTN campaign.

GETTING FOCUS: With the tragic death of Reggae great Lucky Dube still fresh in our minds, I think this week’s task was just what we all needed to get us thinking about less trivial matters.

I mean, bitchiness, backstabbing and gossiping aside, getting the housemates to consent on issues greater than the usual lovers’ tiffs and mood swings was really a much-needed change as things in the house were undoubtedly getting a little stale.

What a wonderful platform to send out a more serious message.

Now, I guess it is up to all of us to take it further – in our own communities and countries – taking little steps to try to transform Africa into the great continent that it surely has the potential to be.

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