Barely three months after losing the cash prize of $300,000 to Tanzanian, Idris Sultan, at the 2014 Big Brother Africa taggedBBHotshots, Zimbabwean rep, Jerome Arab aka JJ is broke and depressed.
In a recent interview with a Zimbabwean journalist, Chipo Sabeta, JJ says he’s broke, depressed, hates his life and has become suicidal.
The Zimbabwean singer, rapper, actor, songwriter and director, who was one of the two closest personalities to the eventual winner, narrated that his life situations have degenerated to a worse state after his participation at the 9th edition of the Big Brother Africa.
In his words, ‘The truth is that I am broke and going through a rough patch. I am a pedestrian, I didn’t win the jackpot and I am probably poorer than I was before BBA.
‘So many things are piling in my life and it doesn’t seem like there is an immediate solution for me. It stressed me so much I had to go for a psychological analysis,’ he said.
Speaking further,’Of course, everyone , everyone in the country is goign through the same challenges but I feel my situation is complex, I am an entertainer and the industry in Zimbabwe is not paying. I tried everything but nothing came up.
‘I have a Diploma in Media and And television Studies but I have not used that certificate since I obtained it. I tried recording but nothing is paying. SO many things are piling in my life and it doesn’t seem like there is an immediate solution for me. It stressed me so much that I had to go for a psychological analysis.
On life after BBA, he said ‘I was among the last group and having spent three months in the house , it’s painful to have nothing to show. I left the house empty handed. Upon my arrival, I had to help my granny pay her medical bills and start life all over again. It was like starting from ZERO.
‘Besides being called at Multichoice official functions, there is really nothing to show for it. I am a pedestrian, I didn’t win the jackpot and I am probably poor than I was before BBA.
‘However I enjoyed and learnt more about people’s cultures. It’s a good platform for uniting Africa because it’s a chance that everyone wanted,’ he said.