Alusa-Kenya1Big Brother Africa has started the unveiling of the contestants of Season 9 of the popular reality game show. The first contestants unveiled yesterday included Kenya’s Melvin Alusa.

33 Year old Melvin hails from Kakamega which together with Mombasa are his favourite places in Kenya because they’re both very exotic in their ways and rich culture. He is an actor, radio drama director and MC.

Family: He is married with three children. He is also Bien of Sauti Sol’s older brother.

Cuisine: His favorite food is ugali with chicken stew and traditional vegetables.

Books: His favourite book is TD Jakes’ He-Motions

Television and Film: He likes watching National Geographic, The Exes and Nigerian movies. His favorite movie is Training Day and his favorite actor is Denzel Washington

Music: He enjoys listening to Sauti-Sol, Mafikizolo, P.Square, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita

He describes himself as “ambitious, spiritual, outspoken, generous and mysterious”, Alusa likes people who are “detailed” and who have a good sense of humour, because he likes to laugh. He doesn’t enjoy people who ‘emit negative energy’.

Melvin entered the Big Brother Hotshots for the exposure, as well as the intrigue of living with total strangers in a closed environment and the desire to share his lifestyle with a huge audience. Alusa is looking forward to having the continent watching him: ‘I’m an artist, a performer, so I love attention. I’m not in the least bit intimidated, in fact, I’m thrilled’

He says the best thing about Africa is the people. ‘Africans are both beautiful in form and diverse culture.’ Outside of Africa, his favourite place is Brazil because of the  ‘Rich culture, beautiful women, sweet samba music, festivals, food – I could go on and on.’

We wish him all the very best.