Derick Kobina Bonney, a stand-up comedian better known by his stage name DKB, has finally dispelled accusations that he paid Big Brother Africa 2012 organizers to shift multi-award-winning singer Mildred Ashong, well known as Eazzy, from the VIP area to the normal section of the house.
The international reality television brand Big Brother was first introduced in 1997 by creator John de Mol, and Big Brother Africa is its African adaptation.
The program debuted in 2003 on M-Net for one season, reaching viewers in 42 African nations.
But in the 7th season of Big Brother Africa, also known as the StarGame, in 2012, DKB represented Ghana alongside the well-known singer and her boyfriend Keitta.
Eazzy was significantly more well-known than DKB before the start of that episode, however the renowned comedian was transferred into the VIP portion of the house while the vocalist was moved into the normal section.
Back in 2012, this caused a significant uproar among many in the entertainment industry. A portion of the entertainment industry has accused DKB of buying Eazzy and her partner a spot in the regular segment of the biggest reality program in Africa.
In response to this, DKB refuted the claim in an interview with entertainment journalist Ekow Koomson on Ghanaweekend TV:
There were absurd accusations that I was relocated to the VIP area of the House because I paid the event organizers to move Eazzy into the regular area since Eazzy was better deserving of it
was more well-known than I was, and I yearned to be a star like her. This was a preposterous rumor, and that was a falsehood.
DKB stated that he was already recognized as a star by the organizers after working with them before that edition in order to explain why he was pushed into the VIP section over Eazzy.
Because M-net hosted a comedy club for renowned African comedians a year prior to that season, the Big Brother organizers recognized me as a star in Ghana and flew me there to perform. Therefore, when they went into their system to find stars for the seventh edition, they found that they already had my information and recognized me as someone who had contributed in some way.