By Confidente Reporter
AT the age of 22, Dillish Mathews won Big Brother Africa 8: The Chase in 2013.
She is still the only Namibian housemate to win the reality show competition.
Today she is an entrepreneur and the brand ambassador of Delush Wines, the Automobile Association of Namibia in the category of Women in Road Safety and South African Airways. We decided to find out a bit more about her journey.
Why did you decide to enter Big Brother?
I was sitting in class in my third-year and I asked the lecturer for a scope. We were writing exams and she was just said, “Study everything. Why do you guys want everything spoon-fed to you?” Our books were really thick. Psychology students have it hard, guys, and I just packed up, and I was like “you know what, I’m quitting school”. That’s why I decided to enter the show, because I kept seeing this advert on TV, and I’m like, “life, is this you talking to me?” My friend Maria filled in our entry forms, and the rest is history.
Who inspires you?
I am definitely inspired by my granddad. When I was a little kid, I always watched him trading. I was like, “okay, if children bring him empty bottles, he gives them a dollar, and then on Sundays he carries all of those crates and takes them to Coca-Cola and he gets money for it”. As a little kid, I just kept watching and watching.
What’s your favourite movie?
I’m totally in love with Dirty Dancing or Mama Mia. Musicals are my thing; I sing along, I dance along. I don’t know; they just make me happy. I believe I’m an old soul. I’m a 50-year-old old woman, trapped in this 26-year-old body.
What is your biggest success, up to now?
Getting all these brand endorsements is a big achievement. It’s over three years ago that I won Big Brother Africa; I don’t sing, I don’t dance and I don’t act, but people are still so interested in working with Dillish.
Do you have a favourite MultiChoice channel and why?
I eat, sleep and breathe TLC Entertainment. I love the shows they have. We had David Mbeha there as TLC’s Next Great Presenter. So when I saw that, I was like, “what, Namibia won”, so that was a big moment for me. I love that channel, I live for that channel.
Do you mind taking us down memory lane, to the day when you were named the winner of Big Brother Africa?
Okay so it’s the final day; we don’t know who is going to win, but you get this tingly feeling that it might be you, because Africa has saved you so many times. It’s not like I was the funniest or the most entertaining. When it came down to Cleo and me, I was like, “this is my best friend, and so if it goes to her, I know her money is going to be my money too”. When they announced me the winner, I was like, “what, I come from a country of 2.5 million people, like this achievement is great”. When I came home, taxi drivers knew my name, they were hooting at me. I was just like, “wow, this really happened”. Even talking about it confuses me.
How has MultiChoice enriched your life?
You know, the support from those guys was awesome. I always watch the charities they support; they are changing people’s lives every day. They are about the people. For me, MultiChoice has changed my life tremendously. I can never thank them enough. Big Brother Africa is the best platform ever. MultiChoice, thank you guys!
How has your association with MultiChoice allowed you to make a difference in your community and what difference have you made?
Well it’s easier for me to approach say, big entities or corporations to help me with charity work. I know that they know me because of MultiChoice. They’ve watched me on TV, so it’s just helped open doors for me.
What’s next for Dillish Matthews?
All the way up. Right now I’m just thinking of having a couple of babies because the clock is ticking. I’m planning on settling down in say two years.
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