Africa Matata.Com had the priviledge to have an interview with Big Brother 2 WINNER Richard Bezuidenhout. He talks about his current projects, Aids in Africa among other things.
Africa Matata: It is a privilege to have you for this interview
When going into the Big Brother House, did you know that you would end up winning?
Richard: Anything was possible, and I was prepared to win or lose since I knew that there were 11 other strong competitors. However, I knew I had a 1 in 12 chance of winning and I thought that was good enough to take the risk.
Africa Matata: Could you tell us about what you have been up to after winning?
Richard: I have started my own production company called Richard Bezuidenhout Co., I have had the starring role in three movies, I have had the chance to travel to UK, South Africa, Nigeria and Canada. I also produced and directed a documentary and I have done promotions. It has been busy.
Africa Matata:What about any predictions on the upcoming Big Brother Africa 4?
Richard: That’s too difficult to predict! However, for the next game, I think some viewers, the ones who have not experienced a situation like this, should stop being so judgmental and abusive to housemates because they do not know what they are capable of if they were in the same position. Public figures have the right to live their own lives too, and others can learn from them.
Africa Matata: What do you consider as your greates achievement in life.
I have always said this that it is getting married to my wife. If there was any good decision I made in life, it was getting married to her.
Africa Matata: What advice do you have for the young ones from Africa as a whole?
Richard: Stay away from drugs, stay healthy, enjoy life, work hard for your goals, the sky is the limit and remember that dreams really do come true, but you have to be prepared for a tough road to achievement.
Africa Matata: What or who is your greatest love?
Africa Matata: What do you have to say on the AIDS pandemic ravaging Africans in millions.
Richard: I have been touched by AIDS just like most of us here in Africa. I lost someone very close to me, and she did not know the person who gave it to her had it. You never know who could have it out there. Everyone should take responsibility for their life and protect themselves. However, those infected by AIDS need love and support, not rejection. For those who are infected, spreading the disease more does not cure you or make anything better, therefore I urge them to stop. Also, I think it should be up to Africans to determine our own destiny, not people from outside telling us how to solve our problems.
Africa Matata: What are your plans for the future?
Richard: At the moment, my wife is expecting a child and I am excited to be a father. Therefore, I want to take some time off to be close to my child and my wife. As it has always been, my dream has always been in the film making industry, so I will be producing and directing this year.
Africa Matata: Any final remarks?
Richard: Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed. Life is short and precious. You should all enjoy it without putting yourselves at risk – this is possible.
Richard Dyle Bezuidenhout
Born August 10, 1982 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Currently living in Dar
Profession: Actor and Movie Director