Johannesburg - They walked into the Big Brother house as an unemployed couple from Dobsonville, Soweto. They left it last night R2 million richer, and with ambitious plans for their future.
After spending 56 days in the Big Brother house, Nkanyiso “Ace” Khumalo and Ntombifuthi “Ntombi” Tshabalala – who go by the name NtombAce – emerged victorious.
The bubbly couple edged out their rivals with a whopping 62% of the overall votes. Closest rivals, K2 and Blue received 30% and Mbali and Chelsea as MbalSea got 8% of the public’s votes.
City Press spoke to them at the Mzansi Magic headquarters in Randburg, Johannesburg, this afternoon.
“We never set out to win, but through prayer and undying hope, we had secretly harboured the desire to win the competition,” said Ace.
Ntombi was equally breathless when she spoke about their journey.
Though it has not really sunk in yet, she said she would like to give back to the community.
“Having fallen pregnant early in my life, I would like to dedicate my time to helping young girls overcome the effects of teenage pregnancies,” she said.
While they hadn’t quite decided on what to do with the winnings, Ace said it was important to empower others and particularly their communities.
But charity begins at home, and they had considered focusing on their own education and then getting back into the entertainment industry.
They said they entered the reality TV competition with no strategy or decisive plan, but hoped that eventually they would make it to the last stages of the competition.
“We never had a particular plan on how we were going to win the competition, but through staying true to our values, being humble and being respectful to ourselves and the other housemates, we hoped that would be enough to carry us through.”
It looks like their simple plan worked out in the end.
“All we did was laugh, dance, sing and take part in the activities of the day,” added Ntombi.
Ntombi and Ace said they have become “stronger as a couple” and that the reality TV turmoil cemented their bond.
“Our relationship has always been about respect. Although we fought and argued like any other couple we still remained respectful to each other,” said Ntombi.
They thanked their fans for their amazing feedback and for “supporting and standing by us throughout the competition”.
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