Makosi Msambasi is a Zimbabwean lady, born 23 September 1980, who came to the United Kingdom several years ago and studied to become a cardiac nurse when she was only 18. A born again Christian she is now working on MAKOSI Today, a chatshow which will air in ZBC. She also has a weekly colum with H Metro!
She briefly took time off to join the 2005 UK Channel 4 Reality TV series Big Brother 6 and came third in a controversy packed series eventually won by on screen ‘lover’ Anthony Hutton
After her stint in Big Brother, Makosi’s nursing career was virtually over with no chance she would be allowed back in the job by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). At the end of August 2005 her working visa was curtailed and she was forced to file an asylum claim based on the fact that her appearance on the show had made it unsafe for her to return home.
Her asylum claim was successful but cost her thousands of pounds which have not been fully paid up to now, allegedly. She was allowed to say in the UK for 5 years as a refugee with the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal agreeing that she would be in danger if returned to Zimbabwe. Fellow Zimbabweans again rounded on her, accusing her claim of belittling ‘genuine’ asylum claimants.
Makosi posing naked, breasts out in the open for many UK tabloids was to mark ‘the no going back period’ of her relationship with fellow Zimbabweans. While Zimbabwean men will not hesitate to feast on her naked pictures, the women driven my jealousy and envy have been vicious in branding her a ‘prostitute’ and many other unprintable names.
So why did Makosi go into Big Brother?
“I went on to Big Brother for all sorts of reasons, but the most important reason is that my mum (Sennie) has a brain tumour. It’s benign, it is not malignant, but it is sitting on optic nerves which could make her blind … Her having an operation is going to cost a lot of money, so I thought if I can use myself to raise money for my mum then fair enough,” she told a newspaper.
In 2010 Makosi was back for more TV action with Ultimate Big Brother where all the prominent contestants from previous episodes were offered £10 000 each to come for one final hoorah. Makosi revealed she had been in a relationship for 2 years with a 49-year-old man, who lived in Africa. This time naively without controversy her stay was limited, becoming the second housemate evicted.
“Growing up for me was such a blessing (I’m one of those people who can never relate to that Drake song Started from the bottom now we are here) I am grateful. I have made many mistakes, taken paths I should not have taken of which I’ve paid a hefty price for but I thank God for His mercy.
“Doesn’t mean I’m perfect I AM STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. ..What would I tell my younger self if I could, I would tell her “enjoy the marathon called life, don’t try taking any shortcuts, things fall apart when you take short cuts…trust God in all you do and always remember every action has a consequence.”
“What would I say to someone who has made so many mistakes they’ve lost count? ” be encouraged your destiny looks nothing like your history.”
“Concerning relationships “sometimes what you think was your greatest loss was actually your greatest gain, not everyone you lose is a loss…trust your struggle…learn from it…its going to give you a scar anyway so you might as well learn from it…There is purpose in your pain.”
Makosi Musambasi is a bit of an enigma of late, outspoken, vivacious and misunderstood. The misunderstood part probably comes from the fact that she wears her heart on her sleeve and is as honest as they come.
From as early as the age of 17 Makosi was up to something. She won Miss Mashonaland East which meant she automatically got a place on Miss Zimbabwe 1998!
She holds a nursing degree from the University of Luton and after practising, quit cardiac nursing at the age of 25 ‘ in pursuit of happiness’.
She came to front and centre when she entered Big Brother UK in 2005. Bee, as she is called by her family would later launch a modeling career before taking up journalism!
We caught up with her and in a moment, this is what she had to say….
What is your government name?
What do you like to call yourself?
I call myself MAKOSI
What is the most ridiculous nickname you have ever had?
2face and his crew call me Mascwando and I think it’s ridiculous
Which side of the bed do you sleep on?
I sleep on the left side of the bed, that is when I do sleep cause I suffer from really bad insomnia
Are you left-handed or right-handed?
I am right handed
What is your favourite instrument?
Mbira is my favourite instrument and I play them well! My two brothers play marimba really well so maybe there is a musical gene in the family somewhere.
What is the first song you fell in love with?
The thefirst song I fell in love with has to be Breathe from Toni braxton
Best concert you have ever been to?
Best concert? Mmmm let’s see. I’ve been to see Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sean Kingston, Akon, Donnel Jones, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, P Square, 2face, Asa, Mi, Macheso, Tongai Moyo, Thomas Mapfumo, Tuku, Ringo, Lundi, Mafikizolo and I loved all of them but the John Legend one was an exceptional one…
Of the projects you have worked on which one is your favourite?
Groupies are lovers really! They spread love not hate
How do you deal with groupies?
It’s just strange when a young girl from Bristol or Birmingham is crazy about you. They follow everything you do and they say they love you yet you don’t know them.
How excited were you when the first groupie hollered at you?
I tend not to feel elavated or defined by fans or groupies I am just grateful to God that there are people who care and I always pray to remain humble and do best what I was created to do
Where is Zimbabwean society going?
Zimbabwean society has to change its mindset before it changes it’s direction! Change happens in the head not with the hand. There is so much anger and self hate. If you want time know you hate yourself see how you feel about others. You an only give what you have. For the roads to change our minds have to change. Stop abdicating responsibility by pointing a finger! changes begins with YOU
Where is your vision going?
I started off as a cardiac nurse where I worked in the ward Tony Blair was treated once and now I have a page Inca newspaper, am recording my chatshow and was a reality TV star before the Kim Kardashians of today! Exciting blessed life! I know God has a plan bigger than me. My vision is to be what I was created to be! God is the alpha and omega, so He knows where I’m heading! so far I have enjoyed the journey.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as the girl who liberated people from themselves by being myself. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too!