Zimbabwe’s big Brother StarGame housemate Maneta Mazanhi says she is dating businessman Wicknell Chivayo. Maneta, who was described by her sister Tendai as “eye candy”, told her fellow housemates that she was deeply in love with Wicknell.
The 21-year-old beauty who is known for gossip apparently, lists “Gossip Girl”, as one of her favourite television series.
Although the rumour mill was awash with reports that before going into the house Maneta was dating a guy whose business interests include a team in the Castle Premiership League.
Contacted for comment, Wicknell laughed off the claims saying he and Maneta were not an item.
“I am flabbergasted by her assertions. If indeed that’s what she said her claims are absurd. I am sick and tired of girls seeking greener pastures going around saying I am in love with them,” he said.
Wicknell said he was a religious person who believed in one woman.
“I believe in one man, one woman. However, as a patriotic Zimbabwean I would want her to win though I vehemently deny any involvement with her,” he said.
Wicknell runs a flourishing transport company based in Southerton and is one of the big spenders and socialites in Harare who often do their shopping in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom among others.
At one time he made the headlines after he posed for pictures with wads of US dollars.
It would appear the Bulawayo-born Maneta could just be playing her game as she knows too well that dragging names like Wicknell could help her score points.
This is, however, contrary to her initial game plan, where she made viewers and fans believe that she could play the game without riding on anyone’s fame.
“I am my own person and I have my own capabilities and I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” she once claimed.
Maneta has four older sisters and a brother and she is studying for law degree.
She was inspired to enter Big Brother StarGame after watching former Nigerian housemate Karen entertain viewers and having so much fun.
She entered the house with her sister Teclar, who unfortunately, was evicted after just seven days in the house.
Maneta described herself as fun, intelligent, beautiful, exotic and indescribable but oddly enough so far they have had love-hate relationship with countryman Roki ever since she was upgraded to Upville house to join the celebrity housemates.
And contrary to her claims that she is a “grounded and humble person with morals who respects hard work and perseverance in others” most Zimbabwean fans believe she is not representing the country well.
But she says if she wins the grand prize, she will make a better future for herself.
She is hoping to gain exposure, publicity, fun and new contacts from playing the game and says her family is fully behind her. She’s excited by the fact that the whole continent will be watching her and is looking forward to an “interesting and intriguing” Big Brother StarGame.
She listed the Victoria Falls as a favourite place in Zimbabwe and that the best thing about Africa is that it has a lot of nature, animals, plants and beautiful people.