Big Brother’s Vimbai Mutinhiri engaged to Nigerian hotelier

Vimbai Mutinhiri and Andrew Ekpenyong

Former Big Brother Africa housemate, Vimbai Mutinhiri, has announced her engagement to Nigerian hotelier, Andrew Ekpenyong, after two years of dating.

The 32-year-old shared the news with her social media followers on Sunday after Ekpenyong surprised her with an engagement ring during a trip to South Africa over the weekend.


The couple were out for dinner when the Nigerian popped the question with the help of staff at the celebrity eatery, Signature Restaurant, in Sandton.

“God’s time is the best time #MyAfricanFairytale,” she posted on Instagram and Twitter with pictures of her sparkling engagement ring.


On Monday, she thanked her followers for their good wishes, prayers and blessings.

The youngest of four children, Vimbai is the daughter of politicians Tracy and Ambrose Mutinhiri.

She represented Zimbabwe in the Big Brother Africa reality TV show in 2011.

Nigeria’s Karen Igho and Wendall Parson from Zimbabwe won the show that year.


After Big Brother, Vimbai was chosen as the new presenter for the entertainment and lifestyle show, ‘Star Gist’, on Africa Magic Entertainment.

The University of Cape Town politics, philosophy and economics graduate moved to Nigeria after Dstv migrated ‘Star Gist’ to the West African country.

Thirty-three-year-old Andrew runs a family hotel in Nigeria’s tourist hotspot of Calabar.


He is the youngest son of Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, a powerful tribal leader from Cross River State.

His elder brother, Asuquo Jnr, works as finance commissioner for Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.