But they were wrong, Feza followed O’neal to Botswana where people just fell in love with the beautiful Tanzanian’s charm.
Voice Reporter, Daniel Kenosi caught up with the Tanzanian stunner to find out who she is away from the cameras.
This is how the interview in which she talks openly about the difficulties of growing up in the city and the general challenges of life as a single mother went.
Q. You found love in the house. How did you and O’neal fall in love?
(Laughs loud) I don’t know how this relationship started. I never planned for it to happen.
In fact before getting into the BBA house I had stayed for 11 months without dating and O’neal just showed up out of the blue.
My intention was to stay single for two years.
I had told myself I won’t fall for any guy in the house.
Q. I see! How was your upbringing?
Feza has always been a town girl. Whenever I tell people that I have never been to a village or rural settlement they get shocked.
I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya which is where I started my childhood schooling until Grade Four (4) and then moved back to Tanzania where I completed my Grade Seven (7).
After that I moved back to Kenya.
Q. Kenya? Why?
My mother worked there for over 25 years. Kenya is my home away from home.
Q. I understand you are a beauty queen. What can you tell us about that?
I am a former beauty queen and was once Miss Tanzania run up in 2005.
My sister is former Miss Tanzania. When I moved from Tanzania’s second city to the capital city I really used to hate using public transport and a friend who had noticed this pet hate about me suggested I enter a beauty pageant in which the grand prize was a car.
I told my sister about it so she gave me all the support. I won two cars.
I gave my mother the other car. My sister and I have a promotions company which organizses beauty pageants.
Q. How old where you then?
I was 18. I became very popular in that short time and I wasn’t ready. I think I became big headed.
I started drinking and even got involved in a car accident something that led to my mother transferring me to study in England where I stayed for about three years and fell pregnant with my first child.
Q. You had a child while studying abroad?
(Laughs) Yes, before I finished my University. I was only left with a year to complete and had to go back home.
I became too expensive for my mother to send back to school.
I am yet to complete my studies.
Q. What were you studying?
I was studying Business Management.
Q. How did the parents react when you brought a child instead of a Degree from England?
They were disappointed, but the quickly accepted it and became very supportive.
They got pissed off at first and later embraced me.
They helped me every step of the way. Besides a child is a blessing from God.
Q. How old is your child now?
He is a big boy. 5-years-old now. He is a very difficult boy.
I am always looking into what he is likely to become when he grows up but I am still failing to identify his career line.
He likes fixing things around the house so I suspect he is likely to become an Engineer.
No. He is a Tanzanian and lives in Tanzania.
Q. What does he do for a living?
I have no idea. He has since moved on so I don’t know anything about what is happening in his life. I wouldn’t care much.
Q. Now let’s focus on the Big Brother Africa game. What inspired you to join this game?
I have always wanted to be popular but my focus was on music.
I have always dreamt of becoming a big musician since I was 17.
When I dropped my first single I wanted to spread my wings and be known worldwide.
Going into the Big Brother house was ideal because I wanted people to know me.
My plan was to stay for just two weeks in the house. It would have been enough for people to know me and learn about my music.
Q. Tell us about your experience of queuing up for BBA auditions and how you got selected to represent Tanzania.
This was not the first time I tried to enter the BBA game. I tried last year with a friend.
This year, I was very reluctant because I didn’t see any need because I had failed the previous year.
However, I was finally selected.
Q. Who was the first person you informed of your selection into BBA?
It’s very weird that I didn’t tell anyone. I just had to lie that I had been selected into the Tanzanian top 5 so I was going to South Africa for trials.
I was shocked when I got into the house and other housemates told me that they had informed their families that they were going into the BBA house.
Q. How did you feel on that Sunday night when you entered the house?
I am still trying to understand how I managed to stand in front of those cameras.
I don’t even remember what I said on that day.
Q. How was the reception when you went back to Tanzania after you were evicted?
I was very scared and thought Tanzanian people wouldn’t accept me back.
I thought I had not represented them well but to my surprise I was given a great reception from Ministers to ordinary citizens who were very glad that I represented Tanzania well.
Q. Why did you think they won’t accept you?
You never know. You can be yourself and do things people wouldn’t like.
Q. Like what?
Like swearing a lot or anything that people wouldn’t like.
Q. How was your mother’s reaction about Oneza relationship?
My mother is a straight talker so she advised me to be sure about what I was doing.
She wasn’t totally convinced that it was about love.
She thought it was all about the Big Brother game.
Q. Had you won the BBA grand prize what would you have done with the money?
I was going to buy a house for me and my son.
I have a Foundation in Tanzania which helps drug addicts willing to be rehabilitated.
Heroine is a big problem in Tanzania and has ruined many lives.
The money would have gone into that Foundation and the other share into my music career.
Q. Any future plans with O’neal?
I don’t know what the future holds. I can say we are in a relationship and we are happy for now.
Q. When are you going back home?
It will just depend on the work we have.
A lot of people think I am in Botswana just to and relax and have a good time with O’neal.
He is a workaholic so we are always working.
I am a recording artist.
I released my first single this year. I have been in the music industry for a very long time but I just decided to drop this single.
I am so involved with the entertainment industry.
Q. Does the name Feza have a special meaning?
Feza is not a Tanzanian name. It’s Congolese. That’s where my father comes from.
He left Congo during the war days and settled in Tanzania where he married my mother but the name simply means money or something valuable.
Q. Thank God it’s Friday. What plans do you have for this weekend?
I will still be working.
Q. Thank you for this interview.
You are welcome and I am also humbled that Batswana have welcomed me.