Turning Personal Brands into Empires.
Why did you decide to enter Big Brother?
I was sitting in class in my third year and I asked the lecturer for a scope. We were writing exams and she was just like study everything. Why do you guys want everything spoon-fed to you? Our books were really thick. Psychology students have it hard guys and I just packed up and I was like you know what, I’m quitting school. That’s why I decided to enter the show because I kept seeing this advert on TV, and I’m like, life, is this you talking to me. My friend Maria filled in our entry forms and the rest is history.
Who inspires you?
Definitely inspired by my granddad. When I was a little kid, I always watched him trading. I was like okay, if children bring him empty bottles he gives them a dollar and then on Sundays he carries all of those crates and takes them to Coca-Cola and he gets money for it. As a little kid I just kept watching and watching, I’m like, so you can make money from simple things like that.
What’s your favorite movie or TV series of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
I’m not really into series. I heard it takes a lot of time to watch and people quit their daily routines to just watch a couple of series or a season. I’m totally in love with Dirty Dancing or Mama Mia. Musicals are my thing, I sing along, I dance along, I don’t know, they just make me happy. I believe I’m an old soul. I’m a fifty-year old woman trapped in this twenty-six-year-old body.
What is your biggest success up until now?
Getting all these brand endorsements is a big achievement. It’s three years ago that I won Big Brother Africa, I don’t sing, I don’t dance, I don’t act but people are still so interested in working with Dillish.
Do you have a favorite channel on DStv or GOtv, and please tell us why you like that particular channel?
Ah, man, I eat, sleep and breathe TLC entertainment. I love the shows they have. We had David Mbeha there as TLC’s Next Great Presenter. So when I saw that, I was like what, Namibia won, so that was a big moment for me. I love that channel, I live for that channel.
Do you mind taking us down memory lane, to the day when you were named the winner of Big Brother Africa?
Every time I watch clips of Big Brother I always get goose bumps. Like my Mom can never watch it with me, she cries every time. Okay so it’s the final day, we don’t know who is going to win but, you get this tingly feeling that it might be you because Africa saved you so many times. it’s not like I was the funniest or the most entertaining. When it came down to Cleo and I, I was like, this is my best friend so if it goes to her, I know her money is going to be my money too. When they announced me the winner I was like what, I come from a country of 2.5 million people, like this achievement is great. When I came out and came home taxi drivers knew my name, they were hooting at me. I was just like wow, this really happened. Even talking about it confuses me.
You know, the support from those guys was awesome. I always watch the charities that they do, they are changing people’s lives every day. They are about the people. For me MultiChoice has changed my life tremendously. I can never thank them enough, Africa, the platform they’ve given us. Big Brother Africa is the best platform ever. MultiChoice, thank you guys!
How has your association with MultiChoice allowed you to make a difference in your community and what difference have you made?
Well it’s easier for me to approach say, big entities or corporations to help me with charity work. I know that they know me because of MultiChoice. They’ve watched me on TV, so it’s just helped open doors for me.
What’s next for Dillish Matthews?
All the way up. Right now I’m just thinking of having a couple of babies because the clock is ticking. I’m planning on settling down in say two years.