Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday took time off from his hectic schedule to meet with Big Brother Africa winner Cherise Makubale of Zambia at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg.
Mandela, who hugged Cherise, said he had invited her so that he could pay her a tribute.
"I invite these stars so that I can commend them because it's good to thank people who make a contribution to Africa.
" Cherise's life took a dramatic twist on Sunday when she was declared winner of the Big Brother Africa TV reality show, walking away with 100,000 US dollars in prize money after 106 days of confinement in a home with 11 other housemates.
Cherise, 24, a manager assistant who comes from Zambia's northern Copperbelt mining town of Kitwe, is the first black woman in Africa to win the Big Brother Africa contest which included contestants from Angola, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Zambia.