What was your life like in Kenya?
My dad was the director of a very big company so we had a lot of money. I went to school with the president’s children and when I came home, a cook made my dinner and a maid made my bed. We had a guard at the gate. People served me.
So you were very spoiled?
Yes. In Kenya, children don’t pay their parents board or buy their own cars. I just drove my dad’s cars! If you’re wealthy in Kenya you live like royalty. But my parents were very devout Christians and they didn’t want my sisters and I to live in a bubble either. On the weekends, the other kids would go to the mall but we’d have to go out and feed the homeless. We wanted to go to the mall of course but my parents wanted us to know that life isn’t all roses.
What was it like when you came to Australia?
I moved to Perth on my own when I was 18 to study international business at university. I had no friends here, no family, and I didn’t know how to look after myself. I didn’t know how to make my bed because I’d never had to. I ate sausages for lunch every day because that was all I could cook. I grew up fast when I moved to Perth.
When did you meet your husband?
I met him about a year after I arrived in Australia. When we met, he’d saved up about $10,000 – and I spent it all in four weeks. I didn’t know how to budget then. I still don’t! But he knew what he was getting in to and he married me anyway. But he still won’t have a credit card with me! In fact, I won’t have a credit card with me. I’m 38 and I still don’t have one.
Is he as loud as you?
No! He is quiet and humble and very private. He treats me like a queen though. Damian’s a chef and every night he’ll say to me: “Where do you want to travel to tonight? France, Thailand or China?” He makes all my gourmet meals. Honey, I’m smart! Fifteen years ago I married a good man who can cook.
What made you decide to take on Big Brother?
I’ve always watched the show. My kids aren’t little babies now so I wanted to do something for myself. I don’t just want to be a wife and a mum. Before that I was Angela. I wanted to spread my Angela wings again and fly. I also applied to go on The Amazing Race with my sister but Big Brother chose me first.
You’ve become famous for your lip gloss and love of tea. Why are they so important to you?
Lip gloss is my armour, darling! I’m at war on Big Brother and if I go down, I want to die looking pretty! Lip gloss makes me feel powerful. Tea is my life. My grandfather first gave me a cuppa when I was 4 and I’ve been addicted ever since.
When I’m on a challenge on the show I go in to what I call ‘The Tea Zone’. During the wind chime challenge I was in so much pain but I just made my mind go to my happy place, full of tea, and that made me mentally strong enough to hold on.
You’ve been on a mission to take out the ‘cool kids’ on the show ...
Yes. I was bullied in primary school so I can’t stand it when people are picked on or excluded. Honey, I’m not having it! So that was why I had to get my target Talia out. Then I went into the bunker to pick off the rest of my enemies. My best friends in the house are Marissa and Kieran. If I don’t end up winning Big Brother I hope they do.
Have you experienced racism since appearing on the show?
Unfortunately there is a lot of racism in the world, but in my experience, especially since I’ve been on Big Brother, I feel like Australia is not a racist country. The public have embraced me, a black woman, saying that I’m a queen and that they love me. With the love I’ve received I don’t feel any racism.
What have you missed most while in the house?
My family, massages, manis and pedis and getting my hair done. I am not used to living on Big Brother’s rations, either. The tea limits were cruel. But I’m strong enough to cope. You won’t break Angela, Big Brother!
Big Brother airs Sunday 7pm, Monday 7.30pm and Tuesday 7.30pm.