Dillish Mathews, a talented model and actress from Namibia, gained international fame when she emerged as the winner of the 2013 edition of Big Brother Africa – The Chase. Her victory not only made her the first Namibian housemate to win the continental reality TV show but also earned her a well-deserved prize of $300,000. Since then, Dillish Mathews has continued to break barriers and establish herself as a multi-faceted entrepreneur, actress, and brand ambassador.
Early Life and Education:
Born on September 16th, 1990 in Namibia, Dillish Mathews grew up without knowing the identity of her father until she achieved success on Big Brother Africa. Her father, Abdi Guyo, was a retired Kenyan soldier who served with the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG). Her mother, Selma Mancor, raised Dillish and her five siblings. Dillish attended Hochland High School before pursuing a degree in Psychology at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
The Big Break:
Winning Big Brother Africa: Dillish Mathews rose to prominence after winning the eighth season of Big Brother Africa. Her charisma, spirit, and competitive edge placed her in an advantageous position throughout the competition. With her victory, she not only secured the title but also gained a substantial cash prize of $300,000. Determined to make the most of her success, Dillish invested her winnings in various business ventures.
Diversifying as an Entrepreneur:
Capitalizing on the high temperatures in Namibia, Dillish ventured into the ice cube business, branding her product as “Dillish Cool Cubes.” She also established a successful hair company called High Definition Hair Spa during her second year at the University of Namibia. Specializing in high-end Brazilian hair, lace wigs, and hair care products, the company has flourished and now has headquarters in Windhoek.
Apart from her ventures in the beauty industry, Dillish has also ventured into the food industry. She co-owns a fine-dining restaurant serving Namibian and Portuguese cuisine with her business partner and lawyer friend, Profysen Muluti. Additionally, Dillish launched her own cosmetics line called “Dillish by Vault,” which offers high-end lipsticks available not only in Namibia but also across Africa.
Acting Career and Endorsements:
Dillish Mathews has also made a mark in the entertainment industry, securing prominent roles in Nollywood films. She appeared in movies like “Nostalgia” and “How to Marry a Billionaire,” showcasing her acting talent and versatility. Moreover, her success on Big Brother Africa attracted numerous endorsement deals from renowned companies. Dillish became a brand ambassador for Huawei in 2019 and has been representing Nivea since the same year. She has also partnered with NBC Plus, South African Airways, Multichoice Namibia, Delush Wines, and the Namibian Automobile Association.
Personal Life and Relationships:
Dillish has had high-profile relationships in the past, notably dating Stephen Gaeseb, which ended in 2014 due to his flirtatious behavior. Later, she entered into a relationship with Emmanuel Adebayor, a Togolese football international, but they parted ways in 2018.
From her humble beginnings in Namibia to conquering Big Brother Africa, Dillish Mathews has proven herself as a force to be reckoned with. Her entrepreneurial endeavors, acting career, and brand endorsements have propelled her to success and fame. With her determination, talent, and undeniable charm, Dillish continues to inspire others to pursue their dreams. Follow her journey on Instagram (@dillishmathews) and Twitter (@dillishianz) to witness her ongoing achievements in the entertainment and business world.