In what has been one of the smoothest seasons of Tropika Island of Treasure to date, #TeamCoolRed, made up of actress, musician and social media sensation Nadia Jaftha, and athlete and MC Trevor Lagerway, emerged victorious winning the shared R1 million grand prize.

The Final Challenge

In last night’s final episode, the race to the finish heated up as both teams entered the last stage of the challenge. Thanks to the Tropika Long Life Charms they acquired during the season, #TeamCoolRed received a staggering one and a half minute head-start in the final challenge. While #TeamMangoPeach continued to recover from the setbacks they encountered on the first leg of the challenge, Siphesihle Vazi and Darren Solomon proved that they deserved a place in the finale as they quickly recovered in the puzzle challenge – catching up to Nadia and Trevor. However, #TeamCoolRed reigned supreme as they managed to correctly guess the combination first, unlocking the chest and securing their win, bringing an end to this exciting season.

The Reunion

The finale saw this season’s contestants and celebrities getting together for a virtual reunion as they reminisced on their time in Curaçao and the adventure through the competition. Nadia and Trevor joined Katlego Maboe live in studio as they opened up about their unstoppable partnership and their winning moment. Bouwer Bosch, Janeske Rademan, Simphiwe Ngema, Siya Mfenyana, Kay Sibiya, Caldine Wyngaard, Ntando Duma, Sethu Colo and Darren Solomon reminisced on their time on the series while congratulating Nadia and Trevor on their win.

“Congratulations to them!” Ntando Duma says. “Shout out to my friend Nadia and to Trevor as well. No team deserved this win more.”

Barbara George, Brand Manager for Tropika, is elated by the success of the 9th season of the hit show. “This season of Tropika Island of Treasure, we went bigger than ever before and every episode was a real treat to watch. We had an incredibly diverse group of celebrities and contestants who each brought something unique to this season, and the stunning island paradise of Curaçao provided the perfect backdrop. Nadia and Trevor were fierce competitors throughout the show and are very deserving of their win!” says George.

The finale episode also saw one lucky viewer win return flights to Amsterdam with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the airline of choice that the cast of Tropika Island of Treasure flew to reach Curaçao.

As the winner of this season of Tropika Island of Treasure, Nadia Jaftha opens up about her experience on the show and what she plans on doing with her winnings.

You did exceptionally well on the show. After dominating most of the challenges this season, did you go into the finale expecting to win?

I was hoping for the best, honestly, but I thought that if I became too confident that I was going to win then something was going to change. With Trevor, it was easy to get the challenges done in a certain way because of his lifestyle and experience in this regard. So, no – I didn’t expect to win but I was definitely hopeful.

What does it feel like being the winner of this season of Tropika Island of Treasure?

It feels surreal because I came in seeing myself as an underdog and I don’t think anyone expected me to win over the other strong male and female celebrities who participated in this season. It’s really great representing Cape Town and the coloured community with this win. I am super proud of myself.

What was your family’s reaction to the big news?

I couldn’t tell my family that I won because they’re so bad at keeping secrets! My mom only found out this week because I knew that if I told her sooner, she would want to tell the whole family. It’s been so funny because she’s been begging me for the results for months and I eventually had to make her believe that I did make it quite far because I arrived back in SA late during the filming process. So, I told her I made it far but that I didn’t win so she would get off my back. The first thing you want to do is share news like this but I knew I had to keep it under wraps in case the news came out and would spoil the show for others.

What was the moment like when you were announced as the winners?

It was funny – I thought we had won before reaching the finish line because we opened a treasure chest at the bottom of the stairs and I forgot that we had to run up the stairs and open another huge chest! So, when Katlego officially told us we won I was overwhelmed – I even ugly cried! It was such a great feeling.

How are you going to be spending the prize money?

I am an ambassador for Nourish the Children so I will definitely be donating some of my winnings to them as well as The Habibia Children’s Home. I will also be putting some money aside for a house. Property is so expensive in Cape Town so this will definitely give me the boost I need. When it is safe to travel again, I want to spoil myself with a little trip as well.

What has been the biggest lesson you learned about yourself?

The biggest lesson I learned about myself is that I should never underestimate myself. In the beginning of the season, I kept on doubting myself because I wasn’t the strongest or fittest or best with puzzles but as the season progressed, I found a lot more confidence in myself.

What drew you to be a part of a show like this?

I have watched previous seasons of Tropika Island of Treasure and I always enjoyed the concept and I’ve always wanted to be a part of a show like this. When I got the call, I was over the moon. I wanted to see how the show would encourage me to push my boundaries both mentally and physically as well as to see how I deal with curveballs and thinking off my feet during challenges – on an exotic island, of course!

Now that the show is done, what is next for you?

I recently finished filming a movie which I am really excited about. Because of COVID-19, I expect the film will be out in cinemas next year which I am looking forward to. I also started a business with my friend which has been exciting as I step into a more entrepreneurial role. I am spending a lot of time on the planning side of things during this lockdown period and plan on hitting the ground running once I am able to do so. Then, I also have some new music coming out soon which I am really looking forward to sharing with the world.

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