- FG Condemns BBN Live Sex Broadcast; Plans Alternative Reality Show
The Federal Government on Friday said it has finalized plans to replace the Big Brother Naija (BBN) show, with a more decent one, that reflects the Nigerian culture.
The government through the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe said, it made the arrangement after laying a complaint with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over the continuous broadcast of live sex by organizers of the reality show.
Runsewe also disclosed that in 2020, the NCAC will fully execute the 2008 Nudity Bill titled; ‘A bill for an Act to Punish and Prohibit Nudity, Sexual Intimidation and other Related Offences in Nigeria.’ The bill was sponsored by Eme Ekaette; Former Chairperson, Senate Committee on Women and Youths.
“We are going to represent that Bill. You can’t fight a battle without a legal framework; we are definitely going to be conscious of that,” he said.
This came after a 29-year-old BBN contestant, Khafi Kareem, who is also employed as a United Kingdom Metropolitan Police Officer, was filmed allegedly having sex with a fellow contestant, 31-year-old, Gedoni Ekpata; an act which triggered a negative reaction from the Metropolitan Police in the UK.
According to them, she was denied permission to take part in the show, but went ahead to appear on the show regardless. It further said that investigations on the matter would be conducted.
Speaking on the display by BBN, Runsewe said, “I will take up the issue of Big Brother Naija; I have spoken with officials of the National Broadcasting Commission because what is going on now is terrible. Having love affairs on screen is not part of our own culture at all.”
“Let me use this forum to tell Nigerians that a new Big Brother Naija is on its way coming and we are working with Startimes. We are doing BBN that will reflect the true Nigerian culture. We are already working on it, all that will be eaten there will be Nigerian food, the dresses will be Nigerian dresses.”