Promoting sex, talent hunt or entertainment? Obi Asika, then CEO of Storm , who was the producer of the ground-breaking reality show, once argued that the show was more than putting adults in a house and have cameras follow their every move. For him, it was bigger than that, as he planned to use his then production crew and music to sell the Nigerian image to millions of Africans. But today, that idea had been defeated, and what has become of the show is better imagined than said. Entering its 4th week last Sunday, like other previous editions, discordant tunes have since continued to trail the show.
Indeed, unwholesome activities in the house have taken exhilarating twists and turns which many have described as unfit for public consumption.
The show which began with twenty housemates about four weeks ago had its third eviction show on Sunday 17, In their desperate quest to smile home with the ultimate price of N45million and a brand new SUV, the housemates seem to forget that virtues such as morality, dignity, self-respect, posterity and maturity exist; they all have their eyes fixed on the price, throwing caution to the wind as they display all manner of immaturity, immorality, envy, jealousy, violence, etc, with reckless abandon.
The many controversies so far Barely four weeks into the show, a lot of controversies have trailed the show. But the housemates and organizers were obviously having fun. With the introduction of certain twists to activities in the house, the housemates were encouraged to engage in sexual perversion just for the fun of it.
Provision of condoms What could be the motive behind providing a carton of condoms as part of supplies for the housemates if not to encourage them to have sex at will but with protection to forestall unwanted pregnancy or protection against sexually transmitted diseases? Shockingly, in less than three weeks of entering the Big Brother house, the packets of condom had been depleted. Does this mean the housemates have been having sex or they have been using the condoms as balloons?
Kissing competition Kissing was like a regular thing among the housemates, even among those who were not dating officially. In fact, they occasionally engaged in kissing competitions just to determine who was a better kisser among them.
Alex and Leo recently ignited a tryst nobody can predict its destination yet. But for Miracle and Nina, they seemed to be the trailblazers charting the love path for others. Bam Bam and Teddy A had been discreet about their sexual moments; they usually sneaked to the bathroom, away from the prying eyes of other housemates to have sex. Cee-C and Tobi had been shameless about their romance engaging in hot romance anywhere the urge met them.
To make the matter worse, the organizers made the video clips of every romantic activity available for download on their official website. The question therefore is what image do they intend to paint about Nigeria to the world?
Masturbation Biblically, masturbation of any form is regarded as sexual perversion which is a sin against the human body. Some may want to argue that it was preferable for Ahneeka to have masturbated rather than have sex with one of the male housemates just like Cee-C, Bam-Bam and Nina have been doing. She laid on her bed at night while others were asleep and pleasured herself sexually with her fingers till she convulsed in ecstatic orgasm.
The endless quarrels In less than four weeks, controversial housemate, Cee-C, had locked horns with nearly every other housemate for one silly reason or the other. Shortly after the show began, she warned other female housemates to steer clear of Tobi because she was in love with him, which was another move which generated several altercations between her and other female housemates.
Secret tasks Many have argued that Big Brother may think he was being creative and innovative by giving some of the housemates secret tasks to undertake, but he was only planting enmity, strife, envy and jealousy in their minds against each other. One of such was when he asked Khloe to seduce Leo to fall in love with her to make Kbrule, her partner, jealous and Khloe succeeded.
She became so desperate to win the secret task that she saw nothing wrong in striping stark naked just to seduce Leo. There is absolutely nothing African about the whole concept and program. If anything, the program is anti-Africa and Africaness. It is a very bad influence on our children. The program is an insult to who we are as Africans. The program should be scrapped or the name changed to Big Brother Western. This is because everything they do there portrays nothing but Western way of life.
It is unsuitable for broadcast—Nobert Ajaegbu For Nobert Ajaegbu, a film maker and marketer, the African tradition of decency and morality should not be thrown to the winds. He disagrees with the moral standards set by the show. With all sense of responsibility and without prejudice, I personally disagree with the moral standards set by the show. It is incompatible with my being and my religion. I consider the programme unsuitable for broadcast. I do not subscribe to it. I will not let my children watch it.
He suggested that we should go back to our old paths and indulge in programmes that will heal and make our society a better place. According to him, the show in itself promotes sexual perversion, painting a negative picture of Nigeria and its values. I understand they even provided them with condoms, what does that mean? It means they can have sex and it is rubbish. The show is more focused on selling sex—Singer Jaywon Prolific singer, Jaywon, spared nothing in condemning the provision of condoms at all in the first place.
Or were they the only two who finished all the condoms? He said the programme did not build the moral standard of the young people, but rather damaged their moral values and also encouraged the youths to be involved in immoral acts.
The programme should be stopped, if there is a legitimate way of stopping it. The reality show is damaging a lot of things, it is not adding any value to our system.
The programne has nothing to offer our teaming youths including the adults, apart from the monetary gain the organisers would realise from it. As a church, we are concerned about the moral implication on those participating, the viewers and the nation.
We are concerned that young people will be so exposed to certain things that are immoral. If only there could be an educating version of BBNaija where some intelligent people in like manner will be housed and they make them compete for similar prizes. The funny thing about it is that you hardly see anybody rewarded because he distinguishes himself in a field of study, science, making discovery or any particular achievement that has to do with the development of the nation.
But yet we see prizes being given to things that suggest mediocrity and rewarding immorality. It is quite unfortunate. After 24 hours, he called back and yelled: What kind of society is this? Is this how we bring up the youths to take up leadership positions in the future?
Then we have missed it completely. We neglect those who excel in academics and honour those who engage in immorality, or what is the basis for this show? Indeed, it is even an immorality and is evil as a way. Please, let them know that mixing up of men and women in seclusion is in the first place, forbidden. It encourages immorality and that is evil. Evil acts deter progress in any society.
Govt should clampdown on the programme— Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu In his own reaction, Hon. BB Naija is one of the many ills being shown on television. BBNaija is like every other borrowed culture which was brought to us and has affected our morals negatively.
We are all guilty of this problem. Government at all levels have also failed because the government is not ready to help our value system. There is a censor board that is responsible to verify the sanctity of some of those programmes but it has failed.
They have given unnecessary freedom to their children. I know there are some stations that have restricted such programmes from the public yet, some parents paid for them and allowed their children to watch those stations. The parents should ensure that they imbibe good morals into the lives of the younger generation.