Nigeria: House Bans Big Brother Africa Programme


House of Representatives last week ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to discontinue the airing of any clip or debate on Big Brother Africa (BBA). The programme, a reality TV show, ended last Sunday with a Nigerian girl, Offuneka Molokwu coming second.

House Committee on Information and National Orientation handed down the order after a meeting with the Director General of NBC, Mr Yomi Bolarinwa. Bolarinwa told the committee that the commission drew the attention of the management of MultiChoice to the nudity being shown on air.

Multichoice is the cable company that beamed the show live to subscribers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe. He said the commission invited MultiChoice on two occasions when it observed that the company was contravening the laws guiding broadcasting in the country. Chairman of the committee, Honourable Dino David Melaye, said that even though, the show has ended, the House was against showing the clips of the nudity displayed, which he noted was not in consonant with African cultures and values.

In view of the recklessness of the broadcasting outfit, he said that the National Assembly would determine the future of Multichoice in Nigeria, adding that it was incumbent on every nation to protect the choice and values of the people. The live cast of inmates having sex had been condemned by viewers, while the emergence of a married man as the winner of the show equally attracted negative comments.

(This Day (Lagos), 15 November 2007)