The third edition of Big Brother Naija reality show themed ‘double wahala’ has over the weeks been under intense criticism as viewers have continued to question the essence of the reality show.
The show which is supposed to discover talents while entertaining viewers at the same time has become a shadow of itself as all it seems to portray is immorality and other socially unacceptable vices. The housemates see no big deal in indulging in sexual activities live on TV. The question most viewers have been asking is, “Have they forgotten that the show is being broadcast live on air?”
The ongoing reality show, Big Brother Naija 2018, BBNaija, has come under serious criticism over alleged immorality that is taking place in the show. Big Brother 2018 Consequently, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, has called on the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, to sanction Multi choice owners of DSTV and GoTV to stop promoting smoking scenes on the BBNaija show. The Deputy Executive Director of ERA, Akinbode Oluwafemi while speaking to journalists in Abuja, said that the smoking in BBNaija has not only generated shock among Nigerians but also sparked calls for the BBNaija Show to be banned.
Oluwafemi also expressed disgust over the remarks credited to the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie who had wrote on her Twitter page over the call on the Federal Government to do something about BBNaija smoking scene said that government has no power to move against immoralities in the show. He said “Nigerians were shocked to the marrows on February 13, when smoking scenes were glamorized in the current Show of the Big Brother Naija2018 Show themed Double Wahala. ”
In a clip in the particular edition, two housemates- Khloe and Teddy A are seen puffing away after Khloe had a very heated argument with fellow housemates. “Government at all levels and the relevant agencies should begin enforcement of the nine key provisions of the NTC Act that prohibits smoking in public places and bans sale of cigarettes in single sticks among others. “Relevant agencies of government such as the Consumer Protection Council and the security services begin a clampdown on infractions.”
However, while some of the housemates are bold to admit to having sex, others are in denial. Miracle and Nina started making out in the first week of getting into the house and the pair shamelessly display it like it’s a norm. Lolu and Anto have been accused of being sexually active with each other. The accusation came from their fellow housemate, Miracle, who claimed that some of the condoms provided by big brother were missing because some housemates other than him and Nina were having sex and he specifically mentioned Anto and Lolu. However, it is now certain that the duo are having sex which is actually not a surprise as Anto once told evicted housemate, Kbrule, that she is a grown woman and she has slept with quite a number of men. During the week, Anto boldly told Lolu to have sex with her. In her words, “I want you to have sex with me, Lolu, I love having sex.”
In fact, the duo are not ashamed of having sex on live TV as they now display condoms on the headrest of their bed, a move that has since attracted mixed reactions from fellow housemates and viewers. The latest couple to be caught in the sex scandal is Teddy A and Bambam. The duo were recently caught on camera having sex in the bathroom during their shower time.
This latest development has attracted even more negative criticisms than that of Nina and Miracle, Anto and Lolu, Cee-C and Tobi or Alex and Leo. Alex and Leo have been very discreet about their romance ever since it begun but they seem to have become bolder about it now. Alex who recently cried uncontrollably when Leo left her to chat with Miracle while she was engrossed kissing him, allowed Leo to openly finger her ‘woman’s’ while she moaned with pleasure.
As the weeks go by, the reality show continue to take interesting twists and turns but also continue to put the promotion of sex and immorality at the forefront and majority of its viewers continue to condemn it.