The Federal Government of Nigeria has clarified the speculation that it planned to impose a ban on the Big Brother reality show, BBNaija.
The general director of the National Arts and Culture Council, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, told Vanguard that the government was still analyzing the reality show’s content.
He said: “If you don’t change the content of Big Brother Naija, I will make a formal report to NBC. I respect the constituted authority. I will do the right thing as it should be done.
“I like to follow due process. I did not go to challenge Big Brother directly because there is a regulatory body in charge, and that is why many people praised the approach of filing a formal complaint with the NBC.
“Also, if our young people are in love with such programs, the time has come for us to invent something similar, if they do not change the content, a platform that will show our culture, heritage, clothing, food and everything related to Nigeria could be preferred.”.
When asked to comment on the news that the government was working on a new program that will replace BBNaija, Runsewe explained: “No. In general, we are developing a cultural content program that has nothing to do with Big Brother.
“Big Brother Naija is a brand in its own right. We are not interested in the Big Brother brand, and we are looking for a culturally inclined brand.
“Imagine that foreigners see us as immoral in the way they project us in the program.” It’s not our image, so we have to talk so that everyone knows it’s not in our character. “