Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, has called on the National Assembly, NASS for more empowerment In order for the council to regulate reality TV shows like the Big Brother Naija.
Alex Egbonna, a member of the committee at investigative hearing held yesterday by the House of Representatives, he had expressed concerns that the reality Tv show (Big Brother), a show organised by South African-based MultiChoice, owners of cable television service provider, DSTV, was showing nudity and other immoral contents which is not in line with Nigerian culture.
Otunba Runsewe, in his response to the hearing on Tuesday, summoned for more regulatory powers on his council.
According to him “I am the first person who took Big Brother Nigeria to NBC to report them. I took it up and Big Brother (organisers) tried to reach me and I told them that if the culture in other parts of the world is to be naked – nudity- they should not bring it to Nigeria because our culture is rich and it respects integrity of our country.”
“That is the problem with Nigeria: You start something, you don’t end it. But they were still naked even in the last event. That thing you started – taking them to wherever you took them to – has not ended. That is what I’m saying. They are still doing the same thing. They should have learnt. There is no solution to what you started and that is the Nigerian factor,” Egbonna insisted.
Runsewe who is the director-general also recalled the move on how he went after popular male Barbie, Idris Okuneye professionally known as Bobrisky, saying, “I will give you an example. When Bobrisky started behaving like a woman, I rose and followed him to Lagos. I ‘scattered’ his (birthday) party and I told him, ‘This is not our culture.’ But at the end of the day, that is just part 1. This honourable house just needs to empower us with just a legal framework and that nonsense will stop.”
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