Friday, November 23, 2007
Producer wa Big Brother Africa II Amefukuzwa Kazi!
LOH! Fall-out ya Big Brother II inaendelea! Producer wa Big Brother II, Bwana Martins Ngubane amefukuzwa kazi kutokana na vituko vilivtyotokea kwenye Big Brother Africa II na kuonyeshwa kwa umati wa waafrika na dunia kwa ujumla! Nawaambia 'Fingergate' haijaisha!
Walisema kuwa Ngubane, alikuwa na sheria za kufuata lakini hakuzifuata! Na bado tutasikia mengine!
Yalioyofanyika ni mazito, japo watu wanaona matendo ya Richard ya kunyanyasa wanawake ni ya kishujaa wengi wanaona sivyo!
Nigeria: MNet Sacks BBA Producer
Posted to the web 23 November 2007
Stanley Nkwazema in Abuja
Mulitichoice yesterday confirmed that the producer of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) Programme, Martins Ngubane who produced the show on the day the Nigerian representative in the programme Ofunneka Molokwu was harassed by one of the Housemates has been relieved of his duties.
This followed pressure from the House of Representatives that the Nigerian girl was not adequately protected and the viewers treated with obscene pictures during the period.
The Operations Director of MNET Africa, Mr Joseph Hunda who appeared in the House Committee Room 13 with eight other officials of the company including Ofunneka apologised to Nigerians that there were certain editorial guidelines spelt out for the producers of the programme which were not adhered to and we have relieved the producer of the programme of his job and the superior who was supposed to supervise the day has equally been sanctioned accordingly.
Ngubani apologised to Nigerians "that those things were not supposed to come on anyway and we are sorry that it appeared and we will not allow it again".
He explained to the House of Representatives committee on Information and National Orientation that "we commissioned MNET to come out with something that will project the image of Africa. We agree that there were certain things that were not acceptable to a large part of Nigerians. We had discussions with NBC and agreed that we are going to continuously use parental control on all DSTV channels. Our customers should be able to control their homes. "
Chairman of the Committee Honourable Dino David Melaye who represents Buunu/Kaaba federal constituency of Kogi state told the Multichoice officials that Nigerians were fed with too much pornography during the period the programme lasted. NBC actually invited Multichoice twice but they never honoured the invitation.
"We will not allow our image to be dragged on the floor.Ofunneka projected the image of Nigeria and we are proud of her. We earlier banned clips, preview and full airing of the programme and we want you to apologise to Nigerians over what happened,"
Hundah however explained to the lawmakers that Multichoice has made serious efforts towards encouraging more local content in the programmes while confirming that six local stations, AIT, Channels, Silver Bird, MITV, NTA and Minaj broadcast International are already collaborating with Multichoise to improve on the content. He also disclosed that Hollywood, has not only become a household name in Africa, but acceptable the world over while a new Programme Moments with Mo aired thrice daily and produced in Nigeria is now on the DSTV channels.
Melaye also wants the company to join the Nigerian stock exchange so that Nigerians can buy into the company as they have done in NewYork andJohannesburg where the company's shares are being traded.
He also told Hundah that Nigerians would want his company to go into more serious poverty reduction programmes so that the subscribers could have a sense of belonging that at least the heavy money they are paying is being ploughed back in some way.
Ofuneka Molokwu , the runner up of the 2007 Big brother Africa show who was at the hearing said she is" proud to be a Nigerian and Delta state origin. I thank Multichoice for giving me the opportunity and the Nigerians that kept me on. I take every stride as they come. And am proud to show that am a true Nigerian and African woman"