The currently running 2017 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality show, is facing the highest level of condemnation and disapproval in the history of Big Brother reality shows. First, was the revolt over the decision of the organisers to domicile the location of the all Nigerian project in South Africa, a situation many Nigerians condemned with an NGO calling for the boycott of the program by Nigerians, before the Ministry of Information was said to have instituted a probe over the issue. Next, was the Port Harcourt pastor, Pastor Mike Winning, Founder/ President of Dominion Glory Assembly, who placed a curse on whoever sponsors the program, praying that their resources should dry up.
The latest personality to add his voice of condemnation to the ongoing bashing of BBN, is a honorable member under the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Segun Olulade. In a statement he released on the 23rd of February, the legislator condemned the wrong values that are promoted through the program and called on the Ministry of Information to instruct the National Broadcasting Commission to stop the broadcast of the program. In his words;
“We have culture and tradition in this country that we must not allow to die. The Federal Government, through the Minister of Information and Culture, needs to reconsider the implications of Big Brother Naija on our culture and youths. The content of Big Brother Naija reality show is alien to our culture. This show is contrary to the rich cultural values we are trying to promote and bring to the front burner. It is sad that our young children including adults are made to watch such content. This kind of programme promotes obscenity and immorality. We must not encourage such if our hallowed cultural heritage would be preserved. We cannot prevent our inquisitive young ones from watching the obscene displays that permeate the show. I think the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) should, without delay, stop this programme if this government means business in the promotion of our cultural values. The show does not add any value to our education, social and economic life. It is a big mockery of Nigerian culture and tradition. I will want to urge all parents and guardians to be on their guard and guide their children and wards aright on what they watch on TV. The implication of allowing the children to keep watching this show can be negative. Our children should not be allowed to be corrupt because this may affect their future aspiration,”