Backstory: The Big Brother scandal from 10 years ago that set the stage for Kemen’s disqualification

Big Brother Naija housemate, Ekemini Ekerette popularly known as Kemen was disqualified from the Big Brother House Sunday night after a video footage of him making sexual moves on Tboss emerged on social media.

In the video, Kemen was seen touching an unresponsive Tboss inappropriately under the sheets. As is the trend with Nigerian fans, someone recorded from their television sets and shared on Twitter on Sunday morning. It immediately went viral and caught the attention of the organisers of the show prompting even sponsor, Payporte to react in an official statement condemning the act.

As the housemates got ready for the live eviction show that was to hold later that night, Big Brother called Tboss and Kemen to separate Diary Room sessions where he quizzed them on the matter; minutes before the show, Biggie announced to all the housemates that one of them had violated house rules and would be made to face the consequences. It was at that moment Kemen’s disqualification from the show was announced with an instruction to immediately leave the Big Brother House.

Live show host, Ebuka arrived on stage few minutes later and verified Kemen’s disqualification from the show. The live eviction went on as usual with tension hanging heavy in the air. Once the show ended, the housemates converged at the dining table to go over the shock and it was here they began to make some revelations about Kemen’s relationship with Tboss.

According to the housemates, Tboss and Kemen have had a few romantic moments in the recent past and Tboss had no rights to raise hell, at least not in this magnitude. Bisola and TTT were strongly of the opinion that Tboss set out to ruin Kemen’s chances at winning the prize money and had just successfully destroyed anything that is left of his reputation beyond the Big Brother house.

TTT let the housemates in on an occasion where he had caught Kemen massaging a barely clad Tboss in the bedroom upstairs. He said he found them in a raunchy position and questioned his own sight, considering Tboss had publicly made it known that she wasn’t attracted to Kemen and was uncomfortable with how he constantly groped her.

Bisola, who was the most furious of the group, faulted Tboss for sleeping in Kemen’s bed despite claims she didn’t want to be him. Bally and Bassey who also said at the table agreed with TTT and Bisola’s assertions and faulted Tboss for taking the matter all the way to Big Brother when she could have sought advise and help from a fellow female housemate.

Note that at the time of this conversation, none of the housemates knew for sure the details of the event that led to Kemen’s disqualification. They just felt strongly that Kemen had been cheated and Tboss had a major part to play in the “unfair” judgement that was meted out to him by Big Brother.

Big Brother’s decision to boot out Kemen has raised a lot of controversy on social media. But what interests us most is how long time viewers of the Big Brother series have tied Sunday’s event in with the major backlash that followed Big Brother Africa Season 2.

Tanzania’s Richard Dyle Bezuidenhout was the controversial winner of BBA 2 in 2007. He emerged winner two weeks after he got intimate with Nigerian contestant, Ofunneka Molokwu while she was drunk and unaware of her environment. Without mincing words, he digitally penetrated her. Although the following day, Ofunneka told Big Brother in her Diary Room session that she was aware of what went down and had no regrets, a lot of viewers frowned at Richard’s actions and accused him of sexual abuse. He went on to win the prize money and more people kicked in frustration as it seemed the organisers of Big Brother had silently encouraged Richard’s inappropriate behaviour.

It is clear that 10 years after, Nigerians have not forgotten and were waiting to see how Sunday’s matter was going to be handled. Big Brother/Multichoice just saved its ratings and viewership from plummeting with this quick, decisive action its made with Kemen and Nigerians have not failed to commend the move.

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