On Wednesday, a viral controversial clip hit social media – TVC presenter Morayo Afolabi-Brown was hosting the breakfast show Your View with her colleagues and the topic was rape. It revolved around the relationship between fathers and their young daughters, which is a perfect set up for children to be sexually abused. But the controversial point was when Afolabi-Brown said she won’t take chances with her husband to bathe her daughter, even though she trusts him. The statement feels particularly oxymoronic and it elicited a flood of reactions on social media, with some calling her out for disrespecting her husband on live television.
Since then, the viral clip has continued to ripple with new sinister meanings, for which she had to make clarifications in a brisk Instagram video yesterday. “I will not normally do this but I feel I should respond in anyway suggest that my husband is a potential abuser. Sad. The truth is that the show allows us to state varied views which should be respected and misunderstood.”
This morning, surprisingly, a tearful Morayo Afolabi-Brown apologised to her husband for making the aforementioned controversial statement. She did it in a live recording of the breakfast show, with a hand dabbing away her tears. “The last 24 hours have been tougher than I expected, my sincere apologies to my husband, I love, trust, and respect you. You do not deserve the horrible things people have said to you.”
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#BREAKING Morayo Afolabi-Brown (@morayobrown) breaks down #LIVE on #YourviewTVC @TVCconnect apologizing to her husband for the backlash of HER VIEW on who bathes the female kids despite releasing a “clarifying” video on the December 5th 2018 show on sexual abuse in Nigerian families, Nigerians ripped her all over social media as not trusting her own husband. Morayo I’m your big sister and friend. Listen to my WhatsApp message two days ago AGAIN and the one this morning. It is WELL. God bless your husband and family and God bless Nigerian families. . . 📹 @TVCConnect
While the apology is good, it shouldn’t stop conversations on domestic child rape. Most rape cases, especially the ones perpetuated against children, are done by familiar people or someone the child knows. Irrespective of gender of the perpetrator, domestic child rape is still prevalent in our society and should be dealt with all seriousness.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.