Lagos, Nigeria – The Lagos State Government, through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), has publicly condemned a statement made by Seyi Awolowo, a housemate on the reality TV show, BBNaija All-Stars 2023. The comment, which pertains to how Seyi would raise his sons in relation to their interactions with women, has sparked widespread controversy and backlash.
During a conversation with fellow housemates, Seyi Awolowo made a shocking revelation about his intentions for his future sons. He stated that he would encourage them to “run trains” on other people’s daughters, a phrase that loosely translates to gang assault of a woman. This statement has not only drawn criticism from viewers but also from official channels.
The DSVA took to its official Twitter account to express its disapproval of Seyi’s remarks. In a statement, the agency said, “We strongly condemn the comments made by Seyi Awolowo in the disturbing video that has surfaced. Such remarks perpetuate harmful attitudes and contribute to a culture of violence and abuse.” The agency further criticized the passive response of the bystanders in the video, emphasizing the importance of speaking up against such harmful narratives.
The DSVA’s statement has resonated with many Nigerians, leading to a series of reactions on social media. Many have expressed their disappointment in Seyi’s comments and have called for more awareness and education on issues of consent and respect.
In addition to the public’s response, other BBNaija participants have also weighed in on the controversy. Mike, a juror on the BBNaija All-Stars show, distanced himself from Seyi’s comments, leading to further discussions among fans and viewers.
The Lagos State DSVA remains committed to addressing issues of domestic and sexual violence. They have urged the public to report any related incidents and to actively speak up against harmful behaviors. The agency’s dedication to creating a society that values consent and is free from violence is evident in their swift response to this incident.
As the BBNaija All-Stars 2023 show continues, it remains to be seen how this controversy will impact Seyi’s journey in the house and the broader conversations around respect and consent in society.