By Ekopimo Ekopimo
Rt Hon (Barr) Onofiok Luke, speaker of Akwa Ibom state house of assembly, has sympathized with Ekemini Ekrette a.k.a Kemen following his disqualification from the Big Brother Naija reality show.
Kemen was sent packing from the show on Sunday after touching TBoss inappropriately while she was sleeping.
After TBoss told Big Brother that she didn’t consent to his fondling of her, Kemen was deemed to have sexually harassed her, and subsequently sent home.
He said the ex-Big Brother contestant should not be crucified, noting that it is difficult to remain one’s self while in the spotlight.
Reacting after the happening, the Akwa Ibom speaker said Kemen, like all human beings, is prone to making mistakes.
“I have never really watched the big brother Nigeria, I only follow it activities on the social media. Up until this evening Kemen our son was celebrated online by fans and followers of Big Brother Naija from our very Akwa Ibom but suddenly, a breaking news of his disqualification from the house and the whole narrative changed and the social Media is now saturated with different stories and versions about Kemen and his disqualification.
Many who before now had celebrated Kemen are in a hurry to crucify him for his mistake(s).
My take here is not to hold brief for Kemen and whatever he might have done to merit his disqualification (which I am yet to know) but to reflect on how difficult it is to be in the spotlight in our clime -the fear of failing,-the fear of making mistakes,–the fear of mockery and the most dreaded of them all –the fear of inua Uyo. We are all humans and are all prone to mistakes but when we are not the affected we engage sanctimonious disposition that tends to confer sainthood.
For Kemen, take solace even in the biblical story of Jesus on His triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday where the song on the lips of everyone was hallelujah, but that song on those same lips changed the following period to a condemnation and shout of crucifixion. All the same da yong di ke ikot ” idiok owo” ibaha, meaning, (come back home there no place for bad people)
When you are on the spotlight in my town you need to pray heavily for the grace of God to preserve you and to lead you not into temptation because anything otherwise mbio usaak owo mkpo eyoyoho Isong, meaning (people that are ready to laugh at someone’s situation are on the earth). They can make you run and leave town,” the speaker wrote.
After Kemen’s disqualification, Uriel Oputa became the eighth housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija reality show.