BBNaija 2018: “Cutting our ‘Onyonyo’ into a Blouse is an Embarrassment to us”, says Ndidem of the Quas

– BBNaija 2018: “Cutting our ‘Onyonyo’ into a Blouse is an Embarrassment to us”, says Ndidem of the Quas –
The paramount ruler of Calabar Municipality in Cross River State and royal father of the Quas, His Royal Majesty Ndidem Patrick Inok Oqua Agbor V, has stated that Cee-C, a contestant in the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) 2018 reality television show has embarrassed the culture and tradition of the indigenous people of Calabar by her action on “onyonyo”, a cultural attire that was assigned to her to wear during last Saturday night’s party on the show.

The royal father stated this yesterday on “The Hit Breakfast Show”, a programme of Hit 95.9 FM radio station, Calabar, when presenters of the show spoke with him through telephone. The presenters, Maurice Inok and Ukay, sought Ndidem Inok Oqua Agbor’s opinion on what transpired last Saturday on the BBNaija 2018 reality show, when Cee-C used a pair of scissors to crop the “onyonyo” from its original flowing style into just a top. “Onyonyo” is a regal flowing gown that is peculiar to the people of Calabar in Cross River State.

Cee-C was assigned to wear that gown as part of last Saturday night party’s theme where contestants in the show were assigned to wear clothes that represent various parts of Nigeria. Instead of wearing the “onyonyo” as assigned to her, Cee-C claimed that she looked like a character from an old American movie, when she saw a mirror’s reflection of herself in that dress. Before altering the outfit, she described it as “nonsense”, “rubbish” and asked “na person siddon do this?”

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Other contestants in the show wore the respective traditional attires in the styles that were assigned to them, even though some of them looked awkward in those outfits.

Reacting to Cee-C‘s action, Ndidem Inok Oqua Agbor said:

“It is really embarrassing to our culture and traditions for a lady to take that step. But you can hear her. She has given her own reason that she is not from the heritage of where that kind of dressing is used.”

“But whatever is the case, since she was going there for a contest, in contesting for an award, you are to accept what the person who organized the contest placed before you….”

“When you make a mistake as that lady has made, that is enough to disqualify you from even the contest. Cutting our “onyonyo” into a blouse, let me call it so, is really an embarrassment to us …. I would not want to delve much into the issue of bastardization of the culture. But I would only tell the organizers of the Big Brother to disqualify that kind of lady who could not listen to instruction to be able to contest.”

Similarly, Effiong Ekpenyong, Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Carnival Planning, spoke on the “Hit Breakfast Show” and condemned Cee-C’s action. He said:

“I felt very insulted because this is from my state and this cultural attire, where we come from, is very revered. It is used during traditional marriages and by our princesses and virgins …. It depicts a whole lot. For a girl to sit in an international television to pick up a scissors to cut, to shred it, after which she said ‘ok Big Brother, this is your cloth, you can have it, it is rubbish’. Come on, if it was to be an attire from the Yoruba or from the Hausa or even from the Ibo that got cut, do you think people would just keep quiet?”

“So, I was really pissed that night. She called it rubbish. And this is my culture. That dress doesn’t necessarily need to fit you. You must wear it. You have a sponsor at hand that is supporting you. Even if wearing the  thing doesn’t look nice, you need to promote them because you are paying for what you are part of. Payporte is making you who you are tomorrow. I expected Payporte to discipline her.”

Meanwhile, Payporte, organizer of the show, has issued an online statement that condemned Cee-C’s action. The statement states that:

“Payporte is very displeased by the comments made by @ceec_official about the outfit given to her. We take out time to style all housemates with respect to the theme of every Saturday party. We consider this a disrespect to our brand and consider this offensive”.

Cee-C, Alex, Lolu, Miracle, Nina and Rico Swavey are up for eviction from the show, this week. It is expected that one of them would be evicted on Sunday.

Cornelius Ellah
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