Whitemoney, the winner of the sixth season of Big Brother Naija (BBNaija), has issued an apology to women after receiving backlash over a statement he made that many considered condescending. Last week, the reality TV star put up a post on social media, which appeared to be an inspirational message, stating that “no woman is out of a man’s league as long as he has money“.
The comment sparked outrage from women who felt disrespected and belittled. Whitemoney also faced criticism from former Nollywood actress, Victoria Inyama, and fellow BBNaija star, Doyin, over his statement. He later appeared on a podcast trying to defend his position, but his explanation only further angered Nigerian women.
In response to the controversy, Whitemoney has now taken to social media to apologize for the way his comments were interpreted. In a video shared on his Instagram page, he expressed regret for the offence he caused and clarified his message.
Whitemoney explained that his post was not intended to be taken literally. He says it’s a call to action for people to work hard and achieve their goals. He acknowledged that his choice of words was poor and could have been interpreted as disrespectful to women. Whitemoney also stated that he respects women and has always been an advocate for gender equality.
I apologize to all the beautiful women out there that misunderstood my post. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody,” Whitemoney said. “I know that women are not objects to be acquired by money or any material thing. They are human beings with their own aspirations and dreams, and they deserve to be respected and cherished for who they are.”
Whitemoney’s apology has been met with mixed reactions from Nigerians. Some have commended him for taking responsibility and showing remorse. However, others remain unconvinced and believe that his apology is insincere.
Regardless, Whitemoney’s controversial statement and subsequent apology serve as a reminder of the importance of being mindful of our words. This is especially true in today’s digital age, where messages can spread rapidly and have far-reaching consequences.