Legal Drama

Celebrities Behaving Badly: Big Brother Africa Show Turns Violent, Ghana’s DKB Slaps Female Housemate Zainab


I already said I do not know what the point of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) Reality TV show is. I do not watch it. However, where news breaks about the activities of BBA housemates creating legal drama, needless to say, I will discuss it.

Ghana’s DKB, the same out of control individual who cursed out Mampi, an ex- female housemate in an altercation he got into with her, takes it a step further by turning violent on another female housemate.

According to the video clips, DKB believed that his female housemate Zainab sexually harassed him by peeking in when he was taking a shower. Subsequently, well after the shower was over, he had a confrontation with her. He threatened to slap her. She urged him to go ahead. He did just that, starting with a push and then a slap. She reacted by throwing pots, dishes etc. at him which he quickly ducked; otherwise the scene would have been even more violent than it already was. Fellow housemates restrained them.

Several things starting with the shows producers and creators. MNET does not get a pass because they are MNET. In fact, MNET, from a trial lawyer perspective, is a company with “deep pockets” i.e. money that could or would be liable where injuries are sustained in the house. Indeed, the question is whether under the laws of the country Big Brother Africa operates, Big Brother has a duty to provide a safe and hostile free environment for the guests on the show. This gets into deeper legal discussions and analysis that might be way beyond the basics I typically share here on AML.

The point, however, is that lawyers don’t just look at persons directly involved in a fight or legal issue. We look at other people, places and things to comb through who is liable for the action or lack of action which harm others.

In this instance,MNET and DKB could be sued, if Zainab pursues an action, especially given she denied she peeked at DKB while he was taking a shower.

There are two areas of the law we are dealing with specific to Zainab and DKB.

We’ve got criminal law: assault and battery on both sides, frankly speaking. Arguably, if true that Zainab went into the shower to peek at DKB, then that could be sexual assault. NOTE: AML people, depending on the crimes, for those of you in the West, sexual crimes (beyond the ones we all typically think of), can require that you become, as part of your punishment, a sexual registered offender, for the rest of your life.

America, UK etc. is not Nigeria and/or Africa, never forget that.

The other area of law we are dealing with here is Tort Law. Under Tort law, you can still sue for battery and assault; and of course negligence and other applicable claims after consulting with your lawyers.

DKB, as of today, issued an official apology. I am not buying it. He needs serious anger management and counseling.Finally, ladies, when I grew up in Lagos. Culturally, for whatever unknown reason, specific to Lagos, when many Yoruba women I observed growing up where upset at their men or vice versa, they would not walk away and cool off. These women typically took their head ties off, wrapped it around their waist, grabbed on the men’s shirt around the neck area and insisted that they had to have their way or else he would know no peace. After pleas to deaf ears to let them be, these men 10 out of 10 times usually began delivering blows to these women. Neighbors and pedestrians came, at that point, to intervene.

Zainab sort of displayed that behavior here. When a man or woman is angry, you do not get in such person’s face and say, “slap me now.” You fall back, unless you want to get slapped. In that case, you better make sure you got the strength to defend yourself. The point? While DKB’s behavior is not justified, neither is Zainab’s. Don’t get in the face of an angry person, whether they be woman or man. Control yourself and walk away from that situation.

By the way, what is with Africans and this swearing culture that is building up? Look how filthy Zainab’s mouth is? 


DKB Slaps Zainab

Zainab Reacts – Throws Objects

DKB Apology

“Lovely people of Africa, there are many things I wish I could do to reverse this unfortunate incident but as we all know, one cannot go back in time. I had the opportunity of a lifetime to entertain Africa on the most coveted platform but I messed it up due to my act of indiscipline. I hereby render my deepest heartfelt apology to all the people of Africa, to the people of my motherland Ghana, to the entire Big Brother Africa team, my cherished housemates and most importantly to Zainab and her family. I am fully and solely responsible for my actions and I under no circumstance justify hitting a woman no matter the level of provocation.”

“To all my dedicated viewers, fans and critics, I say thank you for all the support. I am truly sorry for letting you down and I promise that I would never repeat such unscrupulous behavior. This is my sincere apology and I hope it is accepted. ” Via

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