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‘It was not rape’ – Ofunneka defends Richard

From the Sowetan:

Zenoyise Madikwa
19 November 2007


No regret: Big Brother Africa runner-up, Ofunneka from Nigeria.

Richard Bezuidenhout
 

Ofunneka defends Richard
Big Brother Africa runner-up, Nigerian Ofunneka Molokwu, has finally spoken about what went down the night she and housemate Richard Bezuidenhout got up close and personal.

She says she was not raped and defends her supposed assailant, the eventual winner, Tanzanian Bezuidenhout.

The married Bezuidenhout, 24, sparked an outcry after he fondled, kissed and felt up the drunken Molokwu, 29, while his other love interest, the Angolan Tatiana Durao, was lying next to him.

The producers sent paramedics into the house because Molokwu and Durao were sobbing uncontrollably and vomiting after the incident.

Bezuidenhout, 24, was locked in the diary room.

Bewildered viewers across Africa and abroad called for Bezuidenhout to be charged with sexual assault.

Molokwu said: “I cannot call what happened rape. We were all pissed. We drank too much vodka on that day. I can’t blame Richard for what happened. Nobody even remembers what happened.

“I have not had time to watch the footage, but I’m sure I was not raped.”

Asked what Nigerians think about her behaviour in the Big Brother house, she apologised for the events of Saturday October 27 and said she had not yet spoken to family and friends.

“I’m sure my people are proud of me. I am going home some time next week and I can’t wait to see my family. It’s been a long time. I don’t know what they will say, but I do not regret a single thing that happened at the Big Brother house,” said the fertility clinic assistant.

Bezuidenhout won the US100 000 prize, with Molokwu placed second.

robza171

40 Responses to “‘It was not rape’ – Ofunneka defends Richard”

  1. ofunekea just continue with your life after all you enjoyed the moment with richard

  2. that was not rape ofu,dont let those hipocrites from the ofc whateverthey re use u 4 their own benefit

  3. this should just serve as a lesson to people to drink responsibly,what happened between ofunneka and Richard though quite unfortunate could happen to any one who is irresponsible while drinking.these guys were just too drunk to think of what they were doing,and thats why they cannot even remember what happened.and its wrong to put blame on Richard because all the 3 of them had abused alcohol.

  4. can some one please update us on Tatiana,what is she up to as we have not heard anything concerning her for the whole of last week,we know that richard went back to tanzania as well as ofunneka to nigeria,where is she please? good people update us.does she have a website or blog whoever knows let us know whats going on with her.

  5. Watever happened can only happen when one is drunk, whick sober minded guy can make a move on Ofunemama. Please pipo stop degrading Richard he can never rape that urgly thing. Even if he was sexually starved Ofunneka is out here

  6. of couse it was not rape….the lady was enjoying herself!

    can someone pls give me Richie’s email adress pls

    Big fan!

    ROBZA171….PLS TALK TO ME

  7. lungie congratulations at taking the award for the illiterate buncum of the year. Instead of you to commend Ofunneka’s sense of reason you are still talking nonsense. People need to learn to speak the truth regardless. Enough of this talk about Ofunneka’s ugliness and desperation, of all the house mates she was the most sensible and intelligent and overall she conducted herself with dignity. Nothing she does seems to please some of you, if she blamed Richard you would be here crucifying her. She has made the right judgement call which am not surprised at yet you all are reluctant to commend her. The sad thing for Ofu hatters is that while shes busy achieving and enjoying life you’ll keep hating and the hate will eat you up and make your life irreversibly miserable. Ofunneka you are the best and God bless you always for always standing on the side of truth.

  8. LUNGIE IS A POOR EXCUSE OF A HUMAN AND A PATHETIC BEING, OFU WE LOVE U, RICH GOT MY VOTES COS I FELT HE NEEDED D MONEY MOST, HOPE HIS GREEDY FAMILY WILL ALLOW HIM BETA HIS LIFE.I THINK U MADE A GOOD DECISION COS D PARTIES INVOLVED ARE UR FRIENDS&U WERE ALL DRUNK, PLS AVOID ALCOHOL COS U HAV NO HEAD FOR IT, DNT MIND D HATERS, DEY HAV PATHETIC LIVES AND ARE LOOKING FOR WHO TO DRAG DOWN WIT THEM.HEARD UR GOV IS GIVIN U D PRIZE MONEY COS U DESERVE IT AND HAVE MADE AFRICAN WOMEN PROUD, GOOD LUCK IN ALL UR ENDEAVOURS

  9. U go gal. love u loads and i wish u the very best always, Big things r out for u out there. pls stay off alcohol. hmmmmmmm

  10. @ JASMINE GO READ LITTLE BIT OF T NEWS , ON RICHARDS FAMILY GANGS UP ON RICHARD.

    IT’S SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANNOYIN THAT WE DN’T KNOW WATS HAPPENIN WITH HER EVERY ONE IS SOOOOOOOOOOO CURIOUS AND EVEN ON THE BBA OFFICIAL WEBSITE EVERYBODY INCLUDIN HER HATERS WANT TO KNOW WATZ UP WITH THE GOLDEN GIRL.MNET IS DOIN A PATHETIC JOB THEY CAN SEE EVERY1 WAS TO KNOW ABOUT TATI BUT STILL THEY DN’T TELL US JACK.I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PISSED

  11. OFU IM SORRY THAT YOU DIDNT WIN. U DESIRVED IT.

  12. Any change of speaking to Richard in Tz ? Dying to know what he is doing other than she said, he said, they said…………

  13. Wait till she sees the footage!

  14. Thank you my dear girl. Sense of reason.

  15. @lungie, you made a few people mad, but believe you me, I had a giggle when I read your remarks…………………….. funny one you.

  16. Lungie, could you please tell the world how you contributed in making yourself beautiful/handsome. Even if Ofunneka is physically ugly, must you rub it in? She didn’t create herself but what she may lack in terms of physical beauty, she has in so many other ways so for once in your life, be serious.

  17. Thank u very much Ofuneka 4 being honest. We knew both of u where drunk that day. Richard restpects u vry much we knew he coun’t make a move on u! We Tanzanians respect u and we believe all 3 of u r winners. I mis Tatiana so much. I say Richard in one of the interview in the Tv chanel 5. He was scraching his hair like crazy! I wander since Tatiana is not around if he’s going 2 shower at all! I am sure he Loves Tatiana more than his wife. Acording 2 the interviw this guy is stil madly in love with Tatiana. Tatiana is now living with Yolanda. Gustav doesn’t want 2 see him! You got that Dolphine? Shukran

  18. @Hossam yeh thanks man. Why is the news from Tanzania so few dear????? I for one was never a fan of Ofunneka and will never be. And from other sources, it seems now that she is actually talking to the legal eagles about that black Saturday ….. all for the three minutes of fame with our Rich boy. Sad about Tati but she did pretty much expect that to happen. They shared so much in the house. Keep feeding us with information from Tz Hossam. Luv you for that.

  19. I’ve seen the video now. Keep doing ur thang Robza.Please get us some info on Tatiana. to see the video,visit

    http://www.rubminds.com

  20. I have been warning people taking VODKA about it. It is a spirit that blacks u out completely. It has happened to my sister one time and she spent the whole night outside in the compound just vomiting and talking to herself. She wa too heavy for me to carry her to her bed until 400pm when she woke up and knowcked at my window for me to open for her. All the dew fall on her she was so dirty herself to enter te bed, until I got rugs and covered her till dawn.
    it
    Stand warned on that VODKA it can tarnish your integrity as it did to Ofunneka to loose the dollars.

  21. Am saying it again people need to drink responsibly to avoid public embarassment,i personally dont drink and am glad but its on record the very many number of car accidents that have claimed our brothers and sisters because some one was driving but under the influence of alcohol,apologising for an event that has already happened can not erase it out of people’s minds like that incident on 27th,so people if you are to drink please consume sensibly,
    can our friends in Tanzania, Angola and other housemate countries please update on what all these guys are upto,we ain’t
    informed of what they are all upto,code bertha,meryl,kwaku,justice,and the others,this is a modern world where these guys must be with websites where they can chart with their fans but nothing,updte us please.

  22. Eish man @Kaydee…………………….. not that black Saterday again!!!! Like @Becky said, Vodka makes you wish you were who you was when you wished you were who you are …………..
    but that alone did not make Ofunneka loose the dollars. She was just not winning material. Period. Robsa171, please speak to us on any latest news from Tz and Angola.

  23. what did ofunneka gets in nigeria from the state governoor

  24. Thanks Ofu for telling the world that Rich did not rape you and did that state govenor give the US$100 000,00 as he had promised

  25. God bless you Ofu for not wasting urs and Richards time,energy and money to pursue what didnt happen.U made a very wise decision to ignore all those hungry vultures waiting to use u to pounce on Rich.Just for the record and 4 haters to know i will repeat myself again and again.MY RICHARD DID NOT RAPE OFUNNEKA.If anyone ever bring up this issue again i will continue repeating myself until they shut the fuck up.LIke Rich told Bertha:I will only shut up when u shut up. I watched it live and saw clearly what happened.It was consensual.I dont blame anyone 4 what happened cos they were dead drunk and did what they would ordinarily not do if sober.I only blame their abuse of alcohol.I believe that saturday served as a lesson 2 everyone.Always drink responsibly.If u cant then dont drink at all.Peace and love to all Richiana fans…CINDY NIG

  26. THATS MY GIRL,TELL THESE FOOLS CINDY
    IT WAS NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT RAPE. HALF OF U PPL DIDN’T EVEN WATCH THE CLIP N R ALL BUSY SCREAMIN RAPE.NOW THAT I SEE ROBZA HAS MADE THAT DIRTY CLIP AVAILABLE HATERSSSSSSSSS GO N WATCH IT,N U WILL SEE RICHARD DID NOTHING WRONG,IF UR SO CALLED VICTIM(OFU) AGREES, DAT IT WAS NOOOOOOT RAPE, WAT DOES DAT TELL U?SO HATERS CLEARLY U GUYZ R FIGHTIN A LOSIN BATTLE. IT REALLY IS IN UR BEST INTEREST,AS CINDY SED, TO SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!

  27. OFUFINGER ENJOYED THE DAMN FINGERING.SHE WAS WIDE AWAKE AND KNOWS THAT A CASE OF RAPE CANNOT BE ESTABLISHED WHEN THE VIDEO CLIP SHOWS THAT SHE WAS MOANING AND ENJOYING HERSELF AND WOULD NOT LET RICHARD OFF AS IT TOOK THE PARAMEDICS EFFORTS TO UNLOCK HER WRAPPED UP LEGS ON RICHARD. MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE SHOWER OF ORGASM WAS ON HER AT THE TIME THE MEDICS CAME AND SHOULD HAVE ALLOWED HER FINISH THE ORGASM BEFORE UNLOCKING HER LEGS FROM RICHARD. SHE WAS WIDE AWAKE AND ENJOYED THE GAME. SHE CANNOT THEREFORE CLAIM RAPE. IT WAS A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL AND CAREFULLY PLANNED ACTIVITY BETWEEN OFUFINGER AND RICHARD. SHE WAS BADLY SEX STARVED.

  28. ofu gal you were sexually starved i wonder when you last got laid i watched that scene gees if you get to watch you will applaud richard for saving you from such desires, i hope you get laid soon its high time, anyways thank goodness you never won not that i am a fun of richard but this years bba2 really sucked big time, hope the next one wont have such lousy crappy pretentiuos pipo like offuneka

  29. HI GUYS.I CAN SEE MY HAIR TURNING GREY BECAUSE OF MOST OF YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN BIG BROTHER. ENOUGH ABOUT THAT MAN, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING SO MUCH ON THE PAST, LET US RATHER FOCUS ON THE FUTURE. THAT IS THE LATEST UPDATES ON ALL HOUSE MATES. DUH MNET, U DESERVE KUDOS FOR BEING THE MOST UNRELIABLE SOURCE OF THE PRESENT UPDATES ON THE HOUESMATES. IM LOOSING MY TEMPER BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE THE ONES THAT MAKE YOU, WITH OUR INVOLVEMENT WE PUT FOOD OVER YOUR TABLES AND ROOFS OVER YOUR HEADS!WHAT A DISGRACE WE NOW HAVE TO BEG FOR NEWS. eish, i am on my death bed and need updates asap, im left with only 2 days. please. HAPPY!!

  30. Pipo, pipo only few pipo can understand what a big favor Richard did for Ofunemama, i can assure u if u had to ask Richard what his worst moment was in big brother house, he would say the saturday that he got involved with Ofunemama. That must have been a nite mare 4 the poor boy not that am his fan but just the sight of Ofuneka used to make me sick.

  31. I want to share this article written by the distinguished and well-respected Nigerian journalist and columnist for the Nigerian national newspaper, the Independent Newspapers (www.independentngonline.com), Mr. Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye. It is titled: “Big Brother Africa: Debasing Self For A Fee”. It has appeared in several newspapers and in internet sites in Africa and America, and also on his blog: http://www.ugochukwu.blog.com

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    “BIG BROTHER AFRICA: DEBASING SELF FOR A FEE”
    By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

    Recently, Big Brother Africa (BBA2) Reality Show ended in South Africa amidst much din, slimy scandals and lingering controversies, and the only coherent statement it was able to make was that in this our very unfortunate and bankrupt age, money has acquired an even greater and awesome powers, and its capacity to compel otherwise rational human beings to gleefully part ways with every bit of their honour and dignity, be disdainful all considerations for decency and self-esteem, and enthusiastically indulge in several nauseating, self-debasing acts, has exceeded what anyone had thought was possible in decent society.

    I am not a fan of the Big Brother nonsense, and all such shows, like beauty pageants, where people are paid and cheered on to throw their honour and dignity as human beings to the dogs, to satisfy the depraved taste of irredeemable voyeurs. In fact, if there were no generous reports about these events in the media, which one occasionally glanced through, I may never have known that anything like BBA2 ever took place. But I am a grateful that I read some of those reports, because, it would never have occurred to me that some murky-hearted fellows, with excess cash to spend, could go all out to turn their fellow human beings into a little less than animals, confined in some glorified human zoo, where the most depraved among them could go as wild and immoral as he or she could, to dishonour and make a very big fool of himself or herself, before millions of TV viewers in Africa and beyond, in order to earn $100, 000.

    While this lure of lucre endures, do these fellows ever stop to think that the footage of their disgraceful outing in South Africa would survive tomorrow, and that they would have children and grandchildren whose sensibilities would be perpetually assaulted by the awful pornographic footages they were gleefully producing in their blind rush for $100,000?

    According to reports, the Housemates took their bathe together during what they called “Shower Hour,” and while the boys stripped to their boxers, the girls bared everything, not just before the boys whom they had never met until they were selected and confined in the Big Brother zoo, but, also, millions of viewers out there, which may have included kids from their households and neighborhoods! (Forget the age-restriction crap). Imagine the kid brothers and sisters or tender nephews and nieces of the Housemates seeing their big aunties they once held in high esteem flaunting their stark nudity on the screen with every brazenness and shamelessness. What in the name of all that is decent and noble can we possibly call this?

    Well, some of the girls, however, occasionally bathed with their underpants on, and only bared their chests, but that, no doubt, did not diminish the grave obscenity the whole thing still constituted.

    Now how would these clearly bird-brained fortune hunters rejoin and face the same society before whom they had shamelessly and grossly cheapened themselves, by flaunting the pride of their womanhood before every willing eye? Should even $1billion dollars be enough to compel anyone to do this?

    Indeed, Feminists and Women Rights activists would never protest this clear debasement of the woman, because this is not the kind of advocacy that attracts grants. This should not be surprising to anyone because it is still from the same cabal that prosecutes these obscene shows that the major bulk of sponsorships flow.

    Although virtually everything about BBA was horrible, revolting and scandalous, a consensus exists that the most horrible scandal it yielded, now popularly known as “fingergate,” reportedly, took place on Saturday, 27 October 2007. I first read about it on Nigerians In America, in an article by Ms. Bolanle Aduwo, a screenwriter, broadcaster and producer.

    Please permit me to quote her account of the obscene incident:

    “…Biggie had provided plenty of booze (undiluted, Russian vodka) and what resulted was an incident that will definitely go down as one of the most scandalous moments in Big Brother history. The housemates became crazed, drunken zombies and engaged in acts better suited for a porno movie. The evening eventually ended in what many call a possible rape! Or how do you explain the actions of Richard, the 24-year-old Tanzanian film student and the only male occupant of the House fondling and ‘fingering’ a comatose, blind-drunk Ofunneka, a 29-year-old Medical Assistant from Nigeria?…The whole of Africa saw this girl’s “privates”… What happened… horrified viewers as Richard lying between the two comatose women, undressed them and began to fondle, kiss and ‘finger’ both of them!”

    This incident had provoked serious outrage across Africa. A Women Rights group in South Africa had called for the footage of the incident, only to announce later, after viewing it, that it agreed with MNET, that what happened between Richard and Ofunneka was consensual. Nigeria’s House of Representatives, groping for some form of self-redeeming tasks, after Ettehgate, had also waded into the matter, something I had thought was an entirely private misadventure between the girl and the South African prurient millionaires.

    But why does it seem Africa has suddenly awakened from its moral slumber just because fingergate happened? Well, if you ask me, the matter is very simple: Even if there were no “fingergate,” all the people who participated in BBA2 had irremediably soiled their honour and dignity? What sort of girls would gleefully strip themselves nude, to bathe, not only in the full gaze boys, but also before more than one million TV viewers across Africa? (If the boys wore their shorts and the girls chose to bare everything, what kind of statement were they making about their gender?) Just the other day, while gathering materials for this piece, I stumbled on a blog where a photograph of Ofunneka was posted holding her towel apart and proudly baring her not particularly appealing chest for all to see! So, even without “fingergate,” was that not self-demeaning enough?

    On Monday, I visited a website, http://www.ofunneka.com, where all sorts of hate posts were heaped on the doorsteps of “Richard the rapist,” who “stole the crown.” All sorts of stories were dredged up to rubbish the Tanzanian, as if he did not rubbish himself enough while in the BBA zoo. But while countless sympathizers were out there condemning MNET for the indecent show and calling for Richard’s head for “sexually abusing” Ofunneka, the “innocent, well-behaved, but stone-drunk symbol of decent African woman,” the girl was at the other place addressing a press conference, apologizing for what happened and dismissing reports that she was raped. Saturday PUNCH of November 24, 2007, quotes her as saying: “I will say that I let down my guards a little, but then I am human.”

    I am seriously touched by this girl’s predicament. It is painful to imagine that she might carry the shame of her disastrous BBA appearance all her life. It must be clear to her now that whoever counseled her into the BBA folly has done her a grave harm. The most noble job she must engage herself in now would be to always dissuade any other person she encounters to avoid BBA like a plague despite the money.

    In this internet age, it should not surprise her that countless blogs would spring up tomorrow, attracting serious traffic to themselves with footages of “fingergate” and some of her nude pictures from Shower Hour at the Big Brother zoo. A costly mistake has already been made by going to the BBA house, and a costly price must be paid.

    But, if by her own painful predicament, other young Africans are able to learn that it is practically impossible to safeguard one’s honour and dignity in such a morally bankrupt enclave like BBA house, created solely to promote obscenity and depravity, to service the vulgar tastes of prurient men and women, she should consider the sacrifice worthwhile. Who is even sure that “fingergate” was not scripted and directed by MNET, to diminish her rising profile in the media as the symbol of true African woman, which would have created serious problems for MNET when eventually Richard was declared “winner”?

    By Richard “victory”, what statement has MNET succeeded in making? That it was alright for a man who was married to suddenly “fall in love” with another woman he had just met on a reality TV show; engage in open and revolting adulterous acts with this new lover or concubine on satellite TV, knowing full well that his wife was at home watching; and then while in the same bed with his new lover, he engages in wild sexual acts with yet another woman, on the same bed! And after it all, according to a report in Namibian of October 29, 2007, he excitedly pronounces: “I have seen the rivers and mountains of Big Brother…I’m going to bump all the women in BBA house.” What a vulgar celebration of hideous conquests!

    With all the nauseating exploits of Richard’s, which earned him the prize, what MNET is saying is that for anyone to win the next BBA (assuming this won’t be the last), he must simply become an animal like Richard, because it is only animals that win its price; yes, such a person must regard and treat women as mere playthings.

    Now the point has also been regularly made, namely, why watch BBA if you know it would offend your mind? Indeed, amateur porn channels and websites like BBA abound, but they do not attract generous positive reviews from “serious” newspapers like BBA does. MNET can afford to inflict its violent obscenity only on interested viewers if it could check its invasion of our newspaper pages the way it does.

    Nor should the government show more than a passing interest in shows like BBA, as the Nigerian House Assembly or the Federal Government did recently. Now, I have no problems with the Information Minister, Mr. John Odey, offering a job to Miss Ofunneka Molokwu, as he reportedly did the other day, if that would console her, but he has no right to declare that by appearing on that reprehensible show, she has “represented us well” and has, today, become “the Heart of Africa.”

    No doubt, it must be clear to the minister that he was speaking himself, and I insist that he makes this clear immediately. In fact, President Umar Musa Yar’Adua must call him to order before he uses the stain of BBA to further rubbish his ailing regime. On no account must the Federal Government appear to endorse such a horribly obscene show that has offended many decent people in Africa and has even been banned by some African governments.

    Mr. Odey, since he had excess time to squander, should have merely consoled the girl, assuaged her pain over the BBA misadventure, but more importantly, used that opportunity to urge other Nigerians youths to shun such shows no matter the huge prize money they dangle, if they do not wish to encounter such tragedies like “fingergate.” And I think I am right.
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    scruples2006@yahoo.com
    http://www.ugochukwu.blog.com

  32. The show has come and gone . Ofunneka has represented Nigeria in her own way . Being an Ibo girl,she should have known the consenquenses of venturing into such trade. She lost the only man in her life because of this BBA thing and she’s not getting any younger. WHO IS TO BE BLAMED? Nigeria should place a ban on the participation as it is quite obvious the part 3 is imminent. Any Nigerian wanting to participate again should better go for porno movies instead so as to enable him/her gain more popularity and earn more money too.

  33. fuck you ofu. you are a disgrace to africa for daring to say it was not rape.

  34. OF forever

  35. Can one tell me were rich is?

  36. please send video to my mail to comment on it

  37. please send video footage to my mail to be able to coment

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