#BBNaija: Stampede, fights and lack of organization mar Big Brother Naija auditions nationwide

The race to the Big Brother Naija 2019 house kick started on February 1, 2019 with auditions holding at various locations nationwide. 

The auditions holding in Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Port Harcourt, Warri, Enugu and Abuja had large crowds of young Nigerians in attendance. They are all gunning for one thing – a chance to compete in the BetNaija sponsored reality TV show for the N45 million price money and instant fame.

Due to the large turnout of people, the organizers of Big Brother Naija seem to be overwhelmed. Over 15,000 turned out in Lagos alone. Talk Parlour News correspondent in Lagos reported that security men deployed to secure the entrance at D’Podium event center, Lagos where at several times overpowered by enthusiastic youths who forcefully broke the barricade and trooped into the audition venue in droves. This was a certain security risk because these invading youths were not put though proper scrutiny before they gained access into the audition venue. Some could have concealed improvised explosive devices or could be carrying carrying dangerous weapons.

Pockets of fights broke out occasiinally at the venue of the auditions and some people were seen scalling the fence to gain entry into the venue. Our correspondent witnessed an incident where the security aided people who scalled the fence by helping them scale down the walls into the venue. 

Also, the security men were occasionally violent. Talk Parlour News correspondent reports that a security man was seen flogging people with koboko. He went further to attacking another young man with series of punches to the face because he confronted him for whipping a young man.

Apart from the inefficiency of the security men, the audition venue in Lagos recorded many cases of theft.  One girl who narrated her ordeal to Talk Parlour News said she was robbed of her iPhone and N35,000. She went further to state that the security men didn’t show concern even as she resorted to shedding tears. 

The organizers didn’t give considerations to the eventuality that there might be a stampede at the venue and eventually there was. About two ladies fainted at the venue while another who was visibly sophocated got rescued from the crowd by the security men at the front gate.

When prospective housematess  finally got access into the waiting hall, they were faced with another challenge – over crowding, inneficient air and extreme temperatures. Anyway Kudos should be giving to sponsors who provided Bet9ja branded hand fans. This went a great lent in preventing people from fainting while they waited for their turn to be conveyed to meet with the various judges.

Many people who shared their experiences with the judges said they were dissatisfied with the questions they were asked. The questions many claimed were not channelled towards discovering the best they participants offer. Instead they were 1sked very trvial questions. This fuelled speculations that the housemates for the 2019 edition of Big Brother Naija has already been selected.

One participant who shared his experience on Twitter said:

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