Afolabi-Brown: TVC Suspended Sanzye not Bourdillon

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Morayo Afolabi-Brown, the host of breakfast programme, Your View, has denied an allegation by her former colleague, Sandra Eze aka Sanzye, that Bourdillon ordered her indefinite suspension from the show.

Afolabi-Brown in a video on Instagram said that the decision to suspend Eze was taken by the management of Television Continental and not Bourdillon.

Bourdillon in ikoyi,Lagos, is where the home of All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, is located. Tinubu is rumoured to own TVC.

Sanzye, who was a co-host of Your View, one of the breakfast programmes in the country, had taken to Instagram on Friday to narrate how she was suspended by the company for walking out during a live television programme.

It was gathered that Sanzye took issues with the manner TV station had handled the threat directed at Igbo people by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, who had threatened to drown all Igbo persons in the lagoon if they refused to vote for his preferred candidate in the 2015 governorship election in the state, Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC.

Sanzye said that she was told that ‘Bourdillon’ ordered her suspension indefinitely until she was forced to leave the station and struggled financially until she took up a career in acting.

Afolabi-Brown,in the 10-minute video clip, said when Sanzye walked out of the set during the live programme, they never thought anything of it but the TVC management thought otherwise.

She recalled that in the early days of the show, people used to threaten to report them to ‘Bourdillon’

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Afolabi-Brown said, “The elephant in the room, who owns TVC, is not for me to say. Everyone knows who owns TVC and the truth is that people always use that to put us under undue pressure sometimes. They say, ‘Oh, I am going to report you to…’, ‘I am going to tell them you did this, you said that on television’. We get that a lot.

She further stated “In the early days, we used to get scared when we were fresh in the business. But the truth is that we are seven years in the game. Nobody can scare us anymore. But in the early days they used to use it to scare us that ‘Oh, they’ve just got a call. What did you say on TV, who did you criticise, we used to get that a lot. That was then.

“But it wasn’t factual that someone from somewhere asked that Sandra be let go. It was purely a company decision because of the unprofessional way of walking off a live set.”

Afolabi-Brown noted that she could not plead with the management to spare Sanzye because she was a deputy director at the time.

“What people expected me to do was to go and find the owner of the station and say please help me. Maybe today, because I am no longer a TVC employee and I am now a contract employee, if I have the opportunity of seeing the owner, I could plead. But then, I was a deputy director with TVC. It would have been unethical to leave my position in the company and start looking for the owner to beg,” she said.

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