Originally published on olisa.tv
Barely a year after she won the Miss Anambra beauty pageant, Chidinma Okeke is embroiled in a sex tape scandal.
A video which appears to show the beauty queen and a female partner playing out a racy scene sent the social media on a meltdown. Blogs ran the story. Folks who had yet to see the clip asked for links to download them. Not long after the clip surfaced, the 300 level Medical Laboratory student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, denied featuring in the racy film.
According to Chidinma Okeke, the tape was the works of blackmailers; folks wishing her ill who have gone extreme lengths of using a photo editing tool to superimpose her face into the clip, as she could not have engaged in such ‘amorous’ act.
“My attention has been drawn to a concocted photograph/ video being circulated in the social media wherein my face was superimposed on an existing picture of persons engaging amorous conduct through the art of photo shopping,” she wrote on her Instagram.
Adding, “This act is perpetrated by hoodlums who are out to blackmail me or tarnish my image and promising career by presenting me in bad light.”
The Orumba North beauty queen went on to add that she is a “highly responsible person who was brought up in a family with impeccable reputation. I can therefore not subscribe to such act how much more engage in same.”
Many Nigerians have refused to accept the explanation of the immediate past Miss Anambra. On her Instagram, trolls dragged the beauty queen. Some threatened, while others cited the religious and cultural lines she overstepped. Unable to bear the barrage of attacks, Ms Okeke made her Instagram private and is yet to speak up since then.
However, there are also a crop of Nigerians who are concerned for Ms Okeke’s safety. Only last month, an Italian woman, 31-year-old Tiziana Cantone, killed herself after sex tape featuring her went viral. This has sparked major debate on the public shaming and violence against women. Sadly, Ms Cantone is only receiving major sympathy after her death.
For Ms Okeke’s case, a crop of Nigerians are struggling valiantly to raise awareness on the dangers of cyber-bullying, how the blackmailers are being enabled when society focuses its rage on victims, while on the flip side Nigeria ranks top five in the Google list of countries searching for homosexual porn photos and videos on the internet.
“Isn’t it criminally funny that while we are all gearing up to crucify Chidimma, the demonic bastard who breached trust and released the video online with the sole aim of destroying the beauty queen yet wastes oxygen that should be used by real humans???” Facebook user, Charles Ogbu, asked.
And Viola Ifenyinwa Okolie noted that “blackmail is becoming a fine art and another means of showcasing our double standards in this country.” She called the DSS to “shift their focus away from social media accounts of vocal opposition figures, and search out for prosecution, all these “blogs” that accept and run videos and pictures of blackmailers’ victims.”
“They are accessories to blackmail and can lead the law to wherever they got their videos from,” Ms Okorie continued. “They and their accomplices are the criminals. The actors in the movies can only offend our sanctimoniously hypocritically misplaced sense of morality, they are victims too.”
Many states in the US have adopted an invasion-of-privacy statute, criminalising revenge porn, Italy is having a conversation about this, but activists are still struggling to get the Nigerian Senate to sign a bill which will protect women.
In all of this, no one knows how Chidinma Okeke’s is faring, if she is safe. Though the beauty queen handed over her crown early in October in preparation for the next competition, the organisers of the pageant are yet to make a comment since the sex tape went viral.