BBC has apologised and says it has removed the word ‘Flamboyant’ from the description of a second term President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina.
The media house had described Adesina as a ‘flamboyant Nigerian banker,’ and subsequently received backlash for a word many feel that is offensive.
The development followed Adesina’s re-election as the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday.
Hours after his announcement as winner, BBC Africa sent a tweet on its verified handle.
“Flamboyant Nigerian banker Akinwumi Adesina has been re-elected chairman of the African Development Bank (AfDB) after weathering a political storm over allegations of corruption,” the tweet reads.
Tolu Ogunlesi, special assistant on digital/new media to President Muhammadu Buhari, was among those who criticised the post.
“Who signed off on this? This is far from BBC standard. 1. What’s the “flamboyant” doing here? 2. “Banker” is hardly the way to describe his professional life. 3. “President” of AfDB, not “Chairman”. Or are you people now into parody ni?” Ogunlesi asked.
BBC however apologised afterwards saying it has removed the word ‘Flamboyant ‘
See a screen shot of the apology below: