Following the outcry by some Nigerians, BBC Africa has withdrawn its description of Akinwumi Adesina as a “flamboyant Nigerian banker”.
While announcing Adesina’s re-election as the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday, August 27, the news platform described him as ”Flamboyant Nigerian Banker”.
Some Nigerians felt the use of the word ”Flamboyant” was to portray Adesina in a bad light. They took to the comment section to register their displeasure. Read here.
The news platform in a tweet posted on Friday evening, August 28, said the use of the word “flamboyant” was “absolutely unintentiona.l” They also explained that describing him as such was irrelevant to the news report.
“We have removed the description of Dr Akinwumi Adesina as “flamboyant”. We recognize this – absolutely unintentionally – may have caused offense, and is irrelevant to the story. We have also corrected his title to African Development Bank president,” the tweet read.