Disqualified Big Brother Naija 2020 Lockdown Edition housemate, Erica Nlewedim, found herself at the center of controversy as she took to the streets of Twitter (now known as X) to share a tweet perceived as condescending towards her critics. The entrepreneur and actress ignited a social media storm when she mentioned recalling her second passport, emphasizing the need to distance herself from those with a “crab mentality.”
In her tweet, Erica posted pictorial proof of her additional passport, revealing her citizenship in The Caribbean Community. However, the response from netizens, beyond her fan base, was swift and critical. Some questioned the necessity of showcasing wealth, arguing that true affluence carries its aura without the need for explicit proof. Erica was labeled a ‘classist,’ with references made to her perceived attitude dating back to her university days at Covenant University.
Another critic reminded Erica of her past, specifically the days when her fans crowdfunded her after her public disgrace and subsequent disqualification from the Big Brother Naija reality TV show. This raised questions about the source of her recent boastful comments.
A disapproving voice questioned the role of Nigerians in enabling such behavior, asserting that Erica wouldn’t make such comments without feeling empowered to do so. The sentiment highlighted broader societal dynamics contributing to the perceived entitlement of public figures.
Amid the criticism, one individual shared a personal experience, suggesting that possessing a second passport doesn’t necessarily equate to superiority. The tweet hinted at using the additional document as a practical identification tool rather than a status symbol.