How Bourdillon ordered my removal — Sandra Eze speaks on leaving TVC’s ‘Your View’

On-air personality (OAP) and actress, Sandra Eze, has finally shared details of the incidents that led to her exit from ‘Your View’, a programme on Television Continental (TVC).

In a lengthy post on her Instagram page on Friday, Sandra said her ordeal began during the build-up to the 2015 general election when she expressed reservations about the threat against Igbos in Lagos by Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.


She claimed that the show’s producer told her not to comment on the issue during the programme which held a day after the monarch’s controversial remark.

The TV host explained that sensing she could not stomach the urge to speak on the issue, she decided to walk out of the live show to put herself together.

The media personality said after the show, she was informed that a “call came from Bourdillon” ordering that she be suspended indefinitely.

According to her, all attempts to appeal the suspension did not yield desired results and she later received a call asking her to resume again.

Eze, however, said barely two weeks after resuming the show, another call from Bourdillon “asking that, that Igbo girl be removed. And why did she come back…”

The broadcaster dismissed claims that she left the show because of disciplinary actions, noting that she was not the first of such to be suspended but later reinstated. 

Bourdillon is a street in Ikoyi, Lagos, where Bola Tinubu, former Lagos governor and APC leader, leaves. Tinubu is the founder of TVC.

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PART 1. No, I did not leave #YourViewTVC because I was disciplined and I couldn't take it. I did not leave because I had attitude issues, or i was headstrong and refusing to take advise (really? Wow.) Nor did I leave because I wanted to focus solely on acting. Your View had a very flexible schedule... that was a cover up. I walked out during a Live show, a call came from bourdillon and asked that I be suspended indefinitely. That's the Summary, Now, the news in detail: I had never done anything like #YourView, so when Morayo agreed to hire me with Ajifa's side approval, I was elated. I was clueless about the show, i had never watched the international sister shows. I only knew Oprah and Amanpour. I went to google and started reading everything I could on #TheTalk and #TheView. I believed in her vision and I was going to invest all of me in it. One of my excitement being I finally had a female boss, no more sexual harassment. So the Show premiered, and I grew. I struggled with 2 things, I don't talk a lot, I forget a lot, so I wrote a lot. I hated politics but i read papers every day, i was always researching because, no one wanted to hear that I was too young or that the only political figures I knew was the President and my eastern governors 🤭. My Office was, as the spokes person for young adults/singles and the Igbo community. Some months later, we had a new Producer Debisi. One day in the canteen, I was having breakfast, she walked in and gave me a pep talk that changed everything. "...Sanzye, look them in the eye and make your point, ignore your age. You are beautiful and brilliant, show it!" Then she danced away. I silently chewed my kpomo... literally. I was having moi-moi and stewed kpomo 😁. Continued on next post... Meanwhile #EndSARS #EndSARS is a slogan for everything wrong in Nigeria... SARS is dissolved, now is a Slogan! #WeMove!

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PART 2 The next day, the real Sanzye was born. I got more show slots. Shortly after, we started trying out lead hosting because Morayo got Pregnant, she would leave in the middle of the show and y'all wouldn't know. Tadaa! Eventually, it was my turn to try out... I watched Oprah and Amanpour all night. I had to nail it. I had to show everything I've been practicing in front if the mirror since 13. Guess what? I was bad ass and RDJ (God rest his soul) picked me up and made me better. 1st anniversary, Morayo had just given birth to her adorable twin babies. Guess who got the honour to host, Me!!! I got better and bolder, still respectful. I started learning politics and my work environment. A few Igbo colleagues would tell me stuff and I'd brush it off, I refused to judge people or anything that had no evidence. I went on air and said things as they were. I stopped a lot of people from insulting the then president Goodluck Jonathan. And it earned me the nick name "Jonathan's daughter". No, I wasn't in support of him, not PDP, not APC. However, I believed a man in authority should be respected. The ladies and producer encouraged me, it was good for TV. Different angles, a banter here and there. A devil's advocate sometimes... we made great TV fam. So the show grew, and so did the eyes watching. 2015 election was looming and I said it several times I was not a fan of APC. I had no single case of indiscipline or any reason to enter HR office. I showed up to work on time, had a good relationship with my co anchors but ofcourse much preference for Uwa first, then Tope. Right after the show, I would jump my keke and rush to ObaAkran Ikeja to film my Tinsel scenes. (No, I didn't take cabs because I was saving every penny to get a car and sort a few family needs). We were the Perfect cast of 7 brilliant ladies, I being the youngest. With time, we owned the 9am -10am time belt daily. All eyes was on us. We worked harder at grammar, presentation, handling public appearances, taking criticisms especially when on live TV, attended NBC meetings...y'all class was in session haha. You have enough back ground now, let's move to election year 2015. It was the do or die year.

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PART 3 My 24 year old brain could not understand why politics was such a big deal and I had to restrict my views because of where I worked. WHY!? So, eventually Buhari won, I wasn't happy but welp, show goes on. Governorship elections... this is it. The Oba of Lagos made an inciting statement about drowning Igbos in the Lagoon (some of y'all might remember it) The next day, it was the headline in almost all the dailies. At this point, Debisi wasn't the producer anymore, Emem was. I believe she could have switched me given how sensitive the topic was and considering that this concerned a people I represented. During makeup, she asked me to ensure I said nothing about it, just ignore the story. I wasn't ok, but well, I don't want to be the person who tells my producer NO. So we went LIVE! Intro, banter, paper review, hot topic, let's talk...I said nothing about it, we were almost there. 9:50am, a guy call Hassan calls in and drags us back to paper review on what the Oba said, his comments HURT,... I waited for Morayo to cut him, it was taking forever, I started hoping someone in MCR would end the call. I was sweating. I wanted to say something, I wasn't going to be a sell out. Everything in me screamed that this was not right. I felt like I couldn't breathe and I couldn't talk, I wasn't sure what would come out of my mouth, (NBC rules: when in doubt, stay silent).. if NBC writes us, that might be a problem for the show. I cant afford that. The show was Morayo's baby but I loved that child. So i remembered, previously during one of our post production meetings, we talked about a strategy to increase ratings and trend on twitter (Your view is big on Twitter, ya'll know that.). I cant remember who came up with the idea to walk out on the show.. citing examples with Whoopi Goldberg and Elizabeth Hasselbeck of The View. We all loved it. It sounded great. But there was no instruction as to what kind of topic that applies to...we agreed it would be most natural if it shocked everyone for real.

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PART 4 So I decided, if I can't talk, I can walk, it's was an option. I started fiddling with my mic to get it off me and watched the camera pan from medium to a wide shot so as to capture whatever was going on. Drama is always good for TV, I've done my research. Now remember I told you Morayo would walk off set to Vomit or something when she was preggy. And the crew would cover up so well that you wouldn't know.. Stupid me, I thought the same would apply to me, but no, it was on a wide shot till I took my Mike off, got up and left. Everyone has shocked. Twitter went wild. I was trending (although now there is no trace of it on twitter 🤷🏽‍♀️) I walked to the green stand to cool off, people ran to me from the news room asking if I was ok. I truthfully told I was a little upset. Azee (I miss her) and a few others encouraged me to go back on the show. I listened and went back to wrap the show with the ladies. Morayo then asked me if I had anything to say about the Oba issue... heck I don't even know what I said, I just wanted to go home. Show was over. Walking from newsroom to post production office, everyone kept saying "Sanzye, why did you walk out nau, that's unprofessional" I didn't get their point. As far as I was concerned, it was professional, the team had agreed on it right? Wrong! Stupid me. Morayo kept telling me it's nothing, but something felt different, I didn't feel comforted. I read auras a lot. The MD Mr Lemi walks in and asked "what's going on? Everyone has been calling, asking if I watched the show today, I didn't" . Someone, I dunno who, told him what happened. I just wanted to cry, I knew I had done something I just wasn't sure if it was right or wrong. The ladies kept saying its ok, afterall, it was a plan... I don't remember exactly what Mr Lemi said but it was in the lines of " grow up..." Morayo told me, to just show up tomorrow and apologise. I am never to big to apologise, so I agreed. I went to make up room, picked up my bag, on my way out I saw Morayo with the HR lady she was narrating to her what happened, I stood there crying.

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PART 5 The HR lady told me it was nothing, that it will be sorted out... i wanted to believe them but for some reason, everything I was told about being #Igbo was ringing in my head. I went home, locked myself and cried. Then I rehearsed my apology and showed up to work the next morning. I walked into the Make up room greeted Morayo but it felt different. I felt tension, she said "sanzye can I see you"... my heart broke. "Sure" i said. She said "...I was instructed that a call came from bourdillon and they don't want to see you on the show again... so you've been suspended indefinitely, just chill small, lemme talk to them" I felt beaten to the ground. I can be pretty invested in things I'm passionate about. Last I felt that way was the night I was evicted from Nigerian Idol...I walked for 2hours crying. But I'm not as invisible as i was back then. At this point i had bought my car, sorted out my sisters, made my savings calendar for the year...I was finally going to travel out this year! Atleast that got me laughing while I cried driving home. At the packing lot, a few Igbo colleagues told me, Sandra, it is sad but take it from me, you're not coming back. They've been waiting for this moment, you gave them an opening..." I called them bluff. I came to the show every morning for a while and went to the MCR to learn a few tips on mixing Live TV shots, while serving suspension... handy knowledge. It changed nothing. Then I went on a begging spree, begged my MD, it was beyond him, begged the accountant to beg MD, no way. Someone secretly wanted to help so I agreed to drive to bourdillon and beg. I packed opposite the road for hours, no one came out. I was crying like a fool.. not for myself, my family. Finances were dwindling, I had no job, no one to call on that wouldn't ask for sex and I had a car to maintain, a long list... I asked if I could make it for the anniversary. I was permitted. So after almost 2months, I show up on May 29th. Wore the beautiful blue dress a fan made for us. I thought this was going to be it, my welcome back... nope, I was wrong.

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PART 6 I went on another long period of silence, I refused to seek other jobs, I was in love with Your View, I was putting in my best and growing daily, I was introverted, still jovial well behaved except this one time...I'm dedicated, they'll call me back. I was sure. Days turned to weeks and months, I was praying and waiting...Tope called me to her house, adviced me to apply for other shows on TVC instead of hoping to return. At this point I was angry, I didn't understand why they would so easily move on, I would would fight for them, why won't they fight for me, together! Was I so irrelevant? Days later, I called Morayo and for the first time yelled at her over the phone (I believe I apologised for that later, but if I didn't, forgive me Morayo). I felt alone. Uwa was the only one who constantly checked on me and gradually introduced to her circle of friends Nneoma 😘 and Priscilla😘 who worked on my mental health... I was beginning to heal and accept reality. My besties Ogoo and Uju were strong emotional support Shortly after, in August I travelled to UK and Dubai for the first time (how I travelled is a testimony for another day 😁 God is good! Amen?) I spent all my money shopping Primark/Atmosphere, haaaa! Oxford Street heard it! SEE THAT PHOTO UP THERE? AT SOUTHBANK LONDON, IT WAS MY MOOD EVERYDAY! I had fun! I was hoping to marry a white man and forget my misery in Nigeria. September, I got back. Straight to Enugu, there was nothing for me in Lagos. I was already talking to a friend about joining Dream Fm Enugu, or coming back to Lagos to work with a budding advertising company. I wanted to go back fully to acting but the peanut pay would do nothing for my family. From the blues, assistant producer Bolaji called me, that I was back on the show... at this point I had tossed the show aside, we move! I told her I was in Enugu. She called again asking that I had to make it, they had baked me a welcome back cake. Now I love cake lol. And the fact that they got me a cake and made me a guest that Friday melted my heart. I felt wanted but still angry.

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PART 7 Gosh, this too long, though I may have skipped some things. Anyway, I gave my word that I had to make it and if you know me, my word is my bond (DM people, see why I don't tell you what you want to hear or promise what I wont do? ) I digress. I had very little money on me, I spent every thing in UK and Dubai (and it was worth it, I was happy) My elder sister Tuvy gave me a little extra cash and I boarded The Young Shall Grow, night bus to Lagos. Imagine the transition from Emirates Airbus 380 to rickety luxurious bus. Sigh. Bus broke down on the way, last last we made it. Got into Lagos 6am, had a shower, ran out again so I can get to work at 7:30am, and I made it in time. It was a happy reunion, all the love I had pushed away came back, whatever happened, I love this show and if they want me back, I'm glad to be back. So I showed up live on air, bubbly and excited. Sharing my travel wander lust experiences and the cake had a little plane on it, it was thoughtful. Finally, rainy days were over, the sun was out... I wish. In less than 2 weeks, I had said something again about Nigeria being broke... this was before it became public knowledge. On sunday I didn't see a schedule in my mail, I called Morayo to find out why, she started asking where I was and that Mr Musa had asked that they skip my name for the week. I drove out to meet her and I was told that a call had come from bourdillon again asking that, that Igbo girl be removed. And why did she come back... there was nothing I could say really. I was with my aunt at the time, she came and explained to her and I think that's noble. Still I wanted to ask her, did you really fight? You asked me to trust you and I did. I made a post about it and whenever I doubted, I would go back to the post and read it. Did you really put up a fight for me or was I one of the eggs In the basket that wasn't needed. Easy sacrifice. But i never asked, my mouth had gotten me into enough trouble, I might be misunderstood. And I was just tired. So we all agreed In order to not cause suspicions and to avoid tribalistic comments, when people ask about me, we'll just say that I took a break to act for a while, we agreed.

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PART 8 Meanwhile, I was Filming #EveryDayPeople in Lekki. This is to show you I was juggling both careers well. After a while, it wasn't good enough for people... actors get breaks even if its 2 days or 3days...I hadn't shown up in months. They switched to she decided to get into acting, while I stepped up by telling people I couldn't handle Live TV and acting, what a lie. Almost all the privileges I had died with my exit. The only thing that lived was the constant question on why I left. They wanted to film Sanzye. SANZYE HAD VALUE, SANDRA EZE HAD LITTLE OR NONE. So I rebuilt with Sandra Eze, even though Sanzye stuck with every one. I had used it for too long from radio days, it was too late to change it. I lived my lie faithfully. I went back to acting and started building from ground up, again...10,000 naira,, then 30,000, 50,000, 100... Can I just say how good God has been to me? I never quite understood what it was I did, who did I insult unconsciously, I never got a memo, never faced HR... what did I do wrong? Put me before a panel...anything. Just tell me what it was plainly, no assumptions. I wasn't the first to be suspended. There was Tope and then Jumoke, why was mine different? Why would someone sit in bourdillon (as I was told) and play my life, my career, my emotions like badminton. I may not know anyone in high places but I am a respectful young woman and I will be respected. I waved the show goodbye and patiently waited for my face to leave that montage. Seeing my face on that tune made me sick. It took a painful long wait but a new montage was made and I rested. It was Official. Goodbye Your View and TVC. I took my time because I wanted to be sure I had flushed yesterday's anger. Writing with anger would ruin my purpose. I don't know what will happen after this but I feel free and light. #MISSIONACCOMPLISHED Dearest Holy Spirit, We did it! Thank you for the boldness! Hi5 buddy! 🤗❤❤🤗 Thank you everyone who genuinely cared and encouraged me, may God provide people who would urge you on in love, and stand by you when you need it the most. You are priceless! 🤗 This picture was taken before the show that morning, little did I know...

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