British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been forced to apologize to Kenyan socialite Bridget Achieng over a documentary about prostitution.
In the documentary, the global broadcaster portrayed Achieng as a commercial sex worker but protests from the socialite and a section of Kenyans has forced the media house to re-edit the piece. The documentary dubbed Shuga talked about high-end prostitution in Kenya.
Achieng hit out at BBC accusing it of leaving out part of her interview and only aired the part where she admitted to joining the business.
"I was shocked I did a 2 months documentary only for them to cut my interviews and make me look like I am a prostitute," she told a local news website.
"I hate the fact that media takes advantage of artists and my interview being twisted and all."
In a statement, BBC apologized to the socialite noting that it had made corrections to the video.
"Following some inaccurate coverage of Bridget in the Kenyan media, the BBC would like to make clear that, as we show in our film Bridget ran a jeweler business, contributes to Nairobi Diaries and leads a charitable foundation for children in Kibera.
" She currently runs an interior design consultancy in Nairobi, and has recently announced that she is expecting a baby," the disclaimer read.
In the interview, Achieng confessed to having joined prostitution out of desperation.
“I had to do it to just get back up, it’s not something any woman should be proud of doing,” she told BBC Africa.
“I tried (the trade), I wouldn’t say I didn’t try, you are a desperate girl looking for money and this guy offers you like 10 thousand dollars (about Sh1 million) to just to go and visit him. 10 thousand dollars! Some people have never seen 10 thousand dollars in their life. You just need to look pretty and get 10,000 dollars and get on that flight and do what you have to do."