Popular Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu has been indefinitely locked out of the acting industry by the country’s film board after she recently posted to her Instagram page sexually-provocative visual content, including a video and pictures.
The video showed Ms Sepetu kissing and caressing her new lover in bed. Ms Sepetu’s boyfriend, whom she referred to as “my future husband” in captions of the visual content, is said to be Burundian.
Pictures of the clotheless pair were also shared by the film star on her Instagram page, triggering a barrage of negative feedback from her followers.
She deleted the pictures thereafter.
As a result of the salacious content, Tanzania’s film board, via its leadership, on Friday, October 26, banned Wema Sepetu from acting over an undisclosed period.
“You have disgraced the nation by making viewers imitate your behaviours, habits and culture, which are inappropriate. You have gone against the country’s national values and brought shame to it,” said a film board representative in a press conference in Dar es Salaam Friday.
“The film board, as mandated by law, has decided to take the following action against Ms Wema Sepetu: to lock her out of the acting and arts industry for an unknown period of time until the day the film board will be satisfied that she has corrected her behaviour. The film board will closely monitor her,” said the film board rep.
On Thursday, October 25, Wema Sepetu apologised for posting to her Instagram page the controversial content.
Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, Wema Sepetu said she will, henceforth, embrace maturity and thoughtfulness in her actions.
“I have decided to take full responsibility of what I have done. I apologise to TCRA, Tanzanian film board, my family, kinsmen and friends, my fans and those who have supported me throughout this period. I also seek forgiveness from the youth, who look up to me as their role model.
“Above all, I apologise to my mother. I admit I have caused embarrassment and humiliation to many.
“I won’t justify what I did; I acknowledge that I did something wrong, and no amount of justifications would make what I did to be right. I am also not seeking sympathy from anyone. I am apologising because I know what I did was not right.
“Many people engage in intimacy, but it becomes improper when recordings of such private sessions are made available to the public. It doesn’t paint a good picture at all, and I know it is an act that brings shame to the people involved in it. What I did was beyond embarrassing. It should be highly condemned, and I was completely wrong in engaging in it. I am sorry to those who were offended by the stupid thing that I did.
“I am human; just like everyone, and I am bound to make mistakes.
“People might fail to understand me because of the [bad] history that I have, but trust me, there is an end to everything.
“I thank God I did the stupid mistake, and I have come to my senses. Since I shot to fame in 2006, I have done a lot of immature and stupid things, which demoralised many people, who look up to me. They, however, never stopped supporting me. And even after engaging in the stupid act recently, they still stood by me. Their undying love and support for me has touched me deeply.
“I have woken up from my past. I have looked back where I came from, and the people I hurt, and the impact my actions have had on me, and I have realised that I wasn’t called to engage in such actions. I care about the person that I am, and the picture that I portray.
“I want a better life than the one I had before.
“I bring to an end the diary of immaturity, stupidity, and hurtful things that I do that end up causing embarrassment to people around me. May God guide me through this journey,” said Wema Sepetu.