I am writing this article a day before the Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) finale. Is it presumptuous of me to declare a winner before a competition ends?
If you have been following the BBNaija show, then you will understand why I have taken it for granted that Laycon has won the show.
His first appearance was mocked all over Twitter. No one should mock another person based on how they look. But hey, it is a human thing to do. We always look at people and judge them by how they look. If you are invited for an interview and you show up looking sloppy; rest assured, you will not get that job because the interviewer will make bold assumptions about you. They will think that you will be a sloppy worker and also that you will not be bothered to step up. They may be wrong to overlook you but you cannot blame them.
If you wear really revealing clothes with loads of makeup and stripper shoes; people will assume that you are promiscuous. You may not be but let us not lie, you certainly present yourself as one.
So, Laycon did not look impressive on day one.
He isn’t a bad looking guy. If you are able to overlook the mop of his hair and how skinny he is and you squint really hard, he is a good-looking boy.
Please don’t bristle. No be say I fine to judge another person’s fineness. And to be honest, I wrote the squinty thing deliberately to prick. Not that I meant it.
Laycon showed up looking weird. He had this cheap-looking outfit with Christmas lights (?) making it glow in the dark. Twitter went abuzz wondering how he made it to the show. I recall someone said that SARS would make its BBNaija debut on the show because Laycon looked like a ‘candidate.’
Someone said Laycon would be the one to say stuff like “Ko necessetri.”
As usual with Twitter banter, we soon forgot that it was a human being we were talking about as people struggled to be as savage as possible.
In a few days, everything changed.
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Laycon was not what everyone thought. His looks did not prepare us. It was soon clear that he was intelligent and talented.
This set off the internet as well.
His songs were played in the BBNaija House and they were not bad songs at all. People quoted lyrics and before the first week ended, Laycon stans (the Icons) were firmly on board.
When Laycon made a play for Erica, we all knew that was a disaster waiting to happen. But we never predicted that this would be the beginning of the end for Erica on the show.
This debacle won Laycon a huge following.
The underdog. The overlooked. And the underestimated. The despised. The one least likely to cause a double take if he walked down the streets.
That person suddenly became earmarked for winning this widely followed BBNaija show.
Can we say he was the most entertaining?
Nope. I don’t think so.
We all caught Cinderella syndrome.
Laycon encapsulated it for us. The fairytale we dream about. The stone the builders rejected becoming the cornerstone.
Or the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan.
The underprivileged turning out to be the millionaire. The stuttering child growing up to become a celebrity newscaster.
Something about these stories always appeal.
We would like life to flip for us. A grass to grace story is always the bestseller.
Remember Efe and “Na who I be?”
We genuinely want to see the underdog win. We secretly don’t like the people that have a lot going on for them. They are winners already.
The beautiful will always gain an upper echelon entry.
The rich have a foundation to build upon already.
Those that are popular already come with an air. They know that they are somebody. They feel entitled to people’s love. Tacha knew she was a strong contender on the show. Her ‘no leave no transfer’ had basis.
But such people traditionally do not win BBNaija. The cockiness is a turn off.
Why should we give you more when it is obvious you have already?
Some of these people may not even be deliberately proud. They are just aware of the effect they have on people.
They sort of expect popularity.
People want to make a star.
This is why Laycon won. (The assumption I am making on this article better be correct.)
This, and also the fact that he is Yoruba. Please don’t hiss or get impatient with me. I promise you that even when people don’t say it; there is a secret desire to see a Yoruba boy snag this crown.
Interestingly enough, I won’t say that tribal affiliations have previously played a role in the BBNaija show. This is surprising because tribe is everything in Nigeria. But I sense and I may be stupid wrong; that Laycon is getting a lot of love from people of the South-West. Not primarily because he is Yoruba though. First, because he is intelligent and talented.
So, congratulations to the young man. I hope he does not crest and drop off the horizon. I hope he keeps humble because we, the masses, are not loyal. We will drop you like a hot potato if you think that you can take a dump on us.