Big Brother Naija is back!
When certain people get excited and can talk about nothing but housemates and another set of people get upset and talk about how the problem of Nigeria awaits solution because of these housemates.
I haven’t watched in years. But that has not stopped me from always having an opinion and rooting for certain people to win.
I actually started watching from the very first Big Brother Africa ever over a decade ago. Somehow, because of responsibilities and life, it is difficult to follow the show. But because I am active on social media, I can still follow the Big Brother Naija updates.
So, where do you lie?
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Do you believe the show is evil and morally decadent and should be banned from Nigeria?
Do you think that the youth are being taught how to have sex, drink and smoke by the show? As if they need to be taught. During your time, there wasn’t Big Brother Naija (BBN) but did you not know all these things?
Are you one of those that will be talking about how the money of the show needs to go to brilliant members of the society or science and math competitions should replace the show?
I will tell you what I think in a bit.
I recall when the show first started (BBA). My whole family were interested, except of course my father. And because he wasn’t watching the show, he just did not get it.
One day, my sisters and I were watching the housemates eating breakfast. There were not even talking. It was just the clanging of utensils, chewing of food and slurping. My father stood at the door of the sitting room and just stared at us staring at people who were not doing anything.
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He shook his head and left.
We actually felt a bit ridiculous. But did that stop us from watching? Absolutely not.
My mother got it.
It was about following strangers co-existing in a house while interacting with fellow strangers for a few months. We watch them evolve. We watch relationships develop. Also, we see how they play this game to win money. We get to have favorites along the line and also get to dislike some of the housemates too.
But to what point?
What can I say? Human beings are interesting. How our minds work and how we navigate being cut off from greater social interaction. It is entertaining as storylines develop.
You are still wondering why people find it interesting, right?
I can’t explain it. It is a social experiment that has proven to have all it takes to capture the attention of an audience.
Wo, at this stage, I am not explaining anymore. People find football interesting. People find fishing interesting. And people do all kinds of things for entertainment. You don’t have to understand it. So long as they are not forcing it on you.
Just like when Jeff Bezos went to the moon; we have people that will always have a better idea of what people should do with their own money. Some have said the Big Brother Naija prize money should be shared amongst promising start ups. Just life Jeff is supposed to feed the poor and not blow billions of naira on space travel.
Life doesn’t work like that.
Life no balance.
While there are concerted efforts to eradicate poverty, in a mostly capitalist world; people will make as money as they can and do what they want with it. You cannot dictate to them. Would be extremely resentful if someone pointed out that instead of buying soft drinks daily; -you could give a beggar the money.
So, just because you do not like Big Brother Naija, you can’t be upset at what other people do for entertainment.
We have had almost a year since the last show ended to change Nigeria. In fact, the young people shook this country to a standstill in October agitating for a change. What happened? Organized chaos was sent to disrupt them and eventually, they were shot at; with a number of them losing their lives.
Their advocacy led the government to ban Twitter. They do not ignore nonsense.
If you want to change Nigeria, feel free. But please for the next few months, allow them to enjoy what makes them happy.
Meanwhile, how una take see White Money?