Between Big Brother and Political looters17 views
Efe is a housemate in the ongoing BBNaija reality show. He is Urhobo in Delta State.
James Ibori was former governor of Delta State and a UK Prison inmate recently released and deported back to Nigeria. Like Efe, he too is Urhobo.
I like to watch Big Brother reality show. However, I boycotted the current BBNigeria edition because I cannot bear the fact that it is being hosted in South Africa.
My logic is that if it is tagged BBNaija, then it should be hosted in Nigeria regardless of all that make us earn that dubious name Naija. For me it is about national pride. South Africa is not better than Nigeria. What with all the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa? As far as I am concerned Nigeria is more hospitable than South Africa.
But back to the main point of this post. BBNaija is being condemned by many Nigerians (including two friends of mine) for being immoral. They urge the government to ban it from Nigeria air space.
Yes, I agree that certain aspects of the show are indeed immoral but there are other aspects that are interesting and challenging to the mental and intellectual faculty. The charge of immorality does not hold much water for me. Even without Big Brother how much morality do we have as a nation?
For me, the aspect of immorality depends on the character and personality of each housemate. A morally upright housemate would not succumb to immorality no matter how much they are tempted. Ofunneka, a housemate in the 2006 edition of BBNigeria easily comes to mind. She went all the way to the end without rubbishing herself.
Besides, Big Brother is a pay television show. And in a democracy people have right to subscribe to whatever show they want to watch.
That aside, it is not as if the show forces itself on you. You have to subscribe to it and request Multi Choice to activate it before you can view it. There is also a parental guidance option to shut off the show from the view of children if that is your worry. So there is a reasonable enough control. May be what we should rather be talking about is for the organizers to take out the immoral aspect of it.
Anyway, I am not here to speak for Big Brother. What I find interesting is that many of my brethren who condemn the Big Brother show have no qualms whatsoever rolling out the drums in celebration of James Ibori, the former governor of Delta State who was jailed in the UK for looting the state dry. This is where I am in a quandary. You condemn one immorality and praise another. I can’t understand it.
If you ask me, between Efe and Ibori who is more honourable I would say the young hustling and struggling Efe is more honourable than Ibori and all the other political brigade of looters and killers who have been ruling and ruining our lives in Nigeria.
Please keep voting Efe to win the grand prize