The Big Brother Naija show finally ended today and there are mixed feelings. Many are already wondering what to do with their lives now as there’s nothing to make noise about.
Rest assured, life will move on. Another show will come and replace the frenzy of #BBNaija till next year’s edition. Yes, the show ended yesterday but there are major lessons that even a non-viewer must have learnt.
1. Morality is not the soul of business
Money is the soul of business. Even people who were claiming “morality champions” at the beginning were caught using their hard earned recharge cards to vote for contestants. It is one thing to forward morality WhatsApp messages; it is another thing entirely to actually decide to enjoy life and what it has to offer. Not everything in this world requires us to make noise about “end time”. We should be more careful to ONLY putour money where our mouth is. Sharrout to Apornstu Suleman.
2. Lies and deception are a part of life
Don’t take everyone that claims innocence at face value. We all remember TTT who survived the show with a
technical outright lie about his family. I don’t know how the housemates expected to have any meaningful relationship on a TV show of less than three months. Even NYSC camp sexcapades are usually consummated within three weeks of camp – barely enough time to know a person’s middle name.
3. Nigeria is ruled by a pathetic lot!
News was that a number of political groups, government officials spent funds in adverts to canvass for votes. This is truly troubling. What could make a national figure think solidarity for Big Brother Naija housemates is the next social good people expect from them?? This points to the fact that there may be something more than the natural disturbing our leaders. Oh, and us too.
4. Patriarchy is bone-deep; even in our women
The day I heard that Debie-Rise voice that a man should automatically head the house because he was “the only man,” that was the day I lost hope in Nigerian women. I have come to see that even while many women have a “feminist” posture on social media, reality exposes the terrible ideologies that have been ingrained in the female psyche. The idea that men do not need to earn whatever leadership role they occupy is so appalling. It shows us how much work needs to be done for the African woman’s mind to be salvaged. The fight for female emancipation is deeply rooted in the woman’s psyche and the level of tolerance she has been trained to give to undue male privileges.
5. Hypocrisy is fuelled by money
Many who excused TBoss for her inability to recite the Nigerian anthem were busy nailing some beauty pageant a few months back for not knowing the name of the Nigerian President. In a reality show, we are able to appreciate what life really is for the average Nigerian. We should be ready to reject any misrepresentation of our image as a people but we don’t when our thirty Naira vote is involved. You support her because your votes have gotten her so far and it would be an utter waste if you accepted the fact that in a Nigeria reality show, your favourite girl cannot recite national anthem.
These shows are not really consequential on human lives directly so I don’t really care if she can recite national anthem. I just hope Nigerians will understand that there are very consequential issues like engineers who boast about examination malpractice; doctors that cannot diagnose illness right; and presidents that cannot even rely on the medical expertise of our country.
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