Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has joined in condemning the Big Brother Naija, popular reality show that has taken a lot of investment of the time and money of Nigerian youths and many times, their parents also.
The money-spinning event, which sees the winner in the show going home with mouth-watering amount of money and other fabulous items, is believed to generate an equally staggering profit, for its organisers through sponsorship and deals with telecommunication companies.
But the monarch is joining other parents in the country, who are appalled by the contents, including the participants having raw sex before beaming television cameras, to ask for the abatement of the programme.
Conveying his misgiving according to a statement signed by Comrade Moses Olafare of the Directorate of Media and Publicity of Ooni’s palace, on Thursday, the monarch Oba was said to have spoken against the programme, while playing host to scores of Nigerian youths from all parts of the country under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.He reportedly told the group:
“The youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance. Big Brother 9ija reality show has been misrepresenting the goodness of the Nigerian youths.
“I am not pleased with the low participation of the country’s teeming youths in leadership. In the last general election, the total number of vote cast is around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother 9ija reality show. This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.
“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerians Youths! Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laugh and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?
“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?
”The monarch, while suggesting a reality show which will project the country’s values, charged his visitors to work out plans on the show which will be called, The Big Nigeria Reality Show.
He said: “The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several field of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak. This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models.”