The very popular reality TV show, Big Brother Najia had come under fire recently – While we have some people who enjoy the show, we have others who have condemned it and called for it to be ban from our TV screens again.
Ever since Big Brother Najia reality show hit our TV screens, there has been a lot of controversies surrounding it, just a few weeks ago, MURIC (Muslim Rights Concern) called for the show to be banned as they feel that it does not but promote immorality.
MURIC called the show immoral, dangerous and bohemian in nature. Back in July some Christian religious pastors voiced their concerns about the show’s content impacting the society in a Negative light whilst advocating a ban. Others created a petition for this same purpose, while others believe that it is distracting the country from tackling Fulani herdsmen and corruption in Nigeria.
Although the Government department had come forward to clear the air on the situation and expressly debunked the claims saying although it was critically reviewing the show’s content , it had no intentions of banning the show from our TV Screens.
In light of that fact , these are my two cents in relations to this subject as it affects viewers and all the reactionary actions that might be floating in our subconscious:
Firstly, I do like to point out that Big Brother Najia is a social experiment which involves putting a group of random strangers in a particular limited living space and watching how they react and cope under pressure. It is therefore not a religious experiment and in no way has any religious objectives or value tied to it.
It is purely for entertainment and shock value to a certain extent.
Secondly, the show is on a cable TV, this means that you have to pay to actually view the show. It is not free to air and is not on the normal Nigeria stations that are free to air like NTA or AIT.
The show is also rated as 18 indicating that only adults who are 18 years old and above can should be allowed to watch the show – therefore the idea that the show promotes immorality is redundant; The simplicity of it all that, you are free unsubscribe or at least use the parental guidance options on your cable subscription.
Thirdly, the show is NOT responsible for the government’s lack of being able to protect its people and stopping corruption.
These problems have been with this country long before I was born and certainly long before the show began so it is hypocritical to assume that the show is a distraction for the government to be able to do its job.
For one to see a link between the Government’s irresponsibility and the show’s status is extremely obnoxious.
Maybe if people watch the show without so much religious bias, they would actually see that one can learn real-life lessons by actually watching those inside in the house, especially from someone they can easily relate to in terms personality or circumstances they could emulate positively.