A call for the scrapping of ongoing TV reality show, Big Brother Naija has been made on the ground that it misrepresents Nigerian youths.
This call was made by His Imperial Majesty the Ọọni of Ìfẹ, Ọba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ọjaja II, when he hosted members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in Ile-Ife on Wednesday.
The monarch in his criticism, advocated that the show be scrapped and replaced for what he termed as “misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths”.
As a replacement, Ọba Adyeye proposed a new reality show that will project the country’s values, cultures and traditions.
While interacting with the leaders of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, he urges them to work out plans on the show, which will be called, “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.
“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several fields 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,” Ọba Adyeye stated.
The monarch, who is highly respected adds to the list of a number of anti-BBNaija advocates who have criticized the reality show.
Recently, veteran singer Charlie Boy had criticised Nigerian youths for being more interested in the Big Brother show than in issues of national importance.
Charlie Boy in a statement posted on his Instagram page said: “A practical reality of who we are as people and where our priority lies as citizens. 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. Mumu Nigerians! Mumu Nigerians!! Mumu Nigerians!!!”
Also, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Olusegun Runsewe had in 2019 criticised the show for its erotic contents which he said does not reflect our culture.
“…the content is wrong; you cannot be making love, with our children, our youths watching, on air. We will not, because of the money Nigerians will win, destroy our tomorrow because of some economic strategy,” Runsewe said.
The reality TV show formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria, now known as Big Brother Naija is a television competition series, based on the Big Brother television franchise.
The show entails 12 to 21 contestants live in an isolated house and compete for a large cash prize, and other material gifts, at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by viewers.