They kept majority of Nigerians entertained for several days and now it's over. I sincerely like that it's a potential platform for starting or solidifying the housemate's careers, everyone needs and deserves that.
But I would be lying if I say I'm not confused about certain things. Like, why were the house mates awarded plots of land in Abuja? Why are they being thrown homecoming ceremonies and given stately welcome? Why are they being honoured?
If you're a fan you may call me jealous, and that's alright. I on the other hand would refer to myself as confused.
To the best of my knowledge, some capitalists called for an audition, picked some people at random, threw them into a house filled with cameras, gave them some controversial tasks to get people talking and days later after days of eating, dancing, quareling, drinking and getting drunk, making out, talking, sleeping etc etc etc these people came out.
And now they get to be honoured.
I saw the image of Marvis' homecoming ceremony and someone who didn't know would think she just returned victorious from a war and her clan is honouring her...
And while we're on the topic, can we address the issue of the kinds of things we celebrate and don't celebrate in Nigeria. Academic excellence for instance. In March just last month, at the 30th convocation in University of Calabar, the over all best graduating student was awarded N10,000. Before you start to wonder at the disparity between 25M naira won for, well, I really don't know and 10k given to an overall best graduant, remember also that the best graduating student in pediatrics (2015) from another Nigerian University, was in March 2017 awarded N250, and after a two year delay. Yes, two hundred and fifty Naira, the 000 aren't missing.
It was after this that many others started to speak up. A young man shared with us how he was the best graduating student in his class and had been told during their convocation that he had a prize to collect from the school. He was put through several formalities and protocol just to get this prize. It took him weeks until he signed the last form and was given the nod. On the D-day he wore his "Sunday best" and marched to the faculty, his friends and well wishers were already drinking some brew, waiting for him to join the celebration with his loot. On getting there, he was surprised to be handed an unusually light envelope, but he immediately realized it was be a cheque and not cash as he'd thought. You can then imagine his shock and utter devastation when he tore open the envelope to find a dirtied N1000 note!
He said he wasn't sure whether to break into tears or scream. But quietly he trudged back home and switched his phone off, leaving the merrymakers at the bar to wonder.
This is the reality we find in Nigeria.
I guess that's partly why I ponder on this #BBN issue. let's talk about it. Do you think the house mates deserve to be honoured and celebrated? Whether Yes or No, tell us why?