Finally! Thank God BBNaija has ended…No?
Laycon won and all the mumbo jumbo that happened during this Lockdown season will stay with everyone for a while, but that isn’t what this post is about.
It’s about the hypocrisy some of our celebs exhibit anytime a new season of Big Brother Naija is either around the corner or running. You start hearing things like “If only the youths paid more attention to the country the way they paid attention to BBNaija, the country would’ve been better.”
Well, thank God the show is over for now so Nigeria can finally become the 5th world power before youths get distracted again next year.
Let me pause here to say that I’m not the biggest fan of the show because I generally don’t vibe with lifestyle reality TV shows as such, but they are still forms of entertainment regardless. So I don’t understand why celebs, especially those in the entertainment industry always comes for youths when the show is running.
Check the Instagram feed of these celebs and you’ll see aesthetically pleasing & fashionable pictures with fake deep quotes that they themselves don’t even practice.
So is it okay for the youths to spend their hard-earned money, time, and energy going to cinemas to watch their films, or pay subscription fees and data money to stream their TV shows, TikTok, YouTube or Instagram videos… but when the youths want to channel that energy to something else, all of a sudden, they are stupid.
Let’s do a quick maths here. BBNaija is a 90-day show that runs for 24 hours, which amounts to 2160 hours yearly. The average Nigerian watches at least 3-hours’ worth of TV shows, anime (1 hour), football matches (8 hours), basketball (1 hour), movies on Netflix/Amazon/Cinemas (2 hours), celebrity skits/videos/and more on IG (1 hour), and at least 7 hours on social media every week. That amounts to 23 hours every week and basically 1196 hours in a year.
Note that this is on the average, cos we both know Nigerians spend more time on these and more “distracting” forms of entertainment.
Let’s do another quick maths. The people who spoilt(ing) this country are aged 50 and above. The celebrities calling out the youths are roughly aged 30-50, while the youths are below 30.
Bear with me, but let’s analyze this for a minute. Why are the celebs skipping people in their own age class and expecting people younger than them to do something about the country? Why are they not calling themselves out for not speaking against the leaders and many injustices we face, but expecting the 22-year-old lady or the 19-year-old guy who are both still figuring life out, to carry the weight of the country on their chest?
Again I say, check the Instagram & Twitter feeds of celebs who make such statements and you would hardly see a post speaking out against the government or any of the ills that we are all suffering.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe the youths should care about this country because whether we like it or not, we are going to inherit whatever s%*! is left of the country when they die, but expecting the Musas pushing wheelbarrows in Kaduna, Buchis selling clothes in Onitsha, or Femis hawking gala in Lagos traffic to care more about the government than you, who has millions of followers both on and offline is very hypocritical.
I genuinely wish our celebs would realise they are in the best position to do something about the problems in this country, and until their followers start seeing them actively being the activist online, they should not expect them to follow suit on or offline.