With the raw sex experienced day after day in the reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, taking place in South Africa, it is obvious that a lot of evil is being implanted in the minds of most of the Nigerian teenage viewing public.
All things been equal, visual (moving or still) has more influential capacity on brain than words (written or spoken), especially when it comes to the brain of toddlers and ‘young’ youths who are not psychologically and mentally mature to control their emotions. With this, what could be said about the effect of a moving visuals called the Big Brother Naija reality show (on Nigerian screen), which content contaminate the thinking faculty of many viewers, through nude, erotic display, and sexual activities, which shares same similarities with pornography, and strong ability of depositing sexual fantasies in their yet-to-mature brains, minds and souls.
Many critics have risen against such uneducative programme, which showed up on Nigerian screen 11 years after its first season in March 5 to June 4, 2006, but despite all criticism, million of Nigerians alongside young guys and girls, old women and men, and even children have become a devoted and committed fans of this nude revealing reality show, which is of no value to Nigeria’s education, social and economic life. Much of the criticism has centered on the use of the word “reality”, and such ‘shows’ attempt to present themselves as a straightforward recounting of events that have occurred.
Critics have argued that reality shows do not accurately reflect ‘reality’, in ways both implicit (participants being placed in artificial situations), and deceptive or even fraudulent, such as misleading editing, participants being coached in what to say or how to behave, storylines generated ahead of time, and scenes being staged or re-staged for the cameras.
Other criticisms of reality television shows include that, they are intended to humiliate or exploit participants (particularly on competition shows); that they make stars out of either untalented people unworthy of fame, infamous personalities, or both; and that they glamorize vulgarity and materialism.
A case study of subtle phonography in this ongoing #BBNaija TV show, is when the housemate (as the contestants are called), Soma shared deep kiss with Gifty, on camera; Kissing contest as part of episode. The blind dating game and many other barbaric act on camera, of which heterogenous Nigerian audience is watching.
The stage was therefore set for unguarded sex involving supposedly married Thin Tall Tony (TTT) and Bisola, who is reputed to be a single mother. Their sexcapede has been various, in fact, before prying eyes.
There is also Gifty, who is not associated with one guy, as she had out with Soma, who was caught on camera fingering her, and Balley that was said to have sex with her.
There is also on one corner, the sizzling affair between Miyonse and Tboss, among very many other pornographic displays in form of reality TV show.
Although, Big Brother Naija is duplicated from its mother, Big Brother Africa, which is the African version of the Big Brother reality game show. This show initially involved 12 countries within Africa (Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe) with two countries (Ethiopia and Mozambique) being added in season 4 (September 6, 2009) and two other countries (Liberia and Sierra Leone) being added in season 7 (Sunday 6, 2012) while Rwanda was added in season 9 (May 26, 2014).
In Big Brother Africa, each country provides at least one contestant living in an isolated house, while trying to avoid being evicted by viewers and ultimately winning a large cash prize at the end of the show. The show is co-produced by Endemol, South Africa. But the confusion seems to be…could displaying nudity be priority of reality show? Sexual deposit in the brain at a tender age will definately affect the thought at grown age. Pornographic programmes of such #BBNaija should not be displayed on the screen of Nigeria, where millions of children have direct access to television and social media, which could expose their perception to erotic behaviours among colleagues.