Nigeria: #BBNaija Misrepresenting Nigerian Youths - Ooni

14 August 2020

The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has expressed his reservations over the ongoing Big Brother (BB) Naija reality show, saying that the pro- gramme misrepresents the virtues of the nation's youths.

The monarch who hosted Nige- rian youths under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nige- ria to commemorate 2020 International Youth Day in his pal- ace, described the youths as the country's untapped immeasurable wealth.

Apparently angered by the low participation of the country's teeming youths in leadership, he called on them to reorder their priorities and redress them as a matter of urgency.

He said: "Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them and do your beat. Let's wear our thinking caps and begin to act like real leaders that we are.

"In the last general elections, the total number of votes cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show.

This is a practical reali- ty of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians."

Going further, the monarch offered a suggestion for a reality show which will project the country's values, he charged leaders of the NYCN 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 individu- als and others across several fields of endeavours will be showcased and helped to reach their peak. This would help the participants and viewers to have access to peo- ple that can be seen as role mod-

els," the Ooni added.

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