Cast in the rock dotting grounds of Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa. The Prof. JB, short for Professor Johnbull fits as the TV drama we are seeing in the weekend. Prof. JB is a show of drama series (social satire) sponsored by the Globacom with a knack for drawing home; termed ordinary lessons that matter so much.
In the particular season 4 and episode 4, going by their progressive method of paginating themes, the points in the podcast are sourced from the scenes. Scenes that could be described as collections of problems, and spontaneously they grow further into some counter positions. Given the contrast of the counter positions, the hard core indelible lessons are drawn.
The TV drama has a focus on objectivity of assumption, suppositions and reservations about cultures there are. And with eye catching highlights, showing the many magnanimously created cultures that are enveloped in the Nigerian state for workable coexistence. With Nigeria fronting hundreds of cultural affiliations, there seems to be no other place more suitable to begin than here, and no other time suitable than now.
It is titled stereotype. Stereotypes without a slight swing on any quota system, delightedly pummeled into the puzzle of negative hearsays about people, they always come in degrees of gossips. While it is difficult to witness every culture firsthand especially with the diversity characterized of the most populous state in Africa, Nigeria as a point of outreach. They maintain the lessons in the podcast: that in fact there are no ideal cultures. Over all, with bias and prejudices reduced to their barest minimum every culture is an ideal.
Stereotype comes with the whimsical aura signature that Nollywood veterans; Ime Bishop, Yomi Fash- Lanso, Funky Mallam bring along and, the attention compelling style Kanayo O. Kanayo has to offer with his massive grandiloquence.
The very first page, yes! scene, pops with a certain pet dog named after Pious missing, and is sought by the owner Athan, accompanied. They visit a couple of places where Pious supposedly could have ended up, sadly enough either dead or badly mutilated. Clearly in the search, they had their bias as guide that was why a meat could have been taken for autopsy!
Moreover, in these places visited, the atmosphere would wear the air of some haggle on account of allegedly. The broad day light search is climaxed in the vicinity of a man from a dog meat loving culture. As expected, while threats rained, an earlier calmly exchange of inquisitive hilarious words turned into a contest of saving oneself.
The flicks would open to a lady making a long overdue enquiry of her fiancé about his marriage prospects with her, since he had proposed. Only to be smacked off with a cultural abuse tinged with a wicked-wife syndrome based on a hearsay. Then the world would collapse on her slender shoulders to bulge her eyes in dismay.
When the rambunctious effort of searching out Pious had waned and, resignation to fate set in, the glowing news of lost Pious but now found tale jerked Athan into another boisterous gallivanting. All the while, bias had been leading in the code name of stereotypes, pointing inimical fingers of prejudice.
Making the scenery of the lady witch hunted with a wicked-wife syndrome, it once more spots a bias-altered argument of cultural relativism; common held views about a person, group or place prevails like a stigma, (emphasis noted).
Even as an attempt was made to redirecting the impressions of stereotypes or bias-altered arguments, strong examples are unleashed in the process, much to the defeat of the defenceless, unapologetic wicked-wife syndrome peddlar and fiancé.
With prof. JB in his usual drawing of conclusion, the typical Nigerian sensibility is tugged with his pigeon English, which sets the stage for a completely entertaining, ever jocular aura for a fine message.
“Dem people be like dis, dem people be like dat. Dem dey chop dog. Dem like money, dem like money soo tey dem fit kill somebody becos of money. Dem people like plenty party, ah ah! Incentives, name calling. We judge people before we know them individually. We lump groups together under a single negative stereotype. Every individual is unique and must not be judged by a stereotype stamped on a tribe, ethnic group or any group at all…”
In the recent times, the Nollywood theaters have witnessed an influx of creations of TV dramas coming in episodes, becoming the next hot spot for entertainment in Nigeria aside music and comedy. They are TV shows that literally want you to settle down with them for a couple of minutes after what had seemed a busy day.
Though not arranged in their degree of popularity, the popular ones are: Professor Johnbull, The Johnson’s, Hustle, Jenifa’s Diary, Do Good, and we hope to see more in the future. They show in HD resolutions that are simply irresistible, looking to oust the legendary shows of Wale Adenuga Productions of the 90’s and still counting that prompts a debate…