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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Charles Novia thoughts on Nigerian Beverly Osu being fingered in the BBA House by Angelo

I mentioned earlier on my facebook page that
I don't follow Big Brother Africa and that is
by choice. A choice I believe lots of people
have on their decoders by ignoring or disabling
the channel off their bouquet. I align myself
with Professor Wole Soyinka's statement
made a few years back that BBA is pervasive
and debasing.
Reading snippets of this year's edition on some
online platforms, I think the Good Prof's
statement has largely been vindicated.
Uninhibited sexual frolicks on open camera,
accusations of STDs being passed around,
shameless smooching by hormonal charged
housemates and ear-tingling swear words are
the pre-dominant values being shown to the
continent from that neo-Gommorhic
contraption of a creation. Of course, I'm told
the content producers cleverly hide my above
description with so-called tasks which lamely
try to project positive African cultures and
traditions; which is ironical because such
modern franchises like BBA are neo-
imperialist means of eroding the very essence
of Africanism as the world moves to an
incomprehensible digital age.
There are various countries represented in the
BBA house from many African countries. The
Producers of the show cleverly put up a caveat
that the contestants represent themselves and
not their countries, which I find nebulous and
amusing. But I understand why they are playing
safe. The reality is that BBA is a competition
and every person in that house represents
(intentionally or otherwise) the culture and
morals of their respective countries. So when
one housemate screams blue murder that he
was infected by another with an sexually
transmitted disease ( I'm told its a Nando
accusing a Selly) its not just a personal
accusation. Its Nando's country (Tanzania)
accusing Ghana of giving them Chlamydia.
That's just the plain reality.
And while some of us are sniggering about
that, the latest furore generated by Nigeria's
representative in the house, Beverly Osu, over
her unlimited libido is as shameful to many as
it is interesting to others. Almost all major
Nigerian online sites and newspapers have been
awash with opinions and comments for the past
couple of days about how Beverly got herself
in a ferocious foreplay which was caught on
camera. In accompanying pictures, Beverly is
seen with her South African romantic
interest, Angelo, in a hot-blooded sexual
position with mouth agape in ecstasy as he
does something to her with his finger. In fact,
I don't even know which is more shocking, the
act itself or the crass reportage given to it by
the bloggers. Most of the bloggers went on a
tactless headline spree by posting headlines
such as 'Beverly Osu 'fingered' by Angelo' and
other shocking headlines like that. What is
that naa? Ehn? I guess they didn't know how
else to report it except in the tell-it-like-it-is
headline.
Anyway, the arguement in Beverly's favour is
as amusing to me as it is as silly. Some say its
her body and she can do what she wants with
it. True. I agree. But those with such opinions
could very well ask their sisters or daughters
who have bodies to dance naked in the
National Stadium to accentuate their
arguement. Since freedom of the body has now
moved from being personal to being open in a
visual zoo, then those people might as well go
on a naked display.
Another school of thought canvassed by
former Big Brother winner, Uti Nwachukwu,
says its not easy for a sexually active person
to 'hold bodi' for 3 months in the house. Is that
an excuse? In fact, from the Biblical
perspective, I liken the sexual adventures in
the BBA house to the sacrilegeous Absalomic
act in the Bible, wherein Absalom openly slept
with his Father's concubines for all to see on
his royal patio. Only, in the BBA, there are no
kings or usurpers. Only people who profess to
be followers of faiths they don't know jack
about.
Coming back to my hypothesis, it is not Angelo
who used the finger on Beverly. Its actually
South Africa which has fingered and sub-
raped Nigeria. Since both housemates are
representatives of their countries, Angelo's
act should be seen for its symbolism rather
than its entertainment value. SA is the biggest
economy in Africa, according to financial
analysts. Nigeria is the fastest growing
economy in Africa. There's been a struggle for
continental domination by both countries over
the years. To underscore their importance in
Africa, South African companies have been
investing heavily in Nigeria; finding huge
profits in the porous economy of Nigeria.
Nigerians welcome all these investments with
open arms. Just as Beverly opened her arms
and *cough, cough* for Angelo.
So, when Angelo carried out his act, he might
have been telling us Nigerians who cared to
watch, 'F**k you, all! You Nigerians ain't shit'.
And that is how I see it.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not xenophobic in
anyway. I'm being very realistic. Beverly
represents a whoring Nigeria which seem to
get nothing right but just allows itself to be
screwed both by internal and external
interests. Its as simple as that.
But all this grammar and analogy I'm giving
here will not change something. When this same
Beverly comes back from the BBA house, she
would have turned into the next big celebrity
with possible companies falling over themselves
to sign her for endorsements. Its just what
pointing fingers can do to one.

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