In our moment of 'social media patriotism,' Nigerians should also reject all 'Nigerian music videos' shot in South Africa.
After 10 years, the second season of Big Brother Naija is holding in South Africa and some Nigerians are angry and disappointed - take your pick.
While some are demanding that MultiChoice 'relocates to South Africa,' others are asking that the Government bans the reality show or 'call DSTV to order' for hosting a show meant for Nigerians in South Africa.
Nigerians deserve to be angry, but at this point, their anger is misplaced. Rather than throw tantrums and be angry at the organizers, Nigerians should be angry that the country does not have what it takes to host the show - because we truly don't have it.
We don't have a world class standard TV production institute, no Nigerian station has the infrastructure to get them the license to broadcast the Nigerian premiere league - Supersport, a channel owned by a South African company does that.
What has NTA as a national station done for us? What original productions have they offered us in recent years? What Nigerian studio has what it takes to produce Big Brother Nigeria?
A Big Brother reality show is more than putting 12 humans in a fine house and have a camera capture their every moment. A lot more is involved financially, technically and Nigeria doesn't have those.
However, Nigerians are not interested in these factors, we are simply in our bloated entitlement zone, thinking everything should be handed to us.
The budget for the 2006 edition of the reality show cost approximately $3m. $3m in a year the country's economy was a lot better? Do the maths in 2017.
Obi Asika who produced the 2006 edition of the reality series shared a hilarious but unfortunate incident with Pulse Journalist Ayomide Tayo during an interview.
“I remember a particular day when our generator provider decided to switch off the generator at 5am on a Saturday morning," he started.
"We had to put the cameras on loop. Some guy was just being an irritant. I can’t remember why he even did it. He had decided he wasn’t getting enough adverts or something (it was a barter deal)," Asika recounted.
“So that was probably the most hectic day of all the days. It took us till about 12 noon to get the generator back on but because it was Saturday morning, people did not know that we were looping the whole tape because we couldn’t go live. We couldn’t take that risk and go off the air. We can’t go off the air. Big Brother doesn’t go off air in any country," he added.
Imagine Big Brother Naija in Nigeria and the light goes off, Nigerians would definitely have a fun day on Twitter.
Throwback to the Nigeria 1999 during the FIFA World Youth Championship which took place in Nigeria between April 3 and April 24, Nepa took the light during one of the night matches.
The structure and infrastructure for certain shows do not exist in Nigeria.
According to a Nigerian broadcaster Femi Sowoolu, Nigeria is the most populous black region on Earth.' Then I wonder, does being the most populous region magically come with structure and quality? Does it mean that we give up quality to satisfy our ego as the most 'populous' region?
In defence of their decision to shoot the reality series in South Africa, the organisers in a Q and A session on their site said, "We have a fully equipped house in South Africa which is used for the Big Brother shows."
"This means we are able to achieve high production values whilst meeting tight timelines/deadlines and ensuring the show comes to our viewers on time, as planned, and with the same globally renowned quality," they added.
Big Brother Nigeria isn't the only African Big Brother show shot in South Africa. All Big Brother reality shows programmed in Africa are shot in South Africa, including Big Brother Africa, Mozambique and Angola. These shows are shot by Endemol, the company with Big Brother rights in Africa and most other countries.
Aderemi Ogunpitan, the producer of first Big Brother Nigeria, has said no excuse can be tenable for shooting Big Brother Naija in South Africa. "You claim you are a Nigerian company, so to confirm your commitment to Nigerian, it's economy and supporting local industry, you decide to film BIG BROTHER NIGERIA IN SOUTH AFRICA," he said.
MultiChoice, DSTV and M-Net are owned by a South African mass media company Naspers. Naspers is a broad-based multinational internet and media group, offering services the 7th largest Internet company in the world.
The cable company doesn't belong to Nigerians, but whilst the house is based in South Africa, the reality show is 100% Nigerian, with fully Nigerian housemates and content. And I think the content should be primary.
The decision to commission and hold Big Brother Niaja in South Africa is business oriented and it would be nice if Nigerians could redirect their anger and emotions and quit the 'patriotic' behaviour.
While we are in our 'moment of patriotism,' Nigerians could also reject all 'Nigerian music videos' shot in South Africa or any other part of the world. Or we could accept that we are not there yet and work towards getting to a point where the producers of the show would prefer a Nigeria setup to their already established South Africa setup.
Nigeria hasn't gotten to the point of hosting some productions, so the least they could do is to accept a Nigerian quality content and work towards becoming a host someday.
After all said and done, Big Brother Naija in South Africa will in no way influence the number of viewers that would tune in daily and weekly to follow the reality series.
Nigerians will not give up their hunger for drama and escape for social media patriotism.
From finance to an already set up structure in South Africa, whichever you decide to choose, MultiChoice has done nothing wrong by taking Big Brother Nigeria to South Africa.