Immorality is a disease that is eating deep into our system and nothing is currently done about it. Gone are the days when our society frown at immorality.
Nowadays, our society promotes and celebrates the promoters of immorality despite the sermons our religious leaders preach at the churches and mosques almost every day. Immorality has permeated our homes and society.
The rate at which churches are spreading rapidly one will think immorality will soon be a thing of the past.
Unfortunately, it is alarming how the decadence of morality is increasing every day and everywhere in our society today. It is clear that many nations have fallen far short of this Godly ideal.
Big Brother Naija is the Nigerian version of Big Brother reality game show. It was formerly called Big Brother Nigeria but later changed to Big Brother Naija by the organizers after season one.
The season one was first aired on DSTV channel 37 from March 5th to June 4th 2006 and since then it has become a house hold name.
Just like the Big Brother Africa, Big Brother Naija is a game played by 20 contestants (formerly 12 contestants) consisting of both males and females. They live in a well furnish but secluded house, all competing for a cash prize of 45million naira and an SUV at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted by their viewers.
Their activities include open sex, nudity and smoking among others.
What moral value do we gain from watching this show? How can our government sit back and watch this kind of game being aired on our TV Stations? What is the media doing to stop this?
How can parents sit back and watch their children being manipulated by agents of the devil? Why are our religious leaders silent on issues of this magnitude? Our society should frown at films, songs and reality or live programs that does not reflect the Nigerian culture and promote those that correct the ills in our society.
Any society that is not morally sound is bound to witness all sorts of social menace as a result of decadence of moral values and norms that guides their actions and conducts.
Nigerian society today is a morally decadent one.
We lost our identity when our society embrace westernization in its totality and abandon our indigenous culture and tradition entirely. It’s very unfortunate how some parents lost their dignity by encouraging their children to participate in this show simply because of the benefits involved.
Do I say it’s the poverty rate in the country or our greed for money that makes them behave that way?
Parents have failed in their duties to raise Godly children because they don’t monitor what their children watch. The society too has failed in their duty by not monitoring what the media produce.
In conclusion, the government, the media, our parents and our religious leaders should be held responsible for what happens in our society. We should say no immorality.
No to promoters of immorality and no to Big Brother Naija. This is a responsibility we all must embrace.
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children”- Dietrich Bon hoeffer.
Deborah Phillips wrote in from the Department of Mass Communication
Bayero University, Kano