I’m sure no one has probably ever being asked that. You sorta demand for it rather. Of course everyone wants to play the part of Oliver twist, as long as you can ask for more. When most of us were little, we always asked for ‘jara’ from the lady who served at the school cafeteria or the food vendor we bought from for those much older. It was a spontaneous action. Almost deservingly thought, led by the bold audacity that came after. Some times we are fortunate to be given, and at most, not so Christmas-y.
But this Jara has more or less to do with the actual meaning of the word. Recently, MNet produced its first-ever original series – JARA with the aim of going behind the scenes in Nollywood, getting the inside scoop on what’s going on in Nigeria’s vibrant film industry and catching up with Nollywood stars as they chat about their stellar careers, joining M-Net’s other numerous original productions like Tinsel, Studio 53 and Comedy Club, which have been shown on the AfricaMagic channel.
JARA is hosted by two of Nigeria’s hottest star popular and sociable Big Brother All Stars winner Uti Nwachukwu and sensational entertainment personality Helen Paul. So far the lot have been consistent and efficient with the show. They have featured various personalities In the industry as well as rate top hottest men. I particularly do not see any need for this segment specially because its handled by Uti (14 years lurking about him) but its brought life to the show as the girls (like my mom) look forward to this part.
Along the line, Helen Paul took in and had to be replaced as she headed for a maternity leave. I tried to restrain from saying that the new substitute couldn’t keep her eyes off Uti. (Who would?) She as much as ogled at him during a show she practically forgot her next line. Pathetic!
A show must have its flaws no matter how tiny but in all, Jara depicts the true Nigerian Culture, from the gorgeous and crazy attires to background setting. The throw pillow signature is creative as well. But may we ask for ‘Jara’? I know I want more than what is given.