There are a few shows that lead Nigerians to debate on its moral standing or how it portrays the country as a society that lacks moral uprightness – Big Brother Naija is one of such shows.
The Big Brother Naija show kicked off its 5th season on Sunday with a host of fresh faces to excite the audience in drama and entertainment. The show is one that many Nigerians live to watch, as well as criticize; little wonder individual and groups over the years have called for its discontinuation.
On Twitter this Monday, Arewa is currently buzzing on the trend list with the announcement of Kaisha Umar, an entrepreneur from Sokoto who would be joining a host of 19 other housemates for a cash prize of 30 million Naira.
This development triggered Twitter user, @Am_Saleeem to start a conversation centered on how Northerners should typically behave, as he stressed on their culture and tradition. According to him, Northerners are generally shy and modest people, and to put a Northerner on a Reality TV show as Big Brother Naija would be a ‘misrepresentation’ of that region.
Many individuals in Northern Nigeria have overtime created certain ideas of what is accepted as morally upright for people from that region and has successfully tied it with their religion and culture, which can also be said of other regions in the country.
However, Kaisha, being in the Big Brother Naija house is just one more breakout from the status quo that has been tied to many ladies from Northern Nigeria.
No sensible man from Arewa would ever allow his daughter to join #BBNaija bruh. I wonder which part of the NORTH this "Aisha/Kaisha" comes from exactly. If she's a Northerner, then definitely she's not Hausa/Fulani, because Shyness & Modesty are part of our culture too.
— My Deen My Swag 💫 (@AM_Saleeem) July 19, 2020
It would be interesting to note that on a very large scale, his statement on Twitter met heavy criticism after a few persons shared that the said culture he is trying to so protect, is one that has allowed for certain social injustices to thrive in the north, noting that child marriage and some ‘extremist’ actions often targeted at women and girls.
On this side, Saleem’s post was flagged as very hypocritical.
Shyness is arewa culture, but 15years old wears hijab 🧕 and is been lambasted by a random nihga in public.
Shyness and 12years are already ripe in your eyes.
My friend enough with the hypocrisy.
Don't watch, nobody asked you to
And mind your business..
— ♥ρŏяŠ©нع ßªýV¹Š°° ♟ ♞ (@Mervyndean_) July 20, 2020
When Kaisha kiss someone on the show, no one will burst up. It's her life and she have the right to do whatever she wants to do with it.
— Scholar (@the_scholar1) July 20, 2020
Arewa to the world abeg 💪 https://t.co/9Qxi8QCqx7
— Jibreal Danzaria Jnr (@DanzariaJnr) July 20, 2020
You guys always make issue when there is none. If she choose to take part, that's the choice she made for herself and it has no -ve or +ve effect on your life or any arewa individual. Most time the best thing to do is drink water & keep mute. Y'all mustn't always make it an issue https://t.co/vjJ96B51Y4
— At-taufiqee ®♡ (@Dants_xie) July 20, 2020
As expected from Arewa. Didn't take time. https://t.co/xSMDhOz6JK
— Ari B (@aribucks) July 20, 2020
Here’s what we know about Kaisha Umar
Kaisha Umaru is a 25-year-old entrepreneur from Sokoto who owns and runs a skincare line. The adventurous woman says her skincare line is something she is forever proud of and also considers herself a great team player who gets along with people. She relies on a healthy diet.
Michael is a dynamic writer who is still exploring the nuances of life and being human. When I’m not writing, I’m out with friends or spending nice time alone watching movies or TV Shows.
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