Linda Ikeji TV has an upcoming reality show called “Mushin,” but all we see is ghetto porn

Mushin

Maybe I’m being hyper-critical, or just getting old, but I’m getting a little tired of fledgling streaming service Linda Ikeji TV and its ghetto porn content. Granted, the platform has a slew of posh, bourgeois reality shows like King Tonto and Big Brother-adjacent filler Made in Gidi, but Mushin is making my cynicism get the best of me.

After introducing its flagship show Oyinbo Wives of Lagos last year, LiTV followed up with Ajegunle, With Love months later. Ajegunle, With Love is gritty, multi-voiced reality television showcasing the Nigerian ghetto archetype Ajegunle, and packaging it as entertainment. The narration is split into five human perspectives with a dose of nuance, and it seemed to me then as a genuine, balanced portrayal of an environment long regarded as ugly.

During the week, LiTV released the trailer for Mushin, a new reality series coming to the platform. On Linda Ikeji’s personal Instagram, she alerts us that Mushin will be worse than its predecessor Ajegunle With Love, in the context of steep, harsh realities. From drug abuse to wasted dreams and the women exchanging sex for shelter and patriarchal protection, Mushin feels like a dark, journalistic voyage, like something fashioned after the oft-unsavoury news pieces presented by Ruth Benamaisia-Opia for NTA’s Weekend File.

The tales are usually distressing and horrendous, and often reported from places eroded with poverty. But they pull at your heartstrings, and make you helplessly angry, at yourself for being cocooned in class privilege and at the government for massively failing on its basic responsibilities. Personally, I have long been desensitised by the collapsing dysfunction of Nigeria that nothing really surprises me anymore. Case in point, Falz’s This Is Nigeria parody or whatever that regurgitates age-old national problems with a few modern updates.

That said, who is Mushin for anyway? If I were American or French, especially a well-off American or French coming across Mushin or any content like that, surely I will be devastated. At the end of the day, though, Mushin is fetishised entertainment which is beginning to look like an aesthetic for LiTV, a subscription for crude, caustic television built on the decay of society.

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