by Wilfred Okiche
These were the moments that made us cringe this year. From an obscene television show tracing the lives of the fabulously wealthy, to the prophet not quite sure of his visions, these are the 10, presented in no particular order.
Kannywood’s double standards
Actresss Rahama Sadau was brought to our attention after she was banned by Kannywood’s Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) for appearing in a music video by ClassiQ and gifting the male rapper with an ‘’offensive hug.’’ (ClassiQ was left off the hook.) Sadau who is one of the busiest actors in Kannywood, failed to let this slow her down though, scoring new audiences in EbonyLife TV’s Sons of the Caliphate and taking the United States for a professional tour.
Lagos to London: Britain’s New Super-Rich
UK based station Channel 4 produced and aired the mockumentary, Lagos to London: Britain’s New Super-Rich, a documentation of the lavish and obscene lifestyles of the children of some of Nigeria’s wealthiest family. Featuring wealthy personalities such as DJ Cuppy, her sister Temi Otedola, and Alexander Amosu, the vulgar production was nothing but an exercise in excess and an indictment of the 1% that preys on the misfortunes of the downtrodden yet does nothing to help.
Godwin Emefiele’s phone call tax
Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele’s monetary policy management has been one cringe worthy incident after the other but his recent call for the government to impose a telecoms tax for phone call conversations above 3 minutes reveals a stunning disconnect from the Nigerian people and a mind that may be at his wits end when it comes to moving the economy forward.
Jigawa’s ninety mosques
Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state, one of Nigeria’s beggar states, totally dependent on allocations from Abuja to survive, and generating precious little in terms of revenue, has decided that his people need a healthy dose of prayer to combat the recession. Badaru’s government recently opened bidding for the construction of ninety mosques in the state; an equitable three in all 30 constituencies. No words.
TB Joshua predicts a Clinton win, tries to correct himself
Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations made an unforced error when he rode on popular sentiment and predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the United States. Donald Trump won instead to the shock of millions around the globe and Joshua in a bid to correct himself went on a pathetic, semi-coherent rant about the role of his prophesy in halting Clinton’s momentum.
Jungle justice in Alafia, Orile
It tears us to report that in 2016, a community in mainland Lagos state, a few kilometres from a major police station, would actually go ahead and set an accused criminal on fire in broad daylight. According to eyewitness accounts, the deceased was a member of a 3 man robbery gang that had been terrorising the area for a while.
Kanu Nwankwo’s StarTimes ad
Kanu Nwankwo is a football legend who has paid his dues to country and community. He deserves every endorsement deal he manages to score these days but this StarTimes Christmas advert is a career low point. If we didn’t know better we would have accused the pay television company of deliberately sabotaging the reputation and legacy of one of Africa’s greatest players ever.
Dambazau’s DSS shoe shiner
Earlier in the year, visuals showed up online of Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau reclining and looking on non-committedly while an officer of the Department of State Security Services bent to polish his shoe at an official function organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abuja.
Every time Dino opens his mouth
Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West is fast becoming a national embarrassment. In the course of his political career, he has amassed a certain level of notoriety but he took things up a notch this year when he hurled abusive and vulgar language at Oluremi Tinubu, a fellow senator while in the same breath, threatening to rape and impregnate her. Melaye has also threatened to kill anyone testifying against the Senate President and his deputy during their forgery trial.
Buhari, Aisha and the other room
Our president is a small minded chauvinist and he chose a world stage in faraway Germany, right next to the most powerful woman in the world, Angela Merkel to disgrace himself and all of us at the same time. While parrying questions on a recent critique of his leadership style by his wife Aisha, Buhari dismissed her concerns, and maliciously consigned her to the kitchen, the living room and the other room.