Nigeria is a great country – indeed flowing with milk and honey – whatever that means. What I mean here is simple; Nigeria is great because of so many reasons, personally the chief reason is because of the strength of the human resources it has. Nigeria is blessed with so much strength in character and a people determined to life, a people full of resilience.
Nigerians just have a way of making life happen, it doesn’t matter how tough things can be, it practically doesn’t matter the level of former education a Nigerian is exposed to, what really matter for a Nigerian is an atmosphere and an environment to express our inward talents and several abilities. A Nigerian can survive anywhere in any economic condition he finds himself – I trust an Igbo man will attest to that.
I have learnt that life is full of ups and downs, a mixture of comedy and tragedy, rainfall and sunshine and so on. The blend of these conditions in reality make life so beautiful, you’ll agree with me that life will be boring without rainfall or sunshine; I also think the same thing for comedy and tragedy. I know someone will want to disagree with me on comedy and tragedy; well, no one loves tragedy or wish it for himself/herself but that never stops it from happening. Tragedy and comedy is a reality we cannot shy away from as human and also as Nigerians.
Comedy has gone beyond a happenstance in this day and age; comedy is simply an art, as a matter of fact stand-up comedy is now a massive industry in Nigeria. Talking of talents in Nigeria, it did not take more than a decade for stand-up comedy to become a lucrative business; every young Nigerians aspire to go into. Comedians some decades back were seen as misfit and unserious people, but now they are celebrities and respected personalities in the country.
The big hit of the stand-up comedy industry and the celebrities involved has brought comedy in Nigeria to another level. Everything suddenly has to be comedy, suddenly every MC has to be a comedian, every event must have comedy sessions from the MC to make it memorable, as a matter of fact – everything in Nigeria is reduced to comedy, nothing is serious anymore. Don’t get me wrong; I do not have any problem with comedy or have issue with any comedian. The truth is that there is a role that comedy plays in the life of human that we must come to terms with, we need it to have a beautiful earth and Nigeria, and we need it to keep life going, what I have as a problem is too much of it.
Comedy have contributed immensely to the growth of the economy, created jobs, became a career and aspirations for people to follow, took away quite significant number of talented people off the streets – gave them something doing. Comedy has helped us in trying times individually – given us reasons to be happy even when we go through diverse struggles individually and as a nation. Another reality is that comedy has gone far beyond the state of normalcy in Nigeria
I am convinced that there is a spirit of comedy plaguing Nigeria; this spirit makes us make nonsense of serious economical and socio-political issues. The recent issue of the minister of sport was reduced to jokes, if the president is sick; it is a joke, the first lady of the federation speaks and it ends up a joke, our senators fought during seating’s and it all became a joke. These are serious issues in the society that need us to muse and even weep for our country, at least it should make us reflect so that we can find our roots. It is a very sad state for a developing and a country seeking of change.
When we ought to demand accountability from our corrupt and incapable leaders, we were laughing, when we ought to learn, we were busy cracking our ribs. We cannot afford to continue like this – comedy in Nigeria is now more expensive than news. A platinum table in a comedy show is now in millions; comedy updates on phones costs far more than news, any post related to comedy receive fast attention on social media, meaningful things usually do not – amazingly what it has only produced are peripheral people, empty and shallow people – people who cannot get serious, folks who do have capacity and depth. Such humans cannot cause any meaningful change in a nation, a blog with articles with contents like mine do not usually get followers because important things do not have value to us again.
It saddens me more because the youths seem to be at the center of this, it affects us more, our lives still matter, and we still have many years ahead. This may not be popular, but we must start somewhere, all Nigerian youths deserve to know this. Comedy is good, but it is becoming too much, we need to take caution.
Instead of wasting our lives on social media engaging celebrity gossips, cracking our ribs, and all the sort, I suggest we begin to use social media to promote businesses, values, ideas, and so on. The reality is that an intelligent few among us are making heavy money on social media, and internet generally. Play time is over guys – take a personal development course, learn how to make money online, spend your data on something more purposeful. Comedy is good, too much of it is just very bad.
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