It’s 12 midnight. For reasons known to you, you’re not indoor. Briskly, as a certified hard guy, you’re trekking home. The thought of Armed Robbers doesn’t scare you a bit. Nah today? If anyone would think of robbing you or causing you harm in this area, then they must think twice. You be the Area father now! Boys hail you when you pass during the day: “Baba ooooo”, “Domo!”, “Anything for the boys”, “Baba nah you ooooo”, if anything would scare you, then its IUPAC name should start with L, ends with N and ranged by I and O. Your confidence is sky high.
Seventy (70) meters to your door, the power distribution company seized the light. Total Darkness. For the first time that night, you realized the monster star called the moon never opened shop for the night “Oh Boy! Which kin set-up be this”? You grinned. But you’re tough. You’re a hard guy, nothing scares you. Sixty (60) meters to your door, you paused. Two eyes are staring at you. Hidden under the darkness, it has a golden glow. But the body is evasive. “What’s this”? Before your lips could possibly pronounce Dasuki, you’d beaten Usain Bolt 60M Indoor championship record with no prior training. All the hard guy for nothing! A black cat just humbled you.
What’s it with cats and Nigerians? What’s the difference between a black cat and a white cat? Why are you indifferent to a black dog but despise a black cat? If I tell you the simple reason, will you believe? Will you accept and remain silent?
Superstition. Fired, boiled and cooked by the movie industry, have fooled you for a while. Well, to be honest, you’ve been fooled all your life.
Nollywood, Gollywood, Kannywood and all the Tiger Woods available have, overtime, rearrange and realign your thinking. You now believe that all the old women in your village are witches, sadly many add their grannies to the infamous list. You believe that many rich men got their money through rituals. You believe that nothing can happen to you as a result of “Time and Chance”, instead there must be a “spiritual” reason behind it. You can’t give birth; you are sick; you can’t get a job; you have headache; your pimples is getting bigger; someone is definitely behind it. Like my people will say; “someone is doing you”. And when you start probing further, they’ll tell you it’s your grandfather’s third wife that’s behind your ordeal.
Truth is, the movie industry in Nigeria has done its part in shaping people’s mind, aligning and realigning people’s thoughts. And as it seems many Nigerians are emotionally attached to what they watch, ignoring the fact that movies majorly exist for entertainment and it’s a make believe industry. That’s why Telemundo is currently doing its best in hampering the emotions of our sisters. Telemundo is majorly scripted on the premise of love but the truth is, it doesn’t follows the trail of realities. The storyline is usually of a boy and a girl who fall in love but an obstacle stays in the way of their love. It’s either a wife who is forced on the poor guy or an estranged wife who refused to divorce him for selfish reasons or an unfortunate young girl finds love in the arms of the master and it takes the young, rich, handsome dude three seasons of the movie to notice the love and another two seasons to get her to look his way.
The effect? Our sisters don’t seek Love again. They want True Love. Thus, they apply abstractions into becoming realities. They are on a quest to find the ultimate love. This movies turn a blind eyes to harsh realities. A boy loves you and want to give his all. He wish to call you all day and hear your sweet voice but guess what? MTN is sapping his credit mercilessly. He wants to take you out and lavish money on you but he’s currently jobless. See, watching and immersing yourself into this make believes is not the problem. But when you start comparing Diego and Paloma’s love to yours and that of your man then it’s a disaster waiting to happen. What is acted in films should stay in films. They’re not worth losing your relationships over. Ask yourself, did the actors and actresses that acted that perfect love scene in the play have a smooth relationship in the real world either? That should answer it!
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