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Glo’s next TV series episode focuses on stereotyping

Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) Ayo Subair (left); Glo Business Director, Lagos, Augustus-Ndu Ofor; Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed; Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele; Nollywood actor, Odunlade Adekola; and music diva, Omawumi Megbele, at the Victoria Island, Lagos edition of the ongoing nationwide mega comedy show, Glo Laffta Fest on Sunday

The unfair habit of passing judgment on people based on stereotype is the focus of this week’s edition of Globacom-sponsored television drama series, Professor Johnbull. The programme is broadcast at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes.

Globacom in a statement released in Lagos said the new episode entitled Stereotype, addresses a sore point in our society. “The havoc name calling, character judgment and hasty generalization have caused in society, especially a multi-cultural one like Nigeria, cannot be downplayed. People are often pigeonholed based on the unacceptable behaviour of a very few people in the community and this coloured judgment has caused a lot of disaffection, aside turning a once peaceful community to one plagued by acrimony and mistrust.

“We are hopeful that, after this episode, viewers will learn to judge individuals based on their unique character and not on uninformed sentiments based on ethnicity, cultural nuances and geographical locations, as every society is peopled by the good, the bad and the ugly. No one is bad because he or she comes from a particular place,” it stated.

Stereotype features the lead actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo (Professor Johnbull); Yomi Fash-Lanso (Olaniyi); Funky Mallam (Mai Doya); Bidemi Kosoko (Jumoke); Bimbo Akintola (Ufoma); Stephen Odimgbe (Flash); Imeh Bishop (Etuk); Ogus Baba (Samson; and Martins Nebo (Abadnego).

The telecom operator urged viewers to tune in to the programme and watch Professor Johnbull  in his quintessential philosophical best and also see Ufoma display her intellectual ability.

Are people necessarily bad because of their ethnic background, geographical location, place of birth or professional leaning?  Is it fair to judge people before getting to know them or based on their personal character? What are the effects of characterising people under a single, negative stereotype? How does Samson wriggle out of the name-calling and invective associated with the perceived notoriety of  people from his Niger Delta origin? These are issues viewers will see resolved in the episode, according to the statement.

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