This post is a digression from my usual topics, I hope you like it.
Is this beginning of the end for MBGN?
It was hard to miss the outrage that greeted the crowning of Sylvia Nduka as the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria on saturday. Representing Taraba state, the choice of Miss Nduka was baffling to many as she made a complete mess of her question in the top 5 competition. When co-host Michelle Dede asked: ‘what would winning MBGN mean to you’?, the blank stare and barely intelligible response should have ruled her out. Confidence and an ability to express yourself is a key requirement at pageants, but a couple of people didn’t agree.
Nigerian Compass on monday reported that the judges were overruled in their choice of the shortlist of 15, and even in the choice of the winner.
This is bound to give Silverbird’s MBGN pageant a real credibility problem going forward, but the truth is that it probably peaked in 2001, when Agbani Darego won and has struggled to keep up those standards since. For years, MBGN has been Silverbird’s golden goose, but with cinemas, TV and radio stations in major cities coming up in recent times, the quality of the pageant has suffered.
After 25 years, Silverbird’s MBGN looks to be at a crossroads. It can either re-focus or gradually be overtaken by other pageants.
Potentials in the entertainment industry.
Whenever I think about popular nigerian tv shows of the past, it seems obvious to me that they are potential money spinners. Is it really so difficult for NTA to gather every episode of shows like ‘Behind the clouds’, ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’, ‘Checkmate’ and others, upgrade them to DVD quality and re-release them? They could sell the rights for a ton of money, because such shows would bring back memories for a lot of people. I imagine a ‘Village Headmaster’ DVD box set would be in high demand. There could also be an opportunity for spin-offs (new shows related to them) and other types of merchandising.
Another thing which struck me is: ‘why do we wait for foreigners to tell the stories of important people and events in our nation’s history? In a country with a story as chequered as Nigeria’s, the potential for gripping historical movies are endless. No Nigerian film maker has told the story of the civil war, or of figures like Late Obafemi Awolowo, MKO Abiola, Muritala Muhammed and others. It would be an excellent way to educate this current generation so that we learn from the past and not repeat the same mistakes, as well as make a lot of money in the process.
It is high time we saw less films with titles like ‘Beyonce and Rihanna’ and ‘Blackberry Babes’.
What other ways to make real money is Nollywood yet to explore? Do you think MBGN is past its best? Use the comment box to speak your mind. Cheers!Follow @je_mc2