Television sitcom series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by telecommunications giant, Globacom, says inter-tribal marriages are veritable panacea to the sustenance of national unity in an episode titled Saving Nigeria.
Professor Johnbull played by the drama’s lead character, Kanayo O. Kanayo, joins popular restauranteur, Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso); acclaimed philanderer, Flash (Stephen Odimgba) and the new house help, Nje (Angela Okorie), to deliver a powerful homily in support of inter-tribal marriages as effective tool for achieving national unity and cohesion.
The episode shows Urhobo-born Ufoma’s (Bimbo Akintola) uncle putting up strict opposition to the idea of her falling in love with Professor Johnbull of Igbo origin and serving as a hawker of yam tubers under Mai Doya (Funky Mallam), of Northern extraction. The same mindset is noticed in Olaniyi’s restaurant when a customer sternly objects to the love proposal from Olaniyi, a Yoruba to Nje an Igbo, on the grounds of tribal differences.
Having been privy to the two scenarios, the erudite academic submits that inter-tribal marriages foster cultural integration and oneness.
While advocating for a deliberate national orientation and education on the need to recognise marrying from different tribes as a form of cultural integration rather than an aberration, the Professor said the trend, if widely embraced, can culminate in unity in spite of the diversity of cultures and traditions from the different tribes across the country.
The closing remarks tagged ‘Professor’s Conclusion’ is taken by Olaniyi who appears to have learnt the ropes from the academic by submitting that inter-tribal marriages will put an end to “antagonistic tribal demarcations”. He subsequently receives the approval of the scholar who had been surreptitiously watching his delivery.
Saving Nigeria also features Bishop Imeh as Etuk; Ogus Baba who plays Samson; Osita Iheme, Boam; Martins Nebo, Abadnego in addition to other regulars of the sitcom which shows on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on Startimes on Tuesday at 8.30.p.m with repeat broadcast on Friday at the same time and on the same channels and time.