Before the advent of modern day banking, Africans had devised a method of saving money and pooling resources together to expand their businesses. The aged-long medium is called osusu in traditional setting or thrift collection in modern day terminology.
This week’s edition of the TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by Globacom and showing every Sunday on the DSTV Africa Magic Family and GOTV Channel 2 at 6.00pm., with repeat broadcast on Thursday at 9.30 p.m. on the cable TV channels, focuses on the osusu practice and the threat fraudsters in the business pose to the credibility of the traditional saving medium.
The episode, which is entitled Osusu Contribution, will also be aired on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, with Anambra Broadcasting Service showing it at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday.
Woven round a fraudster, Mr. Rowland (Mounago Collins Nche), who prides himself as the “coordinator of Corporate Osusu Group”, the new episode is an eye opener to petty traders and others who may wish to go into cooperative or thrift societies to be cautious in determining who they entrust with their hard-earned money so that they do not fall prey to scammers.
Kanayo O. Kanayo, who plays the role of the lead character, Professor Johnbull, in the series, while empathising with his “proximate people” such as Etuk (Imeh Bishop); Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso); Mai Doya (Funky Mallam); Ufoma (Bimbo Akintola); Jumoke (Bidemi Kosoko); Flash (Stephen Odimgbe) Abadnego (Martins Nebo) and Samson(Ogus Baba), who are all victims of a fake osusu operator, urges them to carry out proper investigation on the personalities heading the thrift organisations.
Viewers will find in Osusu Contribution how the fraudsters in the business operate and answers to the following: How does Jeroboam (Osita Iheme) escape being scammed? Is there wisdom in taking the number one position in any osusu or thrift contribution? Are there registered cooperative societies? How ancient is osusu contribution? What is the position of Professor Johnbull in his conclusion?