Between Face and Grammar

Still wondering there are certain grammatical blunders Naija media can’t help committing.
The airwaves are permanently clogged with those silly expressions cockily rapped by 80% of Nigerian broadcast journalists.
One of the most common is : …between you and I.
It hit me square in the jaw when Jumoke Alao of the AIT gracefully spewed out ‘ … the issues in Nollywood that affect you and I ‘ during ESCOOP,8.30am,last Monday.
It was an Africa-wide blunder.

Matter-of-factly, Jumoke is cute.She ranks well in the bevy of well stacked ladies that adorn the DAAR Communications screen. She’s got all the theatrics and seductive body language – great hips, come-hither looks, good skin, bulbs, and all – choreographed to distract the less critical viewers.
But that slip – that bad slip -rubbished her.
Your gut wrenches when a chic journalist like that spits out horrible grammar like she did.

Gone were the days when good journalism was all about creativity and flawless English.
What now qualify you as a female broadcast journalist are your looks, curves, arcs, and whatever coquettish eye contact you can make.
Speak English worse than Man Friday’s – no problem.

I know there are good broadcasters in the AIT :Williams Williams, Uche Unongo, Okechukwu Eze, Kunle Joe ,and a handful of others. See if you can compare these guys with that bumbling Kenny Ogungbe who hides his ugly grammar behind his charisma .He’s no longer in AIT,anyway.

These shameful grammatical slips not only deride the Nigerian media, they also expose the professional rust of the journalists.
It’s a lot easier to hypnotise the viewers with their cleavages – a psychological noise – so nobody hears their blunders.

Breezing through parts of speech and other rudiments of English on a weekend is no sacrifice too big for Jumoke and co. to make. It refreshes their knowledge of conjunctions and cases, and saves them this grammatical suicide. It could save her pretty face, too,from blushes that go with somersaulting into the airwaves.
It’s no picnic trying to strut or bluff your way out of such wreckage,you know.
Even your dumb mike feels the embarrassment, too.

I’d hope that DAARSAT isn’t blasting all this trash across the globe.


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6 Responses to “Between Face and Grammar”

  1. Akinnumi, Shina Says:

    Omo, this is no joke. Just keep this going it’s a dream that’ll soon be exposed.

  2. jollof Says:

    I enjoyed this, lol.

  3. Henry Odukomaiya Says:

    I agree, but I think you were too kind to Jumoke. If you drag your eyes away from her, erm, shoulders (!), you will find that she and other broadcasters are guilty of major grammatical blunders: “a surgery”, “offsprings”, “pick calls”, and so on. Worse, they seem to think that if they can get the fake U.S. accent right, they can committ any grammatical error that comes to their minds! And to think that this is an industry that produced Ruth Benamasia-Opia and the irreproachable (though dressy) Siene Allwell-Brown!

    • hellyjay Says:

      Sir,you just mentioned Ruth. My! She trained and practised way back when broadcasting was about creativity and professionalism – not now when these funky deejays and clubable gals swarming into journalism have made us feel it’s all about sexiness and Americanism.

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