The latest episode of the rave of the moment TV Drama Series, Professor Johnbull, powered by telecommunications giant, Globacom, will this week dwell on the issue of genetic flaws in people and the attendant discrimination they suffer in society, the company has said.
Announcing the new episode in Lagos over the weekend, the company said that the “new episode aptly titled ‘Not One of Us’ is a wakeup call to all on the need for us to show not just respect to those with genetic flaws, but to most importantly regard them as normal human beings and accord them the decent treatment they deserve”.
“Professor Johnbull has in the last one year assumed the enviable role of the conscience of the society, treating one topical and moral issue after the other. The essence of the sitcom is to, at all times, stir the consciousness of society to the ills prevalent in our clime”, Globacom added.
The programme is billed for airing at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes, with repeat broadcast at 8.30 p.m. on Friday on the same channels. Globacom assured viewers that “they will find the episode emotional, challenging and, more importantly, educating, as the crew collectively disabuse the misconceptions surrounding the physically challenged in society”.
Featuring the lead character in the sitcom, Professor Johnbull, acted by Kanayo O. Kanayo; the scholar’s househelp, Caro (Mercy Johnson-Okojie), the restaurateur, Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso), Jumoke (Bidemi Kosoko), Samson (Ogus Baba) and Flash (Stephen Odimgbe) and others, “Not One of Us” throws up posers bordering on the correlation between genetic flaws and intelligence.
The episode also queries the tacit approval of discrimination against people with generic defects by the general society. Is a man’s intellectual ability measured by the size of his body? Do dwarfs and albinos possess any magical power as many believe? Does Flash possess any positive quality besides his rascally postures?
Produced by ace movie production icon, Tchidi Chikere, Professor Johnbull is set in the Coal City of Enugu where a retired cerebral scholar, Professor Johnbull Macnwigwe, lives with his son, daughter and housemaid in a neighbourhood where he is the voice and conscience of the people, and his house, a melting pot of issues.