A number of church leaders in Lagos on Saturday endorsed the upcoming Bible Quiz reality show, saying it would help instill morality in Nigerian youth.
Nigeria’s news agency reports that in the face of evident growing decadence, a company, Ekwe Nche Entertainment, unveiled a Bible quiz reality show targeting young people on August 7 in Lagos.
The show will begin on September 11.
The company reports a star prize of N 3 million, while the first finalist will walk away with N 1.5 million, N 1 million for the second finalist and N 100,000 each for seven finalists.
Church leaders, who spoke with NAN in separate interviews in Lagos, said the show was an idea whose time has come.
Spoken Word Revival Ministry founder Pastor Chris Nmaezie said the measure would help fight immorality among young people.
Nmaezie, whose ministry focuses on youth rebirth and spiritual reform, said it would complement the church’s efforts.
He said, âUnlike other reality TV shows that focus on the things of the world, biblical culture and teachings adapted through entertainment will be easily internalized by younger people as a way of life.
âWith the increase in deviant and cruel crimes involving young people, it is relevant to change some things in order to achieve different but conventionally acceptable results. “
Rev. Bartholomew Etuk, a senior evangelist at Gate Builders Mission Outreach, said he supports the show, pointing out that the spread of the gospel can take a variety of forms.
Etuk, whose organization preaches the gospel to the Chinese community in Nigeria, insisted that the show focus on the good news.
He said, âThe show’s management should not dilute the message for any reason, to permeate the target audience.
âAs a people we need to find a way to refocus the mindset of our young people away from things that do not glorify God. The dismantling of society that seems to hurt us remains silent in the face of atrocities. “
Also speaking on the proposed show, Pastor Adeola Oyedeji of the Winners Chapel, said it was a welcome development in Christendom.
Oyedeji, who expressed dismay over some TV shows that lacked redemptive social values, praised the creators of the Bible quiz show for their initiative.