By Adaeze Anaekwe
The 2012 edition of the emotive reality television show –Supermom was unveiled to a colourful cross section of guests, celebrities, the media, fans and followers of the show on Sunday May 20 at the Grandeur Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos. The show has however commenced airing on Saturdays on AIT, Galaxy Television and on Sundays on MITV, Kwara TV, BSES.
Unlike the previous two editions, this year’s Supermom has been tagged “The Celebrity Edition”. The rationale behind this is not far-fetched. In view of the popularity of the show, which has continually been supported and sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Promasidor, the executive producer of the show, Sola Fajobi said, “The Season 2 of the show saw thousands of entries from people who just wanted to win the prizes and which turned out to be fabricated stories. Hence, we want to use the celebrity edition to confirm to viewers across Nigeria and beyond that the Supermom is just a way of showing appreciation to our great mothers.
“Our Superstars are human beings; they eat, they drink and do the things that we do. They did not fall from the sky. They were raised, groomed, trained and nurtured by mothers. They were once kids and now they are celebrated all over the country because of their talent and achievements. We are confident of the fact that Nigerians really would love to see and share from the experiences of their idols and their mothers.”
The second episode featured the very talented Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu. The musi-comedian, film maker and soon to be TV host was born into an indigent family in Choba, Rivers State and despite his background, the comedy fireball has evolved into one of Nigeria’s most successful entertainers. The episode showed Julius’ mother who was a trader back then, tell her heartfelt and emotional story to the world.
According to her, their family was a strict Catholic one comprising of two boys, three girls and a pikin as Julius fondly describes himself. The head of the family was a bricklayer and she had to improvise the meagre earning from her petty trading with fishing and farming.
Survival was tough but her resilience and steadfastness helped send her children, especially the very precocious Julius, to school. She said, ”Julius started hawking with his brothers when he was around six years old. I would wake him up around 5 am to do his round, which he would also repeat when he returned from school every day. Things were very tough and Julius was very troublesome. I remember that I wanted him to be a carpenter then.” She also said that in those days, the price Julius had to pay for always coming late to school because he had to hawk pap for her was to stand in front of the class on the orders of the class teacher and entertain everyone.
Although it was meant to be a punishment, those early days of facing his classmates to entertain them as well as his travails coupled with his dear mother’s sufferings, made Julius Agwu today a bonafide and well recognized individual in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Also featured in Episode 2 is top Nigerian music act Olu Maintain known for his hit single Yahooze. The episode focuses on the artiste’s rise from a middle class family to a renowned superstar, the early days of denial and parental disinterest in his choice of career. The budding music act back then said, “I sold my mom’s gold set to buy studio equipment.” His mother concurs, saying unlike other mothers that would have beaten the living daylight out of the recalcitrant kid, “I recognized, with the benefit of hindsight, the fact that he did that because of his passion and love for music. I had no choice but to encourage and support his career with the little I had.”
This season will see viewers watch the sacrifices made by the mothers of visually impaired Singer/Producer Cobhams, Fuji Star Abass Akande Obesere, Actress Foluke Daramola, Afro Hip Hop Stars – Flavour Nabania, Olu Maintain of the Yahooze Fame, Skales, Ice K (Member of Artquake), Kennis Music actJaywon, Tony Tetuila and acclaimed female drummer Ara, On-Air-Personality/Consummate Theatre artist Yaw, Actors – Femi Adebayo, Binta Ayo Mogaji, Kunle Afolayan and Comedians - Seyi Law and Julius Agwu, Nollywood Producer Mr Prolific, Contemporary gospel artiste Kenny Saint Best and DJ Humility.
The show comes highly rated by viewers and pundits for being the first of its kind to giveout a house as prize. A 61-year-old business woman – Folajogun Adesona, emerged winner of the second edition of the Supermom reality television show while Nkechi Rapu who is based in Asaba, Delta State won the debut edition. The first and second runners up got a brand new car and N500, 000 respectively.