The debilitating and corrosive effect of hard drugs and other dangerous substances being abused by youths in the country is the theme of the latest episode of the Globacom-sponsored television drama series, “Professor Johnbull”.
In the new episode titled “High People”, two Nollywood legends, Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK) who acts the role of the omniscient Professor Johnbull and Patience Ozokwor, alias Mama G, collaborate in organising a seminar on the adverse effects of hard drugs.
Enacting the theme, Flash the Boy (Stephen Odimgbe) is rushed in the scene, almost running mad as a result of the hard drug he takes from a fellow student identified as MacChukwu Ilodibe.
Apart from Flash, who takes “a puff of solution”, the episode also depicts Jumoke (Bidemi Kosoko) trying to ‘get high’, as a result of unrequited love by her boyfriend. She took an overdose of cough syrup, one of the substances many youths abuse in order to be ‘high’ and feel better after a depressing experience.
Showing on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday, with repeat broadcast at8.30 p.m. on Friday on the same channels, High People showcases everything that is wrong with hard drugs and how the habit ruins people’s lives.
The peripatetic Professor Johnbull calls attention of the public to the frightening number of young people who are hooked on drugs simply because they erroneously believe that they need the drugs to excel in life or that such drugs improve their capabilities.
In sync with his forte, the professor harps on the fact that a lot of patients in the nation’s psychiatric hospitals are victims of hard drugs, a situation, he opines, is completely preventable.
He also advises that, because the drugs are addictive in nature, prolonged use of the substances eventually destroys vital organs of the body.The episode also exposes the fact that in an attempt to ‘get high’, many young men and women sniff gutters, sewage pipes, fuel and glue.
Other regulars of the series who feature in High People are Caro (Mercy Johnson-Okojie), Churchill (Jnr. Pope Odonwodo) and Abadnego (Martins Nebo).