Lovers of the didactic TV Drama Series, Professor Johnbull, powered by foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, will find the new episode of the series showing this Tuesday most educating as it dissects the issue of career choices for children.
The programme runs on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30 p.m.
Parents and guardians as well as career counsellors in public and private schools will have a lot to learn in the new episode as the lead character, Professor Johnbull, played by the Nollywood legend, Kanayo O. Kanayo, postulates on what parents and guardians should do to help their children and wards choose their career.
Entitled Career Choices, the episode condemns imposition of careers on children by parents who want their children to pursue a particular profession without taking into cognisance the passion and talents of the children.
The cerebral academic, who at the end intervenes to prevent Old Captain (a cameo character in the Series) from imposing a footballing career on his son, Chukwuilodibe (another cameo character), whose interest is to become a teacher of biology, says that the success of any career is not determined by the amount of money made but by the professional’s career fulfilment and satisfaction.
Other regular characters such as Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso), Mai Doya (Funky Mallam), Etuk (Imeh Bishop) and the professor’s daughter, Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye), agree with Professor Johnbull that it is wrong for parents to impose careers on their children based on the background of the parents.
The episode exposes why parents prefer some careers to others, and it is mostly because some people had succeeded in such careers in the past.
However, Professor Johnbull dismisses this as not being true all the time “as there are unsuccessful footballers, unsuccessful pilots and unsuccessful medical doctors”.
According to him, parents’ roles in choosing careers for their children should be limited to exposing the children, through education and counselling, to a wide range of opportunities and thereafter allow such children to pursue careers for which they have the talent and passion.
Other characters in Professor Johnbull who feature in Career Choices include Abadnego (Martins Nebo), Samson (Ogus Baba), Flash (Stephen Odimgba) and the new members of Professor Johnbull’s household, Nje (Angela Okorie) and Jeroboam, a.k.a Boam (Osita Iheme).
The repeat broadcast of Career Choices will be aired at 8.30 p.m. on Friday on the mentioned channels.