Tujuane meaning “let’s know each other”, is a dating show that’s featured weekly on one of our TV channels. It’s actually a very great idea and probably a first of its kind in Kenya. It brings to light the Nairobi dating scene, staged or not there have been rumors. That’s more or less what happens when the cameras are not rolling anyway, so no problem how they choose to do it.
That’s actually one of the few local programmes I make a point to watch every week, throw in Churchill, Tusker Project Fame, Mother-In-Law, Tahidi High (if I get home early enough) and Wedding Show . I’m supporting local content, that’s my excuse and I stick to it. While I support it, I look forward to a better episode each week, but much to my dismay, it’s almost always the same. An incompatible couple or if they’re almost compatible, they’re too young to figure it out. Usually in campus or fresh out of campus, which has now gotten me thinking maybe I’m being eliminated as a target audience. It’s good to give some feedback from a viewer’s perspective. Being an avid one, it was about time.
Anyhow, if I was to be asked, I would have a few suggestions to add some spice to it, because I mean, I don’t want to stop watching it. Despite its shortfalls, it’s an interesting concept which gives me a chance to throw in some opinions of the couples (or coupling and first dates) on social media, that’s usually fun. Judging others on what, if you’re put on the spot for, you’d probably be worse. Then again, we’ve not. Plus they knew we viewers have our fair share of opinions when they were getting on it.
- Feature older people too not just youngins; you know working people who at least engage in mature conversations that we ‘slightly older people’ can relate to as well. I think partying, drinking and sex is overrated now, there’s so much more to talk about on the 1st date. We want to hear and see how they handle it too.
- Really vet the individuals before coupling; Look at their profiles, who they are, what they do, what they’re looking for, their background, their lifestyle, and their beliefs – in detail – even if it means you use some personality tests among others to match them. So that you can match the ‘couples’ appropriately to avoid the couples wasting each other’s time when it’s not necessary and ours too. That can be a total put off from the beginning. Like once you brought a complete Ghetto Guy and a complete Up Town babe – Communicate was so sore. For us viewers, it’s not a sight to behold, it makes you just want to flip channels, to something more beneficial or just hate.
- Get rid of the lessons; I don’t understand why we have people giving us lessons on dating during the show. What to do and not to do. Isn’t it a bit too late? It makes the couples on the show look bad to say the least. It also makes it looks staged, such that you have new lessons every week. It’s either you have a ‘dating show’ or ‘how to date talk show’. Which you could think of.
- Revisit the individuals; Find out if there’s anything that developed after the show or that was just it and why and show us that as the show begins. Maybe they tried and it failed or they tried and it worked and now they’re engaged just kidding. Let’s make our own Hollywood here.
- Give people details on how to get on-board; Maybe the reason you don’t have slightly older people getting on Tujuane is because you wouldn’t find them randomly loitering on the streets. Perhaps, you could have an avenue/channel through which they could apply and make it public so you can have a variety of applicants for you to choose from. Then you can visit them and do your thing after.
Besides that, I see the Kenyan local content is starting to get into making reality shows, that’s a great start. All the best to those looking for love, you shall find it or it shall find you, just a little patience.
Also, support local content, don’t shy off or think it’s shady, these guys are really trying. We should support our own, we’re one ain’t it? If anything, we should fight for more local content to be aired in place of those Mexican programs in the evenings (they have the same annoying story line, real as it is). What about the Kenyan Story? When it’s told, who will share it with the rest of the world? Because if we don’t, no one else will. It’s sad to see hawkers hawk away Kenyan movies or series in the streets for Ksh 100, while we watch some low-budget Nigerian movies on our own local TV, that’s pretty much having double standards. They should give Kenyan content airtime and priority.
We’re the revolution. Be the change that you want to see around you. Since you can’t change others, the least you can do, is change yourself.
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*