It was not for nothing that the all-knowing Professor Johnbull (Kanayo O. Kanayo) named Jumoke (Bidemi Kosoko) the “Prevaricator”. Jumoke played out the part as she starred in a central role in the 13th episode of the Globacom-sponsored TV drama series, Professor Johnbull.
Tagged A Single Mistake, it is another exciting episode of the rave drama series which has become a must watch programme for TV viewers. It also featured unarguably Nigeria's most prolific female comedian, Helen Paul, also known as Tatafo.
It was double whammy for Jumoke as she was beaten up by Madam Grace whose husband she was frolicking with and also contracted a venereal disease from her dalliance with the man which Professor Johnbull described as her “tomcatting and licentious behavior”.
Madam Grace who found out that her husband had dropped off Jumoke at Professor Johnbull’s residence where she was squatting with Elizabeth (Queen Nwokoye) stormed the place and inflicted injuries on her. While Jumoke was being nursed by Elizabeth, it turned out that she had apparently contracted a venereal disease as she kept rushing to the toilet to ease herself.
As if the entire universe was in conspiracy against Jumoke, her sister in the drama, Helen Paul, who made a debut appearance turned up at Professor Johnbull’s house to expose her true status as a girl from a poor village background who was living a fake life on campus and in the city.
Jumoke was devastated and tried every trick to cover up the situation, including giving Helen her house key and shepherding her off to go and wait for her at home before people around would see her. She lied to the Professor’s household that Helen was not related to her and that she was only an impostor.
In essence, A Single Mistake touched on one of the banana peels many young people often step on which is living a pretentious and materialistic life. Jumoke who has played the role of typical “runs” girl discovered the hard way that fake and immoral life does not pay. “If I can survive this, I will never be a runs girl again,” declared a very sick Jumoke as she was being rushed to hospital.
The essence of the episode is summarized in the concluding words of Professor Johnbull, “What young people call runs is bad and dangerous. Inordinate lust for material things in society, especially among students, can lead to situations that can damage them permanently or even lead to death.”
The programme is aired at 8.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays on NTA network, NTA International (Channel 251 on DSTV) and NTA on Startimes