So we all know MTV Shuga by now. After six seasons, the series has become one of the best on TV, boasting some awesome cinematography and jaw-dropping acting performances from Nollywood’s finest.
Now, the minds behind Shuga have put together a remarkable documentary, showing the lives of real-life people with striking similarities to those we see in the drama. The documentary will take a deep dive into the lives of these real individuals as they go through the struggles portrayed in the hit series.
If you’re still in doubt on what to expect from this amazing expose, let’s walk you through 5 reasons you absolutely need to catch MTV Shuga In Real Life when it airs on the 27th of May.
1. The Drama is real
It’s one thing to see your favourite characters deal with sexual abuse, transactional sex and the negative effects of these vices. It’s another thing to see these tropes play out in real life and watch real people deal with these issues. MTV Shuga IRL takes the narrative to a whole new level with this documentary, showing that everything you see in the Shuga series is inspired by real stories.
2.Education for all
One of the major subject matters the documentary sheds light on is female education.
In the show, we meet teenage girls who are being forced to quit their education after becoming mothers at an extremely young age. This deprives these brilliant minds of having the knowledge and information to unlock their potential. MTV Shuga In Real Life casts some spotlight on this issue and shows that there just might be hope for these young girls as attitudes change within communities.
The issue of transactional sex is often a topic of conversation in Nigeria. Whether it’s when discussing “runs girls” or prostitution. It’s easy to hear these stories and jump into quick conclusion on the motives of people who engage in such vices. However, after seeing this documentary, you get a better sense of the reasons why some of these girls do what they do. There is a compelling narrative to be told here and MTV Shuga IRL delivers it brilliantly.
4. What You Don’t Know Might Kill You
You know that saying that what you don’t know can’t kill you? Well, not knowing about the dangers of unprotected sex actually can kill you. All through the seasons of MTV Shuga, a prevailing theme has been sex education. African parents have never been good with “the talk”, something which MTV Shuga IRL addresses, before emphasizing the need for everyone, child or adult to have enough information on these subject matters so they can make informed decisions.
5. Let’s Talk Condoms And Contraceptives
One of the highlights of this documentary is the Q & A sessions with real-life couples, who were open enough to reveal some insights into their sex lives. The documentary then takes some of these notions and puts them to the sword, confirming and/or debunking many preconceived ideas about sex and contraceptives. After hearing that some people literally jump repeatedly immediately after sex to avoid conception, you start to understand the importance of clearing the air on some of these false and widely spread ideas.
If you love great visual content and you enjoy the MTV Shuga series then make sure you make it a date when MTV Shuga In Real Life airs on the 27th of May at 10 p.m on MTV Base Channel 322
You can watch the full documentary below: