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Thumb Up For Eniola Ajao For Withdrawing Bobrisky’s Sex-Specific Award

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BY ISAAC ASABOR*

 

It is no more news that the decision taken by the producer of ‘Àjàkájù (Beasts of Two Worlds)’, Eniola Ajao, that culminated in giving the ‘Best Dressed Female’ award to Bobrisky during the movie’s premiere held on Sunday at Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos State has sparked heated debates and differing opinions. Some argue that it is a celebration of inclusivity and progress, recognizing the contributions and resilience of transgender women. Others, however, express concerns about the impact on traditional notions of womanhood. Critics who stood against the anathema, and vehemently condemned it for the negative impact on traditional notions of womanhood include Portable who said the cross-dresser used his money to transform into a man and warned him not to come to his area because he would be beaten The singer said that the organizers want to spoil the world because they are promoting cross-dressing.

Ostensibly to escalate his objection to the award, Portable has lyricized his vituperation, and taken it to a new dimension as he has dropped a diss track ridiculing Bobrisky, and the awarders of the prize.

Criticizing the award from a traditional perspective, not a few people contend that granting sex-specific awards to transgender individuals challenges the traditional binary understanding of gender. Not only that, they believe that such awards should exclusively be reserved for individuals assigned female at birth, as a way to honour and uplift women’s achievements.

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In a similar vein, those who criticized the award from the perspective of the complexity of gender identity argued that womanhood is solely tied to biological sex and that gender is multifaceted and extends beyond physical characteristics.

At this juncture, it is germane to recall that in early 2021, specifically in February, the former Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, described Bobrisky as a disgrace to Nigeria.

According to Runsewe, Bobrisky almost “destroyed” Nigeria through his plan to set up the ‘African Chapter of Gay and LGBT in Nigeria’.

He, at the time, recalled how he ordered officials to shut down Borisky’s birthday party in 2019, where he had allegedly planned to establish the LGBT group in the country.

As gathered, Runsewe, asked Bobrisky to leave Nigeria if his wish was to promote LBT in the country, saying he had constituted a nuisance to Nigerian and African values, even as he also urged parents to caution their children against being misled by the likes of Bobrisky.

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He said, “Do you know that the so-called Bobrisky was going to set up the African Chapter of Gay and LGBT or whatever they call it in Nigeria during his recently aborted birthday party? People from over 70 countries arrived in Lagos for the event.

“They were all at Ikoyi, preparing to launch it. We got a hint of it and had to put a stop to the event. I seized all the food and gave it to IDPs. If they had launched that thing, Nigeria would have been destroyed by now.

“That was how the insurgency started and because it was not nipped in the bud, today we are facing the consequences of our inaction then.

“People said the man called Bobrisky is powerful and that anytime he comes to Abuja, he lodges in a presidential suite on the tenth floor of Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

“But I will not stand and see such a character perpetrate a culture that does not conform to our African values and norms.

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“If he wants to continue with that way of life, then he should leave Nigeria. Our culture does not allow such personality in our society. So, he should leave Nigeria.”

He added, “Bobrisky started by saying he sells body creams and later he went further that he got boobs. He went into many areas. He insults Nigerian women, claiming he is prettier than them. This is not African.

“On his father’s birthday, he dressed like a man. So you can see the deception by a fake personality living a fake life and deceiving Nigerian youths.”

According to Runsewe, many organizations had lauded the NCAC for its stance against values that negate African culture and norms.

“That man is destroying Nigerian children. If we are not careful, in the next few years women will no longer have boyfriends or husbands again.

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“This is because man-to-man is becoming the order of the day. In Abuja today, men stand on the streets waiting to be patronized by other men.

“The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and NCAC would meet in no distant time to continue deliberations to seek the way forward in sensitizing the public on the menace,” said Runsewe.

Against the foregoing backdrop, it is germane to opine that not a few people’s hearts are gladdened as criticisms have been trailing the underserved award bestowed to Bobrisky by the producer of ‘Àjàkájù (Beasts of Two Worlds)’, Eniola.

Not only that, hearts have been gladdened as Actress Eniola Ajao has tendered an apology to Femi Adebayo, Dayo Amusa, Bobrisky and women following the backlash that trailed the movie premiere The Yoruba actress has also corrected her mistake as she announced two women as winners of her best-dressed award. Without a doubt, her latest update has been well-received by many of her colleagues.

Acknowledging the distress caused by the events, Ajao took full responsibility for the situation, expressing regret and seeking forgiveness. She specifically apologized to the Muslim community for any offence caused during the sacred month of Ramadan and to women for any disrespect to womanhood. Additionally, she extended apologies to veterans Femi Adebayo, his wife, and Dayo Amusa, as well as to Bobrisky, emphasizing no intention of harm.

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In a gesture of reconciliation, Ajao named two other females as joint Best Dressed and pledged ₦1,000,000 each as an apology. It will be recalled that she previously admitted that selecting Bobrisky was a deliberate move to promote the movie, as revealed in an interview with Arise News TV.

Despite the controversy, Nigerians applauded her efforts to make amends while urging a more considerate approach in the future, and without a doubt, she deserves a thumbs up for withdrawing Bobrisky’s sex-specific award.

 

 

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EU, UNDP Host Private Screening Of Feature Film, ‘Deafening Silence’

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Deafening Silence

The European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria have hosted a private screening of the feature film Deafening Silence to advocate for gender equality and women empowerment in Nigeria.

The film which is a result of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative aligns with the government of Nigeria’s gender priorities as well as the European Union’s and the United Nations’ Gender Action Points.

“Deafening Silence” produced by the UNDP within the framework of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, leverages the power of storytelling to explore themes of Gender Equality.

The intervention is on gender equality, women’s Gender Empowerment, and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria.

The film aims to foster deep and honest conversations around these critical issues, to incentivize social change.

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The film seeks to raise awareness and inspire action to combat GBV, promoting a society where gender equality and empowerment are fundamental values.

Speaking during the private screening, Samuela Isopi, European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said: “Art is a powerful tool to promote behavioural change, fight stigma and create awareness around negative social norms.

“It is therefore my hope that this film will contribute to promoting gender equality and prevent g gender-based violence in Nigeria and build a more inclusive society”.

In her remarks, Ms Elsie Attafuah, Resident Representative of UNDP Nigeria, stated that “Deafening Silence is more than a film”, stressing that “it is a comprehensive communication, media and visibility intervention designed to challenge biased gender norms and inspire transformative conversations.”

She further added, “It harnesses the power of storytelling, communication, and mainstream media to catalyse societal change and promote gender equality.”

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On his part, a former Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, sought protection for women in other aspects of their lives.

“Our budget at the federal and state levels does not reflect the aspirations of women in the rural communities where we have over 60 per cent population,” he said.

The former minister also said most of the food consumed in Nigeria was being produced by women in the rural areas, stressing that when government policies exclude the rural areas, women are automatically excluded.

In Nigeria, the spotlight initiative was implemented in five states: Sokoto, Cross River, Lagos, Adamawa, and Ebonyi, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and ended in December 2023.

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Fussion: An Emissary Goes Home (TRIBUTE)

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Late Fussion, a member of the Apostles Group

By Godwin Adindu*

It was at Akpu Rd, in a compound overlooking the popular Girls High School Aba, of the present Abia State that Fussion charmed me into a passion for rock music. Poor impressionable boy! I almost took to raps because I associated it with transcendental inspiration.

He would stand at the edge of a long chair, holding a burning piece of paper in his hand. He drew smoke from the rap, gaggled it in his mouth, and allowed it to percolate through his head’s nerves, tears streaming down his cheeks. Then he would gently place the rap on a couch and watch the smoke curl around and dissipate into the atmosphere. It was like a ritual. One would think there was something esoteric about the rap because he would suddenly jump into a burst of energy, elevating his entire body to a higher level.

Fussion would grab the microphone, his creamed afro hair hiding half of his eyes. Barry was already on the drum set, his two legs kicking, his two hands flogging, and his chest gyrating to the beats he was creating from the sets in front of him. The guitarists were flinging the bars, while the keyboardist had already been transported to an unknown world.

It was fascinating to watch The Apostles Rock Group perform their rehearsals. They never drove us away. We would look out the window, the smoke from the raps clogging our lungs.

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Then Fussion would sing a code that would bring the entire studio to a halt before quickly switching to a tenor voice that would re-energise the band. That seemed like a prelude. It was typically old-school music. Then he would move from the material to the elemental realm, seeing things you can not see, hearing voices you can not hear, and singing with extraordinary inspiration. He was expressing the paradoxes of life using primordial idioms that conveyed wisdom and truth. This was in the early 1980s, and as a teenage schoolboy at the nearby Wilcox Memorial, the Apostles Group became my heroes.

Looking at Fussion on stage, nodding his head, hitting the air, and kicking at nothing as he meanders his voice through extremely difficult chords, I saw a spirit in human form. I saw a supernatural emissary carrying a light and communicating a universal message of truth across time and generations. Odighi whe aka nrichala ya ato lo onu. (There is nothing the hand will eat and become stuck in the mouth.)

It is so sad that this emissary has completed his circle and returned home.
Fussion, there is a fire at Ekeoha. I have always borrowed from you to tell my brothers, “Nmeregiri bu ogu.” I will miss you.
Bye.

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Diddy Apologises For Cassie Assault, Says ‘I Hit Rock Bottom’

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has apologised in a social media video for violently beating his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura in 2016.

In an Instagram video, Diddy admitted to being fucked up and apologised for it.

“I mean, I have hit rock bottom. I make no excuses. My behaviour in that video is inexcusable. “I fully accept responsibility for my actions in that video.”

The music mogul claimed the incident prompted him to seek professional help, such as therapy and rehabilitation, and that he was “committed to being a better man every day.”

“I am not seeking forgiveness,” he said. “I am truly sorry.”

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Diddy’s Instagram post came two days after CNN released a harrowing video of the star repeatedly stomping Ventura as she attempted to flee their Los Angeles hotel room in 2016. The CCTV footage showed Diddy dragging her motionless body back into their room with her leg.

The footage sparked widespread condemnation, including from Ventura’s husband and Diddy’s rival 50 Cent. It may have prompted Diddy to close his fashion line’s website. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office found the video “extremely disturbing and difficult to watch,” but could not charge him due to expired statutes of limitations on aggravated assault.

Meredith Firetog, a partner at Wigdor LLP and Ventura’s attorney, criticised Diddy’s apology as “more about himself than the many people he has hurt.”

“When Cassie and other women came forward, he denied everything and claimed that his victims were looking for a payday,” Firetog wrote. “That he was only forced to ‘apologise’ after his repeated denials were proven false demonstrates his pathetic desperation, and no one will be persuaded by his deceptive words.”

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