Popular Nigerian cross-dresser, Idris Ogunleye, also known as Bobrisky has stirred reactions on social media after he dressed up as a man to his parent’s house.
Bobrisky, in a viral video on Tuesday, attended his father’s birthday dressed in men’s outfit without no earrings or makeup.
The cross-dresser has since his conversion never worn such outfits.
His appearance stirred reactions from Nigerians as some took to their Twitter page to mock the ‘Nigerian Barbie’
Here are some reactions gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter;
@Sugarbutterjay “It is obvious that his father is not accepting of who he is. I think he really wanted to be there so when he was given the ultimatum of either coming as a man or not coming at all, he chose the latter. You have no idea what people like him go through here in Nigeria.”
@Jeremiah_Alli “Bobrisky realized her daddy doesn’t tolerate nonsense and can only remember giving birth to a he.
@VictorIsrael “Bobrisky went to his father’s birthday party dressed as a man. Oga already knows African homes are no respecter of Range Rover Velar because if he appeared there as a lady, he must join the women to cook, wash plates and serve food. Desperate time calls for desperate measures.”
@Mohmice “Bobrisky has little respect left for his family, he went there as a Bob and left risky in the house.”
@Oruh_LD “That shows he still has some respect for HOME.Idris at home, Bobrisky on IG. He’s sly like that!
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The US Open tennis tournament will be held from 31 August in Queens — without fans in the stands.
New York governor Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this on Tuesday.
According to him, the US Tennis Association “is going to be taking extraordinary precautions” to keep players and staff safe as the tournament unfolds.
The precautions will include frequent testing, extra cleaning of the facility and locker-room space, and tightly regulated housing and transportation for all involved.
The players shouldn’t have much trouble concentrating on the court, as the stands will be kept empty, a report by New York Post said.
“It will be held without fans, but we can watch it on TV, and I’ll take that,” said Cuomo.
He did not specify where the tournament would be played, but its traditional home is the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, which had been converted to a coronavirus field hospital.
The tournament will hold between 31 Aug.and Sept. 13, Cuomo told reporters during a press briefing.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
An FCT High Court had on March 4 granted an application by six members of the APC in Edo State suspending Oshiomhole from office.
A three member panel of justices led by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem held that Oshiomhole’s appeal challenging his suspension was unmeritorious.
This is coming on the same day Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State resigned his membership of the APC, after meeting with Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa. (Daily Trust)
Secretary of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), Remi Aboderin, has stated that the new broadcast regulations released by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is unbeneficial to boxing and other sports in the country.
Aboderin, who is also the President, West African Boxing Union (WABU) made his view known in a chat in Lagos yesterday. According to the boxing administrator, certain sections of the amendments in the code weigh disproportionately on the side of football, the country’s favourite sports, to the detriment of boxing and minor sports.
Referring to the amendments as they affect broadcast and sponsorship of sports, Aboderin said the code makes football its primary focus in a way that mandates the neglect of other sports.
He contended that the drafters of the new broadcast regulation are only interested in football. For instance, said Aboderin, the code stipulates that if a broadcaster has the right to air football on its platform, it can only be involved in the sponsorship of football and no other sport in Nigeria and must commit 30 per cent of the sum spent on acquiring rights to international football to the sponsorship of the local equivalent.
“This is preposterous. A broadcaster should be allowed to get involved in the sponsorship of sports of their choice and not be forced to sponsor only football. If this provision is implemented, boxing and other sports will not benefit from sponsorship by broadcasters. The implication is that other sports will wither why football will continue to grow,” he said.
He wondered why the NBC will state in the code that the promotion of Nigerian sports is paramount when its regulation actually seeks to stifle other sports aside from football.
“The NBC does not seem to understand that the little exposure and popularity as well as the financial support the other sports have been enjoying will evaporate if this code is implemented. There is a need to revisit this section and do what it right for sports other than football,” he said.
The code has come under heavy criticisms from broadcast sector players, who view many of its provisions as draconian.
…donates thousands of books across Africa
UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, on Wednesday joined the rest of the world to celebrate African children in this year’s edition of the International Day of the African Child.
June 16 every year, has been set aside by the United Nations as the International Day of the African Child to celebrate children in Africa where it recognises the courage of students who marched for their right to better education in Soweto South Africa, and as an institution that cares about the education and welfare of the African child, UBA through its Foundation marks this all important event annually.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown on educational institutions, UBA Foundation was not able to visit schools and community centres as is its usual practice, however, the Foundation held activities online, where students of secondary schools were afforded the opportunity to watch and listen to virtual mentoring and reading sessions.
During the virtual session, the Managing Director, UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, spoke to the students on various issues, ranging from financial literacy and the importance of imbibing good reading culture to nation building. She also explained why UBA Foundation centres on three key pillars of Education, Empowerment and Environment, adding that the bank through its foundation, recognises the huge role that education and indeed a good reading culture has to play in the lives of the youth.
She said: “These days school children barely make out time to read and are easily distracted by the presence of electronic social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others; and to curb this declining culture of reading across the continent, UBA Foundation came up with the ‘Read Africa’ project, designed to resuscitate the reading culture amongst our youths across the African continent.
“As a pan-African institution, we believe that the future of Africa lies in her youth and for this reason, UBA Foundation is actively involved in facilitating educational projects and bridging the literacy-wide gap on a pan-African scale, and is helping to rekindle the dwindling reading and literacy culture amongst African youths as they pursue their education,” Atta said.
While emphasising the belief that a highly educated and well-informed youth is critical to the future of Africa, Atta seized the opportunity to read a few passages of the recommended novel to students and encouraged them to visit the UBA Foundation website on www.ubagroup.com/uba-foundation, register and gain access to read some more at their leisure.
UBA through its Foundation believes that quality education is crucial in developing the manpower needed by Africa to exploit emerging opportunities and propel the continent to higher levels of development.
Last month, the bank also held its UBA Conversations, an annual event commemorating the Africa Day, where world presidents and leaders contributed to discussions aimed at propelling African growth post covid-19.
As a Pan African Institution, UBA is in the forefront of promoting Africa and African values, especially in the areas of economic development for the continent. Operating in 20 African countries and globally in the United Kingdom, the United States and France, the bank has a strong record of supporting its communities, through challenging times.
The broadcast code recently issued by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) may truncate the recently signed partnership between US streaming service, Netflix, and Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV.
The partnership, to create two original series and Netflix-branded films, was announced last week as part of Netflix’s continued expansion into Africa. Its announcement, however, coincided with the loud disapproval of the 6th NBC Code by prominent creative industry figures, who lashed out at provisions on exclusivity and undisguised attempt to legislate prices at which content will be sub-licensed among other issues.
Broadcast industry sources explained that sections 9.0.1 to 9.0.3 of the code, which proscribe exclusivity, make content sharing with competitors mandatory and the NBC the final arbiter in the event of a disagreement over content prices between the rights owner and a licensee are areas that will occupy the attention of Netflix.
Tosan Igbene, a content creator, explained that Netflix goes into exclusive-only partnerships and as such may consider pulling the plug on the deal with EbonyLife TV if the NBC begins to implement the code.
“Since the code prohibits exclusivity, it means that whatever EbonyLife TV produces could end up on other platforms. That will negate the exclusive agreement. Importantly too, Netflix will balk at the prospect of the NBC determining what price it should charge as sub-licensing fees. The fact is that these sections and the whole code, produced without stakeholder consultation, will kill the Nigerian broadcasting industry,” he said.
Another content creator, Boye Dare, contended that no investor will fold its hands and watch a regulation jeopardise its investments.
“Netflix are here for business and they will not like anything that threatens their well-being. The NBC Code seeks to legislate who and when to sell to as well as the price. The code is a threat to the partnership with EbonyLive TV and of course, Nollywood,” said Dare.
Last week, reports emerged that Netflix, IrokoTV, Amazon and Africa Magic may end the investments in Nigeria because of the NBC Code. A few days later, Jason Njoku, CEO of Iroko TV, in widely circulated tweets, blasted the NBC and accused it of trying to damage the industry. He explained that only 20 per cent of IrokoTV’s revenue comes from Nigeria, where 90 per cent of the revenue is spent on acquisition of content. He stated that the pay television business thrives on exclusivity and monopoly around the world.
“Pay TV is a unique business that globally structurally tends to a monopoly. Requires unbelievable amounts of investments upfront for decades before its makes sense. Netflix doesn’t really have a comparable #2 today but still has been -$10B (negative) cash flow in the last 5 years,” he said.
Following criticisms last week, the NBC, in a statement said, its board will meet this week to consider stakeholder input. NBC sources, however, disclosed that the board was not carried along by the management in drafting the code. According to sources, the finer details of the code have been kept away from Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, who last week gushed at the announcement of the deal with EbonyLife TV, saying: “Coming after Netflix’s first Nigeria original film, Lionheart, this is a great recognition of the immense creative talents that abound in Nigeria and the provision of a global platform for Nigeria storytelling.”
The Lagos State Government has suspended the planned reopening of worship centres (mosques and churches ) slated for Friday June 19 and Sunday June 21.
Mouka has donated 100 Klinic hospital mattresses and 30 cartons of its insect repellents, Mouka Mozzi, to Oyo State Government for the enhancement of its isolation centres used for the treatment of infected persons with the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The company which is Nigeria’s foremost manufacturer of mattresses and bedding made the donation through its Chief Commercial Officer, Dimeji Osingunwa at the State’s Secretariat on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Also present during the donation was the State’s Commissioner for Finance, Oyo State, Akinola Ojo, the Divisional Business Manager, Lagos/West, Ladi Alabi and the Regional Sales Manager, West Region, Aluko Banji, both of Mouka Limited.
Eulogising the frontline company for the donation, the Commissioner for Finance avowed that the mattresses would help to boost the facilities at the isolation centres and also that the state government is taking giant stride at ensuring quick recovery of infected persons with the deadly disease which has decimated lives globally.
On his part, Mouka’s Chief Commercial Officer said the socially responsible organisation lent its support during this period of national crisis as the wellbeing of Nigerians is at the core of the company’s mission.
According to him, the Klinic hospital mattress is specifically designed for medical use with a waterproof cover to protect the mattress from contamination and a firm foam core to keep patients comfortable.
Mouka has in the past remained committed to worthy initiatives. This prompted the recent donation of 700 mattresses to both Lagos and Ogun States for the improvement of their COVID-19 isolation centres, as part of its contribution to the containment of the coronavirus pandemic.
In its portfolio are quality brands such as Wellbeing orthopaedic mattresses, Dreamtime water-resistant mattress, Mondeo Spring mattress and a wide range of pillows for a comfortable sleep.
As businesses around the world resume despite the COVID-19 pandemic, ALAT for Business is set to offer more value to businesses through its digital solution.
The application, which is the corporate version of ALAT, has a broad transaction limit of up to 2 Billion Naira, allowing businesses to carry out as many transactions as they require.
Speaking on its most notable features, Samuel Robson, Head, ALAT for Business disclosed that the application allows account holders with single and multiple signatories operate their account virtually, without stepping into the banking hall to authorize transactions.
“This is a time for businesses to leverage secure platforms that allow them to get on with their businesses virtually as this will help to keep their businesses afloat and keep them safe,” he advised.
Speaking further, he disclosed that with ALAT for Business, entrepreneurs can now, schedule payments to as many as 5,000 beneficiaries at once. “This will free up their much needed time and allow them to carry out more tasks,” he added.
With the new feature, business owners can now carry out transactions without stepping into the banking hall. Mr Samuel Robson explained that this is one of the ways Wema Bank is leveraging digital technology to provide solutions to customers and help fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor announced this on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Our source said the governor will make announcement on his next step anytime soon.
More to follow…