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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

AFP news agency ‏features Nigerian cross-dresser Bobrisrisky, refer to him as 'Africa's male Barbie'

Nigerian Male Barbie/bleaching enthusiast, Bobrisky, has been featured by Agence France-Presse, an international news agency. Read excerpts below.
A cross-dressing social media star dubbed "Africa's male Barbie" has shot to fame in Nigeria, sparking a charged debate in a conservative country where alternative lifestyles remain frowned upon.

 Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju, who goes by the name Bobrisky on SnapChat, makes his living selling 100,000 naira ($317) skin-whitening creams while chronicling online his life of luxury in Lagos.

- Rebellious -

Bobrisky has earned himself a reputation for being a rebel.

It's a dangerous reputation in a country where in 2014, former president Goodluck Jonathan signed the same-sex marriage prohibition bill, forbidding not only marriage, but same-sex cohabitation and any "public show of same-sex amorous relationship" with penalties ranging from 10 to 14 years in prison.

But Bobrisky, who gets over 150,000 views on each video he posts, insisted his appeal isn't because he's a civil rights crusader.'
'People love the fact that I'm real," he said, speaking at his apartment in Lekki, an upmarket suburb in Nigeria's commercial hub. It's about the way I dance, because I'm a very good dancer, and my makeup."
Bobrisky has a slight build, with a close crop of black hair he wears in gelled curls. He's wearing red sweatpants with a Mickey Mouse cartoon embroidered near a pocket and a hot pink mesh tanktop, as he gets ready for a night out in his small living room, decorated with gold and black wallpaper and a crystal chandelier.
"I'm doing a party look, a diva look," he said as he applies the first out of many layers of foundation, explaining that he was 12 when he first experimented with makeup. "I liked my mom's look," he said with a demure smile.
He finishes his makeup by gluing gold glitter on the inside corner of his eyes near the tear ducts, the sparkling beginning of a swooping cat eye even Cleopatra would envy.
"Beauty is pain," he said, wincing as he applies the chemical glue, "but this is the one that holds the glitter on the longest."
- Unlikely activist -

Bobrisky is the exception in Nigeria.

Although no one has yet been charged under the 2014 same-sex marriage law, it has led to "real fear and abuse", said Wendy Isaack, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who wrote an October report on the issue.
"It created opportunities for the police and members of the public to engage in extortion and get money from people they believe to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)," Isaack said. 
"If you pass a law that leads to violence with impunity, you're creating a situation where there's lack of respect for rule of law in Nigeria, and that's not helpful," Isaack said.
Still, Bobrisky says he "doesn't bother" with the haters and instead is focussing on launching a YouTube channel where he'll do makeup tutorials.

It's exactly that born-this-way defiance that endears him to fans.
"He doesn't have to take on a leadership role," said Olumide Femi Makanjuola, deputy director of The Initiative for Equal Rights, a Nigeria-based non-profit organisation advocating for LGBT rights. 
"People like Bobrisky are creating the conversation. They didn't start out to be an activist, but it happened. That's one of the powerful things of pop culture."
Transvestites are almost non-existent in Nigeria, while gays are regularly the victims of violence.



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Photo Credit: Stefan Heunis (AFP)

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Julius Tha Freshboi said...

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BONARIO NNAGS said...

Good for him.


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Uju Phil said...

Whatever they intend to achieve from this, kolework!

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good for him

Ogenah Boris said...

This guy sef, he is getting famous

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Erotic Kalypso said...

He is stealing Denrele Edun's Shine. I think Denrele is way better though. Congratulations Risky Bobo

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christie benjamin said...

He's getting darker, seems his product ain't working' miracles for him huh?

Anonymous said...

In Yoruba we say, awon emi okuku yen ti so kale waa....meaning...Those people are now living amongst us....I keep asking myself....what I would tell my son eventually when he sees two men kissing when we are taking a stroll...Nigeria is not home for evil....

This unfortunate expirement called BobRisky.....choi

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Churchill Churchill said...

sometimes i asked myself why are we living in this wicked world, God's creature have decided to turn their back against God and yet they still exist and boost in it...bob or whatever u called yourself you are a very wicked being.

Anonymous said...

wicked bob God will judge u soon

Churchill Churchill said...

sometimes i asked myself why are we living in this wicked world, God's creature have decided to turn their back against God and yet they still exist and boost in it...bob or whatever u called yourself you are a very wicked being.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Akuko ndi ala. Linda take note!

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sholetoga said...

Happy for you jare my guy. All way na way........

Anonymous said...

and linda is making this girl popular. anyway i don't blame you. we know how many times the rochas took you to dubai

Adele said...

150k view each video posted is huge..no wonder dude is famous

Raydiuto said...

Its only interesting that they will go all the way to amend the no-same-sex marriage in the constitution, rather than those things bothering the majority of Nigerians. Until this same sex-plague haunting the West will destroy Africa.

Anonymous said...

End times....
God help us all, this man has totally gone insane.
African Male Barbie....my foot

Motunalayo said...

Linda can i talk??

African barbie ko, Asian idol ni
This one wey vein full him body like electric wire

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