Last week social media was agog in anger after pictures and videos of some skitmakers and brand influencers were seen paying a visit to Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Villa under the aegis of the Nigerian Skitmakers Association “NSIA”, amongst the famous skit makers seen in the photos of the visit was Maryam Apaokagi “Taaooma”, Josh Alfred Josh2Funny, Mr Hyenana and Woli Agba.
They were dragged from pillar to post over their visit with some calling it a betrayal to the youth cause in the country. While some described it as insensitive and greed-driven. Some even called them out to give an explanation questioning what was discussed at the meeting and why they didn’t announce the visit until a popular gossip outlet had revealed visit tagging them of betraying the Nigerian youths only to go and receive campaign money.
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After so much castigation and insults, the skitmakers that were at the visit finally did come out to announce that they did visit the VP and what was discussed at the meeting. One of the skitmakers to suffer so much brunt was the popular female comedian Taaooma who some refused to accept as a representative of their cause and slammed as having no right to make such a visit on their behalf but rather did so for her own selfish reasons. Some called out to apologize for her actions.
Taaooma in reaction to all of the insults and accusations, apologized while also noting that she didn’t receive a dime for the visit, she got support from the famous Activist Aisha Yesufu who said Taaooma had nothing to apologize for after the notes of the meeting was released where it was noted that Taaooma specifically during the visit spoke about the continued police brutality youths are faced with and the harsh conditions of living Nigerian youths are faced with daily all in search of their means of survival.
Now, the question is, was the visit of the Skitmakers to VP Wrong? well, I don’t think so. It is nothing but an opportunity to make the youths voice heard through whatever means possible, because what the youths of this country are faced with are no longer funny and they need to be carried right to the corridor of power with the voices of the youth doing the talking.
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Let’s support and use every means to make our voices heard and not tear each other down.
See Mr Macaroni’s statement after the visit
“First, I do not think there is an association of skit makers. If there is, then I don’t know anything about it. And that would be fine because I am an Actor/Thespian first before the Tag “Skitmaker”.
“So I don’t think those that went to see the VP without me or anyone else meant to sideline me. I want to believe they were invited to see The VP by the organizers of an Award Ceremony the same way I was invited. The only difference is that I declined the invitation.
“The reason I declined is simple. As a citizen, I’m not happy with our leaders and I do not want to associate with them. It’s ok if others believe that sitting with the Govt will change certain things and decide to try it out. I don’t think they should be crucified for that.
“I have just seen too much to know that The govt sees and hears everything. They and their workers are always on the Internet. They know what we cry and complain about and they do nothing about it. So what will sitting down with them to tell them what they already know change?
“I don’t know what was discussed in that meeting as I wasn’t there. But I don’t believe those that went would go there to say anything other than demanding for better governance and leadership as we all have been doing all these while.”
See Josh2Funny’s statement after the visit;
Not a dime was received by anyone among us for visiting the Vice President. We only took a walk around the Villa and talked to Prof Yemi Osinbajo and other representatives at the meeting about the problems bedevilling Nigerian youths.
We discussed the need for the government to do something worthwhile about the issue of police brutality, the deteriorating state of the educational system, and for permanent voter cards to be made available to all eligible voters. One of us, Taaooma, specifically took a lot of time to discuss the issue of police brutality, which affects the youth, while another skitmakers, Mr Hyenana, talked about the need for improvement in the educational sector, especially at elementary and secondary levels.
We were called upon by the Nigerian Skits Industry Awards to pay a visit to the Vice President in an effort by the organisers to help us get due recognition, just like it is obtainable in the movie and music industries. Having a meeting at such level means so much for the industry, and that was why I deemed it very important to be part of the visit. However, there is no association of skit makers in Nigeria. Actually, Nigerian skitmakers are underrated and not respected because some people have tagged us ‘internet sensationalists’.
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Attorney Ben Crump Calls For The FBI To Investigate The Death Of Jelani Day As A Hate Crime
Roommates, the family of graduate student Jelani Day, whose body was found in the Illinois River, weeks after he was reported missing on August 24th, is still searching for answers surrounding his death. According to NBC News, his mother, Carmen Bolden, doesn’t believe the narrative about her son that he did something to himself and has hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented George Floyd’s family, to bring them justice.
During a recent press conference at the Rainbow Push Coalition’s headquarters in Chicago, Attorney Crump demanded the FBI to investigate Jelani’s case as a federal hate crime. “We are asking the FBI to make this young, Black man named Jelani Day a priority just like they did the young white woman, Gabby Petito, because his life matters just like hers,” Attorney Crump pleaded.
He wasn’t the only one who spoke out at the conference. Carmen, standing beside Attorney Crump and Rev. Jesse Jackson, also made an emotional plea for her son’s death to be taken seriously. “I’m asking you. I’m imploring you. I’m begging you. I need to know what happened to my son,” Carmen said. “I need the FBI to come in and take over. … They need to make Jelani a priority.”
This isn’t the first time Carmen has pleaded to authorities to do more. As we previously reported in September, Carmen interviewed with Newsy, where she compared Gabby’s national coverage to the coverage her son received. She explained that Jelani hadn’t been getting coverage, although he had been missing for 24 days. Carmen also stated it seemed like the effort to find him has slacked down because everyone knew about Gabby, who at the time was only missing for two days, and the FBI immediately became involved.
Roommates, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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#EndSARS: Lagos Govt Disburses N450 Million To Higher Institutions For Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Peace Walk
Reports claim that the Government of Lagos State has disbursed N450 million to higher institutions in the state for the peace walk announced by the state governor.
A government source told the media on Friday that the state government paid the money to solicit the support of young Lagosians for the ‘peace walk’, to ensure the governor does not walk alone.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state governor disbursed the money to universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the state for the peace walk, which is likely to be held on Monday.
“Lagos State Government has disbursed N450 million to higher institutions for peace walk, which will likely be held on Monday.
“Universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are the beneficiaries,” the top source said.
On Tuesday, Sanwo-Olu had revealed plans to organise a peace walk in December 2021, in commemoration of the #EndSARS movement.
Sanwo-Olu, during a press briefing at the Government House in Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday said he will be leading the peace walk to herald the healing of the land.
This comes after the state government in its White Paper on a report by the #EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry on General Police Brutality Cases and Lekki Incident Investigation, accepted only 11 out of the 32 recommendations made by the panel.
The panel concluded that the Nigerian Army and police shot and killed peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, the epicentre of the demonstrations against police brutality, on October 20, 2020.
But the government in the White Paper flayed some claims in the report, maintaining that it was full of discrepancies, irregularities and inaccuracies with claims of deaths of victims.
Sanwo-Olu had further extended an open invitation to youths, civil society groups, journalists, students and other stakeholders to join him in the peace walk.
However, some of his invitees have already rejected the invitation with some youths in the state declaring that the state governor will walk alone.
It should be noted that students of the Lagos State University (LASU) have expressed their readiness to participate in the ‘Lagos Peace Walk,’ proposed by Sanwo-Olu.
This was made known on Thursday by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) President of the school, Oladipupo Uthman Badmus, during the sitting of the Students Representatives Council, the legislative arms of the SUG.
The sitting was the first council session to be held at the newly built students’ Arcade in the school, which was inaugurated by Sanwo-Olu on Thursday.
“Mr. Governor, sir, it is what you signed up for but we are indebted to you. Be rest assured, whenever you walk, we will walk with you. We will be by your side. Whenever you run, we will run with you to the end,” Badmus assured on behalf of LASU students.
However, it is not clear if the union executives were motivated by money or the newly inaugurated project in their school.
Also, rights activist and member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Segun Awosanya yesterday said he would join Sanwo-Olu in the proposed peace walk.
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Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Divock Origi Scores Late Winner As Klopp’s Men Go To The Top Of The Premier League
Liverpool captalised on Chelsea’s loss away at West Ham United earlier on Saturday by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Divock Origi, who has a tendency to score big goals at important times, netted an injury-time winner after a tight game.
He spared Diogo Jota’s blushes after the forward hit Conor Coady on the line following Jose Sa’s second-half mistake.
Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham gave the Reds a path to the summit and they went top thanks to Origi’s late show. Resilient Wolves were left with nothing despite another battling display and sit eighth.
Liverpool had blown away the majority of their rivals this season, having scored four in each of their last three Premier League games before arriving at Molineux.
They had, simply, been too good but found Wolves at their resolute best until the death.
Only Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Bruno Lage’s side prior to the game and there was strong resistance to Liverpool’s threat.
The visitors failed to find any early rhythm, thanks largely to the hosts’ determination. Aside from Leander Dendoncker slicing a clearance from Jota’s header the Reds made few first-half inroads.
Three straight clean sheets had given Wolves’ defence renewed confidence and they continued to keep it tight as Liverpool slowly began to turn the screw.
Trent Alexander-Arnold volleyed over after 28 minutes and then turned provider for Jota, who headed his far post cross wide.
Liverpool had control but only managed to open their hosts up once and, even then, Romain Saiss’ presence ensured Mohamed Salah just failed to make contact with Andrew Robertson’s low centre.
As an attacking force Wolves were non-existent. Having scored just five league goals at Molineux that was no surprise but Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan carried little threat.
Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk were on cruise control and apart from Rayan Ait-Nouri’s sharp run – before he wasted his cross – there was little for Liverpool to fear.
Yet, they were still searching for a goal. Having scored in every Premier League game since a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in March more was expected after the break.
Salah’s knockdown caused some penalty box pinball which saw Thiago Alcantara twice denied but Jurgen Klopp’s men lacked the fluidity and precision to break Wolves down.
They needed a mistake from Sa to create their best opening on the hour and even then Jota missed it.
The goalkeeper raced out to the left after Jordan Henderson’s searching pass for Jota but collided with Saiss to give the forward a clear run to goal.
He advanced but from just six yards belted the ball at the covering Coady on the line.
Alexander-Arnold drove over as Liverpool’s frustrations grew and Sa denied Sadio Mane late on.
But Origi had the final say deep into added time when he collected Salah’s pass, turned and fired in from four yards.
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