NCAC DG Row over Bobrisky: Industry Operators Defend Runsewe
By Justina Okpanku
It is no longer news that the Director General, National Council of Art and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has an issue to grind with Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky over his drama. The culture chief has even advised the creative industry operators to protect their industry against those abusing it.
He said: He (Bobrisky) is a national disaster, an embarrassment to the country, engaging in cultural corruption as a cross-dresser. We will not allow Bobrisky to destroy the future of our youths and the unborn Nigerians.”
It is significant that some took sides with Bobrisky and his lifestyle, saying in Pidgin English “Na free free world nah.”
Runsewe maintained that Bobrisky is doing the wrong thing and the problem he is causing the entertainment industry is enough concern. He also stressed that the cross-dresser and his lifestyle needs to be curtailed because its negative effect would be worse than “the outbreak of Ebola virus.”
“You will think he is a woman when he enters a women toilet,” he joked at a recent function in Lagos before explaining what made government to stop Bobrisky.
Not a few operators said they understood Runsewe following the effort the NCAC is making lately to reposition culture and give it international recognition.
Generally, they described Runsewe as a “Poster boy of Nigeria Culture and a “man of culture, a man of tourism and a man of sports.”
A Nigerian filmmaker and the Managing Director of Brickwall Communications Limited, Mahmood Ali Balogun said Runsewe has continued to champion “our cultural values” and you can see “we are honouring him with an outstanding sustainability award, “Outstanding Sustainability award by National Association of Theater Arts Practitioners (NATAP).”
Veteran Nollywood actor Fred Amata, said the creative industry is a serious industry not just to earn dollars and we must protect this industry from controversial people.
Many of the operators at the NATAP event urged Runsewe to continue to give “our culture the push it deserves.” One of them said,” I understand what Oga is talking about. We don’t want controversial Bobrisky. We will not allow Bobrisky to destroy the future of our youths and the unborn Nigerians.”