Taaooma, an Instagram comedian, has stated why she went to the White House with other comedians to see Vice President Yemi Osinbajo a few days ago.
In response to a tweet from activist Rinu Oduala accusing the skit producers of posing as though they were going to speak on behalf of Nigerian youngsters, Taaooma revealed that she initially canceled but then decided to attend the visit, which is based on publicity for an award.
The comedienne who revealed that their phones and other electronic device were taken before being granted an audience by the Vice President, stated that Osinbajo was shocked when she started talking about some issues. Insisting that she achieved her aim, she also apologized to those who are offended with the visit.
Nigerian comedienne, Apaokaji Maryam, popularly known as Taaooma, on Friday stated that she couldn’t record her conversation with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo because her electronic gadgets were collected upon entry at the Presidential Villa.
In a long Twitter thread on Friday, the skit maker mentioned that she might have declined the invitation if she had known her phones would be collected.
Taaooma, alongside a team of skit makers, had on Wednesday paid a visit to the VP under the aegis of the Nigeria Skits Industry Awards, led by its promoter, Bimbo Daramola.
Others on the delegation were Josh Alfred (Josh2funny), Ayo Ajewole (Woli Agba), Adebamiro Adeyanju (Mr Hyenana) and Adeoye Adeyemi Elesho (Yemi Elesho).
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Talking about the visit, Taaooma earlier claimed that she represented the youth, adding that she spoke to Osinbajo about the Twitter ban and police brutality.
Reacting to her claim, Activist Rinu Oduala said, “The issue here isn’t about the visit. You asked for the audience to see Osinbajo to promote your Skits Industry Awards. You guys are now making it look like you specifically went to talk on behalf of the youths.”
In response, Taaooma stated that she was waiting on the video before defending herself, adding that the VP’s team handled the media since their electronic gadgets were collected from them.
“The organiser of the ‘skit awards’ needed more publicity for the event, secured a meeting with the VP and invited so many ‘skit makers’.
“I also declined at first as many others. But then, at the die minute, I gave it a rethink: what if I pull a Trojan? Gain access to the state house with this ‘skit awards’ thingy and say my mind on hot issues.
“Unfortunately for us, after passing through many security checks all our electronic devices were collected. I couldn’t even go live or record videos.
“All I did was do what others didn’t want to. And trust me, the VP himself was shocked when I started speaking about those issues as that wasn’t his expectations.
“I’m really sorry if I have offended anyone by going that way, but I achieved my aim. I said all I could straight to the VP.
“The VP’s media team were in charge of photos and videos, I might have fully declined if I knew that I won’t be able to go in with my camera or phone.
“The pictures taken after were sent to the ‘skit awards’ PR team. That’s why the photos went out before we got our own hands on it. I started getting tags and some even said I was being ‘called out’.
“My plan was to get the video as soon as it’s ready and post it. But I had no choice than to immediately post the available photo and state what happened at the meeting.
“I hope when the video is ready, everyone will know I’m saying nothing but the truth and my conscience is clear. Once again, I apologize deeply to everyone who felt disappointed.” (sic)
Speaking about his absence at the meeting earlier, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, stated that he declined the invitation because he didn’t want to associate himself eith politicians.
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