Catch Up On Events Of The Previous Week
The suspense in the previous week played out, unveiling itself in amusing ways. On one part, we saw the people eating their words rather quickly, and on the other, well, support from the most unusual places.
Here are the some of the trending stories that made last week.
The battle for the lies
Nigerians were innocently congratulating graduates of Baze University, Abuja when a “shocking revelation” was published by a news media, Peoples Gazette. It reported that Bode Gbadebo, an aide of former Senator Dino Daniel Melaye, had posted on his Facebook page that Melaye graduated as the Best Graduating student of the law department (LLB) despite living in Dubai.
Now, this is where it gets interesting. The school authorities debunked this claim with proof that he had a second class lower. In a new twist, Gbadebo said that it was People’s Gazette that spread the falsehood and insisted he is not an aide. Hmmm…
All those in support say…
Interestingly, Caitlyn Jenner has given her support to Dave Chappelle. The former Republican candidate for California governor, and transgender, tweeted, “Dave Chappelle is 100% right,” she wrote. “This isn’t about the LGBTQ movement. It’s about woke cancel culture run amok, trying to silence free speech. We must never yield or bow to those who wish to stop us from speaking our minds.” For context: Caitlyn Marie Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner, is a retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and the father of Kylie and Kendall.
Temi Ami-Williams, star of the award-winning Nigerian feature film EYIMOFE (This Is My Desire), has made history by becoming the second Nigerian actor to win a prize at Africa’s biggest and most prestigious film festival, the Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou. Miss Ami-Williams won the FESPACO Prize for the Best Young Actor from West Africa. In EYIMOFE, she played the role of Rosa, an everyday Nigerian, trying to make ends meet through multiple sources of income. Rosa works as a hairstylist, a bartender, sells personal items to raise money, and even entertains the attention of an unwanted suitor for money.
My (Your) rules
Comedian Dave Chappelle has addressed the controversy on Transgender rights surrounding his Netflix special The Closer. Chappelle noted that criticisms of The Closer, which feature his views on transgender rights and identity, had hurt his ability to communicate. In an Instagram video, he said he’ll be willing to meet with the Netflix transgender employees who have demanded that his comedy special be removed from the streaming platform. However, he pointed out that the meeting would have to be on his terms- he will not be summoned, he will choose the meeting point and time, as well as “admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stressing on the need for a social media clampdown, stated that it is for the prevention of another world war. Defending his ministry’s budget, he expressed his fear that fake news will be the root cause of a global he predicts will happen. “With fake news today and misinformation — I have always said here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.”
Referring to social media as the “unseen enemy,” he noted that “until we go to the same battlefield with them [the people], there is nothing the government will do that will seem right.”