Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Comedian Basketmouth reacts after his 2014 post led to him being dropped by EU for its campaign against ‘sex and gender-based violence’.

A social media post made back in 2014 by veteran Nigerian comedian,  Basketmouth seems to be  hunting him in 2019.
The post which the comedian made as a mere joke was rather perceived by many as ‘promoting rape,’ and has unfortunately led to huge protests and condemnation on social media meted out to Basketmouth after he was nominated as an ambassador to sex and gender-based violence by the European Union.  Reacting, the comedian wrote:

“Almost every morning in the blogs, on the news, there’s a picture of a man sitting on the floor pleading, the caption is usually in the line of ‘it’s the devils handwork’ and the topic is from underage defilement, rape or brutality against a woman or minor. I live in this same world with my most prized possessions my wife, my two daughters, my sisters and women who have built me into the man I am.

I was recently presented an opportunity to create awareness on the efforts of the EU to bring support to fighting this scourge, it was a no-brainer for me. I refused any compensation for it and volunteered to lend my voice because….it’s our fight, it’s not for the EU…it’s for my girls’ future.
Unfortunately, a few years ago I shared up a Facebook post that I thought was shedding light through humor to the entitled crude and very present behavioral patterns of some African men who equate spending to sexual favors, but I also realized then that women actually have to face this daily and its harrowing and I deeply apologized for it.

I sincerely pray that this does not take away from the most important fight of our lives….the fight to secure our future…because the girl child is our future. I strongly appreciate the EU for this amazing platform to improve our lot, as long as the message reaches the ears of those who need it, then it’s a win. 

To every woman – our mothers, sisters, lovers, wives, crowns, supporters, prayer partners, foundation, life…. thank you for being who you are. So many times you sacrifice who you are for a man to become who he wants to be. It’s time we all love and and also support you like you do us….cos in your light, we all shine