Bobrisky

Bobrisky is a Nigerian internet personality who is known as a transgender woman in Nigeria, a country with no LGBT rights. She is also known for her presence on the social media app Snapchat.[2][3][4][5][6]

Bobrisky
Born
Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju

(1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 29)[1]
NationalityNigerian
Alma materUniversity of Lagos
OccupationEntrepreneur

Early life and educationEdit

Born Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju in 1992, Bobrisky completed her secondary school education at King's College, Lagos. She also attended graduate school at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).[7][8]

In May 2019, Bobrisky confirmed that her pronouns are "she" and "her" after receiving several misgendered comments on her instagram profile.[9][10][11][12]

ExposureEdit

She became recognized by being highly controversial on social media for the ultra conservative Nigerian standards. Bobrisky was able to gather traffic to her Snapchat account when she claimed she had a lover who is assumed to be of masculine gender despite the law in Nigeria stating that same sex relationships is an offence punishable by serving 14 years in a penitentiary.[13][14][15][16][17]

ReactionEdit

Bobrisky, by virtue of just existing, introduced into the Nigerian society a set of ethics and morals which are not aligned with the assumed social norm of Nigeria. She has been received with mixed feelings as she has a fair number of fans and critics alike. On a notable occasion, a Nigerian presidential aide walked out of a premises on sighting Bobrisky within the residence.[18][19]

Bobrisky has a fair share of fans and has been asked by certain event planners to give speeches at their events.[20][21] In 2019, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of Nigeria's National Council for Arts and Culture, called Bobrisky "a national disgrace"[22] and said she would be "dealt with ruthlessly" if caught on the streets.[23]

InfluenceEdit

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google's Communications and Public Affairs Manager for West Africa, said Bobrisky was the most searched individual from October 26 to November 2016.[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bobrisky laments over loss of N19m spent on botched birthday". www.pulse.ng. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  2. ^ "Why Snapchat king Bobrisky is definitely Nigeria's Kim Kardashian". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2017-01-18. Archived from the original on 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  3. ^ "Biography/Profile/History Of Nigerian male Barbie, Idris Okuneye aka 'Bobrisky'". Daily Media. 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  4. ^ "Nigeria's Barbie 'Bobrisky' Opens Up About His Life, Bae and Business". www.nigerianeye.com. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  5. ^ "How I Met Bae - Nigerian Male Barbie, Bobrisky". The Herald Nigeria. 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  6. ^ OBIORA, NTIANU (2018-11-06). "How Bobrisky became an unlikely female style icon". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  7. ^ "Nigerians React to Bobrisky, Gay who got N7m and Mercedes From Lover". Naijanewsmag. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  8. ^ "Throwback photos of "Male Barbie Doll" Bobrisky when she was arrested in 2011 for cross-dressing". Gist mp3bullet. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  9. ^ Odunayo, Adams (2019-05-08). "If you don't want to be unfortunate, don't call me bro - Bobrisky warns". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  10. ^ "Bobrisky: 'He', 'She', Nigerians Confused About Pronoun To Use For Idris Okuneye". Sahara Reporters. 2019-09-02. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  11. ^ ""I Am A Girl." Bobrisky answers the question about Her Gender Identity". KitoDiaries. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  12. ^ Egbe, Robert (2019-10-19). "Inside the 'risky' life of 'Nigerian male barbie' Bobrisky". The Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  13. ^ "Bobrisky spotted having dinner with Tonto Dikeh's son, Andre". gistflare.com.ng. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  14. ^ "Nigeria passes law banning homosexuality". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  15. ^ Abati, Reuben. "10 Nigerian celebrities who became famous for all the wrong reasons - Seun Joseph". Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  16. ^ "Bobrisky: Before and After Photos of Nigeria's Famous Gender-Bender". Olisa Blogazine. 2016-09-01. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  17. ^ "Watch Bobrisky speak at Abuja conference on how she became famous on social media". Nigeria Today. 2016-10-27. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  18. ^ siteadmin (2016-10-26). "Nigeria's Presidential Aide Withdraws From New Media Conference After 'Male Barbie' Bobrisky Announced As Speaker". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  19. ^ "I Won't Share The Same Podium With Bobrisky - Buhari's Media Aide". The Whistler. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  20. ^ "Nigerians are upset with BOBRISKY who is speaking at a conference in Abuja this week". Nigerian Entertainment Today. 2016-10-25. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  21. ^ "Bobrisky speaks at Abuja conference despite controversies [PHOTOS]". Daily Post Nigeria. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  22. ^ Itie, Harry (2019-09-02). "Wetin be Bobrisky crime?". bbc.com/pidgin. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  23. ^ Alabi, Temitope (2019-08-25). "'Bobrisky A National Disgrace' — Olusegun Runsewe". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  24. ^ Ade, Josh. "Bobrisky Is The Most Searched Personality on Google". olorisupergal.com.