The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has lambasted controversial Nigerian internet personality and crossdresser, Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju popularly known as Bobrisky.
Runsewe, speaking at an event marking the World Handcrafts Day at the NCAC headquarters in Abuja noted, among other anomalies, that Bobrisky’s contentious gender and amorously weird dress sense totally negates the true Nigerian culture which is respected and admired all over the world. The NCAC DG also observed with dismay, the bastardisation of our noble culture and values by attention-seeking characters like Bobrisky who he described as “very bad examples not worth emulating by our youth”.
He also called out Bobrisky and his ilk on their continuous use of social media to send a totally false representation of the Nigerian identity to the world, noting that they must be put in check quickly. He enjoined Nigerians, youth especially, to remain good cultural ambassadors of the country, emphasising that the global community only respects those who are able to sustain their unique cultural identities.
Speaking further, the former Executive Director at the National Orientation Agency said celebrating an event like the World Handcraft Day is timely because if given prompt and due attention, the development of arts and craft can be used to eradicate youth restiveness, kidnapping and other social problems.
World Handcrafts Day is celebrated annually on June 10. Pioneered in 1964, it has been lauded worldwide as an effective tool in reawakening the consciousness of people towards the development of handicrafts. It is an initiative of the World Handcrafts Council, established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Council to date enjoys membership from 90 countries, Nigeria inclusive.