Nigerian comedienne and skit-maker, Taaooma has tendered an apology to her fans after being called out for paying a visit to Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
Recall that Taaooma alongside some skit-makers under the aegis of Nigeria Skits Industry Awards (NSIA), led by its promoter, Bimbo Daramola visited Aso Villa on Wednesday, November 3.
Some of the comic actors that were present at the meeting in the Presidential villa, are Josh2Funny, Taaooma, Yemi Elesho(Bodaa Nuru) Mr Hyenana, and Woli Agba.
Their visit was greeted with backlash from fans who felt they went for selfish reasons. Taaooma and Josh2Funny received a huge portion of the condemnation owing to their popularity.
Activist and social media influencer, Rinu Oduala also condemned the deception surrounding their visit as she noted that they visited the Presidential Villa to promote the skits awards but they made young Nigerians believe that they went to talk about the Twitter ban and persistent Police harassment.
Taking to Twitter, Comedienne Taaooma apologized and said that she initially declined the invitation to visit the VP, but later changed her mind at the last minute.
According to her, she thought it would be a great idea to use the opportunity to talk to Osinbajo about salient issues regarding the youths and the country.
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In her words; ”.. I was going to wallow in my “shame” and keep mute. But with the way it’s going, it seems the wound will keep getting deep. The organizer 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 mymind 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.”