Nigerian actress and filmmaker, Seyi Ariyo, also known as Shebaby, recently took to her Instagram account to raise the alarm that her life is being threatened by masqueraders.
In the video, the teary-eyed actress revealed that she had been getting life-threatening messages from these masqueraders because of a scene in her forthcoming movie, which portrayed a woman having sex with a masquerade.
In the Yoruba culture, such an act is seen as taboo. However, the sex scene leaked online and ever since she has received over 200 threat messages.
In an exclusive chat with PUNCH, she said, “They are really threatening my life; I am not alleging it.
I received over 200 calls from them a few days ago. Some called to curse me while others said I will die in the next seven days.
“I had to switch off my phone. I learnt they released my number to the worldwide platform of herbalists and traditionalists. They said that I want to destroy our culture and traditions.
They have not watched the movie, that is why we have this misunderstanding.
“We recorded a part where a masquerade had sex with a lady and even in the movie, we made it known that it is a taboo.
The herbalist in the movie told the woman that if she performs the act, her child will be well, but it will have a repercussion. She was desperate so she went ahead with the ritual.
“Some people recorded that scene with their phones and one of them posted it on Facebook. That is how the masqueraders saw the clip and felt offended. They called me and said they will use me as a scapegoat because actors are used to ridiculing masquerades, which are their gods.”
The actress said she has been begging them and also called other colleagues to beg them on her behalf, including Mr Latin, who is the president of their association, TAMPAN.
According to her, because she did not get any positive feedback, she decided to go on social media to voice out.
Ariyo noted that she was given seven more days to live and the ultimatum will expire tomorrow.
The distressed actress stressed that she has tried every available option to pacify the masqueraders.
She said, “Today is the sixth day and they vowed to kill me after seven days. I have spoken to many Yoruba monarchs to help me talk to them as well because it is their worldwide association that is angry with me; their global platform.
“I recently got a call from their leader, who identified himself as Prince. He told me that he will speak to their public relations officer to direct all their members to desist from cursing me.
I have the recordings of most of the threats and I wanted to go to the Commissioner of Police to file a complaint, but I was advised against it so that things do not escalate.
“They were not happy about the social media post and I was told to delete it, but I cannot because people would think this is a publicity stunt for the film. So, I cannot pull it down. I am sorry for the scene and I have even removed it from the film.
I don’t want to die. They should forgive me, they should not do anything wicked to me or my colleagues.”
Breaking: Potsherd Pavement Discovered In Ekiti State
An archaeological and touristic feature, a long potsherd pavement has been unearthed at the palace of Onimesi of Imesi Ekiti, Gboyin Local Government of Ekiti State.
The Onimesi, Oba Adetunji Olatunde who exposed this historical and transgenerational heritage asset during the visit of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State on Tourism Development, Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre to his palace today said that the potsherd pavement has a trail not only in the place but in other part of town
Ambassador Ojo- Lanre who said he was in Imesi Ekiti in furtherance of the assignment on profiling historical and cultural heritage of tourism significance in Ekiti State was elated when Oba Olatunde conducted him round the palace and unveiled the potsherd pavement which he said dated back to hundreds of years.
Ojo – Lanre said those potsherd pavements are evidence of age long civilization associated with the ancestral towns of historical significance adding that with the assistant of archaeologist there could be more revelation on the Imesi potsherd pavements
Oba Olatunde disclosed that “Imesi town is an ancient town of rich and glorious past. An old kingdom that has given birth to many towns in Yoruba land. Apart from this potsherd pavement, Imesi also harbours many heritage and touristic assets like Iseku stream which has been found to be of medicinal value and the traditional healing water of great potent and a cave which harboured our forefathers during the war “
He revealed that “I am a product of a rich cultural pedigree. I understand the value which the enhancement of tradition, arts, culture and tourism could bring to a town.
That is the main reason we are branding Imesi as a cultural- tourism town of immense proportion. You see that our Imesi Museum of Royal Antiquities which is the first in the state is 95 per cent completed and will be inaugurated during the First Year coronation ceremony slated for June 12 – 17. And within the time.
Imesi will host the first Royal Arts exhibition in Ekiti State
Fayemi’s Aide, Wale Ojo Lanre Bags Singapore’s World Cultural Society’ Country’s Team Co-coordinator
The Federation of World Cultural and Arts Society, Singapore, FOWCAAS, has appointed Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State as its Team Leader and Chief Coordinator in Nigeria.
The world cultural organization which has its chapters in 96 countries with headquarter in Singapore is saddled with the mission of strengthening and promoting global link with cultural, arts and tourism organizations, bodies, institutions; organize international cultural and artists exchange programmes, enhance global culture and arts for deepening of world peace and mutual global co-existence, showcase intercontinental diversity of arts and artistic activities for appreciation and understanding, promote , create confidence in Chinese culture and arts within the global concept and strengthening Singapore’s relations with cultural and artistic circles around the world
According to a letter of appointment signed by Grand Master Jason Tan, FOWCAAS President, Singapore ‘ FOWCASS has acknowledged and approved Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, as the Team Leader and Chief Co-coordinator to represent FOWCASS in the Nigeria Cultural Link in West – Africa “
According to the letter, the appointment is valid for two years from 01 March to 28 February 2023, subject to renewal upon approval from the FOWCASS Council “
The letter disclosed that Ojo – Lanre was appointed after “ We found Ambassador Ojo – Lanre, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti – State, Nigeria a worthy and competent cultural- tourism minded fellow who can be our point of contact in Nigeria, after a thorough survey and profile auditing of some Nigerians who have been active and passionate in the promotion and branding of the cultural – tourism asset of Nigeria with the aim of fostering g global peace, engendering intercontinental mutual respect and understanding, and projection of unity of purpose in global cultural diversity “
The letter revealed that “ By this appointment, Ojo- Lanre is not only the focal point of FOWCAAS in Nigeria, West – Africa link but the Team leader and Chief Coordinator of the mission and objectives of FOWCAAS in Nigeria “
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre a graduate of History Education at Adeyemi College of Education has a Masters in Peace and Conflicts Studies, from the University of Ibadan, and a Law degree from Lead City University , Ibadan, is a seasoned journalist with a bias for culture and tourism at the Nigerian Tribune Ibadan, also bagged a Certificate in Green Growth and Travelism , from Hasselt University, Belgium is at present, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti – State on Tourism Development.
History Made As Prof Ogundiran Exhibits Outcome Of 5 -Year Archeological Yoruba Work
A Nigerian-American archaeologist and cultural historian, Professor Akinwunmi Ogundiran, yesterday, held a photographic exhibition of his five-year archeological work at the site of Oyo Ile (Old Oyo and Bara).
Oyo Ile was the headquarters of the old Oyo Empire and the centre of Yoruba civilisation, while Bara is the final resting place of several Alaafins. Ogundiran, whose research focuses on the Yoruba world of western Africa, Atlantic Africa, and the African Diaspora, is the author of a new book on Yoruba history, titled, ‘The Yoruba: A New History’.
The Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, has been leading the 10-year Old Oyo Archaeological Project in Bara, which began in 2017.
The exhibition, which was held in Oyo town, yesterday, attracted dignitaries from across the country. Some of those in attendance include, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Conservator General of the Federation, Ibrahim Goni and Chairman, Local Advisory Committee on Old Oyo National Park, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu (rtd). Alaafin, in his speech, promised his support for the archeological project and the authorities of Nigerian National Park Service in ensuring the preservation of Old Oyo and Bara heritage sites. Other highlights of the occasion included a tour of the photographic exhibition by dignitaries and presentation of the new book on Yoruba history to the Alaafin by the author.
During the tour of the exhibition, Ogundiran observed that Old Oyo, with a population of about 100,000, was one of the largest cities in the world.
More photos from the occasion:
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