The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had given an insight into why they included Nigerian controversial singer, Portable, in their lineup for the 2023 Annual General Conference (AGC).
Recall that on Thursday, Portable performed at the NBA Annual General Conference, which stirred reactions from some lawyers and netizens as well who felt the decision to invite Portable to such a prestigious event harmed the association’s reputation and made them appear less respectable.
The unexpected appearance of Portable as a guest artiste at this year’s NBA Conference left many speechless.
In an interview with the Punch Newspaper on Friday, 1 September, 2023, Akorede Lawal, the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, explained that Portable’s appearance at the event was connected to the partnership between the billionaire Entrepreneur, Obi Cubana and the program as its headline sponsor.
He further explained that the Cubana Group brought Portable because he was one of their product brand ambassadors for Odogwu bitters.
According to the him, the headline sponsor we’re responsible for bringing a guest artist to perform at the “Unbarred concert”, a tradition that typically includes lawyers of all ranks to conclude the conference.
”We did not expend any funds to secure Portable’s performance for the concert.
”The NBA’s Annual General Conference is the largest congregation of legal professionals worldwide, and consequently, we engage with sponsors to financially support all facet of our events”.
Lawal further addressed reports indicating that lawyers staged a walkout during Portable’s performance at the event. He revealed that the initial plan was for the concert to be held at the Friendship Centre. However, there was a last minute change in venue to the Velodrome of the National Stadium in Abuja.
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