Obi Cubana Hired Portable For NBA Conference Party-Spokesperson

The dust raised by the performance of controversial artiste Portable at the ‘unbarred’ event held as part of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference 2023 has not settled.

But spokesperson of the NBA, Akorede Lawal, has said night life king, Obi Cubana hired the Lagos based artiste as part of his partnership with the Association for the event as headline sponsor.

Lawal is quoted by a national daily as saying the Cubana Group brought Portable because he is one of his products (Odogwu bitters) brand ambassadors and because being the headline sponsor came with bringing a guest artiste to perform at the ‘Unbarred concert’ that usually has lawyers irrespective of their status to close the conference.

He disclosed that the NBA didn’s pay Portable for his performance for which led to many lawyers staging a walk-out.

He said: “We did not pay a dime to Portable for the concert. It is the largest gathering of lawyers anywhere in the world and so to that extent, we always write to sponsors to finance every level of our events.

“We have partners from America, Chile, and a host of other countries who pride in what we do and take it upon themselves to get the programme financed annually.

“We have partners from America, Chile, and a host of other countries who pride in what we do and take it upon themselves to get the programme financed annually.

Speaking on whether lawyers staged a walkout on Portable at the event, the publicity secretary said, “No, they did not. The Friendship Centre is the customary place where all lawyers go to unwind, network and do all other social activities.

“So, the concert was meant to take place there but we later told the lawyers to move to the ‘Unbarred concert’ at the Velodrome of the National Stadium in Abuja because we don’t want two events at the same time given that that place (Friendship Centre) had been decorated already to promote their brands.

“They were the headline sponsor of the centre and that’s where the DJs and every other social activities had been going on since the start of the event. So we closed the place down to have a unified event,” he added.

He further appreciated the Cubana Group for sponsoring the event.

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