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The Cross-Dressing Trend In Nigerian Comedy

The exploitation of the gender form by entertainers/comedians in Nigeria has become the norm lately. Although, this practice connects back to the 1970s when "Area Scatter," a male cross-dresser roamed the streets of Eastern Nigeria, playing ornamental thumb piano and singing in his rich harmonious voice. He was perhaps the first Nigerian transvestite to appear in the mainstream media.

A good number of Nigerian entertainers especially Instagram comedians now have it in their wont to dress in the Nigerian traditional female/male attire( buba, agbada, gele, wrapper, female blouse, Kaba, e.t.c. Some even go as far as applying make-up to appear more like the other gender).

The influx of comedians and skit producers into this trade of cross-dressing is getting enormous by the day. The reason may be the attention and reactions they earn from such content which eventually makes their popularity goes like a shot.

Aloma Isaac Junior aka Zicsaloma has more than a million Instagram followers. Josh 2 Funny, the founder of the hashtag #DontLeavemechallenge which trended globally is also a male cross-dresser with a large bulk of followers on every social media platform. Twyse Ereme, Lasisi Elenu, Mama Tobi, just to mention a few, are amongst the most famous male cross-dressers we have in Nigeria. Maraji and Taoma are the prominent female cross-dressers we have in the country. James Brown and Bobrisky are cross-dressers that are not into comedy.

This practice of famous comedians is not devoid of criticism. Brenda Uphopho, professional entertainment manager aired her criticism against Nigerian entertainment cross-dressers. She claimed that the practice is an unfair ridicule and a flawed depiction of female nature. On her Instastory, she wrote:

'‘Crossdressing comedians .. until you mimic and caricature women in your ridiculous skits before you can make it abi? Reinforcing all the behaviors that aren’t true to all women, exploiting all of their expressions. Nobody should tell me it’s art o! It’s Odious puppetry and it’s gone on for way too long.. Mama Tobi, zicsaloma, and co.. It’s enough. Every day, women are exploited, Every effing day’'.

Did Brenda Uphopho go too far? People are rightly entitled to their opinion but one thing is for sure; these ilk of comedians are making novel content every day. Humor takes away the gloom and burden of an average Nigerian, and they have been a great source of fun so far. What do you think? Please, like, and comment. 

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