The Nigerian Bar Association’s annual general conference in Abuja ended on a sour note for some lawyers who staged a walkout on the Unbarred Concert, a live entertainment session organised for the legal practitioners.
The reason for their displeasure was the appearance of Portable, a controversial singer known for his Zazu genre.
The concert, which was held at the Velodrome of the MKO Abiola Stadium on Thursday, had Timi Agbaje as the host and DJ Skillz and Veentage Band as the music policy. It also promised a surprise act, which turned out to be Portable.
Many of the lawyers were shocked and disappointed by the choice of the guest performer, who came on stage shirtless and climbed some of the equipment at the stadium. They felt that Portable was not suitable for the occasion and did not represent the dignity and professionalism of the bar.
They expressed their frustration and anger as they walked or drove out of the stadium around 1am. Some of them took to social media to vent their opinions and criticize the planning committee for inviting Portable.
“How dare they call Portable to come and play for lawyers at the conference? Can you imagine? Normally, ‘Unbarred’ doesn’t end till 3am or 4am but we are leaving for our hotels. We are so upset,” one of the lawyers said during the walkout.
“They spoiled my day with this Zazu. He couldn’t even wear a shirt,” another lawyer said. Videos circulated on social media show Portable’s performance.
A user, bearded_lawyah said, “I just want to see the genius at the Planning Committee meeting that thought it’d be a good idea to bring Portable to #Unbarred because if they aren’t high on Odogwu Bitters then they must be charge and bail lawyers because this thing no dey make sense no matter how you look am!”
Another user marcel_great said, “As #NigBarAssoc has decided to embarrass the bar with their choice of artiste for the unbarred concert, let it be known that we will visit the issue during the next year’s election. What business does NBA have with Portable? #afamosigwe we will remind you.”
However, not all lawyers were unhappy with Portable’s performance. Some of them stayed behind to watch and enjoy the controversial singer.
The Unbarred Concert is the grand conference closing party and is held a day before the association’s annual general meeting. It has featured some of the popular artists in Nigeria such as 2baba, Wande Coal, Teni, Bez, Brymo, Nini, Falz, Olamide and Ruger in previous editions.