RUNDOWN

Hi Everyone!
How is it going?
Hope you had a great weekend.
I had a fab weekend….
I got to hang out with some of my friends, went to see a movie, went out for dinner etc…was chilled but fun.
I also got to speak at a youth event at my church. It was interesting….
Anyways, so many events have been taking place all over Nigeria and in Nigerian communities all over the world, here are some tidbits…

SILVERBIRD PRESENTS: A NIGHT WITH P-SQUARE
Photo Credit: Cecil Hammond
Nneka – Shank – Wildchild & Koffi

Shirtless! – Weird MC

Kaffi & dancers – P-Square


Idols WA’s Timi & Jerrilyn – Mo Hits Crew

Serenading a fan – BBA 2’s Ofunneka



NITE OUT WITH NOLLYWOOD STARS EVENT
Photo Credit: Harry Baba
Regina Askia

Emeka Ike – Jim Iyke


SI SWIMSUIT ISSUE EVENT
Oluchi – Looking fab as always!

There is something I have been meaning to talk about but wanted to ensure that I was knowledgeable enough before speaking out.
A couple of weeks ago, I was reading Jeremy Weate’s Naijablog and spotted a blog post he did a proposed ‘indecent dressing/public nudity bill’ by Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette.
I also saw an episode of Funmi Iyanda’s show where it was discussed by female activists – HERE

In the bill, indecent dressing is COMICALLY defined as:
i: the breast of a female above the age of 14 years
ii. the laps of a female above the age of 14 years (bella’s note: please go and throw away your shorts, skirts and dresses!)
iii. the belly or waist of a female above the age of 14 years
iv. any part of the body from two (2) inches below the shoulders downwards to the knee of a female person above the age of 14 years
v. any part of the body of the male person above the age of 14 years from the waist to the knee
etc…visit naijablog to see scans of the actual bill -CLICK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Punishment for the above ‘offences’ and the other items described in the bill include jail terms and fines.

Seriously, this just makes me weak. With EVERYTHING, that is going on in Nigeria, especially the poverty, abuse etc.. that many women are facing, I cannot believe that the best thing a FEMALE senator, who is the Chairperson for the Committee on Women Affairs, Social Welfare and Youth Development in the Senate could come up with.

I cant even imagine the chaos that will ensue if this is passed. Lecherous policemen will stop women and ask them to twirl around so they can inspect their clothes. Perhaps they will carry tape measures and start checking if you are breaking the law…no doubt this will give them police people ample opportunity to ‘touch and feel’, after all they would simply be doing their jobs. I am sure enrollment at the police academy will sky rocket!
See the photos above, just imagine, under this bill, Kaffy, Ofunneka, PSquare and others would be guilty of indecent dressing or is it public nudity! Sad.

Anyway, what do you guys think about this? What can we do to stop it?

59 Comments on RUNDOWN
  • Anonymous February 26, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m First!!!
    YAY!!!!!!!!!!
    Nehu, about the senator, Excuse me, but i think she has to be the daftest and most intellectually unsound person in the world right now!
    Hw, with all the issues we have to deal with in Nigeria, is indecent dressing high up, on our priority list! I think people just want their names in the lights and therefore go about making silly laws! *MAjor Hissss!*
    Neways, pictures looking ultra fab!
    have a great week people!!!
    x x

  • Anonymous February 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    SECONDDD

  • The anonymous 2nd commenter February 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    IM so happy im 2ND 2nd YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY ill read the blog now lol

  • THE HOUSE OF STYLE February 26, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    This indecent dress bill or whatever is atrocious.I agree it has to be stopped! Could one start a petition?
    x

    Marian

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  • Justme February 26, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Bella, How u dey, Loving ur blog o! Im trying to get the lady sponsoring the bill to come on my show to discuss it, i wont even oppose her views on air, i’ll let the callers tear her to pieces.

  • Anonymous February 26, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    cant u all see how stupid,foolish and totally idiotic d pple voted (or in my opinion rigged) into parliament are. so wit d hunger,extreme poverty,lack of jobs,electricity,dead educational system and all d probs with our country it is who is wearing short skirt and showing breast that is d prob.
    wat annoys me is that the so called person sponsoring d bill is probably chasing young girls up and down Abj yet he has d effontry 2 try and sponsor such a bill.
    God will punish d stupid man.

  • Anonymous February 26, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    my bad so it is even a woman sef.lol. her name is ”EKAETTE” so wat do we expect. she wants us 2 start dressing like housemaids. foolish oloshi buruku woman. e no go beta 4 her. am sure her husband has been yanshing some babes outside and she thinks this is d way forward.

  • Bella Naija February 26, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    let us not focus on insulting her, that wont change anything. it would be great if we could sign a petition or protest in some other way.
    @justme – i hope she is able to come on your show and ‘shed some light’ on her reasoning

  • ìnk February 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    sad.

    but at ofunneka’s outfit, all i can say is
    NO.
    TUFIA.
    just… NO!

  • NigerianDramaQueen February 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Gosh Regina Askiya! What bridge has she been hiding under??

    I seriously cannot believe that is an actual piece of legislation, that an educated woman in this day and age actually considered! Seriously? We have development problems, Female Circumcision, Unemplyment, Bad schools- and she is concerned about indecent dressing??!!!

  • 1stpet2v9 February 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    just visit fiyanda.blogspot.com

    see live video… abomination!

  • Pink-satin February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    was ofunneka serious about that outfit!or she was part of a carnival….

    psquare should come and serenade me o jare with their “no one like you”

    all i can say is that they are MAD in that country!with all the other things going on..poverty,healtcare,bad roads,poor electric supply,police brutality,bad roads,lack of street lights they decide to turn on indecent dressing!thunder fire all of them involved in this!what an we do!!!a petition!will that make any difference….but we can say we tried!

  • Doja February 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I am coming up with a conspiracy theory… maybe the senator is just a front for this bill. After all Yaradua once tried to introduce sharia to katsina when he was governor and now he is president there is a bill against nudity and his wife is always covered up as if we live in the artic….HMMMMMM. Just a theory.

  • Anonymous February 26, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Bella, I sent u a verry important e-mail and I did not get a response nor an acknowledgement.

  • Ladybrille February 26, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    @ 1:02pm, I am biting my tongue because you are really dumb to make the argument you just made???? What does the name EKAETE got to do with a legislative bill that precludes indecent dressing in a very vague and overbroad way???????? You’ve just lumped all Calabar and AkwaIbom women as housemaids????? What the hell??? What does dressing like housegirls have to do with an overbroad statute????? How dare you? While I do not support the bill because it is dumb, comments like yours might explain why the woman is so narrowminded. Have you checked lately how so called housegirls are treated-they are very often raped by the masters and sons of the non-“Ekaettes” women.Plus physically abused by the non-Ekaette women. U should be ashamed for playing with such topic like that that is not even relevant to the statute? I am so furious right now. You are nothing short of dumb for that comment.

    Adress the damn issue. Don’t relegate a generation of people and women across the globe to your omo odos or stupid stereotypes!!! Right back at you. Oloshi, Oloribuku ni e. Oshi o da ni ile pako. Nonsense and concobility!

  • koshie February 26, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    this is hilariously ridiculous. She could do better than this. Gessss. This bill is sexist and an affront to our reputation. you cannot force people to do what you believe in. I hope she does not have daughters.

  • AnyaPosh February 26, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    that is fucking bullshit. We are living in the age of a free society. If women want to expose their breasts to the world or whatever, the guilty onlookers can either close their eyes or eat grass. Chikena. WHat rubbish?

  • AnyaPosh February 26, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    To the 6th anon, you can go and shoot yourself. What does her name have to do with anything. How does her ethnic background affect your life or the idea of this bill passing?? It is ignorant idiots like you who try to make jokes with divisiveness stereotypes that should be sent to guantanamo. How have you helped to answer the question or solve anything for that matter? Abeggi Mechu nu gi!

  • bintifulgal February 26, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Sure, the bill at first glance warrants a lot of name-calling, but how come there was only a few lines about indecent dressing for men? I agree with the ladies on Funmi’s show.Indecent dressing is a moral issue and not a political one.If I choose to walk around ‘naked'(exposure of 2″ below my shoulder) in Nigeria, the law should protect me if there is a case of rape or harassment as it is obtainable in the US. Why do women have to bear the brunt of lascivious acts.

    Nudity aside… she is also in charge of Social Welfare and Youth Development. Tho’ I m happy the bill wants to ‘punish’ those who request for ‘sexual favors'(been a victim one time too many), I m very disappointed that she is not talking of empowering women to go into business for themselves or better health benefits. We’ve managed to still have democracy all wrong after 9years.

    That said… I m sure we are all still angry that some policeman will soon be stopping us with his tape measure to checkout out if our cleavage is 1″ below the prescribed allowance.

    @doja… careful..some of bella’s audience are muslim…there is no need to describe islamic dress as living in the artic.

    and @anon 12.36am… the Ekaette crack is not constructive to the issue. I m sure we all know that.

  • AnyaPosh February 26, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I think after your read page 2 [#2(d)] of the bill you will see that it is intended to advocate against professor-student sexual relations becus y’all know the whole deal with students soliciting for marks or profs pressuring students into ‘sex for grades’ bit. I’m going to read more of this stuff.

  • Doja February 26, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I am from a muslim background and did not mean to insult anyone, to enter my grand father’s house you need to take off your shoes and have your head covered, no one in my dads family will be offended by that comment, if anyone is offended they need to get a life and a sense of humour.

  • Paris February 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    ok my thoughts are not in english at the moment. when i regroup, i’ll post on this issue. im off 2 funmi’s blog.
    GOD SAVE NIGERIA!!!

  • sharp February 26, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I think the MFR at the end of Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette’s name stands for

    MUTHAFUCKER!

    He’s nuts. Simple. Is that what he learnt in school? Ode lasan lasan.

  • Paris February 26, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    i still cannot believe a woman proposed this bill. OH MY GOODNESS!!!

  • DAV!D February 26, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I have to say that this is the most appalling thing that has ever come out of Nigeria. This is worse than suicide bombing, imo.

    Now the rate of molestation by ‘authorities’ in Nigeria will increase. I don’t even know where to start with this…

    …The unfairness, the oppression of women, the infringement on the right to express oneself, the debate of whether legislation can uphold or even create morality, the shame on fellow Nigerians ( esp. the ones in the diaspora who represent the country), the absence of priority that just reflects the entire chaos we call a government.

    I can punch that person in the face for having such an idea.

  • sharp February 26, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, it’s even a woman!

    Maybe her hubbie is sleeping with his hottt secretary that wears low cut blouses and minis… Hisssssss!!

    Or maybe she not confident about her bodyyyy

  • bee February 26, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I wish we could have a Bella Naija where the truly intelligent can comment and exchange ideas in an atmosphere devoid of pettiness and language that does not suggest any level of refinement. However, this is just a blog (an unmoderated one at that)…so one can’t expect too much. If this is a microcosm for Nigeria and the way Nigerians think (and I hope to God it isn’t) and respond to issues or off-hand comments, we have certainly regressed to the dark ages. Once again, we dance on the periphery, hurling insults back and forth but doing next to nothing to address the issues at hand properly. It is a big, big shame and a sad day for me as a Nigerian and a human being. However angry we are, there are ways to get our ideas across that don’t require crutch words. Sad, sad day.

    We can sit here all day fine tuning our rhetoric but if we don’t couple that with action, it is an exercise in futility. At the end of the day, no one cares ENOUGH about this because no one here (to the best of my knowledge…please let me know if I’m wrong) has done/is doing anything. All talk, no action. Isn’t that what the vast majority of Nigerians are good at? We should always do the little we can – facebook groups, e-mail petitions, forwarded messages, youtube videos etc. Let’s not wait for a website to spring up before we put our brains to good, productive use. This bill will only die is we kill it…and that takes physical and mental effort. With that said, google this bill, read the rebuttals to it, e-mail the authors, bombard whoever you can with this budding coalition of discontent. Not sure where to start? I know Funmi Iyanda cares and she’s very accessible but she can’t do this alone:

    funmi@newdawnwithfunmi.com

    E-mail her your support, signatures, letters, send her a facebook message, etc. It will embolden her to take the necessary steps, if she hasn’t already. If I do my bit (and I am), and you do your bit…

  • Paris February 26, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    http://www.viewnaija.com/videos.php?cate=&sub_section=videos&id=1454

    PLS VIEW THIS VIDEO AND SOMEONE HAS THE AUDACITY 2 BE WORRIED ABT INDECENT DRESSING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AnyaPosh February 26, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    omg, Paris I just started watching the video. I will be right back as soon as I gather my thoughts.

  • bee February 26, 2008 at 9:58 pm
  • Anonymous February 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    @Bee: I’m feeling your first message. Off to e-mail Funmi.

    @ Paris: I’ve watched that video before and I am deeply ashamed that I have done nothing between then and now.

  • Sherri February 26, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    this is a chance for us all to take a stand for our rights and perhaps change the direction our country is heading.

    it will be really interesting to see how we all rise to this momentous occasion..

    kudos bella

  • DAV!D February 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Oh I forgot to mention what we can do…

    1. We can personally contact as many influential Nigerians (you all know you’re connected, lol) and push against this nonsense…

    2. Start a website and sign a petition everyday.

    3. I recall someone in the UK wanted to organize a protest in form of a march? That should be effective so far there’s enough media coverage.
    In general, I think we really need to get as much media attention as possible. Relevant media that is, and not yellow journalism…

  • Orekelewa February 27, 2008 at 4:55 am

    First things first, these so called law makers with their billions of naira are not buying people’s clothes. They dress in what they want to wear just like everyone else. While it may not be attractive to see someone walking down the streets with his pants or shorts hanging so low off of his behind that you can see the whole design of their underwear, or blouses low enough to see a woman’s cleavage; that is that individuals personal choice. If such a law is passed that would ban dressing in such a manner, fines could range to whatever the authorities deemed fit. Who would’ve ever thought you would have to pay a fine for dressing a certain way? Some people are trying to fit in with their friends or a certain culture. Naturally everyone isn’t going to share the same taste which is perfectly fine. But to fine certain people for their manner of dress is just wrong. If fines start for sagging pants, or wearing short skirts, it seems like it will only be a manner of time before you get fined for wearing shirts with certain messages or logos on them. After all, someone isn’t going to like what you’re wearing and someone will find it offensive.

  • Anonymous February 27, 2008 at 6:06 am

    ARE U KIDDING ME? Wat a stupid idea. I guess we might as well start wearing ankara turtlenecks!

  • ladi February 27, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Ofunneka should be arrested by the fashion police.

    Not hot or classy!

  • Anonymous February 27, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Too many insults. Has anyone read the good part of the impending bill?

    It’s not all about indecent dressing though.

  • Ifeomaadiagwuagwu February 27, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Regina Askia looks good. Jim Iyke looks good as well – he looks grown-up… lol.

    Oluchi: I like her hair but i am not sure about the dress, although, yellow, is one of the colours that really complements her skin tone.

    As for the bill passed, we could petition and protest it like Bella rightly, said. Maybe, for example, for individuals that are not based in Nigeria, could write to the Nigerian High commissioner in the country that they are living in and give them reasons why the bill should not be acknowledged, sthg like that.

    Still on that, and individuals based in Nigeria could do the same or some other way they feel and believe that it is best……

    Anyways…. that is what i thought.

    Bella…. Bella…., many thanks.

  • Anonymous February 27, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Bella, i alway look forward to your blog everyday. thnk u 4 blogging.
    The senator should think of how to better 9ja unemployment rate and other important issues not indecent dressing.
    tho… our 9ja babes, should stop exposing their bodies too. The bill has to be stopped or 9ja police go beat/ arrest every dick and harry for road.
    Nigeria go better.

  • the young nigerian virgin February 27, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    the senator’s bill is just ridicoulous. i think there are smarter ways to approach the issue. i also believe that if other problems that lie on our feet are tackled, smaller issues will fade away. The criteria listed for judging indecent dressing for me doesn’t hold water.

    btw bella, i love your blog n ur creativity..really nice, check out mine..cheers!!!

  • Sugabelly February 27, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I’m just as upset about the next person about this bill, perhaps even more, but there are some things everyone needs to realise:

    1. This bill is nonsensical. You CANNOT aim to address Indecent Dressing and Sexual Harassment in the same bill. To do so is to effectively link the two, and suggest that Sexual Violence and Harassment is a direct result of a certain manner of dress as Senator Ekaette is claiming.

    2. I have read all 6 pages of this bill, and it looks like a vindictive attempt to deal with a personal issue under the guise of curbing sexual harassment in universities, work places, etc. My verdict: Senator Ekaette’s husband is probably eying some hot young babe, and Madam Senator is bitter because she’s let herself go.

    3. It is effectively not the business of the government how anyone dresses. Nigeria has too many pressing problems to deal with. I don’t even know how this bill got to the Senate floor, and it just shows how foolish the Senator is for pushing this bill when there is an exacerbated situation involving the murder of hundreds of children as ‘child-witches’ in HER constituency.

    4. Women will forever be their own worst enemies. You will never see a man proposing a bill that would ban polygamy or prevent those perverted old men from marrying pre-teenage girls in the north, but women are always the front runners when it’s time to bite another woman in the butt. It’s pitiful and sad, and this is why men just fold their arms and shake their heads at us. Gee, thanks A LOT Senator Ekaette. Thanks for doing your job by lashing out at your husband through all the women of Nigeria. Who the HELL voted you in anyway?

    5. What a SMART woman the Senator must be. By her reasoning, a girl under the age of 14 is an asexual creature. Devoid of sex organs and sexual feelings. Immune to sexual advances and attacks, and possessed of no sexual capacity whatsoever.

    Babe needs to get educated.

    TO SENATOR EKAETTE (should you happen upon my comment):

    MEN DO NOT FORGET THAT WOMEN HAVE VAGINAS JUST BECAUSE THEY CANNOT SEE THEM! YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY THINK THAT FORCING WOMEN TO COVER EVERY INCH OF THEIR BODIES (IN A TROPICAL COUNTRY)WILL CURE ALL THE SEXUAL ILLS OF SOCIETY CAN YOU?

    …oh wait, you do.. that’s why you proposed the bill isn’t it?

  • Sugabelly February 27, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Join this group to show your support AGAINST the bill:

    Speak Out Against “Indecent Dressing” Bill in Senate

  • pink gloves February 28, 2008 at 7:27 am

    That senator needs to be fired. The constituents that voted her in need to unvote her. I am glad that Funmi Iyanda is speaking about it. raising awarenss and thing.
    Nigeria’s least problem is how pple dress, it is about infrastructure and amenities.

  • Destiny February 28, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Hello All, I don’t know if someone else is organising this but I am seriously thinking about the London march to the Nigerian Embassy so if anyone is interested e-mail me at nkiruahiauzu@yahoo.com. I should introduce myself (sorry!) – I am a Lecturer in Law at the Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. This is my departmental webpage: http://www.aber.ac.uk/law/staff/ahiauzu.shtml. If we can get this together it will be useful because like I said, we have to train our leaders to know that they can’t do stupid things without getting a reaction.

    If you e-mail me, I will set up a mailing list and we can discuss the date and other modalities of the march.

    With wishes, Nkiruka Ahiauzu

  • Naijasutra February 28, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    i love the fact that dbanj supports other nigerian artists by going to their events and such, that is really impressive…big ups…lol

  • tatafo! February 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    umm sugabelly could you please open the group to everyone. It’s currently open to people in the Nigeria network only. Except of that’s what you intended. Thanks

  • Toni Payne February 28, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    that’s what we get for letting educated illiterates run our country.. one day sanity will prevail

  • Anonymous February 29, 2008 at 12:45 am

    err lotanna, i disagree that putting indecency and sexual harassment in the same bill links them together. the bill itself from what i read does not link the two together in its language.
    even here in the US, lots of bills that reach the house of reps or the senate floor contain stuff that has nothing to do with the main bill. like the recent bill which tried to ban discrimination against LGBT people was couched in a bill linked to military funding which was part of why it failed.

    i dont see why people should be insulting her, presumably she is doing what she feels is right and if her husband is indeed sleeping with whomever, that is her own palava. instead of coming her to rant and rave, why not protest that the random parts of the bill should be removed and tell us why! there are lots of people in nigeria who agree with her im sure, so instead of rolling your eyes and acting like it is obvious, please engage in useful tolerant debate, after all she is a human being too, entitled to her own ideas and opinions however stupid you might think they are. i mean if she is the only one who feels that way, the bill will not pass, but im sure shes not, so pressure the house of reps and the senate to reject or amend the bill, instead of gnashing teeth.

  • Sugabelly February 29, 2008 at 1:01 am

    @tatafo!: Hey, here is the link to the new group (Facebook doesn’t let you change group networks so I just started this one) It’s global so everyone can join.

    I really encourage all the other commenters here to join too if you’re on facebook. We can organise a petition and a march or something to protest the bill being passed into law:

    SQUASH THE INDECENT DRESSING BILL

  • Uzo February 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Its laughable…I am very conservative and i think some of the outfits around these days are a bit much…but why on earth should legislation be brought in…Ridiculous really

    Where has Regina Askia been?

    How have you been dear?

  • Anonymous February 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    @Lady Brille and d other person
    i hope u can c no personal attacks at d top of the comment section.
    writing that ”Ekaette” crack was supposed 2 b a joke. so 4 u 2 start typing insults was uncalled for.
    my 2 cents.lol.

  • Nigerican March 1, 2008 at 1:12 am

    #55 yeah lol … I’m sorry i just had to do that. I think that bill is stupid. When i was on Funmi’s blog i heard talk about a protest… i wish i was in naija cus i wud have soooo walked.I geuss we should all be 14 and under so we can wear whatever we wanna wear.

  • Hair Azara March 2, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    How old is REGINA now? she looks amazing!!!

  • rethots March 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    “What do guys think?”, ’tis not an issue of what do guys think but, rather, what do people think?

    I think ’tis arrant nonsense, unfortunately, it shows to me that though she’s run out of ideas; she couldn’t even save herself this embrassment but shout out to the public; “my intelligence is low (oops, very low)”

    …oh, that she (they) would channel their efforts at something much more challenging.

  • Anonymous March 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    yep regina looks stunning… she should be in her very early forties… stunning

    pam

  • Anonymous March 10, 2008 at 4:35 am

    This is a joke. It has to be. OK i know what happened. She fell and hit her head really hard… oh she better not have a daughter or grand

  • Anonymous March 10, 2008 at 4:42 am

    You would expect that as time got by, a generation of more sensible leaders took control of the decisions made in our dear country… obviously, i was mistaken

  • jemmabond May 23, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Does anybody have a list of all the former title holders of Miss Nigeria from the beginning to now?
    Not Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria – there’s a difference.

    Thank you, folks!

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