Nigerian male barbie, skin bleaching enthusiast and cross dresser, Bobrisky has crossed over to International media. He was featured in an article for the Business Times UK. Read excerpts below.
Idris Bobrisky Okuneye: Who is ‘Africa’s first male Barbie’?
Okuneye is a Nigerian citizen renowned for his widespread use of social media app SnapChat, where he posts content under the name Bobrisky. He is know to many as “Africa’s first fale Barbie” due to his flamboyant appearance and use of make-up.
He defines himself as “a cross dresser”, a person who wears items usually worn by people from the opposite sex. Although some people believe Okuneye is gay, he denied the claims in several interviews with Nigerian media.
It is believed Bobrisky, who calls himself ‘Snapchat King’, lives in Lekki, Lagos state. He once claimed his partner, to whom he refers as “bae”, gave him 7 million naira (£18,264; $22,239) to celebrate his birthday in August.
Bobrisky, who bleaches his skin and has his own line of skin-bleaching products, said he sells around four cream tubs daily, at the price of N100k (£261; $317) each. “I don’t care about what people think. I am just myself. Bobrisky is himself,” says Bobrisky, who also states that he has at least 90,000 views on Snapchat.
Earlier this year, he came under fire for puclicly supporting Nigerian anti-gay laws. He later apologized to Nigerian LGBT activist Bisi Alimi over his comments.