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Abiola Oke, CEO of OkayPlayer resigns after multiple women took to Twitter to accuse him of unethical conduct

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Abiola Oke, CEO and publisher of the indie music website Okayplayer and OkayAfrica, has resigned after multiple women took to Twitter to accuse him of inappropriate behavior and creating a toxic work environment.

The allegations surfaced on Tuesday, June 23 and more women are still speaking up even now.

The women made numerous allegations against Abiola Oke, including being drugged, bullied, sexual coercion, sexual assault, sexism, unethical conduct, and more.

They also accused Abiola of the exploitation of Black women. Most of the women who worked with Okayplayer and OkayAfrica said the exploitation and toxic work environment made them suffer trauma.

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They added that the company prided themselves in employing Black women but they did it for “optics” and exploited the women.

Following the accusations, American musician, Questlove, who co-founded Okayplayer, released a statement on Instagram.

In the statement, it was disclosed that Abiola has resigned and the company has cut all ties with him.

The statement reads: “Effective immediately, we have severed all ties and accepted the resignation of Abiola Oke as CEO and Publisher of Okayplayer and OkayAfrica. We take the allegations that have surfaced very seriously, and we stand with the brave women who came forward.”

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Questlove added in the caption. “More announcements coming up. This was long overdue.”

The statement also said that an outside party will investigate the company’s policies and practices.

“We’re committed to creating a work environment that’s inclusive and respectful for all,” the statement said.

 

 

Rachel Hislop, Editor in Chief of OkayAfrica, was also called out for her “complicity” and she released a statement on Twitter.

“I fully support all of the women who have come forward to detail their experiences while working at OkayAfrica and Okayplayer. You are heard and validated,” she began in her statement.

She added: “Reading your accounts of your time with the company was a gut check of all of the ways I may have been complicit in adhering to an archaic media structure that simply is not built to prioritize Black women. I am truly sorry that these are experiences you have to carry as a result…”

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Below are tweets from the women making the allegations and from others showing solidarity.

 

 

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Billionaire kidnapper: Evans broke, can’t pay legal fees

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Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court has ordered the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to takeover defence of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike aka Evans due to his inability to afford his legal fees.

On Friday, Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), informed the court that his team telephoned the law chambers of Ladi Williams (SAN) and Co., who represented Evans on the last court date.

Onigbanjo disclosed that they were informed that Evans had not “perfected their brief”.

Evans, first arraigned alongside others on August 30, 2017, has changed lawyers more than three times during the course of his trial.

Messers Olukoya Ogungbeje, Noel Brown and Olanrewaju Ajanaku, have represented him

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Justice Oshodi said Evans had developed a habit of engaging the services of lawyers that “disappeared halfway through the trial.”

This, he decried, has caused delays in the case.

“There are five other defendants with different counsel, the interest of the first defendant (Evans) is not superior to those of the other defendants”.

He stated that the court “will not breach Section 36(6) of the 1999 Constitution by going ahead with today’s business of the court which is the hearing of the no-case submissions”.

Oshodi ordered an OPD counsel physically present, Ms E.E. Okonkwo, to takeover Evans’ defence.

Afterwards, Evans co-defendants, Ogechi Uchechukwu, Chilaka Ifeanyi, Okwuchukwu Nwachukwu and Victor Aduba, filed no-case submissions.

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However, the second defendant, Uche Amadi, did not file a no-case submission.

Defence counsels, Roger Adewole, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, M.C Izokwu and Emmanuel Ochai, informed the court that no prima facie (correct until proven otherwise) case had been made against the defendants by Lagos State.

They prayed the court to dismiss the case against the defendants.

In his reaction, the A-G said the defendants were “asking the court to do something that cannot be done. They are asking the court to analyse evidence and go beyond the window that no-case submissions require.”

He urged the court to show that “there is prima facie evidence. There is before the court, legally admirable prima facie evidence enough for the defendants to enter their defence”.

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Justice Oshodi adjourned until August 14 for ruling and possible continuation of trial.

The defendants are standing trial over the alleged kidnap of Donatius Dunu, the Chief Executive Officer of Maydon Pharmaceutical Ltd.

The prosecution said the defendants allegedly kidnapped Dunu along Ilupeju Road, Lagos on February 14, 2017, and collected 223,000 Euros (N100million) as ransom from his family.

But the captive escaped and alerted the police while being held by his abductors who requested additional money even after the initial ransom was paid.

Witnesses including Dunu have testified against Evan’s and accomplices.

On January 10, 2020, the prosecution closed its case against the defendants.

 

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“Give your p*ssy to those who can afford to pay in dollars not naira” – Nigerian Lady

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In a new video that’s causing a stir on Nigerian social media, a lady is seen counting wads of dollar notes allegedly amounting to $200,000 as she tells her fellow ladies to “give their lady parts to people who can afford it”.

The lady, who’s said to be a popular retailer of aphrodisiacs (Kayan Mata) is seen in the video telling ladies to give their lady parts to those who can afford to pay them in dollars and not in Naira.

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The video has since caused a stir on social media with people blaming the lady’s video on the society endorsing greed which allows for an inordinate desire to be rich. Others feel she’s just trying to gather traffic so she can sell her products.

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Lady narrates how an Uber driver canceled her trip because he thought she was going to a hotel for prostitution

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A Twitter user has claimed that an Uber driver once canceled her trip when he found out her destination was a hotel.

Nenye said the Uber driver asked her over the phone where she was going to and she mentioned the name of a hotel. She said he asked what she was going to do there and she replied sarcastically that she was going “to do prostitution”.

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She claimed that after her revelation, he cut the call and canceled the trip.

Nenye shared her story alongside other women on Twitter who are sharing their unpleasant experiences with drivers.

 

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