Angry lawyers walk out of NBA Conference concert over choice of Portable as guest artiste

Singer Portable

Some lawyers in the early hours of Thursday walked out of a concert organised by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over the choice of singer Portable as special guest artiste.

The concert tagged Unbarred was held at the Velodrome, MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja as part of the NBA Annual General Conference.

Lawyers who had waited several hours for the programme to start were shocked when Portable was unveiled at what was touted as the biggest NBA-AGC closing party ever.

NBA president Yakubu Maikyau gave a brief speech before the controversial singer appeared on stage.

Many of the lawyers questioned the choice of the Zazu singer and opted to walk out of the show.

The protesting lawyers were seen walking or driving out of the stadium around 1am.

“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 in a message sent to QEDNG during the walkout.


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“They spoilt my day with this Zazu. He couldn’t even wear a shirt” another lawyer said.

Another lawyer told QEDNG “I also left but it was largely due to the fact that I was tired. Many of the conferees were unhappy that Portable was invited.”

Other lawyers, however, stayed behind to watch the controversial singer perform.

Videos circulated on social media show a shirtless Portable climbing some of the equipment at the stadium.

Unbarred is a live concert organised for lawyers as part of the annual NBA conference.

It is held a day before the association’s annual general meeting.

2baba, Wande Coal, Teni, Bez, Brymo, Duncan Mighty, Nini, Falz, Olamide and Ruger have performed at previous editions.