Ezra Olubi, co-founder of Paystack, Nigerian online payment platform, has set Twitter abuzz over his choice of outfit to a friend’s wedding.
Olubi had taken to the microblogging platform on Saturday to share photos of an attire he wore to the event.
The tech entrepreneur was seen clad in a dark dress akin to that of a transvestite while his lips were painted.
He had accompanied the pictures with a terse post which read: “My friend invited me to her wedding party and all I heard was ‘Ezra get dressed!”
my friend invited me to her wedding party and all i heard was "ezra get dressed!" pic.twitter.com/oMdlP5A0JG
— Ezra 'God' Olubi (@0x) April 10, 2021
The development has, however, ignited heated discussions on the platform with Nigerians sharing different opinions over his choice of dress.
While some argued that the dress was borne out of Olubi’s love for fashion, others questioned his decision to dress in such manner for an outing.
“What values will this generation leave behind? From his looks, he doesn’t even look happy and comfortable to be dressed that way. But what do I know,” a user wrote.
“No one’s personal opinion about cross-dressing, should come out as to sound judgemental on another person’s sexuality… up to the point of making it look confrontational on their social media posts. I think that’s part of the cyber-bullying subject being talked about,” another user wrote.
Here’s what others had to say:
Ezra is not being bullied for lipstick though. That’s reductive. He does not conform to the societal standards of what men should look like or do.
— She (@ohiaofeh) April 11, 2021
Nigerians are being unfortunate under Ezra’s post. As usual. Why are you people so hateful? For a group of people who carry home training on their heads, we’re actually the rudest, most uncouth group. What happened to keeping quiet if you don’t like something?
— oyinda (@uxtobiaf) April 11, 2021
Listen, Ezra isn’t being bullied because of “lipstick and high fashion”. He’s being bullied for not conforming to society’s gender norms. This is the violence queer folk face and call out every day but it’s usually crickets.Advertisement
— Rise of the NBs. (@TheFlowerBoi__) April 11, 2021
Ezra didn't just appear, he's being effeminate right from time.
It's one thing to criticize his dressing cos you don't fancy it but mocking him for being effeminate is like mocking a woman for being a tomboy & that my good friends is quite a stupid thing to do.
— UG (@UgwunnaEjikem) April 11, 2021
The online hate Ezra gets is most likely a miniscule fraction of what Nigerians can do. I fear to think how unsafe the real streets must be for him and others, in a society that hates what they don’t understand. Mahnnn.
— e-relevant (@Sirkastiq) April 11, 2021
If this is what success looks like, then i don't ever want to be successful.
— Ebose Iyere (@ebose_89069) April 11, 2021
Going through the comments and am 🤦🙆😲 where all d woke twitter poeple? See what money/position does? See what we silently approve? "Nice outfit with lipstick and nail polish?" So we can't tell him he needs 2 dress up properly! If being woke means approving this, den f**k woke!
— Mustapha Olukayode (@kaymusty) April 11, 2021
And people did not run?
Came to an event looking like a turkish rebel & people sat comfortable?
Can't let that shit happen to me though
— Elton⚔Joker🤡🎭🃏 (@Eltnist) April 11, 2021
Not against his choice of dress but saying this look good is an unprovoked lie. Nobody will give audience to a random person dressed like in real life.
— È y i t a y ò (@eyiteeonline) April 11, 2021
We’ve actually lost our way of life if this is what “Get dressed” as a man is all about.
Anyway, enjoy the attention you’re seeking.
— Mr Kay (@RealMrKay) April 11, 2021
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