by Hauwa Gambo
So one thing we do know for sure – Amber Rose will not be in Nigeria this Saturday.
The organizers of a show tagged Music Meets Runway had put up the former stripper and sunglass designer as headliner for the show billed to gather 10 musicians, fashion designers and models for what was billed to be a spectacular show, put together by Jennifer Olize, daughter of former Newsline legend, Frank Olize.
This follows a string of tragedies for the event. First, RnB act Darey Art-Alade had his publicists release a widely-distributed press statement, dissociating him from the event after his name was falsely advertised as one of the performers. While the organisers were still trying to recover from that, nude pictures of Ms. Rose (most famous for dating a string of celebrities including Kanye West, Reggie Bush and Wiz Khalifa) were released on the internet in what soon became an international scandal.
Unfortunately for guests preparing to attend the show – the worst was yet ahead. On July 4, as Americans celebrated Independence Day, Ms. Rose went on Twitter and put a final spanner in the works – sweetly but firmly denying that she was even booked for the show.
“Hey my Nigerian Rosebuds I am NOT booked for anything in Nigeria at all if I’m not booked thru [email protected] then its not real. I wld LOVE to come to Nigeria if u guys really want me there Pls book me thru [email protected],” she said.
In response, the organisers of the event went nuclear, pointing frenziedly to her nude pictures. “Due to recent developments of Amber Roses nude photos that surfaced on the internet last week, we were in discussion as to what to do about the situation with some of our sponsors who had understandably shown some concern,” a statement by their publicists, Bobby Taylor PR, said.
“We were still in discussions with our sponsors to accommodate Amber when we read Amber Rose’s tweet about her not being booked to host Music Meets Runway. Amber has indeed been booked and paid for through a reputable international booking agent and we were as surprised as anyone to see the tweet.”
However, many commenters on Twitter and Facebook note that Ms. Rose clearly stated that she was not even booked for the show in the first place.
“What is more remarkable,” said a source close to the team, “is how everyone backstage is pretending that nothing happened – as if Amber Rose didn’t cancel and everything is going according to plan, when it is clear that the buzz of the show in the first place was tied around her hosting. It’s amazing.”
The show will still hold – this Saturday at the Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites.
“Whatever happens, the organisers owe the public a real apology, this arrogant cop out won’t cut it – they made a promise to the Nigerian public and they deserve to give a proper apology,” Aderonke, a student said on Facebook yesterday. Quite a number of people will agree.