Portable’s Musical Performance at NBA’s 2023 AGC: The Backstory

Portable has recently been in the news, not for his involvement in the judiciary system, but for his musical talents.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) shed light on why they included the paid performer, Portable, in the lineup for the 2023 Annual General Conference (AGC) held in Abuja from August 25 to 30, 2023.

Interestingly, the headline attraction for the event was none other than the prominent businessman, Obi Cubana, with Portable being one of Cubana’s esteemed brand ambassadors.

Controversy Surrounding Portable’s Participation at the AGC

The NBA’s decision to feature the controversial artist Portable at the AGC stirred up a heated debate on social media.

Akorede Lawal, the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, took the opportunity to clarify the rationale behind Portable’s involvement.

According to Lawal, Portable’s participation was a result of an invitation extended by the Cubana Group as part of their sponsorship commitment to the event.

Lawal emphasized,

“We did not expend any funds to secure Portable’s performance for the concert.

The NBA’s Annual General Conference is the largest congregation of legal professionals worldwide, and consequently, we engage with sponsors to financially support all facets of our events.”

Dispelling Rumors of a Lawyer Walkout and Venue Change

In the midst of the controversy, there were rumors circulating about lawyers planning to stage a walkout during Portable’s performance.

Lawal swiftly dismissed these rumors, providing clarity on the situation.

He revealed that the original plan was to hold the concert at the Friendship Centre.

However, a last-minute change of venue led to the event taking place at the Velodrome of the National Stadium in Abuja.

Explaining the venue change, Lawal stated,

“The Friendship Centre traditionally serves as a hub where lawyers gather for relaxation, networking, and various social activities.

Originally, the concert was scheduled to occur there.

However, we later advised the legal professionals to relocate to the ‘Unbarred concert’ at the Velodrome, aiming to avoid simultaneous events at the Friendship Centre, which had already been set up to promote various brands.”

This sequence of events sheds light on Portable’s unexpected presence at the NBA’s AGC and the controversies that surrounded it.

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