The NBA’s decision to feature the controversial artist Portable at the AGC sparked a heated discussion on social media. During an interview with the press, Akorede Lawal, the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA, clarified that Portable’s participation was due to an invitation extended by the Cubana Group as part of their sponsorship commitment.
Lawal made it clear in his statement,
“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.”
It has also been dismissed by Lawal that rumours about lawyers staging a walkout during Portable’s performance at an event were true. Lawal revealed that the original plan was for the concert to be held at the Friendship Centre, but the venue was changed to the Velodrome of the National Stadium in Abuja at the last minute.
Lawal explained the change in venue, saying,
“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.”