In recent days, rape allegations against Nigerian pop star Adedapo Oyebanji, known professionally as D’Banj by an accusing woman known as Seyitan Babatayo, have dominated conversations and debates across the entire spectrum of communication. The days following the allegations have been intense with boiling emotions as people side with the accuser and the accused.
While the matter has taken on a legal dimension, former Kokomaster media manager and publicist Peter Thomas has shared intimate knowledge of him, describing him as warm, caring, educated and polite.
According to him, “you know him as D’Banj, I have always addressed him by his first name, Dapo. The Dapo I know is warm, kind, educated, well educated and would” stoop “to conquer challenges. So, he is a shocking and embarrassing news to me that he would be involved in a rape. Rape? Why him? The Dapo that we have a tight history together would not associate with a rapist, let alone tarnish his reputation with one.
“The Dapo I know feeling an ugly report about him would be concerned, uneasy that he should not be in the press because of his incredible fear and respect for his parents and would want nothing that would make them want to scold or reprimand him.” for tarnishing his name. He always said to you: “I treasure my good name. A good name is better than gold and diamond. Baba, whatever stains that name, don’t let it occur to me. “
So the Dapo I know, now (even before it makes headlines) would have taken her by surprise at home and swept her parents and siblings with enough “booties”, smiles, warmth and prostrations. I would have publicly begged him to save his name and reputation. So I doubt a little that he was involved wholeheartedly in a disaster like this. Why? I would have pleaded with him privately, passionately, and publicly. It costs him nothing to say, “Please, I’m sorry. Forgive me,” he said of the singer who has stuck to his guns who never raped the accuser.
“Not only is he a charmer, he’s a talk and he does. He wouldn’t bring her a bunch of flowers to appease her because he’s not really an African thing, but he would go with appreciative gifts for her and the family. He would go with emissaries to plead on his behalf and would do anything on the spot to make the afflicted in question confess to her family that: “I have accepted your apology. I am allowing the past to be passed. From my heart, you are forgiven.”
“Dapo, I know that I would not use the police to arrest or intimidate a Kokolet, for what? The Dapo I know would not allow the indecent incident to reach the police station, let alone a court of law! Something must have really gone wrong somewhere, somehow, somehow, for him to have resorted to such forceful arrest and detention by the police that the “Textbook Administrators” around him must have caused a hasty and incorrect movement.
Even when a long-throat Kokolet stole around $ 2,700 when she was still single, she did not order her arrest, did not allow her aides (house helpers) and police escorts to beat her or teach her a lesson. He just put on his charming smile, convinced her to pay him back, that half the money was his, why would he be stealing some of the money he wanted to give her for transportation? Being a talking and doing person, he gave her $ 1,300 and told her that the people who did not handle her abruptly or allow her to escape from the door told her that the $ 100 would be shared, “added the former manager, who currently agreed. , the singer is being managed by incompetent media managers.
Peter Thomas was the media manager and publicist for D’Banj and Don Jazzy from 2004 to 2009.