Nigerian artistes posting pictures of their babies on the social media may have started a new fad of baby fairs, writes CHUX OHAI
More than ever before, Nigeria’ star artistes have imbibed the habit of posting photographs of their loved ones on the Internet. In the last few months, quite a number of them have had to announce the arrival of a new baby to their fans and friends through the social media.
Unable to hold back their joy, they would tweet short messages that clearly convey their excitement to the reader and post pictures taken with the newly arrived ‘bundle of joy’ via Instagram and other platforms.
Popular artistes, whose babies’ pictures have appeared on the Internet in recent times, include Mercy Johnson, Timaya, El-Dee, Terry G, Tony Tetuila and Kaffy.
Although it is not clear if these artistes were merely showing off or genuinely expressing their happiness, this is fast becoming a fad and bloggers seem to be in a hurry to relay the messages and the pictures to the public.
Just a few days ago, star actress Mercy Johnson reportedly ‘sneaked’ into the country from the USA where she was delivered of a baby girl and, a few hours later, the photograph of her four-month old daughter, Purity, was all over the Internet.
It is still puzzling how the actress could easily evade the prying eyes of journalists at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport only to court the attention of the public through the same media online.
When she put to bed in America, some photographs showing herself and her baby were everywhere on the Internet. In all the pictures, she was smiling, an indication that the birth of the child had made her a fulfilled woman.
The pictures also reflected the Mercy’s joy at breaking a jinx that was previously associated with Nollywood’s top divas. Before her marriage, many Nigerians who were familiar with revealing pictures of the actress, which showed her boobs, were apprehensive of when and how she would be hooked.
E-PUNCH gathered that Mercy had gone to see her husband’s folk in Edo State with her daughter and she is expected in Lagos soon for a reception that will take place in her parents’ home.
Enetimi Odom, aka Timaya, posted a photograph of himself feeding a new born baby on the social media in 2012. Apart from sharing the joy of his fatherhood with his friends, associates and fans, he must have done this to pass on a message to his detractors that he was not ‘finished’ as a man.
The baby came at a time when he was yet to recover fully from the pain of his breakup with Nollywood actress, Empress Njamah. But if his fans expected him to get married to the mother of the child, they were disappointed.
In a previous interview with E-PUNCH, the singer made it clear that he was not in a hurry to get hooked yet.
“I wanted to have a baby by Barbara because she is my kind of woman; the kind of woman I’d like to spend the rest of my life with and this was why I decided from the outset that I’d go the whole hog with her. But she knows that marriage is not something we will dabble into now,” he had said.
Rapper and boss of Trybe Records, El-Dee Tha Don (real name Lanre Dabiri), posted the picture of his baby on his Twitter handle a few hours after his wife, Dolapo, gave birth to the child in Atlanta, USA. Since the baby was his second child, it was obvious that he, too, was bitten by the bug.
Pictures of dance diva, Kaffayat Shafau, and her baby appeared on the Internet early in January, 2012. It is possible that they were meant to announce a positive change in her life, especially as she just got married to John Ameh of the P-Square band.
Perhaps, to show that the arrival of the baby had added to the joy of married life, she had reportedly told a popular blogger, “Married life has been great. I love my husband and he loves me. We live together as people who love and understand each other.”
On different occasions, these two artistes had cause to express their joy at becoming proud fathers through the social media. In one particular post, an overwhelmed Tetuila had tweeted, “It is good to be a caring father.”
Culled from Punch
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