Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, also known as Bobrisky, a well-known Nigerian cross-dresser, has detailed how the last time he traveled to the Islamic nation of the United Arab Emirates, he was expelled.
Bobrisky revealed that due to Nigeria’s Islamic rules, which forbid cross-dressing, he was deported back there after landing in Dubai.
He claimed to have visited Dubai numerous times, but on that fateful day—a jumah day—he was expelled.
The transgender was discussed in a recent edition of Toke Makinwa’s audiovisual podcast TokeMoments.
He said, “The last time I went to Dubai, I was sent back to Nigeria. I have been to there so many times. But that one was their prayer, I think one of their special days. It happened to be on Friday, they go to the mosque. They are holy so extra on that day. When I got there, the camera did not accept my face. You know me na, I was on makeup, I want to brag first class, I want to talk ‘oh! guys, I’ve been to Dubai. Your mummy is in first class’.
So, I got to the Immigration where you are going to do everything. They saw my passport, they looked at my face. They said ‘face camera’. And I faced the camera. It rejected my face several times. They [Immigrantion officers] said ‘are you sure you’re the same person?’ And I said ‘yes’.
The man looked at me, he said ‘Idris, you are a Muslim?’. I said ‘yes’. He looked at my passport. He was confused.
So, we went to one of their private offices. And they said ‘are you trans or..’ I said ‘ well, I used to be a guy’. And they said ‘oh! on a normal day if it is not Friday’ they would have just allowed me in. But because it was Friday, jumʿah day, they said ‘no, they can’t allow me in’,” he recalled.