Nigerians Judged Me Without Listening To My Side Of The Story – Pretty Mike

Lagos socialite and nightclub owner, Pretty Mike, has finally opened up about the events of the last couple of days..

In an exclusive interview with Punch’s Saturday Beats, he said there is a mission statement behind his action,.

He said:

“I have done it twice and let us not make it look as if it is something I
have been doing all the time. The two times I have done it were
weddings where I was part of the groomsmen which means that I have a
personal relationship with the bride and groom. The overall reason I
chose to do this was because of the mission statement behind it. It is
just unfortunate how people are so quick to jump into conclusion without
actually finding out what is going on. All they think is that it is an
abuse, or a form of slavery or perverted thoughts.

“For me, there is a mission statement. I would give you some examples to
explain the mission statement behind my action. I would not call any
names but I am sure we all know about an Emir that was given a
15-year-old as a wife. To me, that is putting women on a leash. We talk
about traditional rulers that marry underage women, that is putting
women on the leash. We talk about boyfriends and husbands that beat
their spouses and abuse them physically, emotionally and spiritually,
that is putting women on a leash. I needed to get the world’s attention
first to be able to pass across my mission statement. It is all about
women advocacy at the end of the day. It is all about empowering the
women. These women have no voice. I refer to the girls I use as super
heroes and we had to do something drastic in order to be heard and get
the world’s attention. Now they are talking about it.

“Yes, there are other ways I could have gone about it but there has to
be a new way all the time. This is the era of social media and if I come
up with a good write-up about women advocacy, nobody would pay
attention to me. I would not even get up to ten ‘likes’. We are in the
era of social media and if you pay close attention, something drastic
has to happen to get the attention of people on social media. Most of
the people that have become popular on social media did so by doing
something drastic, different and unique.”

On paying the girls, he said he never paid them a dime.

“I did not pay those girls; they are a part of my team. I am the owner
of Club Uno and I have a team of people who I work with. I sat down with
the team and we discussed this before I embarked on the action. When we
did it at first, the level of curses we received was incredible. I was
the one that suggested that the girls put on a mask so that we don’t
deviate from the main point. If the masks were not on and their
identities were revealed, you can imagine what they would have been
going through now,” he said.

Asked if he would allow his daughter go through such, he said:

“A lot of people have done dramatic and extraordinary things even as far
back as the civil movement and women have stood up for what they
believed in, so if I see a picture of my daughter on a dog leash,
knowing full well that I have trained her to the best of my knowledge
and in the way of the Lord, I would simply pick up the phone and give
her a call. I would ask if she is okay and if she replies that she is, I
would tell her about the picture I saw and ask what is going on. If she
tells me that she is doing something in terms of women advocacy and she
is trying to liberate women, I would tell her to ride on. If it makes
her happy, I would tell her to go on.

“I have been in this business for about 10 years and all through those
years, I have been very controversial. If you go through my Instagram
page, you would see that these are things that I am used to. I am a bit
surprised that most of the people that have been bashing me are women
between 35 and 50. I understand that they are upset but I was expecting
that they would act more maturely because when I went through their
Instagram pages, I realised that they have kids. How can a mother tell
me things like I would die and my mother would perish? It only lets me
know that this country is so backward that we have a long way to go.
Most of the ladies that said things that were so mean were mostly
mothers. I am not upset because I was already expecting it and I decided
to put myself through the pain, abuses and curses because I am trying
to achieve something,” he said.