Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju, the transgender now known as Bobrisky is not the first Nigerian man who became or wanted to become a woman.

As records show the first Nigerian man to publicly take up the identity of a woman was a celebrated cross dresser and self-acclaimed transgender named Bob Actor, popularly known as Calypso King!

According to OldNaija, Bob Actor was a Nigerian musician and actor in the 1980s and was known throughout the country. He lived his life quite differently from those of other celebrities of his time. He was said to have been married and had at least a child, but still wished to live as a woman and sometimes, he dressed as one.

In February, 1989, Bob Actor granted Lagos Weekend an interview in which he made it known that he always felt like a woman trapped in the body of a man. He also talked about getting a surgery to fully become a transgender and live the life he had always dreamed about.

In the said the interview, here’s part of what he said: “I do not even bother myself about what people may say after all no one is above criticism. I only got married to prove to people I’m not impotent either.”

Also gathered was that Calypso King (Bob Actor) desired to get married to a man after his surgery and then love his wife as a sister after which she could get married to another man of her choice.

Hear him again: “I’ve even received a marriage proposal from a black American man and we intend to have our own children.”

That desire of his wasn’t without a prize as he got several criticisms from the Nigerian public, with many even believing he was insane. But even at that, Bob Actor didn’t get discouraged and still pushed on with the kind of life he wanted to live.

Bob Actor.
He once quoted as saying, “People make history just like history makes people. I know what I’m doing because I’m not insane.”

Now that you know this, it has become obvious that Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju, the Nigerian Barbie, Bobrisky isn’t the first Nigerian transgender or cross-dresser, as his types are also known, to have pulled that stunt. Indeed it is Bob Actor, the Calypso King who wanted to change his male genitals to that of a female and get pregnant that holds the national record! 

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