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BBL frenzy: Quest for beauty, competition drive celebrities into cosmetic surgery

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Cosmetic surgery among celebrities is becoming a trend.

In Nigeria, Brazilian Butt Lift, popularly called BBL, is the order of the day.

Actresses, musicians, models, socialites, influencers, skit makers, reality stars, and even cross-dressers and transgenders are not left out of the BBL pandemic rocking the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Tonto Dikeh, relationship expert, Blessing Okoro aka Blessing CEO, social media slay queen, Sxxydimma, OAP, Toke Makinwa, cross-dresser, Bobrisky; reality stars, Mercy Eke, and Oluwabusayomi Abiri, aka Khloe, as well as Nengi Hampson have all boldly admitted to getting Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgeries.

Little wonder why BBL has permeated every celebrity and lifestyle discourse on the Nigerian cyberspace.

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The social media debate on the craze for BBL in Nigeria has been hinged on two schools of thought- that those who undergo the surgery do so not to be intimidated by those who already did it, and that some undergo the surgery to enhance their physique.

The recent BBL saga involving popular Nigerian transgender, Daniel Anthony Nsikan, aka Jay Boogie, generated much ado on social media.

Boogie became a social media sensation after he reportedly cried out for public assistance to fund a kidney transplant owing to complications from a botched cosmetic surgery.

His outcry divided Nigerians, with many lambasting him as they questioned why “a man” would undergo a BBL surgery in the first place, while others were empathic and reportedly made donations.

However, in a chat with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, Boogie claimed that he wasn’t the one that sent pictures of himself in the hospital bed asking for donations. He said his friends did without his knowledge.

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He, however, admitted that he regretted undergoing BBL surgery, saying he wished for death while battling the complications of the failed cosmetic surgery.

He blamed the surgeon for his ordeal.

“It was hurting that I sat down and said, ‘God abeg, I am just tired. I just want to go [die]. What am I even doing? Who send me to come do this nyash sef?’

“The doctor is quack. I mean, if you know what you were doing, I won’t get complications,” Boogie lamented.

Is BBL Pressure Real?

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Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing Sunday’s recent outburst on social media corroborated the longstanding belief that women, especially, celebrities are increasingly under pressure to undergo BBL surgeries.

Aside from peer pressure, the seeming value and prestige that society now places on BBL is luring more women into going under the knife. BBL is fast becoming a symbol of financial and social disparity among women in Nigeria.

Actress Nkechi Blessing recently lamented that society has become so engrossed with artificial bodies that natural bodies are no longer appreciated.

She vowed never to undergo body enhancement surgery despite not having a smooth physique.

Flaunting her natural body in a recent Instagram post, the thespian wrote: “Some of you are so used to artificial bodies that you don’t appreciate natural bodies anymore. So what if I have gallops here and there? Make I go restructure my body to please who? Internet children? Taaaa!!!”

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An Expert’s Viewpoint

DAILY POST interviewed a plastic surgeon, Dr Sam and he discussed the surgical process, cost, maintenance, health risks, and misconceptions about BBL.

Dr. Sam said: “Brazilian Butt Lift, otherwise called BBL is a surgery that involves the transfer of fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks to help create larger buttocks.

“During the surgery, if the surgeon mistakenly touches the blood vessels or nerves, it can lead to death, infection, or discoloration. Some patients’ wounds may not heal.

“After the surgery, it is advised not to do exercise for 2 to 3 months to enable it to heal properly because that’s the time frame it takes to heal.

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“It is necessary to maintain a healthy weight not to grow fat. It is also necessary to always wear faja to act as a compression which helps to control bruising and swelling, while at the same time helping to shape and mould your body and buttocks.

“BBL surgery costs 4000 to 5000 dollars abroad. I am not sure of the amount in Nigeria but it is not less than N3 million. It is only substandard ones that would cost N1 million or less. Substandard BBL surgeries lead to complications.

“BBL can last for years without the need for additional procedures but some patients choose to go for a lift procedure to combat sagging due to the normal ageing process since it is not natural, while others may choose to do occasional skin tightening procedures to maintain their results.”

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P.Diddy: Sixth woman accuses Sean Combs of drugging, sexually assaulting her

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Former model Crystal McKinney has accused US rapper and business mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2003. McKinney filed a lawsuit against Diddy on Tuesday in federal district court in Manhattan, making her the sixth person to accuse him of sexual assault.

In her lawsuit, McKinney, who was 22 at the time, recounted meeting Diddy during a Men’s Fashion Week event at Cipriani Downtown in New York. She claimed that the rapper invited her to a New York City space where he and several men were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. McKinney alleged that she was given a joint that she later believed was laced with a narcotic or other intoxicating substance.

Despite insisting that she had enough, McKinney said Diddy pressured her to continue drinking and smoking and demanded that she follow him to the bathroom. She accused the rapper of forcing himself on her, kissing her, shoving her head down to his crotch, and commanding her to perform oral sex. When she refused, she alleged that Diddy forced her into it.

Diddy first made headlines in November 2023 when Cassie accused him of rape, abuse, and human trafficking during their 10-year relationship. That lawsuit was settled out of court a day after it was filed. Following this, Diddy faced multiple accusations of sexual assault. Joi Dickerson-Neal accused him of drugging and raping her when she was a college student at Syracuse University in 1991. On the same day, another woman accused Diddy and singer-songwriter Aaron Hall of taking turns raping her and a friend over 30 years ago in New York City. In December, a fourth woman accused Diddy, along with Harve Pierre and another individual, of sex trafficking and gang rape when she was 17. Additionally, on February 26, Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones, a former producer and videographer for Diddy, filed a lawsuit alleging that the rapper sexually harassed and drugged him.

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Why you shouldn’t care about what people think of you – Don Jazzy

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Music executive Michael Collins Ajereh, known as Don Jazzy, recently offered fans advice on handling critics. He emphasized not being troubled by criticisms once they achieve their goals, noting that critics are indifferent during their struggles.

Don Jazzy explained that paying attention to critics serves as a distraction.

On his X handle on Saturday, he wrote: “Nobody cares about you when you are struggling and grinding. If you worry about what people think once you make it, then you didn’t learn anything during the come-up and will be back to suffering soon.”

“Worrying about what people think during both your grinding phase and your successful phase is a distraction.”

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I’m on same level as Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido – Rema

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Renowned Nigerian musician Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has suggested that he belongs in the same league as Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy.

Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy are widely recognized as the foremost Nigerian/Afrobeats artists globally and are collectively referred to as the “Big 3.”

Rema is now asserting his position among this elite group. In a recent social media post, the ‘Calm Down’ singer stated that he now considers himself part of this league, stating: “No more Big 3, there’s now a Big 4.”

His statement has sparked mixed reactions, with some agreeing with him while others argue that despite his achievements in streaming and chart performance, he still needs years of consistent success to fully earn that status.

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