Brain Jotter, the skit maker, has accused Eniola, a physically challenged hawker, of being a “thief trying to manipulate Nigerians emotionally.”
The controversy arose after Jotter had previously supported Eniola by gifting him N400,000 to kickstart his makeup business upon discovering him hawking bottled water on the streets of Lagos.
In an Instagram live session, Jotter clarified that his assistance to Eniola was motivated by the hawker’s physical challenges, not his gender.
However, he later learned from a social media user that Eniola is, in fact, a man. Expressing frustration, Jotter revealed that he felt “emotionally blackmailed” by Eniola, branding him a “thief” for exploiting the goodwill and generosity of Nigerians.
Jotter conveyed his disappointment, emphasizing that Eniola’s strategy involved taking advantage of the compassionate nature of people.
He pointed out that Eniola had recently received substantial support, including over N400,000 and a rented apartment, just a month before the revelation.
Jotter accused Eniola of using his predicament to emotionally manipulate people into providing assistance.
In response to the accusations, Eniola admitted to dressing like a woman, explaining that it was a plea for help. He also claimed to be receiving death threats on Instagram.
The unfolding situation has sparked a debate on the ethical considerations surrounding online appeals for assistance and the importance of transparency in such cases.