.For Using Her Image To Campaign –
Reigning African queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare has denounced the use of her image and footage by a body said to be working for President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, without seeking her consent.
Okagbare who confirmed her displeasure over the development via Twitter from her base in Los Angeles, USA, on Thursday said that her attention was drawn to the advertorial by friends and relatives in Nigeria about two months ago.
“I just wanted to be patient at first, but my agent is not happy because he thinks I am a woman and very far from home too.” “Someone out there is using my image, footage and everything I have worked for to make money through advert and campaign without seeking my approval.
“If an advert is being made with my footage and I am not aware of it, it shows how some of my countrymen back home can be so selfish, disrespectful and have no regard for people’s privacy.” “Now, I am here struggling on my own to pay my coach, nutritionist, doctor and others to make sure I am in good shape for the All African Games, and the IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China, later in the year.
“And some people back home are using my image and footage for presidential campaign advertorial without seeking for my approval.
“This is fraudulent because I am totally not in support of it. We called the people (Good House Nigeria) and they denied using my image and footage for PDP presidential advertorial.
“Who did it then? Why are they lying? It is not about financial support. It is about me and what I represent,” the visibly angry athlete said.