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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Footballer Taye Taiwo clears air on age controversy

 
If  this is news to you, then let me fill you in. Nigeria international Taye Taiwo celebrated his 27th birthday on April 16th 2012. On the morning of his birthday, some mischief maker sent out a BB broadcast (that went viral) claiming that while Taye was celebrating his 27th in the UK, his twin brother was celebrating his 39th birthday in Nigeria. *Stifles laugh*

But it was wrong info as it later emerged that Taye's twin was actually a girl and had died when they were just two months old. Reacting to the broadcast, the footballer said:
I don't know what kind of sick joke this is, or the kind of sick person who will come up with it. I did not even know my twin. I was very young when my father told me that she died when we were young. Why is it that people are always looking for a way to bring others down? I don't understand it.

75 comments:

Berry said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

ok, u are nt 27 either.

Anonymous said...

Don't mind dem jare bad belle pple shame unto dem! But it was sha funny*wink* jst do quick nd com nd marry me kk! We will mak fyne babies don't wori or beta still wE go do surgery as moni dey kempe

why said...

This is soo wrong on all fronts. Why do people steadily want to bring others down in the naija. Then they will be yelling at the govt when a lot of them are just evil minded and are not happy for each other

Anonymous said...

Ppl need to grow up, it went viral on twitter
Can't believe he doesn't ve twins anymore
Naija I hail ooooo

Anonymous said...

It's due to the fact that most people believe that footballers lie about their ages to play longer. Taiwo may look old but I doubt he's in his 30s. As a footballer, your pace will have left you by then but that hasn't been the case for him

Anonymous said...

Eh! Ok! We are sorry abt the twin thing. But oga, you did not address your age. Don't change the subject!

ajebu'ha said...

Hmmm. Sick people tryin 2 b funny. No mind dem taye. Continue 2 mk ur moni yl dey die spreadin wrong gist

Bluefalcon said...

I do not know why we Nigerians think every Nigerian international footballer lied about there age,i believe that era of inflating age has long gone

bunmi said...

I'm not tryna be mean or nothing but I tried hard not to laugh. Naija peeps and there jokes sha. Sorry taye taiwo

Anonymous said...

No b taye write that English. Make I peme! Buh sorry abt d joke sha. We love u despite.

Anonymous said...

...the rooster wouldn't crow at dawn when it d cat dat lays d egg...

..futbal age appendages.

~ fin~

T4Toyin said...

Taye should know that people suck!! End of story. It's unfortunate that some jobless imbecile would start such a rumour. Haters are gonna hate, folks are gonna try to rain on your parade, however, no one can bring you down unless you give them permission to. God bless you Taye for handling this with such maturity.

Professor X said...

No one cares about your age son. All we want is for you to stop taking pictures. Thanks.

RealTruthHurts said...

I saw the bb broadcast and i wondered if TT lied cos i've read the interview in kick-off magazine before where he said he doesn't have a twin anymore. With that said i think there's a touch of hypocrisy in people criticising him for age cheat. Walk into any civil service office today and see how people are falsifying their age. Go to the courts and see how false age affidavits are being sworn like there's no tomorrow. My friend went for NYSC at the age of 36 and yet he will always criticize national team players for being too old. Do you know how many times ladies celebrate their 21yr birthday?
I'm not supporting age cheats but i think a lot of people need to do some log-removal from eyes first.
My 2cents.

Anonymous said...

buh taye, you sef know say that 27 get as e be, no come dey form innocent here bico... make thunder no fire you

Anonymous said...

GTFOH negro! You were 27yrs...like in 1999. Quit lying!

Anonymous said...

Awwww!!! Wat a sad joke...

MmaY said...

He's shaaa nt 27! So he shld stop wit d guilt trip!

Anonymous said...

Conmot there jooo, who is bringing u down ?

Princess Inuaeyen said...

Its gud uve cleared D̶̲̥̅̊ air sha. But wheather U̶̲̥̅̊ are 27 or 39 o, how does dis reduce D̶̲̥̅̊ number of Bombings in nour country?

FEDPOLY OKO Resumes said...

You will see enemies everywhere... And most especially jealous kids.

Nabteb said...

Lol. What will people not do.

Anonymous said...

Can you imagine??
People keep making jokes at the expense of other peoples happiness,ds new trend of trying to say hurtful things abt odas esp celebs is nt encouraging!
Seriously,pple need to check whatever they say before it leaves their rotten mouth!

I am, the no Sender. said...

Well. Taiwo forgive and move on. Question for you though: did you sha age cheat, back in the days of age level competitions?

Anonymous said...

Yinmu.we all know U̶̲̥̅̊ are telling lies egbon taye taiwo

Anonymous said...

27 years my ass, he's old enough to be my Grand father. - Owen

Anonymous said...

Dat dsnt mean his 27, grandpa

joan said...

I don't understand them too, don't mind them joor, 27th 39th all na birthday.

hansel praise said...

haterz 2 hell with you guys. irrespective of whether u blive him or not.

Anonymous said...

I can bet my lst naira say na naija person strt d rumour mill on ds sweet 'small boy'..no mind dem Taye,only say u self dey greedy sha o!u for try a digit not too far from d real one becos ds 27 get as e be for ur face o...abi na d dividends of ur job cause am?

Ms Flintstone said...

Bros T, we are really sorry for "rumour" but we will also like u to tell d whole wrld ur real age, cos pleeeesssseeee u are in ur damn 40s... Beth y did u even ans? U v just shot urself in d foot cos now we are watching u!

Anonymous said...

Nigerians seem to think that everybody reduces their ages. There r a few honest pple who don't reduce their ages. And in sports, you can't reduce your age forever, cuz it'll catch up with you in the field.
As for Taiwo, he might be older than 27, but he surely isn't be up to 39 for crissakes.

Anonymous said...

As for those that are almost 40 but reduce their age just to go for NySC, it's pathetic

funmi said...

Professor x ur just an hater, bad belle person show ur own picture if ur fine, Atleast he is richer than u. Some people sha.

jen said...

its really not funny. the first time i saw that on fb, it just crossed my mind that someone is playing a joke that will get out of hand specially since this dude is in an int'l field. did everyone involved sending BCs ever consider the damage it might cause him? na so una go use play play destroy person career come say na joke....Nigerians pls be careful.

Anonymous said...

Lies upon lies joor

kings said...

does, age really matter, i mean, does it make or break anytin? its notin but a damn numba peeps.. 10, 27, 39, 37 80, 100, 64, numba! get over it.

Anonymous said...

but he is not in his 20s' sha.
By the way, who heard the David James gist about Kanu and wheel chair?
Naija footballers and age sha. SMH.

kings said...

does age really mata, i mean, does it make or break anytin? its just a danm numba peeps. 20, 10, 27,39, 100, 83, 96, numba. get over it.

Deyinka Onabanjo said...

Ewwwwww u wan marry African monkey? Issokay

isi Akhibi said...

Abeg jor! Either ways u are not 27

Bean said...

that one no mean say u no still be 39, sorry if u were humiliated but you nid to admit wat is in our very eyes

Anonymous said...

Taiye: you look 41 and certainly you are NOT 27

Anonymous said...

when the bible was talking about armageddon the second coming of jesus christ where his angels would destroy d bad pple to create space for the good one[paradise],it was actually refering to we nigerians cos we re the most deceptive ,wicked ,envious ,talkative ,glutton,idiotic,foolish,retarded,useless,[more of negative words pls]in this world.we were the pple that will say everything is gonna be aright and still making sure it wont be alright...everyone knows us for whom we are ..and no one has ever said any positive thing about us cos of whom we are,we dont like it when someone else is doing beter than us..instead of praising that person,we derive joy in bringing dem down to satisfy our misery..a typical nigerian is a leopard who never its spot...no matter where we go our bad habit wil always come with us,in europe a lot of stuffs happen among the asian,but if its nigeria the word would here wats supposed to behidden...tell ur typical naija brother that u dont have settlement in europe or america the next day u will find yourself in a flight back to nigeria...a lot of guys in europe impregnate a lady and call immigration to them so they can be sent home so as to cover up their seceret from their wives..go to a nigerian doctor...tell him ur problem,the next day ur confidential is compromised,smh....i hate this country called nigeria!!

nejaella said...

Ok we have heard. Sorry abt d̶̲̥̅̊ news. So how old U̶̲̥̅̊ really be?

Anonymous said...

Bad belle people, you better mind your own problem and leave TT alone, you n ko, you can lie make dead body wake-up, your mouth dey run like tap to another person matter, nonsense people wey no like better thing for fellow human being, you better change for the attitute problem wey dey worry you. Bros T dont mind jobless blackmail people, you will move higher and higher IJN. Linda pls post my comment ooooo.

amandaberry said...

@Deyinka u're an idiot for calling him an african monkey, wat den re u ? It's fins lyk dis dat bring abt inferiority complex, nd 4 ur info d guy's married to a very beautiful lady...

Otis Redding said...

Am 26 years old today so I decided to comment on this post. Whenever ppl see me, they ask after my kids and family not knowing that I aint married yet. Most of em assume I would be in my late 30s.
Most LIB readers comment either out of ignorance or just for the fun of it.
Just lyk a lotta ppl look younger than their ages, so is the reverse. I thought y'all did biology in your elementary school. So on dat note, make una free Taiwo jorr.

PS: Wish me HBD my fellow readers and God bless y'all.

Anonymous said...

he cant be less dan 39 sha.. Taiye pls Dnt claim 27 wiv all dis hardened face mbok

young chic said...

Bros T, so u wan talk say I old pass u. I say na lie. I'm taking it personal , how can I be older than u. I'm burnt.

Anonymous said...

Amandaberry @ dont mind Deyinka about her comment, she dey take style won find husband, she think na kind babe like her Bros T. dey go out with. See person wey dey abuse person. M O N K E Y. You better go and learn how to comment on blog, running mouthhhhhhh.

Anonymous said...

D gist emanated from Dino Melaye's Facebook Wall..It's really a sick joke I must say.Taye Taiwo kip doing ur thang mahn!big ups mahn!

Anonymous said...

What 39yr old man can run non-stop @ a high speed for 90mins once every week,year-in-year-out? Guys be real.You do not tell people's age just by the way they look. Arjen Robben has been bald headed since he was what 20yrs old? i bet if he were black or better still Nigerian,y'all would say he was 50yrs old. If you can accept that some people naturally look younger than their age,why is it so difficult for you to admit that there are people who look older than their age? I'm 28yrs old ATM,but when i was 25yrs old i could pass for a 32yr old. I bet if i were a pro soccer player,y'all would say i was age-cheating. I am not saying Taiwo is 27 or not but it is possible for him to be 27 and it is wrong for people to say he's older based not on some facts but based on the way he looks.

Anonymous said...

I follow broadcast dis joke no vex na publicity u no pay 4. u surpose dey thank us sef say u still make headline news.
Oya sorry

ucokocha

Y.Tee said...

Bitches!!! Stop hating on the dude! How many of you can swear on your bible or quran or whatever that the age on your C.V is the same date your momma popped you out of her womb????
Taiye Taiwo is making his money,you are here saying bullshit. so what if he lied about his age????
@ at you saying he should stop takin pictures, you should see him face to face, then maybe that will help you realise that some people are not photogenic. #Azzhods.

Y.Tee said...

@Deyinka. if that's your picture,then Taiye Taiwo's wife(Sorry dummy, he's hitched with 2 beautiful kids) is prettier, classier and better than you are.
If he is an African monkey, that makes you a proboscis monkey(and you can google that!)

Anonymous said...

@ Prof X May.....ℓ☺ℓ @ stop takin pictures! Buh dis TT wowor sha! Hiiiiaaan!!!!

dmj said...

it doesn't change the point! Taye is closer to 40 than he is to 30. ''that's the moral of the prank''

don't condone the act though...but make taye no dey form Holy pass!

Anonymous said...

that is soo sad. taiye actually looks 27. i know he is not up to 30. some footballers lie about their age e.g nsofor, kanu nwankwo (he's not even sure if he's from imo, abia, or anambra), etc but i know taiye is 27 years old.

Anonymous said...

I don't get people! I've said this millions of times. Footballers who play for really good clubs can't fake their ages. They conduct MRI scans on them which from their bones, tell how old they r! 4fuck sake, we r not living in d dark ages here. I'm sure FIFA knew people could fake their ages that's why they brought in MRI scans. And some people jst look older than their ages 4fuck sake. I'm turning 24 but I don't look it at all. Look like I'm 28 or so, so I know what I'm talking about.

CHI

Anonymous said...

Una too jealous. How he age take concern una for NAija? Una go dry do face like monkey wen lick lime for another man age.

Anonymous said...

D one I got said '32'.....tho I'm sure you're №t 27, I hope this causes no particular problems for u...î† was d silly #Godiswatchingyou thingy

Anonymous said...

Nigerians are the problem of themselves, bad belly too much for that country, some people had used their precious time to flown kite, so whenever they sees someone more successful than them, they would start criticizing the person.

Naija we hail thee!!

Professor X said...

"A hater". Not "An hater".

Chux said...

If I'm in an exam hall and the options were 27 and 39, I think I'll pick 39.

funmi said...

Go and hug transformer.

Anonymous said...

Madam Deyinka, calling someone an African monkey? Ur not exactly a looker yourself u know, contrary to what ur mirror tells u...

Anonymous said...

He looks young enough to be 27 yrs old....jealous people - stop hating!

Anonymous said...

if he's 27 or 39, how d hell does it concern all u wicked people trying to destroy his career?? i bet u all lie abt your age, yet u come and criticize others, i dont knw why all these hate frm our people ohhh. if only u guys knw how sensitive this issue is to his career. why do we live in so much hate? i used to enjoy comments here but i bet u i ain't enjoying this particular subject cos it could destroy an individual.

Anonymous said...

Nigerians tend to doubt people's ages because it is only in this country that we have real age, official age, and birthday age!

Anonymous said...

Taye Taiwo, anyway, anyhw,u rock, bone haters.U hv defended urself not to be 39 n dt ur twin, a female died a child. I wish we can hear or read frm d guy dat was refrd to as ur twin bro 2come defend dt he isn't ur twin bro too cos am surprised hw ppl 'knew' or thought u had a twin bro. Hw come ppl knew ur bday was same date wit ur 'supposed twin bro'...sorry, ppl jst decided to pick on u if its a lie. Go TT

Anonymous said...

Funny comments...Taiwo really could be between 28yrs nd 30yrs old but surely not up to 39yrs old!

Eskober said...

I will be 4 nxtweek

Anonymous said...

guys for Gods sake... Its his life. Dis life is all about survival of the fittest.. I bet u guys. If u wer in his shoe u would do same. So be it true or false its still none of ur biz:::: kapish!

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