Jerusalem24 – Mohammad Hamayel – Israeli vlogger Nusseir Yassin, better known as Nas Daily, has found himself in hot water yet again. In a Facebook post, Louise De Guzman Mabulo wrote, “In 2019, Nas Daily had come to my town to cover my story on The Cacao Project.” She continues that, “at the time, I was a huge fan, watching his clips with my Dad daily.”
Mabulo, who is a social entrepreneur has been working on what she calls “The Cacao Project.” The initiative aims to provide farmers in the Philippines with alternative crops (specifically cacao), and training to help them make agriculture a more sustainable business. Attracting attention, she began to promote her project via different mainstream media outlets as well as social media influencers. “At the time, I was gaining some press exposure and building up on opportunities thanks to UNEP’s recognition of the work I do in my hometown for my farmers. It was enough that a friend, Shai Lagarde, had referred Nas Daily to us,” she says.
As her family hosted the young social media influence, she watched him imitate and mock the local language, while also constantly asking “why are Filipinos so poor?”
According to Mabulo, he said no one wants to hear about farmers or farms, it’s not clickable viewable content. She also said that “he didn’t care about making change or shedding light on real issues— he only wanted content, a good, easy story to tell that would get him more Filipino views.”
In her post, Mabulo described how she felt during a phone call. She wrote that she felt, “was fully transparent on our phone call that I didn’t think my work would be something he’d be able to visualise, and that there’s too many factors to the work I do that wouldn’t possibly be covered in under a minute. Nas Daily even suggested making changes to the initiative that she was working on. “In his story, he assumed that I’d replaced coconuts with cacao— when in reality, this was unrealistic and absurd, and not the goal of my venture, which is to diversify income streams for farmers. We mutually agreed it was best he should just leave.”
Mabulo remained silent on Nas Daily’s behavior for a while. In her Facebook post she wrote, “I’ve held my silence for 2 years, however in light of recent news, it’s high time I break it.”
However, her silence was broken when she felt he had overstepped his borders. Nas Daily had tried to do something similar to Apo Whang-Od and the Butbot Tribe. However, Whang Od refused his advances.
An online course supposedly to be taught by revered Filipino tattooist Apo Whang-od Oggay, or better known as Whang-od, was taken down from a digital learning platform by vlogger Nas Daily after a relative of the 104-year-old artist called it a scam.
Mabulo writes in her post that “people like Nas Daily are the new wave of colonialism in today’s world, and I’ve been silent since 2019, but I cannot for the life of me sit silently any longer over this.”