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Top five Nigerian celebrity controversies of 2023

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As we bid adieu to 2023, the year has etched itself into the annals of Nigerian entertainment with a series of headline-grabbing events, thrusting the country’s celebrities into the spotlight.

From jaw-dropping revelations to unforeseen controversies, the social media landscape has been ablaze with discussions and debates on the most compelling moments involving well-known figures.

Each episode contributed to the year’s narrative, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

Here are top 5 controversial celebrity moments in 2023:

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1. Mohbad’s Untimely Death (September 2023)

The untimely demise of rising star Mohbad under Naira Marley’s Marlian Music label cast a dark shadow over the industry in September. Old videos surfaced, hinting at Mohbad’s fear for his life and implicating Naira Marley. Public outrage ensued, demanding Naira Marley’s arrest, but investigations revealed evidence only linking him to the assault and bullying of Mohbad, not to his death.

 


2. Oladips’ Fake Death (November 2023)

Rapper Oladips found himself at the center of a bizarre controversy in November when his management falsely declared him dead after battling an undisclosed illness. The shocking announcement, coming on the heels of Mohbad’s passing, fueled speculations of a publicity stunt for Oladips’ upcoming album. The rapper later apologized, attributing the confusion to his fired manager.

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3. Davido’s Cheating Scandal (June 2023)

June brought forth a major event in the entertainment world as two women, Anita Brown and Ivanna Bay, made pregnancy claims against renowned Nigerian singer Davido. In online videos, Anita Brown shared purported pregnancy test results and screenshots of conversations with Davido, while Ivanna Bay added another layer to the scandal with explicit conversations. The revelations stirred up controversy around the singer’s personal life.

 


4. Rema’s “Demonic” O2 Arena Performance (November 2023)

Sensational artist Rema faced controversy during his O2 Arena performance as critics labeled the show “demonic” due to his choice of props. Accusations of selling his soul to the devil circulated, but Rema clarified that the props paid homage to his Edo State roots, representing Benin artifacts and dispelling Illuminati conspiracies surrounding his performance.

 

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5. Seun Kuti’s Clash with a Police Officer (May 2023)

Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti’s son, Seun Kuti, took center stage in May when a video of him slapping a police officer on Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos went viral. The incident ignited heated debates on social media, with opinions divided on whether Kuti’s actions were justified in the name of self-defense. Kuti defended himself, claiming the police officer had endangered his family’s life, pointing to the presence of his child in the car.

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Actress Obey Etok Chima loses father on eve of husband’s funeral

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Nollywood actress Obey Etok Chima has sadly experienced the loss of her father, occurring just hours before the scheduled burial of her husband.

Taking to her social media platforms, the actress shared the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing.

On Facebook, Obey revealed that her father departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, lamenting the timing as it coincided with the eve of her husband’s funeral.

Expressing her grief, she wrote, “What a tragedy, 2024. I just lost my dad early hours of yesterday 11th April. Just a day to bury my husband. It is well.”

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Via her Instagram account, Obey further reflected on the sorrowful happenings, describing the loss of her father as “another blow” amidst the already sorrowful occasion of her husband’s burial.

“Another blow on me. I just lost my dad and I am burying my husband today. It is well oo,” she penned.

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VeryDarkMan denies rumorus of leaked sex tape

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Some time ago, rumours were circulating that VeryDarkMan was involved in a scandalous video of a homosexual nature, partly instigated by Bobrisky, with whom VeryDarkMan had previous conflicts.

VeryDarkMan took to Instagram to address the issue directly, sending a message to curious Nigerians.

“All the people when say them get video of me and man,till now none of them drop video 2 if anybody get video E for don leak by now.internet is a yeye place……one thing about me I will show you evidences Good evidences……them get video na hin them no leak am since • all those things was to make vdm not talk about evuuul again..there is a reason i confessed all my sins before starting this whole online fyghtyn against evulll in the society.”

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Junior Pope: Ini Edo mourns, calls for reforms in Nollywood

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo has responded to the tragic death of her colleague, Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Junior Pope, who lost his life in a river while filming a movie.

Expressing her anger, Ini criticized the inadequate structure of the industry, which she believes was responsible for to such tragedies.

She mourned the loss of the actor and emphasized that his death should serve as a wake-up call for the implementation of proper regulations and structures to ensure safety during productions.

Ini trolled her colleague, Adanma Luke, who produced movie, urging those who are not qualified for such roles to refrain from undertaking them due to the negligence that can result.

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The actress, who is also a mother, described Junior Pope’s death as a sacrifice that should prompt significant changes within the industry.

She stressed the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, with the implementation of practical rules and regulations to address emergencies and safeguard everyone involved.

Reflecting on the untimely loss of Junior Pope, she lamented the departure of the “good ones” and expressed deep sorrow over his death.

“Jnr Pope did not have to sacrifice his life for nollywood to realize the need for a long and much needed regulatory structure that would safeguard an entire production . Yes .. every one is a producer now and all are guilty of negligence of some sort.. and this has to stop. This is one sacrifice too many and must count for something … The system has to undergo a total overhaul with practical rules and regulations that caters to everyone in cases of emergencies…. I will never understand why the good ones go so soon‍♀️

Rest on brother … This one cuts really deep.”

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