In the ever-evolving world of celebrity drama, 2023 served up a feast of controversies that had social media buzzing. Here’s a rundown of the top five moments that dominated headlines and ignited heated discussions.
Naira Marley Linked to Mohbad’s Tragedy
The tragic death of Ilerioluwa “Mohbad” Aloba, a rising star under Naira Marley’s record label, sparked controversy. Old videos resurfaced, hinting at Marley’s alleged involvement. Nigerians demanded answers, leading to Marley’s arrest, though investigations only found evidence of assault, not the death.
Davido’s Baby Mama Drama
In June 2023, the internet erupted when not one but two women claimed to be pregnant by the popular Nigerian artist Davido. Anita Brown and Ivanna Bay made bold allegations, sharing screenshots and live tests, leading to a social media storm. The timing, coming shortly after Davido and his wife lost their child, intensified the public’s reaction.
Seun Kuti’s Clash with the Police
May 2023 witnessed Seun Kuti, Fela Kuti’s son, slapping a police officer on Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos. The incident ignited heated debates on social media, with opinions divided on whether Kuti’s actions were justified or not. Kuti was arrested and charged but the case has since faded from public attention.
Oladips’ Fake Death Stunt
Rapper Oladips stirred a different kind of controversy by faking his death, following a trend set by others. Pronounced dead by his management, he later revealed he was alive, sparking public outrage. The incident raised questions about the ethics of using such stunts for album promotion.
Rema’s “Demonic” O2 Arena Performance
Rema, known for his musical prowess, faced accusations of demonic associations after his performance at the O2 Arena. The use of dark symbolism, including a horse, mask, and bat, sparked Illuminati conspiracies. Rema defended the choices, attributing them to his Edo State roots, but skepticism lingered.
In a year filled with unexpected twists and turns, these celebrity moments encapsulated the essence of 2023’s social media-driven drama.