Iyabo Ojo, the Nollywood actress, says she will be staging a “peaceful” protest in Lagos to demand justice over the death of Mohbad.
Mohbad, a former Marlian Music signee, died last Tuesday at age 27 and was buried on Wednesday.
The circumstance surrounding his death has continued to spark controversies on social media.
The Lagos state police command recently commenced an investigation into Mohbad’s death while more than 250,000 people have called for the ban of Marlian Music, the music label owned by Naira Marley.
In a recent Instagram live, Ojo said Pinkies Foundation, her NGO, will submit a letter to the state government on Monday ahead of the rally on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The actress also called for support from other entertainers in the industry to join the rally.
“Governor Sanwo Olu. I want you to use your good office sir. We need you to see to it that all these investigations are carried out. We do not want an audio investigation. We failed when he was alive. This one he had to pay the ultimate price,” she said.
“We parents are bringing the revolution to reality. The autopsy must be done. When I met him he was so disturbed. He was so paranoid.
“My lawyer will write you. My foundation will write you people one after the other. My foundation will send out a letter. We are sending the letter on Monday to all the respectable offices. And we are sending it to international bodies. We are coming to your office on Tuesday or Wednesday. So that you can understand that we need justice. We are going to do a peaceful rally.”
Sam Larry releases official statement following arrest by the police, speaks on his fight with late Mohbad
Lagos socialite Sam Larry has released an official statement following the arrest by the Police.
Yesterday, September 28th 2023, Sam Larry was arrested by the Lagos police over Mohbad’s death hours after he returned to Nigeria.
In the official statement released by Sam Larry, the music promoter speaks on the trending video where he attacks Mohbad during a video shoot with Zlatan Ibile.
He wrote; “Pls, Read this** “””‘2 year’s ago, I gave Ileri N2m to perform at my mother’s annual remembrance concert at Ikorodu, e boy never turned up, so I called him to ask why?, He then said he was not feeling well and when I asked for a refund, he said he lost his phone and money recently when the NDLEA raided his place in the process and since he was leaving Marlian Records, he is now broke, with no commitment to repay. then left, all for me to later hear that this same boy was having a musical video shoot the next door, ractically next street to my house, so I went there ask for my money again, we had an argument that sted 5mins, even one of his friends insisted he was going pay the money, up till today one kobo they have not paid me, this was early last year.
I have since then moved on, traveled to Kenya to find new African act that can perform at my mother’s concert this year. I have een away since August 20!, till now I don’t know nything other than what was written in the blogs nd press.
I don’t even know where he lives, I only now his former label boss and their house. I don’t now any nurse or doctor or hospital, I don’t know anything about his movement, I don’t have that me, I have lost a lot more money than that before, you win some you loose some. That is my story case close. I came here willingly and happily. I know nothing about how the musician died “”-Sam Larry.
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Mohbad was suicidal… he surrounded himself with cultists, says Naira Marley
Naira Marley, the Marlian Records head honcho, has claimed Mohbad, his ex-signee, battled with mental issues before his death.
Mohbad died on September 12. Marley is one of the persons of interest in the singer’s demise.
In a recent chat with Reno Omokri, Marley said he tried to seek help for Mohbad after learning about the late singer’s “mental health issues” from an associate.
He said he was ready to send him abroad for treatment and “pay for a lot of scans but his parents said they want to take him for treatment”.
“I was out of the country, I came back, and the people you surround yourself with are telling me all these things that he forgot his password. They said he forgets things quickly,” he said.
“So I was just trying to get help for him. That is why I was with his family; his dad and mum, if you can get the full video. You can see them complaining, telling me about the way he is moving and I am telling them too I heard he forgot lyrics. This is still the stage when I am trying to find help or see what was wrong with him.
“I did pay for a lot of scans for him to get scanned… And as I said, he was a little bit paranoid. So I was trying to take it easy by finding what was wrong. Remember he made a video to say ‘if anything happened to him, It is Naira Marley’. So I was just trying to find the best out of him.
“I spoke about maybe he can travel out to check properly. Then, I am thinking okay, I do not want him to start wandering up and down. I need someone to travel with him that he trusts.
“And then he said that it is his mom and dad that would understand what is wrong with him. And then his mom and dad said they want to take him for treatment.”
Marley also alleged that Mohbad tried to commit suicide before his demise.
The Marlian Records boss claimed Mohbad broke down several times and vowed to take his own life while he was alone.
Marley also alleged that the late singer “surrounded himself with a lot of bad people and cultists”.
“I believe that people around him know a lot of things. I do understand that he was surrounding himself with a lot of bad people; a lot of cultists,” he said.
On Tuesday, the record label boss said he would honour the police invitation to assist in the ongoing investigation of Mohbad’s death. He also insisted that “I have no hand in Mohbad’s death”.
Marley earlier said although they had “disagreements, no harm whatsoever was wished on Mohbad”.
AFRIMA mourns Mohbad, call for institutions in African music industries
All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, has emphasized the importance of regulating and institutionalizing the music entertainment industry as it joins millions of African youths and music fans to express grief over the demise of Nigeria’s singer, Mohbad, (real name Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba).
Mohbad died on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, in an event that has generated massive public reaction.
The 27-year-old budding music star also known as Imole (Light) was a young and very promising artist whose creativity and amazing gift have made him produce highly thrilling lyrics that have warmed the hearts of millions of fans across the world.
The President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada, in a statement, while lamenting that Africa has lost a promising talent in its growing music industry in a shocking manner, noted that institutionalization of the music/entertainment industry remains a top priority in curbing the unprofessional practices that have been existing within the industry in Africa.
He said; “On behalf of the International Committee of AFRIMA, we condole with Nigeria’s music industry, parents and fans of Mohbad, over his painful demise. The death of Mohbad is a tragic event that has left us all deeply saddened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the deceased during this difficult time.
With his demise, Africa has lost a promising talent in our growing music and entertainment industry. We pray God to grant him eternal rest and grant his parents, family, and teeming fans the fortitude to bear his irreplaceable loss.
AFRIMA is spearheading efforts to mobilize stakeholders in the creative industry in Africa, with a focus on Nigeria, to establish institutionalized operations and regulate the music entertainment industry.
It is necessary to have a law that regulates the music industry to prevent it from becoming an unregulated free-for-all, as currently, the entry requirements are low such that anyone can just wake up and establish a music record label.
To address this issue, African countries must establish a Music Institute to certify practitioners regularly.
AFRIMA urges stakeholders, including relevant government officials and agencies, artists, record labels, A&R, producers, promoters, artiste’s managers, brands, songwriters, DJs & video vixens, video directors, equipment production and rental companies, publishing companies, streaming service companies, entertainment lawyers, royalty companies, choreographers/dancers, entertainment/music journalists and media, culture and music enthusiast, other supporting professionals: cameramen, editors, make-up, hairstylist, costumiers, among others, to participate in this crucial process. We urge stakeholders to submit their proposed legislation for review and consideration.”
AFRIMA’s concerns echo the call for justice for the late musician whose passing has created suspicion of foul play. The Nigerian Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death as the public keenly awaits the outcome.
Musicians and celebrities from Nigeria and internationally including Kodak Black, Lil Durk, and Meek Mill have all paid tributes to the late Street Hop sensation whose music has enjoyed a resurgence in the streaming platforms in Nigeria.
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