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AGN abandoned my husband, Mr Ibu’s wife cries out amid health crises

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Stella Maris, wife of Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has accused the Actors Guild of Nigeria of abandoning her husband during his health crisis.

The Guild released a statement on Friday, responding to netizens who called on the association to come to the aid of its ailing member.

In the statement delivered by the Guild’s Director of Communications, Kate Henshaw, it was disclosed that the association had rendered help to Okafor even before his condition became public knowledge.

“We are compelled to make this public statement in reaction to the vituperations of some netizens over the health of one of our respected and esteemed members, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu.

“We are not here to join issues with anybody, but we want to set the records straight over the public outcry that the guild and his colleagues have abandoned him at his point of need. The guild has never abandoned any of its members in need, especially with health interventions. We have been at the forefront of providing necessary support to Mr Ibu even before his health conditions were ever made public, and this has been done with the full knowledge of his family members,” she said in the video shared via AGN’s Instagram page.

Henshaw also explained that the Guild does not publicise help rendered to its members as it is against the association’s “modus operandi”.

However, in a video making rounds on the internet on Saturday, Mr Ibu’s wife disputed the Guild’s statement, claiming that no help was rendered to her husband.

According to Stella, she had tried several times to contact the Guild’s president, Emeka Rollas, but he neither picked up her calls nor replied to her texts.

“I’m not happy at all,” she said in the video “Look at the situation of things now and the AGN people are coming online to say they are supporting my husband from the beginning. Why would they come out to say they are supporting him when they are not? They have not done anything.

“I contacted Emeka Rollas, I sent him a message which he read and did not reply. The message is still there, I called him and he did not answer my calls. So why would they come out and be blabbing? To come and say what they did not do. What kind of thing is this?”

Mr Ibu shared a video via his Instagram page on Wednesday, seeking financial aid from Nigerians to help him treat “a strange and dangerous illness.”

In the clip, the 62-year-old actor revealed that the unnamed ailment was severe and doctors had recommended the amputation of his legs if the situation gets worse.

He said, “As I speak to you, I am still lying down in the hospital; the medical director of this hospital said that the best solution is, in case his new idea didn’t work, the best idea is to cut off my leg.

“Just see me, if they cut off my leg, where do I go from here? Please pray for me, talk to God Almighty, and I don’t want my legs to be cut off. Thank you so much. God bless you.”

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Tonto Dikeh accuses Mohbad’s father of charging money for interviews about son’s death

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Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, is not pleased with Mohad’s father and has had a lot to say about him in an open letter via her new post.

Dikeh posted a picture of the late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, on her Instagram on Thursday November 30, 2023, and addressed his father. She fully expressed her displeasure with what she deemed as his focus on wealth, rather than attaining justice for his late child. She condemned the hasty burial of the singer which took place the very next day after his passing, an action which led to a public outcry by Nigerians back in September 2023.

Her post began, “I can empathise with the harsh realities of poor condition, but when it involves your own flesh and blood, your son, it’s truly heartbreaking. How is it that material things or wealth seems to outweigh the love for your own child? The hurried and undignified burial of our dear Mohbad within a mere 24 hours of his supposed passing, compounded by insufficient arrangements due to financial constraints after getting a whooping sum of 2million Naira, is deeply distressing considering his status. Need I remind you of the shameless, senseless and inhumane way mob’s neck was broken?”

“The decision to exhume your son’s remains stemmed from a collective outcry of Nigerian youth – which is a testament to our shared concern. While we acknowledged that Mohbad is indeed your son, please note, he was a married man, and the responsibility should extend to his wife regardless of any circumstances.

“In your quest for global assistance and DNA verification, it’s crucial to address the right of that woman personally, the one who holds the answers. By the way I totally agree with a DNA, but why are you asking Nigerians for a DNA and not Wunmi?” the actress added.

She went on, “Your immersion in social media, driven by trivialities and fleeting fame, is disheartening. I find solace in the knowledge that you are not a part of my family, sparing us the pain of witnessing your disregard for your son’s memory. It’s bewildering that your discontent only surfaced upon witnessing contributions to your grandson in custody of his mother, your late son’s wife.”

She then made the jaw dropping disclosure, alleging that Mohbad’s father has been capitalising off his son’s death and charges ₦10,000 to ₦15,000 to grant interviews. She urged him to do better for the sake of his son.

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Rema cancels all December shows to focus on health

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Afrobeats sensation, Daniel Ikubor aka Rema, has cancelled all engagements for December to focus on his health.

The Calm Down crooner made this known on his Instagram story on Wednesday.

Rema noted that during his years of touring, he had ignored his health, adding that it was time to recuperate.

His terse statement read, “Breaks my heart to say that I won’t be performing anywhere this December. Been years of touring I’ve ignored my health & I need time to recuperate. 2024 we go again love ❤️.”

This comes shortly after Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki unveiled plans to host the Edo-born musical prodigy, Rema, in a grand Homecoming Music Concert on December 21.

Obaseki expressed his excitement to bring Rema back to his roots while speaking to youths at the Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub, Benin City, the state capital on Wednesday, according to a statement by the state government.

The statement quoted Obaseki as saying, “By the grace of God, this Christmas, we will bring Rema home. Rema will have a Homecoming Concert.”

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SEE FULL LIST: Asake is the most-streamed Nigerian artiste on Spotify for 2023

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Spotify, on Wednesday, unveiled the 2023 edition of “Wrapped”, its annual recap of listeners’ musical choices.

At the top of the most streamed artistes is Asake, whose tracks Asake’s dominance ‘Lonely At The Top’, ‘2:30’ and ‘Amapiano’ similarly dominated the list of the most streamed tracks for the year.

Also prominent on Spotify for this year is Rema whose collaboration with Selena Gomez for ‘Calm Down’ became the first African-led single to reach a billion streams on the streamer.

The song, Spotify says, is the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artist to feature on the top 10 chart of most streamed recordings globally on its streamer.

Rema and Asake have also cemented their positions as Afrobeats’ global ambassadors.

Spotify says Rema holds the title of the most globally exported artiste while Asake is captivating audiences across Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo, earning him the coveted title of most streamed artist in each country.

Mohbad secured a position in the top 20 list of the most streamed artistes in Nigeria, something that has been attributed to an increased interest in his music following his untimely death.

His track ‘Ask About Me’ was the top streamed track every day between the 13th and 25th of September.

Ant the top most streamed female artistes on Spotify for 2023 is Ayra Starr who clinched the title of the most streamed female artist in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

See the full lists below.

Most streamed artistes in Nigeria

Asake
Burna Boy
Davido
Seyi Vibez
Omah Lay
Bnxn
Rema
ODUMODUBLVCK
Olamide
Wizkid
Most streamed female artistes in Nigeria

Ayra Starr
Tiwa Savage
Tems
Rihanna
SZA
Billie Eilish
Nicki Minaj
Doja Cat
Libianca
Mercy Chinwo
Most streamed tracks in Nigeria

Lonely At The Top – Asake
GWAGWALADA – Bnxn ft Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez
FEEL – Davido
2:30 – Asake
reason – Omah Lay
Party No Dey Stop (with Zinoleesky) – Adekunle Gold
soso – Omah Lay
DECLAN RICE – ODUMODUBLVCK
KANTE (feat. Fave) – Davido
Amapiano – Asake ft Olamide
Most streamed albums in Nigeria

Timeless – Davido
Work of Art – Asake
Boy Alone – Omah Lay
EZIOKWU – ODUMODUBLVCK
I Told Them – Burna Boy
Rave & Roses Ultra – Rema
Mr. Money With The Vibe – Asake
Sincerely, Benson – Bnxn
Love, Damini – Burna Boy
Unruly – Olamide

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

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