Entertainers and celebrities are always in the public eye. With the media watching their every move and the spotlight beamed on them, rumours or news of aberrations in their private lives are often sensationalised and blown out of proportion.
When sex is involved, it threatens the victim’s career and everything around them, including their families, friends and colleagues. Whether it’s in the form of alleged sex tapes, rumoured infidelity or rumoured extra-marital affairs, the Nigerian entertainment industry has had its fair share of sex scandals.
NET highlights some of the famous scandals that have ensnared Nigerian entertainment personalities in the past.
. Wizkid’s alleged Compromising Video
With the release of his debut album, ‘Star Boy’ in 2011, a star was born.
Singles off the album were chart-toppers and radio hits, and had the singer raking in shows by the hour. But fame had its price. On the road to fame, he waddled through a pool of infamy, including a Compromising Video scandal that almost obliterated his budding career.
Few months after he was falsely reported to have been arrested in Scotland with drugs, a Compromising Video appeared on the internet. The Compromising Video, which went viral, showed a Wizkid look alike in a sexual act with an older white woman.
The Ogun State born singer later denied being in the video. ‘I think you are either blind or silly if you ask me about the tape,’ he wrote on Twitter. Wizkid also released a song titled ‘It wasn’t me’ to clear up all the rumours about him. From his relationship with Banky W, the drug rumours and of course the Compromising Video scandal, in the ‘No church in the wild’ by Kanye West and Jay Z cover, the singer rapped: ‘Them say I was caught hands down in a video, them dey run their mouth everyday like radio; nor be me dey the video, (It wasn’t me) dem just put me for gbege na bad man way, only jah go judge their ways.’ The song also featured former EME label mate Skales.
Mo’cheedah and Eldee’s Twitter Unclad drama
This came like a thief in the night. The deed was done in the dead of the night, but by morning it blew up, threatening the career of then princess of hiphop, Modupe Oreoluwa Oyeyemi, popularly known as Mo’cheddah, and the home of married music veteran Lanre Dabiri A.K.A Eldee the Don.
This is what happened. In the early hours of Monday, October 3, 2011, a funny conversation between Mo’cheedah’s Twitter account and that of Eldee’s occurred. ‘If people here with us see it, just say one of the guys also in the hotel posted it to you,’ tweet from Eldee’s Twitter handle to Mo’cheedah, read.
What followed after was shocking: a Unclad picture of a Mo’cheedah look alike was posted by her Twitter account to Eldee’s handle.
It sparked up a whirlwind of controversy the next morning as it became a trending topic on social media and the entertainment blogsphere. Was Eldee having an extra-marital affair with Mo’cheedah? Why was she sending him Unclad photos? Who hacked their accounts? The questions came from everywhere.
It was alleged that those tweets were intended for the secrecy of the Direct Message feature on Twitter, only for it to leak to the public eye.
The two stars denied these allegations, insisting there were hacked.
‘Pls tweeps my acct has been hacked. Disregard my tweets, I’m working on securing my acct. And of cos THAT is not me!,‘ Mo’cheedah later wrote on Twitter.
‘Someone is bleeping around with my account!! If I fuckin catch you!!!,’ an obviously furious Eldee also wrote on Twitter.
Mo’cheedah went quiet musically after this scandal, but later made a comeback with an impressive single which featured reigning rapper Phyno.
. 9ice, Toni Payne and Ruggedman’s rumoured love triangle
This started with just a song.
After separating from his wife of almost two years in 2010, 9ice, in a song titled ‘Once bitten twice shy’ (the ninth track off his album ‘Tradition’), sang about catching his lover giving his friend ‘nodding’ — a term often used for MouthAction.
This brought about media frenzy and another sex scandal in the Nigerian entertainment industry that can never be forgotten in a hurry. A deluge of allegations and rumours followed.
Ruggedman was featured in the drama, with many alleging that he was the friend mentioned in the song. Those familiar with the situation continue to allege that Ruggedman had an on-off affair with Payne before and during her relationship with 9ice. An averment Ruggedman and Payne have since insisted was false.
Though this particular scandal has been forgotten, the true story about the song by 9ice is yet to be known. Frustrated with the negative publicity which the scandal brought upon her, Toni Payne, via a Facebook post on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, pleaded with 9ice to come out with the truth about his song. The plea was supported by Ruggedman.
‘#justsayin #FEDup A song I heard n loved months b4 it came out is causin sme minor issues so I will address dis issue by simply stating that its not my job to clear d air but I also think its time the person who sang the song ‘once bitten’ comes out and tells the truth to every1 and let us no who he sang it for,’ Toni Payne wrote on her Facebook wall.
‘TONI PAYNE My advice to you is you get 9ice to step up and clear this thing about this song once and for all so all this bullshit can stop. HE SANG THE SONG,ONLY HE CAN SAY WHO HE WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE SONG. SO 9ICE WHERE ARE YOU?’ Ruggedman added.
.Wizkid’s baby mama drama
Wizkid‘s numerous shenanigans since he hit stardom ensure that he makes a second appearance on this list.
NET exclusively reported in August 2011 that the EME pop star Wizkid had fathered his first child at 21. The singer, according to that NET exclusive report, had impregnated a certain Shola who was an undergraduate at the time. Wizkid, who was rumoured to be dating Tonto Dikeh back then, vehemently denied the fatherhood claims.
‘No, I don’t. It’s just a rumour, I’m not thinking about that right now,’ Wizkid denied having a child in an exclusive interview with NET.
The reports, however, shattered many hearts with many fearing that their darling young and enchanting singer had fallen into the hazardous circus of the entertainment industry. To his fans and the public, he had lost the good boy image which initially made him a child star.
Fast forward to 2014, and Wizkid is no longer that fresh faced young singer we saw in 2010. Now a record label owner and ladies’ man, he lives up to being a father.
NET report was proven to be true and now Wizkid hardly goes a week without showing off his son Boluwatife on Instagram.
. The Wande Coal Unclad that caused a little stir
Award winning singer Wande Coal has not been left out of the controversies, as he once trended online for the wrong reason when an alleged Unclad photo of him popped up on the internet in 2010. His then record label, Mo’hits Records, released a statement insisting that the photo was fake and altered by an ‘enemy’ trying to bring down the singer.
Yet not many people believed that, not even his fellow industry mate Olamide. ‘Oloso (prostitutes) thinking of how to ruin me, but I know what I’m doing/they want to Wande Coal me,’ Olamide rapped on a track about not letting his guard down when it comes to interacting with obsessed female fans.
. Chidinma Ekile’s rumoured Compromizing Video
Sweet, beautiful and talented singer, with her petite church girl looks, Chidinma has endeared herself to the hearts of many since her emergence in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
This is why fans were stunned when a CCompromisingVideo of a Chidinma look-alike leaked on the internet in 2013.
‘The girl in the video cannot be Chidinma,’ was the popular sentiment expressed by many fans on social media and entertainment websites across the country. The girl in the CCompromisingVideo displayed top notch sexual performances… too top notch for our own church chorister music star, Chidinma, we thought.
In a later interview with HipTV, rapper Illbliss, who is a friend and mentor of the singer, revealed that the Compromizing Video scandal brought her tears.
‘All she did was cry her eyes out, saying ‘I’m only a small girl; I’ve not wronged anybody, why will anyone do this to me?’ I told her that we will speak when we want to and it will not be to defend the Compromizing Video issue but to communicate her success; and indeed it worked,’ Illbliss revealed.
. Ese Walter and COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s sex affair
This allegation of infidelity from blogger and Radio Presenter Ese Walter, was made in a 3000-word article in which she detailed her affair with her pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Abuja branch of Common Wealth Of Zion Assembly.
Ese accused the pastor of manipulating her sexually and also spiritually. Here is an excerpt from what she wrote: ‘He asked me to kiss him and all I could think about was seeing him preach on the pulpit back in COZA Abuja, Nigeria, which was my home church. He again said ‘feel free Ese.’ And asked again, that I kiss him. A few hours later, let’s just say, we were rolling under the sheets. It felt as though my mind had paused. I am not saying I was jazzed, (although it’s possible I was in some trance-like state and didn’t know it but I just was so afraid that I couldn’t say or think otherwise.) That was the beginning of this affair. A sexual affair that went on for a little over a week, DAILY.’
Less than a month after Ese’s revelations, another lady, Franca E, also wrote an open letter alleging that the Pastor asked her for sex.
This scandal was beyond the entertainment industry; it was huge and controversial. Yet, the accused, Pastor Fatoyinbo remained mute on the issue.
‘I can assure you my wife and I love each other and at the right time we shall respond. Read my lips, we are going to release a robust reply to all the allegations,’ he said in a church service after the allegations made headlines across the country.
It has been almost one year since these allegations were made. Ese Walters has moved on. She has found love and gotten married. The world is however still waiting for a reply.
. Obesere rape scandal
After being accused of rape by his lover Olanike Olaiya, Obesere had to prove his innocence to the police, the law, his fans, his family and the general public. This was a shock to many Fuji fans and followers as Obesere had been known as a scandal- and controversy-free Fuji singer.
The singer, however, insisted he was innocent, a claim which has fortunately been verified by police investigations.
‘As far as we’re concerned, and based on the investigations carried out so far on the matter, most of the allegations by Obesere’s accuser, Olanike Olaiya, were fabricated. Although, they both admitted having carnal knowledge of each other, there was absolutely nothing to show that Nike was raped as she claimed,’ Lagos State Police Command Spokesperson Ngozi Braide confirmed.