Following the death of the Nigerian music artiste Mohbad (nee Ifeoluwa Oladimeji Aloba) Nigerians have begun to sign a petition calling for the ban of the Naira Marley-owned record label, Marlian Music.
The petition launched on change.org by Mohbad’s fans had garnered over 50,000 signatures.
It will be recalled that before his death, singer, Mohbad had alleged threats to his life, as well as malicious damage of property and oppression by Marlian Music record label owner, Naira Marley and his friend Sam Larry, post his controversial split from the label about a year ago.
Meanwhile, celebrities have begun to speak out since the death of the artiste, who left behind a wife and a 24-month months old child.
Comedian, Seyi Law has urged record labels not to make their signees split from the label a do or die affair.
He said that some music executives have vowed that artistes who left their record label will never gain the spotlight, while some force their signees into illicit lifestyles.
“In life, we win some and lose some. Record label owners (in fact, senior colleagues in the entertainment business) must know when to let go. “I am leaving” shouldn’t be a death sentence. Don’t make yourself the alpha and omega over anybody whose talent you were not the giver.
“Some of you have sworn that talents that left you will never rise. You block them from radio, TV and shows. You call the shots because you are mini gods. Nobody fit beg you. Ok o.
“In your gatherings, anyone who can’t smoke or drink is not man enough. Drugs everywhere. The young ones must blend in. people who have no business in entertainment are in control of young destinies because of cultism.
“Don’t kill another man to live because everybody will go one way or another. Your wealth isn’t a tool to buy another man’s life,” wrote the comedian on his X page.
Meantime, On Air Personality, Chinedu Ani Emmaneul, aka Nedu has described the Nigerian music industry a dark one.
The artiste and presenter who has been in the music industry for the past 13 years said despite the real hunger for fame and wealth by artistes in the industry, it barely lasts more than two years. few, he said has the grace to enjoy decades of fame, to become legends.
It’s only when you are popular that people will come around you. But you see the one wey nobody go ever forget you na Rest In Peace (RIP), Including those who forgot to post your pictures on your birthday will never forget to post it for RIP.
“Now see our wonderful brother Mohbad. Did you know that the EP he dropped, and nobody downloaded, but after his death, the song has become top three on Naija Apple Play. May God rest his soul,” he concluded.
…As Sam Larry Speaks From Hiding, Denies Involvement In Mohbad’s Death
Embattled socialite and show promoter, Samsom Erinfolami Balogun, popularly known as Sam Larry has spoken out from an undisclosed location, strongly refuting any connection in the untimely death of the up-and-coming star, Ilerioluwa Aloba, also known as Mohbad.
His defence is sequel to the outrage that greeted a video that showed him (Sam Larry) leading a group of people to harass Mohbad when filming a music video with another singer, Zlatan, as well as an alleged altercation in a nightclub.
Mohbad, who was previously signed to Naira Marley’s label, lost his life under mysterious circumstances that have sent shockwaves through the music industry and its fan base.
This is even as a petition by the late singer surfaced online, where the deceased alleged that his life was under threat and sought police protection from Sam Larry and others.
In a video circulating on social media, Larry, who hasn’t commented on the controversy since the singer’s passing, said he loved Mohbad and that he was like a brother to him.
He said, “Having a fight does not mean that I want him dead. I cannot kill Mohbad. The videos going viral are of old events of things that happened last year.. Zlatan is my witness. Call Zlatan and ask him.”
The Force public relations officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Thursday was quoted to that said that the police would carry out a diligent investigation into the cause of Mohbad’s death.