Scandals are inevitable in the entertainment industry. In fact, it is one of the things entertainers need to be prepared for at one point in their careers or the other. For some people, it is a career-boosting event while it may end up damaging the careers of some. This post highlights the top 5 scandals in Nigerian showbiz in 2021.
In an era where cancel culture is at its peak, most public figures do whatever they can to avoid career-ending scandals. But it does not help when they are always in the public eye.
The year 2021 began with no notable scandalous event. However, things got exciting in the later parts of the year with one scandal popping up after the other. With less than three months left in the year, here are the top 5 scandals that have rocked the Nigerian entertainment industry so far.
Top 5 scandals in Nigerian showbiz in 2021
1. Tiwa Savage and the sex tape
Still basking in the euphoria of her newly released music project “water and garri”, Tiwa savage’s world was rocked after she received a blackmail message threatening to release a sex tape made by herself and her ex-lover.
In a bid to get ahead of the controversy, Tiwa Savage announced the issue in a radio interview with Power 105.1’s OAP Angie Martinez. She said was being blackmailed by someone with access to the video and has been asked to pay a certain amount of money.
Tiwa Savage made it public that she would not be paying the money demanded by the blackmailer and she is ready to face the backlash she might get when the video is released. She stated that it is very likely that the video will be released and that she only worries about the effect the scandal would have on her son Jamal.
2. Annie Idiba and 2baba
In one of the messiest scandals in Nigerian showbiz this year, Annie Idibia publicly called out her husband Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2baba on social media. She accused him of betraying his marital vows with his former lover and baby mama Pero Adeniyi. For those who have never heard of Pero Adeniyi, it is important to get a little backstory into the entire event.
Pero Adeniyi was 2baba’s former lover way back in the 2000s and currently has 3 kids with the afrobeats superstar. Over the years both parties have remained friends for the sake of the children even after 2baba’s marriage to Annie Idibia. Trouble brewed in the couple’s home after Annie revealed on social media that the relationship between 2baba and his supposed ex has remained sexual even though he was still married to her. She accused the singer of sharing a room with his ex during his visit to the children in America.
The scandal got even messier when 2baba’s brother interfered in the matter and accused Annie of disrespecting her husband and his family by bringing the matter to social media. He also accused her of being a drug addict and an un-accommodating wife.
3. Brymo vs 2baba
2face Idibia got on the receiving end of another social media scandal after singer and songwriter Brymo accused him of trying to intimidate and ruin his career. In a lengthy Twitter thread, Brymo claimed that the veteran musician accused him of sleeping with his wife Annie Idibia. He also claimed that the singer hired thugs to beat him up for trying to take his throne in the industry. 2baba’s legal team responded to the accusations with a statement requesting that Brymo retract his accusations or face a 1 billion naira defamation lawsuit.
4. OAP Nedu vs Ex-wife
The Wazobia FM presenter had his personal affairs thrown in public glare when his ex wife Uzoamaka Ohiri accused him of physical abuse during the time of their marriage. This forced the otherwise reserved comedian to publicly disavow the claims and reveal that he was the one who was betrayed by his Ex-wife. He claimed his ex-wife had cheated on him countless times during their marriage, which led to him conducting a DNA test on their first child. Results of the test revealed that he was not the biological father of the child.
5. Tonto Dikeh vs Prince Kpokpogri
Tonto Dikeh has never been a stranger to public scandals, however the actress has been able to keep her head down for a while. Her pretty good run was cut short when her ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogri, claimed that their relationship was nothing but a terrifying experience for him.
Tonto Dikeh responded with a petition against Mr Kpokpogri sent to the Commissioner of Police through her lawyers led by Festus Keyamo. She accused him of blackmail, extortion, and threatening her wellbeing amongst other accusations. Mr Kpokpogri hit back at his ex-lover by accusing her of infidelity and drug addiction. He also filed a petition against Tonto Dikeh, requesting 10 billion naira in damages.