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2015 in retrospect: Shockers, dramas and scandals that rocked Nigerian showbiz on December 9, 2015@alabareport1

2015 in retrospect: Shockers, dramas and scandals that rocked Nigerian showbiz


celebNo doubt, 2015 will go down as an eventful year for the Nigerian showbiz industry. From Nollywood to music as well as comedy; it witnessed a number of marriages, blockbusters, runaway hits, scandals, dramas as well as deaths!
As the year’s curtains draw to a close, we bring you the major events, people and social media tantrum that shook the entertainment industry in the past twelve months.
Muna Obiekwe
The curtain of the year 2015 flipped open with the shocking news of the death of top Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe.
Obiekwe passed away after a battle with Kidney failure in the afternoon of Sunday, January 18, 2015 in a hospital in Festac, Lagos.
Danmaraya Jos
In June, iconic northern singer, Adamu Wayya, famously known as Danmaraya Jos passed away. He died at the age of 69.
Tosin Badmus
The Nigerian motion picture industry, famously known as Nollywood, was thrown into another round of mourning following the death of budding actress and make-up artiste, Tosin Abeniade Badmus.
Badmus, who broke into the movie industry few years back was said to have died in November after battling undisclosed ailment in November.
Mufutau Sanni Abdulahi ‘Ajigijaga’
In July, award-winning Yoruba movie actor and event manager, Mufutau Sanni Abdulahi, fondly called ‘Ajigijaga’, died at the age of 60.
The actor who is famous for his roles as leader of criminal activities in movies died after a protracted battle which was not made public.
Dayo Eriye
A celebrated journalist and Publisher of Bravo, Mr. Dayo Eriye also passed away few weeks into the year 2015.
The former Editor of City Magazine died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on February 18 after he was involved in a fire accident on Saturday, February 14th at about 11:30 pm while refueling his generator at his residence in Lagos.
While many celebrities couldn’t make it to the last month of the year, others miraculously cheated death by the whiskers.
In September, self-acclaimed Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, Timaya cheated death when his car was involved in ghastly road mishap.
On his Instagram handle, the ‘Dem Mama’ crooner shared a photo of his smashed Bentley and wrote: #TIMAYA: ”Had an accident yesterday but I thank GOD nobody got hurt… blessssssss.”
One of Nigeria’s top stand-up comedians, Bovi Ugboma, well known as Bovi was involved in a ghastly motor accident in Ikoyi area of Lagos in May.
The Delta-born comedian was hit by another car at a junction and was later rushed to the hospital where he was treated for an eye injury he sustained from the accident.
Yul Edochie
Yul, son of veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, was in October attacked by armed robbers in Enugu.
He had gone for the shooting of a movie, when he was reportedly attacked at an unidentified hotel in Enugu, where he had lodged.
Shan George
Towards the tail end of October, Nollywood star, Shan George, survived a car accident in Enugu State.
Shan was enroute Lagos from Calabar with her child and manager when a speeding Toyota Camry car allegedly left its lane and rammed into the driver’s side of her white-coloured Toyota Rav4, around Abakpa Nike Roundabout/Onitsha Road, damaging the driver side of the car.
Adaeze Onyinyechie Ayoka
One of Nigeria’s On Air Personality (OAP) of Y FM in Ghana, Adaeze Onyinyechie Ayoka well known as Miss Ada was in May kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Ghana. She was however released by her captors after many days in captivity.
Tragedy was averted in the Nigerian entertainment sector in August after Peter and Paul Okoye of the P-square fame escaped death by the whiskers in a ghastly auto- mishap along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The songsters suffered a crash in their ox-blood-coloured Range Rover Sport SUV on their way back from a concert staged in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Yinka Ayefele
Popular Yoruba musician, Yinka Ayefele, was in October attacked at the Ijare area of Ondo State alongside his band boys, by hoodlums who went on rampage and vandalized his vehicles and musical instruments for refusing to settle some ‘area boys’ after being paid his performance fee.
About 15 persons were wounded as the hoodlums attacked those invited to a burial ceremony of an 85-year-old woman, one Madam Ebunoluwa Lydia Odumakinde, held at Odo Oja Street in the town, where Ayefele reportedly got N3m for the performance and according to the hoodlums, he did not drop anything for the ‘local boys.’
Maureen Ihua
Popular Nollywood actress, Maureen Ihua, was in November kidnapped in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
The Abuja-based was kidnapped at a function in Port Harcourt on Tuesday along Ada George road in Port Harcourt by three gunmen. She later regained freedom after the abductors had demanded a N100m ransom.
Shockers, scandals, dramas and revelations
Tonto Dike’s N192, 000 debt mess
Nollywood’s mother of controversy, Tonto Dikeh sparked social media tsunami after she was slammed by an Instagram user identified as Pearl Chuks (@pumpsberry) for allegedly owing her a lot of money for a product she bought on credit.
The aggrieved businesswomen stated that he gave the actress a replicated Givenchy bag after she couldn’t afford the original version, adding that it has been over a month now and the actress hadn’t made any effort to pay for it. The actress however denied the claim.
Timaya in rape scandal
A United States, U.S- based lady in June was accused Timaya, Nigeria’s ‘Dem Mama’ crooner, of rape.
The unidentified lady took to Instagram and shared chats between her and a person she claims is Timaya.
Yetunde Akilapa arrested again for stealing
Nollywood actress, Yetunde Akilapa was again in July arrested for allegedly breaking into a beauty lounge after closing hours in Yaba where she works.
Akilipa was accused of stealing from her boss; the lady who teaches her makeup.
Big Brother Africa quashed
Fans of acclaimed Africa’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Africa (BBA) were shocked after organizers of the show announced the suspension of the event for the year.
Organisers of the reality TV show said their decision to cancel the 2015 edition of the show was due to lack of sponsorship.
KWAM 1 questioned over student’s shooting
Wasiu Ayinde, famous Yoruba Fuji musician popularly known as Kwam 1, was midway into the year summoned by the Police in Ogun State to answer questions revolving round the alleged shooting of a certain female university undergraduate by one of his bodyguards.
The victim, Azeez Kofowora, of Department of Business Education at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, was hit by a bullet allegedly fired by the musician’s bodyguard during a late night party.
KWAM 1 wins N500m lawsuit
A Federal High Court in Lagos awarded N500 million to Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, for copyright infringement in October.
KSA, as the music legend is fondly called, had dragged a record manufacturing company, African Songs and its subsidiary Take Your Choice Stores, to court some years back over issues bothering on intellectual theft.
The court awarded the sum against the defendants for infringing on his works, with additional N3 million for prosecuting the suit.
Queen Nwokoye and Rachel Okonkwo fight dirty
Nollywood actresses, Queen Nwokoye and Rachel Okonkwo engaged each other in what could be tagged celebrity fight over movie roles.
Reports claim that all hell broke loose when the controversial thespian, Miss Queen, allegedly walked into the set and discovered the lady she was playing supporting actress with was her junior in the industry, Rachel.
According to the controversial actress, though the impact was directly on her side of the car, she did not sustain any major injury.
Music star, Olamide loses dad
In November, indigenous rapper, Olamide announced the death of his father, Pa Adedeji
Davido bags Second-Class degree from Babcock University
Dami Duro crooner, Adeleke David, famously known as Davido, in June graduated from Babcock University, Ilishan- Remo, Ogun State.
He bagged a Bachelor of Arts Second-Class Upper degree in music.
Friends and family of the self-acclaimed Omo Baba Olowo, including Mavin Boss, Don Jazzy and his protege, Reekado Banks turned out to cheer him on his academic achievement.
Kiss Daniel loses dad
Woju’ hit singer, Kiss Daniel lost his father in May. The singer’s dad died on Saturday, May 9, 2015 after an undisclosed illness.
King Sunny Ade loses manager
Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade lost his long-time manager, Sunday Abayomi in June.
Sunny Wonder, as he’s popularly called, died in his house at 9, Fatai Oluyole Street, Aboru, a suburb of Lagos.
Patoranking named Best African Artist of the Year
Nigeria’s dance-hall singer, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, otherwise known as Patoranking in April grabbed the ‘Best African Art of the year’ at the Vodafone Ghana Music Award (VGMA) in Ghana.
The ‘Alubarika’ crooner was announced the winner after a tight competition with Don Jazzy, the Marvin record first lady, Tiwa Savage, the Jonnie crooner, Yemi Alade, Tanzania singer Diamond and South Africa’s AKA who were in the category.
Lizzy Anjorin and Jibo Morgan
Popular Yoruba actress and mother of one, Elizabeth Anjorin finally married her long-time lover, Jibo Morgan in Lagos in June.
The marriage took place in a secret venue in the city of Lagos with few friends and family members in attendance.
Paul Okoye and Anita Isama
After their huge and glamourous traditional wedding, Peter, the one half of the popular P square twins, wedded his long time boo and mother of his baby, Anita Isama. The event took place in January at Ikoyi Marriage Registry.
Peter Okoye and Lola Omotayo-Okoye
Just like his brother did; as a follow-up to his star-studded traditional marriage, Peter Okoye and the mother of his two angels, Lola Omotayo, cemented their relationship also at Ikoyi marriage registry.
Kas and longtime partner, Tare Jonathan
Singer Kas and longtime partner, Tare Jonathan were joined together at a traditional marriage ceremony. The event held on January 10 at the home of the bride’s parent at FESTAC, Lagos. Few of his colleagues in the entertainment industry graced the low-key event.
Omawumi and Tosin Yusuf
After hiding the identity of her man for year; talented singer and mother of one, Omawumi Megbele exchanged marital vows with her partner, Tosin Yussuf. The surprise court wedding took place at Ikoyi Marriage Registry in February.
IK Ogbonna and Sonia Morales
Nollywood actor, Ik Ogbonna and fiancée, Sonia Morales officially tied the knots on Monday June, 29 2015 in Serbia, Columbia; the hometown of the bride. Their marriage came few days after the two lovers welcomed their first child together same month.
Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro
Gbenro Ajibade and Osas Ighodaro got married on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in New York. They are both Tinsel Stars.
Chita Agwu And John Maduabuchi
Nollywood sexpot, Chita Agwu, was taken to the altar Saturday June 20, by her Malaysia-based fiancé, John Maduabuchi. It was indeed a glamorous church wedding.
Mimi Orjiekwe and Charles Billion
Mimi Orjiekwe and Charles Billion on Saturday July 18, 2015, wedded in Umuelem Village, Ichieke Achi, Udi in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State after many year of courtship. posted by

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