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People Gather To Protest For Justice Over Death Of Late Nigerian Singer, Mohbad, In Lekki, Lagos
People gather to protest for justice over death of late Nigerian singer, Mohbad, in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria September 21, 2023. REUTERS/Seun Sanni

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Nigerians Demand Investigation into Mysterious Death of Rising Afrobeats Star MohBad

Hundreds of Nigerians gathered in Lagos on Thursday, demanding a thorough investigation into the untimely death of Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, an upcoming singer and rapper who had made waves in the country’s Afrobeats scene. The 27-year-old artist, known for hits like “Feel Good,” passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday, leaving the cause of his death shrouded in speculation.

The news of MohBad’s demise has sparked outrage and grief across Nigeria, with social media platforms flooded with expressions of indignation. Many have raised concerns about the alleged harassment faced by the artist from influential figures within the music industry.

“I’m mentally drained. I feel so sad that someone could be bullied to this extent, leading to the loss of their life,” expressed Mama J., a fashion designer, reflecting the sentiments of many Nigerians seeking justice for MohBad.

In response to public outcry, the national police in Lagos State, the economic and cultural hub of Nigeria, announced on Monday that a dedicated team would be formed to conduct a “fair and transparent investigation” into the circumstances surrounding MohBad’s death.

The tragic incident has drawn attention to the issue of untimely deaths in the music industry and the need for accountability. Artists and creatives have come forward to express their concerns and call for collective action.

“Nobody deserves to die at 27 now, nobody deserves to die an untimely death, nobody deserves to die without knowing what killed them, nobody deserves to die that way. It’s wrong, and it’s something that everybody should be concerned about,” stated Eltee Skahillz, an Afrobeat star, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

MohBad’s career took off in 2019 when he signed with the prominent record label led by renowned rapper Naira Marley, one of Nigeria’s leading performers. However, the two artists went their separate ways in 2022 following disagreements.

In the aftermath of MohBad’s tragic passing, fans and supporters online have accused the rapper’s former team of having a connection to his death. An online petition demanding justice has garnered over 250,000 signatures, reflecting the widespread outcry and demand for a thorough investigation.

As Nigerians unite to seek answers and justice for MohBad, the music industry faces a moment of reckoning, highlighting the importance of ensuring the well-being and safety of artists. The outcome of the investigation will be closely watched, as it holds the potential to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the young artist’s untimely demise and provide closure for his grieving fans and loved ones.

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