lot went down in 2017, sibling rivalry, bleaching cream beef, royalty
beef, alleged robbery and premature deaths among other things.
1) Bobrisky vs Toyin Lawani
stretching the proverbial 15 minutes of fame to last a lifetime. In 2017
he stayed in the thick of the news. The highlight of his year was when
he got arrested. Bobrisky soon became a trending topic when pictures of
him in police custody got shared online. Blogs, sites and advocacy
groups went up in arms for release. When he was eventually freed, it was
revealed that his time in custody was because of a rivalry between him
and fashionista Toyin Lawani.
2) Daddy Freeze vs Pastors on tithing
for many Pentecostal pastors in Nigeria. The controversial OAP in
various Instagram posts insinuated that Nigerian pastors feed fat of the
tithes of its members. His comments hit the wrong spot and Nigerian
pastors came for him from their pulpits all year long.
3) Nivea controversy
think much about its billboard until pop singer Fuse ODG bashed it for
advertising ‘for visibly fairer skin. This created a storm online with
many people criticizing the brand for encouraging dark skin women to
lighten their skin. Nivea later apologized and took down the billboard
in Accra, Ghana.
4) Mr Eazi and his ‘Ghana’ comments
from Mr Eazi when he made comments about Ghanaian music greatly
influencing Nigerian music. Many Nigerians did not appreciate this
comment and immediately schooled the singer on the history of Nigerian
music. Mr Eazi did not learn from his mistake. A few months later he
slammed Nigerian musicians for stealing the Ghanaian sound that he made
5) Big Brother Naija and consent
Big Brother Naija came back on air and it gave us a lot of things to
talk about. The biggest thing from the show was the incident between
Kemen and Tboss. It became a talking point on social media for days and
led to Kemen’s expulsion. Once again the issue of consent and sexual
molestation was brought up.
6) Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife beef
top monarchs beefing but in 2017 we did. At a public event, the Ooni of
Ife stretched his hand to shake the Oba of Lagos. The Lagos monarch
rejected the gesture. The video of the snub went viral and sparked a
conversation about the rank of royal rulers in Nigeria.
7) 2face Idibia walk
heart of gold, 2face Idibia planned a nationwide protest in February
2017. Although he had good intentions, 2face’s relationship with
politicians in the past was called to question. This sparked a lot of
controversies online and at the end of the day, 2face Idibia had to pull
out of the protests.
8) Psquare breakup
one had been coming for a while. In 2017, Psquare did finally break up
and Peter and Paul Okoye went their separate ways. It wasn’t a clean
split though as a lot of drama was involved. The usual Instagram posts
laced with shade as well as a disappointing video signalled the end of
one of the biggest music groups out of Africa.
9) Burna Boy alleged involvement in Mr 2kay attack
Boy hardly goes without a controversy each year. In November, the
Nigeria police claimed the singer was the mastermind behind the attack
of Mr 2Kay at Eko Hotel & Suites. It was a shocking revelation.
Burna Boy has always been controversial but this was a new brand of
controversy. He was declared wanted by the police, an invitation he is
yet to honour.
10) Davido and the death of Tagbo/DJ Olu
had a few controversies as well. The death of his two friends within the
space of one week raised a lot of eyebrows. Davido was called up by the
police to explain the mysterious death of his friend Tagbo. At the end
of the day, the autopsy revealed that Tagbo had taken an excessive
amount of alcohol. DJ Olu and his friend both died in his car and the
police announced that an unidentified substance suspected to be drugs
was found in the car. The death of Davido’s friends highlighted the
growing substance abuse problem in the country.
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