The Harsh Realities of Nigerian Music Industry

The Harsh Realities of Nigerian Music Industry

Latiifah Amusan


In the world of Nigerian music, where creativity and talent should ideally take center stage, a disturbing trend of inter-artist feuds and violence has come to the forefront, leaving many to question the industry’s direction.

For rising star Mohbad, the journey to fame has been marred by encounters with the shadows of the industry.

Known for his talent and unique style, Mohbad’s story sheds light on the harsh realities faced by many artists in Nigeria.

On several occasions, Mohbad found himself in the crosshairs of alleged cult members associated with Naira Marley and Sam Larry.

These encounters were far from friendly banter; they often escalated into harassment and physical attacks.

One such incident unfolded during a Zlatan shoot at the famous Elegushi Beach.

While Zlatan attempted to defuse tensions with Sam Larry, Mohbad became the target of aggression from Sam Larry’s crew.

It was Zlatan who stepped in, rescuing Mohbad from harm’s way with the protective shield of his car.

These tumultuous encounters took a toll on Mohbad’s health, leading to the development of high blood pressure.

In a bid to safeguard himself, Mohbad began moving around with a group of associates, perhaps more for protection than mere companionship.

It’s a stark reminder of the precariousness that often accompanies fame in the Nigerian music scene.

Even Bella Shmurda, a fellow artist who stood up for Mohbad, wasn’t immune to threats.

The cloud of danger hung ominously, making it increasingly challenging for these artists to perform at certain venues or attend events where Naira Marley was present.

The industry, it seemed, was not always the realm of entertainment but sometimes a battleground.

The narrative extends beyond Mohbad.

Seyi Vibez’s incident, where his car broke down on the day of a performance at Naija Super at Onikan Stadium, highlights the need for artists to surround themselves with security. In Seyi’s case, his commitment to his protection meant missing out on a potentially groundbreaking show.

It prompts the question:

Why is the Nigerian music industry characterized by such turmoil and tension?

Shouldn’t the primary focus be on entertaining the masses rather than engaging in conflicts that threaten the well-being of artists?


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