Mid-Year Report: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2019 so far
2019 in the Nigerian entertainment scene hasn’t been devoid of dramas and scandals. Over the first six months of the year, different celebrities and public figures found themselves the subject of unwanted attention because of dubious behaviour or comments on their parts.
TheNewsGuru takes a look at some of the hottest entertainment stories that have trended so far in 2019
Tonto Dikeh labels Olakunle Churchill a ‘40 seconds man’
Fiery actress, Tonto Dikeh created a stir when she revealed that her ex- husband, Olakunle Churchill, cannot stay more than 40 seconds with a woman in bed.
According to the popular actress, Churchill suffers from premature ejaculation, a medical condition which impedes on his ability to have prolonged sex.
She made this known in an interview with Daddy Freeze.
In her words: “At the beginning of the relationship, I never suspected him of cheating because he has a sexual problem, a disease, it’s called premature ejaculation. He can’t stay inside a woman for more than 40 seconds. My son was the longest sex, one minute,” Tonto said.
Naira Marley’s arrest
Fans of talented singer, Naira Marley were shocked in May when news broke that he was arrested over allegations of internet fraud.
The singer was arraigned in court following his arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Before his arrest, Naira Marley had been in the news over advocating the cause of internet fraudsters.
Iyanya vs Ubi Franklin saga
Social media was sent into frenzy when Iyanya revealed that Ubi Franklin, his former business partner and CEO of Made Man Music Group (MMMG), forged his signature in a settlement document when he left the record label.
In an interview, the ‘Kukere’ singer said it was upon his exit that he discovered that his name was not on any of the forms for establishing the company.
“I really don’t like to talk about all this stuff but I also feel like sometimes you have to clear the air and it’s a good thing that you’re asking this. When I say there was darkness, I was not myself anymore because I felt like there was no trust anymore,” he said.
Responding to the claim, Franklin took to his Instagram page showing pictures of a settlement agreement document with Iyanya.
Busola Dakolo’s rape allegation against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Busola Dakolo, wife of Timi Dakolo stunned many when she accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) of raping her as a teenager.
In an interview with YNaija, she said the occurrence happened when she was 16 and out of secondary school.
“Immediately I opened the door (of her house in Ilorin), he just pushed me, he didn’t say anything, he didn’t utter any word, he just pushed me to one of the chairs in my living room,” she said.
“I saw him, he was removing his belt, he just said: ‘keep quiet, do what I want you to do and you will be fine.”
After the video went viral, Pastor Biodun debunked Busola’s claims, stating that he never raped her. Days later the preacher fondly called ‘Gucci Pastor’, bowed to pressure, and announced that he would be ”taking a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church”.
Etinosa Instagram live nude video scandal
Actress and comedienne, Etinosa Idemudia threw caution to the wind when she went nude on MC Galaxy’s Instagram live video on Friday, 15th of March 2019.
In the 12 minute long video, Etinosa was seemingly drunk as she called out her boyfriend saying, ‘”the boy too dey stress me, every time I’m sorry, I’m sorry. We’ve broken up and I’m happy”.
Speaking further in her tipsy state, Etinosa revealed to MC Galaxy that she wants to explore her sensuality, adding that she is tired of living her life for people.
“I want to express my body, do you know that Tiannah is my Inspiration? That girl no send anybody she go just open her yansh for Instagram, me sef I no send anybody, I’m tired of living my life for people”.
The moment she went completely naked and Mc Galaxy opted to end the video, the comedienne refused, saying: ”If dem born you well cut me off, dem no born you well. If you cut it, I will cut you in life. Is it your body? fuck you”.
The sad occurrence triggered a flurry of comments. After much pressure, the Edo State born entertainer revealed that she was under the influence of alcohol when the unfortunate incident happened.
According to her: “It (the nude video) was (done) under the influence of alcohol. However, the deed has been done. I just had to keep quiet and move on. I can’t explain to everybody what really happened, after all, not everybody is intelligent enough to assimilate and understand certain things. I just had to keep calm and keep my head up high.
“I also don’t think it might affect my chances of getting married someday (laughs). Africa is so freaked about marriage. My dear, if marriage is in one’s destiny it will come.”