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Entertainment of Wednesday, 30 December 2020


Top 10 celebrity controversies that rocked 2020

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The entertainment industry this year witnessed a wide range of controversies, some of which almost ended the career of some celebrities involved.

While some celebrities were trying to work themselves around the negative effect of the coronavirus and other uncool stuff that the world experienced this year, they also got caught up in some ugly controversies.

The year has come to an end, some celebrities have moved on from their scandals while some are still battling with it.

Below are the top 10 celebrity controversies that rocked the Year 2020:

1. Lil Frosh Beating His Girlfriend

In the midst of efforts to live up to expectations on his Mega DMW record deal, Lil Frosh got caught up with a scandal of domestic violence in his relationship with a young model and video vixen, CuteGeminme.

Someone who got fed up with what the lady has been going through all in the name of a relationship with Lil Frosh opened up on how the DMW act has been beating up his girlfriend as if her family members gave her to him as collateral for a cash loan.

According to the receipts of the violence posted online, the lady’s face got swollen up, thereby making a cute fine girl look like “Oshaa” (a deity).

The Lady herself, CuteGeminme also came on social media to reveal what led to the gruesome beating. She said Lil Frosh got angry because her friend spoke to him rudely on phone and she got beaten because she could not be his defender.

This story met with a lot of angry reactions from the Feminist Association of Nigeria and these reactions forced DMW to terminate Lil Frosh’s record deal as the label issued a disclaimer saying, they don’t support violence on women.

Fortunately, Lil Frosh who denied all the allegations with proof that the lady was actually suffering from an allergic reaction has been able to move on from the drama as his new single, “Oshaa” is currently making waves everywhere with loads of positive reviews.

2. Laycon & Erica BBNaija Hot Drama 

In a confused situation-ship that lasted almost 3 months in the just concluded Big Brother Naija season 5, Laycon and Erica seemed to be the main talking point of the show.

A relationship that never started well between the most underrated housemate “Laycon” and Erica who seemed to be the “alpha female” in the house. Erica saw her physical wants in a man in Kidwaya and saw every other one in Laycon who she never wants to be seen with.

Such confusion grew into hatred and it led to a fight triggered by alcohol after their usual Saturday night party.

In a fight that saw Laycon quiet from the start till the end. Erica was guilty of threatening Laycon with death after calling names like ugly, nonstick, mop stick, and other crazy names. She peppered prince who happened to be her deputy HOH then.

However, Mavin Producer, Don Jazzy, and some Nigerian celebrities reacted to the drama between the duo. Some celebrities applauded Laycon for keeping cool despite the insults rained at him. He got more fans and support from there as well.

However, others like Uti Uwachukwu, who is a fan of Erica said she was just being her true self while other housemates are playing a game.

Erica was issued a second strike and stern warning from Biggie. She was later disqualified for that act like Tacha of ‘Pepper Dem’ season.

3. Davido & Burna Boy Fight

In what looked like a battle of supremacy, Burna Boy and Davido spent this whole year fighting for a spot behind Wizkid in Nigeria’s music industry.

From the look of things, it appeared that Burna Boy does not perceive Davido as talented and worthy of all the hype around him in the music industry.

Davido who will always want to prove that he is OBO, the son of his father wouldn’t allow anyone talk down his efforts and the works he has put in to get to where he is today.

It all started when Burna Boy made a cryptic tweet about a footballer who is known by everybody as skill-less but made first-team because his father bought the whole football club.

Davido had also thrown shades at Burna Boy by tweeting a manipulated photo of himself and Wizkid with the caption; “2 Greatest Of All Time”.

After Burna Boy’s second Grammy Nomination, he fired back at Davido calling him small child in an Instagram post.

Both artistes have also made a whole track to shade themselves, while Burna Boy said he’s “Way Too Big“, Davido replied by saying “FEM” (shut up).

Just recently, both artistes made their fight physical at a club in Ghana where they exchanged blows, if not for their team who separated them, one person would have landed in the hospital.

Hopefully, these 2 guys will bury the hatchet this year but I doubt it.

4. DJ Switch Lekki Shooting IG Live Controversy

The month of October was meant to be a month of celebration, a month Nigeria got her independence, and could have been a month when the youth got liberation from the bad governance and police brutality.

After several days of relentless protest-themed “EndSars”, a motive to put an end to the mental and physical abuse of the Nigerian Police Force. Little did people know that the peaceful protest at Lekki toll-gate will degenerate into a live horror movie soon.

20-10-20, on an early Tuesday evening things took a drastic turn as DJ Switch was peacefully protesting with others at the Lekki toll gate in a Lagos suburb.

Suddenly, gunshots rang out over the crowd, people were waving flag thinking the army will respect the national symbol but NO!! they continue raining gunshots on peaceful Nigerians protesting.

To document the incident for the world to say, DJ Switch was quick to launch IG Live on her phone to show the world how the soldiers aim to kill Nigerians.

She recalls seeing soldiers followed by policemen arriving and opening fire, in the process she instinctively pulled out her phone and started livestreaming the unfolding events on Instagram.

20-10-20, was the day DJ Switch became one of the Buhari led government’s biggest enemy. She decided to continue the protest the second day but was stopped by her team. Since then, she’s gone into exile and has been government wish list.

5. The Arrest Of Hushpuppi

Dubai-Based Nigerian big boy, Hushpuppi met his doom this year after several years of balling and living large on fraud funds.

Hushpuppi became popular in Nigeria’s entertainment industry as a socialite who is loved by many celebrities and upcoming yahoo-boys.

His arrest by Dubai police caused a national uproar in Nigeria’s entertainment industry as his celebrity friends and fans reacted in their multitude on social media.

What even made Hushpuppi’s arrest more interesting is the fact Dubai Police made a full documentary of his arrest detailing how much he and his gang have made off swindling people of their hard-earned money through a well-organized cyber-crime.

Hushpuppi was later transferred to the United States where the victim of his fraud doings reside the most.

Although his trial has been suspended while he is cooling off in California prison, we hope when his trial resumes in 2021, he will be released on bail at least. We don miss Hushpuppi oo!????

6. Omah Lay & Tems Arrest In Uganda

Omah Lay and Tems‘ arrest in Uganda cannot be ignored while discussing issues that took place in 2020.

Nigerian artistes, Stanley Omah Didia a.k.a Omah Lay and Temilade Openiyi a.k.a Tems were arrested and charged to court for “Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases” in Uganda. The artists were arrested after they allegedly performed in a concert at Uganda.

Reports confirmed that Dungu Ivan, the manager of the venue where Omah Lay and Tems performed and Prim Kasana, the event manager were arrested alongside the artiste.

According to the Ugandan news outlet, The Independent, the organizers of the event disguised the show as a lunch and dinner event but later on, at night started inviting artists to perform.

They were held in custody for days before Nigerians came hard on the Ugandan government and one of the popular Uganda artist Bebecool who was highly instrumental to getting them arrested.

They were later released few days later after the intervention of Nigerian government.

It was one of the moment we saw the power of togetherness of Nigerian artistes this year after the Sorosoke/Endsars campaign.

7. 9ice Cheating Scandal

A celebrity lifestyle without discipline will get your name into the mud and might end your career slowly.

Few months back, a viral video dropped online of 9ice and his girlfriend. “9ice in the video gave a disclaimer that nobody should waste their money on the girl because he owns her 100%”

The girl further released more mind-blowing nudes of the singer as she does not want to cast alone.

I have been successful in everything aside from marriage – Alapomeji singer reveals as his cheating news broke the internet.

9ice quickly re-dedicated his life to Jesus as he urges the public to help beg his beautiful wife in some minutes video with Christian song playing in the background.

Some of 9ice loyal fans stormed his wife's business page to apologize on his behalf.

Nobody is perfect but they’re some behavior one needs to drop when one gets married.

9ice should tread carefully and respect his wife moving forward.

8. Dbanj Rape Allegation

2020 was ironically an interesting year for most Nigerians giving the ups and downs we all went through.

Most celebrities will remember 2020 as a controversial year and one that will not be easily forgotten.

On the list of these celebrities is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as Dbanj.

It started out on tweeter when one Seyitan called out the singer for raping her.

Seyitan had accused him of raping her at Glee hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, in 2018.

Recounting the incident via her Twitter handle, she said that he raped her in her room. She ended her tweets by demanding an apology.

She claimed the singer went to the hotel where she lodged for the night, got a spare key from the receptionist, entered her room and raped her.

The singer reacting to the allegation described the incident as a slap to his marriage and his beautiful wife. He did not stop there as he had to knack Seyitan an N100 million defamation lawsuit.

It was not an interesting moment for Dbanj as a lot of celebrities such as Rita Dominic, MI Abaga, Makinwa and a host of others had to weigh in.

At first, when the allegations were tweeted, the public had full support for Seyitan not even considering if it was true or not.

Tables turned moment D’banj had to say his own side of the story and claimed all that Seyitan had tweeted were false.

The Nigerian police had to take Seyitan into custody for further questioning all in knowing of ‘the truth’ as to what really happened that said night.

Well, she was released as a lot of people had to intervene in the matter pleading for Seyitan but we do not think this will leave the heart of the singer as the rape allegation poses as a stain to the singer’s career.

Note: Dbanj lost his N45million endorsement deal with a new generation Bank and had over 15,000 people signed an online petition calling on the United Nations to strip him of his appointment as a UN Ambassador for Peace.

9. Funke Akindele House Party Drama

One of the most industry-shaking controversies that happened in the year 2020 was that of House party thrown by Funke Akindele during COVID lockdown.

The house party was thrown as a celebration for the 43rd birthday party of the actress husband, JJC Skillz at their home in Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki.

Funke Akindele who was one of the leading celebrities in the forefront of the fight against COVID in the country was now the one flouting the rules.

This particular issue doesn’t sit well with Nigerians as they dragged the actress and her husband like tiger generator on social media.

The viral video that casted the party, showed the couple dancing to Naira Marley’s “Tesu Mole”. Naira Marley who was in attendance alongside several other party guests who were also vibing to his music.

Funke Akindele was charged to court and she was fined up to the tune of N100,000. Rumor even has it that she did community service, but I wasn’t sure.

Then Funke Akindele made a video to publicly apologize to her fans and every Nigerian – That’s a boss move.

10. Naira Marley Fashola Impersonation Drama

This is another scandal that enveloped the street’s most accepted artiste after EFCC saga in 2019.

We all know the rules and regulations laid down to curb the spread of coronavirus. The gathering of more than 50 people was prohibited but because Marlian don’t follow rules, Naira Marley headlined a music concert in Abuja.

At the time when all flights were banned except for some public officials, Naira Marley allegedly took advantage of the similarities in his name and that of Nigeria’s Minister of works, Babatunde Fashola to by-pass that government order.

Fortunately, he escaped punishments as all punishment went completely to the mall the concert was held in Abuja.

However, this resulted into unrestricted insult as the executive chairman of the Jet company, Dr. Sam Iwuajoku called Naira Marley and his crew “a bunch of useless people” inside an official memo.