It’s a comprehensive list of Nigerian entertainers who have made headlines severally because of their controversial nature.
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He is the son of a very wealthy businessman and philanthropist, and from the onset, David Adeleka, aka Davido, was never pretentious about it. He even sang a song, ‘Dami Duro’ to clear any doubts from people’s minds that he comes from a well-to-do family.
Shortly after his break-out hit, Davido began swimming in pools of controversy like an Olympic-grade athlete.
He was reported to have fought with bouncers and security men at a show he was invited to. Weeks after that, he allegedly beat up a taxi-driver who committed the ‘offence’ of bringing his girlfriend to a hotel when he was already there with another girl. All these happened in Lagos, but he took the drama to the Federal Capital Territory when he was beaten blue-black by a team of mobile policemen for his perceived rudeness and arrogance.
His incessant skirmishes hurt his public profile, and this perhaps explains why his former young manager, Asa Asika, was sacked at the instance of his father.
Davido has grown considerably calmer, as we haven’t read much scandal about him lately, except that he recently welcomed a baby with his lover, while another girl is waiting in the wings, claiming that she’s also carrying his baby.
Wizkid came into the industry as a very young boy. In a way, he was like the industry’s baby, and the world attached so much innocence to him.
But years down the line, it seems the talented singer is hell-bent on creating an opposite impression in the minds of people.
He has ‘fought’ with many of the people he came up with, such as Samklef, Banky W, and Skales. He also once threatened to beat up a female artiste, Saeon, who featured him on a track.
As if that’s not enough, he also has a bad record with his fans. He was reported to have poured his drink in the face of a fan who wanted to greet him in a club. This is just as he allegedly asked a female fan to bare her b**bs before he would grant her request for an autograph. In addition, he has been involved in countless spats with fans on social media, even as some show promoters accused him of collecting money for a show, and refusing to show up.
Tonto Dikeh is an actress, but she is more popular for her controversies and scandals than any role she has ever played.
She has allegedly fought with many of her colleagues including Van Vicker, Halima Abubakar, Mercy Johnson, among others.
She is known not to suffer fools gladly, and she doesn’t tolerate any form of criticism, whether constructive or otherwise. When she released two songs in 2012 and many of her fans expressed displeasure about the poor standard of the songs, she took time to reply every one of them with insults and even threats.
Her Twitter handle is the destination of choice of many journalists because she never fails to generate one drama or the other. For Tonto Dikeh, controversy is like air which she can’t do without.
Self-acclaimed bad boy of Nigerian movie industry, James Ikechukwu Esomugha, aka, Jim Iyke, is an alleged karate expert, and he never hesitates to display his skills.
He has reportedly gotten into spats with so many colleagues in the industry such as Emeka Ike, AY the comedian, Uti Nwachukwu and countless others.
Jim has also had issues with journalists on several occasions.
He has been in the news for beating up the women he dates. This is even as he is trailed by allegations of defrauding his lovers, both emotionally and financially.
The internet and several other media are replete with stories of Jim’s escapades both in Nigeria and other African countries.
Controversial actor, Emeka Ike was a regular staple in home videos some years ago when he was usually cast as a lover-boy, but these days, he is more popular for his battles with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
He went to court against the election that brought in Ibinabo Fiberesima in, as president of the guild, and his prayers were finally answered in March 2015 when a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos nullified the election.
Before that, Emeka got into trouble with the owners of the building in which his St. Nicholas College was sited, who went to court to kick him out. He was accused of not paying for the property, not taking care of the school building, and also owing his largely unqualified teachers a backlog of salaries.
This is in addition to the fight between him and his wife, who reportedly went to court to file for divorce from the actor on the allegations that he had willy-nilly turned her into a punching bag.