Tragedy struck the Nigerian music industry on Tuesday as the talented rapper, singer, and songwriter, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, professionally known as MohBad, passed away at the age of 27.
The news was confirmed by YBNL Music Executive and singer, Olamide, through his social media platform on that somber Tuesday.
According to sources within MohBad’s team, the young artist had sought medical treatment at a hospital in the early hours of the fateful Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
He was administered an injection as part of his treatment but tragically, he never regained consciousness, passing away shortly after the injection.
Early Life and Rise to Stardom
MohBad was born on June 8, 1996, in Lagos, Nigeria. His journey in the music industry took a significant turn when he signed with Naira Marley‘s “Marlian Records.”
In 2022, he made the decision to part ways with the label. During his time with Marlian Records, MohBad gained prominence for his hit singles, including “Ponmo,” “Feel Good,” and the chart-topping “KPK (Ko Por Ke)” with producer Rexxie. This viral hit was nominated three times for The Headies awards in 2022, showcasing the artist’s undeniable talent.
MohBad’s debut album, “Light EP,” released in the fourth quarter of 2020, showcased his musical prowess. The album followed the success of his viral track “Ponmo,” which featured Naira Marley and Lil Kesh. His talent earned him five nominations at The Beatz Awards 2021 and a place in Audiomack’s top 21 afrobeat artists of 2021.
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In 2022, his single “Peace,” produced by Rexxie, solidified his place in the industry, charting on TurnTable’s top 50 in 2021 and top 100 in 2022.
Legal Troubles and Controversies
In February 2022, MohBad faced legal troubles when the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested him, along with fellow artist Zinoleesky and four others, for possession of illegal substances, including MDMA and cannabis.
Viral videos captured the dramatic raid by NDLEA operatives at their Lekki residence in Lagos. Fortunately, they were later released.
Adding to his tumultuous journey, MohBad publicly accused Naira Marley, his former boss at Marlian Records, of domestic violence in October 2022, marking the end of his association with the label.
A Heartfelt Farewell
MohBad’s untimely passing has left the music industry and his fans in mourning. His contributions to Nigerian music will be remembered, from his infectious hits to his journey as a rising star
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