On the occasion of what would have been Mohbad’s 28th birthday on January 3, the Nigerian music scene reflects on the intriguing life and afterlife of the late rapper, shedding light on the controversies surrounding his death and the enduring impact he has left behind.
Mohbad, born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, met an untimely demise on September 12, 2023, a date that marked the beginning of a peculiar chapter in his musical journey. In contrast to the common narrative of artists gaining posthumous fame, Mohbad was not associated with any criminal affiliations. Nevertheless, his death became the epicenter of a storm of revelations that captivated the nation.
The controversy erupted when a video surfaced, showcasing a disruption by socialite and Marlian Music boss, Samson Balogun (Sam Larry), and others during one of Mohbad’s video shoots in Lagos. Accusations were hurled at Sam Larry and Naira Marley, Mohbad’s estranged record label boss, for their alleged involvement in the rapper’s demise.
As public outrage intensified, Mohbad’s past warning to the Nigeria Police Force about threats to his life surfaced online. The subsequent police statement claimed an inability to act due to Mohbad’s failure to provide evidence and cooperate with the investigation.
Naira Marley and Sam Larry were eventually questioned by the police, leading to their arraignment on October 6, 2023. Despite being granted bail, the controversies continued, fueled by revelations about the speedy burial of Mohbad and subsequent demands for exhumation and autopsy.
The story took another twist when social media influencers and celebrities called for a DNA test on Mohbad’s son, Liam, amidst revelations of disputes between the late rapper and his wife, Omowunmi. The family drama unfolded further during the Coroner Inquest, with Mohbad’s widow detailing incidents of bullying, psychological trauma, and a mysterious injection that allegedly led to his demise.
While justice-seeking campaigns persisted, Mohbad’s death initiated a revolutionary dialogue on the hidden costs of contractual agreements between young artists and record labels. Celebrities, too, were prompted to open up about mental health struggles, underscoring the complex challenges within the entertainment industry.
In the aftermath of his passing, Mohbad’s influence reached new heights, dominating social media trends and music streaming platforms. Candlelight processions were organized in his honor, even in territories he had never visited. Fellow celebrities paid homage, and Mohbad posthumously featured in singles by artists like Chike and Afro B.
As the nation awaits the results of the autopsy and investigations, Mohbad’s musical legacy endures. On what would have been his 28th birthday, fans, friends, and colleagues flooded social media with heartfelt messages, celebrating the life of “Imole” – the light that continues to shine in the hearts of many.
**Celebrities and Fans Commemorate Mohbad’s 28th Posthumous Birthday**
Nigerian celebrities and fans took to social media on January 3 to commemorate what would have been Mohbad’s 28th birthday. The late rapper, who passed away on September 12, 2023, continues to be remembered and celebrated by those who admired his musical talent.
Despite the controversies surrounding his death, including disruptions during his video shoots, a swift burial, and calls for a DNA test on his son, Liam, Mohbad’s impact on the music scene remains indelible.
Fellow musicians and friends, including Tasha, Bella Shmurda, and Bad Boy Timz, posted tributes on their social media handles. Big Brother Naija’s Tasha shared a picture of Mohbad with the caption “Happy Birthday Mohbad 🤍🕊.” Bella Shmurda posted a picture of the late rapper, expressing, “Happy posthumous birthday my brother my friend Oba Imole💡. Rest in power💐❤. Love u forever and I miss u💔.”
Bad Boy Timz shared a video of him and Mohbad, expressing his eternal love and celebration for the late rapper. He wrote, “Happy Posthumous Birthday my Friend Mohbad Oba Imole! If I knew this was the last time I’d see you, I would’ve stayed a little longer! I’ll love & celebrate you forever my soldier 🕊🕯❤.”
Several users on social media platforms also joined the celebration, sharing messages of love and remembrance for Mohbad. The late rapper’s impact on the music industry and the cultural dialogue surrounding his death have left an enduring legacy, with fans expressing their appreciation for his contributions.
As the nation awaits the resolution of investigations and the release of autopsy results, Mohbad’s 28th posthumous birthday serves as a moment of reflection on the artist’s life, musical journey, and the impact he continues to have on the hearts of those who admired him.