The show business in Nigeria was hit terribly within the year 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic which shook the planet earlier within the year.
The pandemic affected everyone within the show business in Nigeria, starting from actors to artists.
Tours got canceled, Cinemas were shut, shows were moved to 2021. However, the famous reality show, Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, and other controversies brought life into the show business .
NAIJASET brings you the highest nine issues in no particular order:
1. Funke Akindele’s arrest: The Nollywood actress, popularly referred to as Jenifa, was arrested in April for flouting COVID-19 protocols when she hosted a birthday celebration for her husband Abdulrasheed Bello, aka JJC Skills.
She was later charged to court and sentenced to 14-day community service and fined N100,000 each. The offense was contrary to the social distancing directives made consistent with Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) & 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State communicable disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020
2. Marlian leader, Azeez Fashola, popularly referred to as Naira Marley was also arrested and arraigned by the Lagos government for violating COVID-19 restriction orders.
Naira Marley and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Babatunde Gbadamosi was among the guests that attended the 42nd birthday celebration organized by Funke Akindele at Amen Estate.
However, the four counts filed against them were later withdrawn on the condition that the defendants would tender an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari and therefore the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
3. The arrest of Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Raymond Abass, popularly referred to as Hushpuppi by Interpol alongside 12 others sometime in June in Dubai during a special operation dubbed ‘Foxhunt 2″ was the talk about the town in June.
Hushpuppi, known for his flamboyant lifestyle on Instagram was charged for hacking into the us (US) unemployed database and defrauding the US of over $100 million accrued for native Americans.
Hushpuppi was reported to possess defrauded over 1.9 million victims, using fake email to people and diverting payments to their accounts. He was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the US where he appeared in Chicago court on July 3rd, facing trial for multiple fraud charges.
4. Dbanj Rape Allegation: Music star, Dbanj was accused of rape in June by one miss Seyitan. She had accused the singer of raping her during a hotel two years ago.
The allegation led to strong social and media controversy with several rights groups supporting Seyitan.
D’banj, telling his side of the story, claimed innocence, adding that the allegation was the handiwork of his enemies, who are bent destroy his hard-earned reputation.
The musician subsequently instituted an N1.5 Billion defamation lawsuit against Seyitan.
However, In July, the Nigeria Police cleared Dbanj of all rape allegations, revealing that the police work unit didn’t find any substantial evidence to prove that D’banj committed the act which Seyitan had withdrawn the petition filed against the singer
5. Music Producer, Clarence Peter was arrested in June after the death of dancer and video vixen, Kodak. Kodak reportedly died from electrocution while charging her phone at Clearance Peters house in Omole.
He was later detained and questioned as an investigation for murder was launched against him, alongside others present at the house when the sad incident happened.
6. BBNaija season 5 which came late within the year got tongues wagging because the biggest fight this season was between housemates, Laycon and Erica.
The latter was disqualified and Laycon emerged because the winner with N65m.
7. 9ice was again trapped during a cheating scandal, this point around together with his third wife, Sunkanmi Ajala.
The Gongo Aso crooner publicly made a video begging fans to ask his wife to forgive him over infidelity. it’s not certain if the couple has reconciled their differences at the instant .
8. Omah Lay and Tems were arrested in November which got Nigerians attacking the Ugandan government. The fast-rising music stars were arrested for flouting COVID-19 rules in Uganda and remanded in prison.
However the Nigerian government got them released but that wasn’t the top of it as Tems took to her social media page blasting Ugandan artist, Bebecool and warning him to not step his foot in Nigeria.
9. In what could seem just like the icing of the cake within the show business , top Music stars, Davido and Burna Boy reportedly fought in Ghana. within the viral video which stirred reactions, Davido was seen walking angrily from a nightclub in Ghana after a confrontation with Burna Boy.
However, both parties refused to verify or explain of the brawl.
But Davido later took to his Instagram page threatening to go away the music industry. consistent with him, he’s hated by his colleagues because he was born rich.
2020 notable deaths within the show business
In 2020, the show business lost some major players to the cold hands of death. The death of those stars like Majek Fashek, Pa Kasumu, Chico Ejiro, Dan Foster who passed on thanks to the COVID-19 complications, shocked the industry
They were icons who had made a long-lasting impact through their talents, skills, unique perspective, and sacrifice. DAILY POST brings you an inventory of a number of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music who have gave up the ghost in 2020.
1. Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly referred to as Majek Fashek died on June 2, 2020. The legendary singer who started his music career within the 80s and was popular for the 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’, including the multiple award-winning singles “Send Down the Rain’ died at the age of 57.
Majek Fashek was the archetypal musician, not just a singer but also a songwriter and a guitarist.
2. Kayode Odumosu: The Veteran Nollywood actor, popularly referred to as Pa Kasumu died on March 1st, 2020. Pa Kasamu who was born on March 16, 1953, died at the age of 67 after a quick illness. He was diagnosed with biventricular coronary failure in 2013.
3. Frank Dallas Ebulukwu: The seasoned Nollywood actor and production manager died on February 21st, 2020.
Popularly referred to as “Adedibu” or “Killer” in movies, Frank Dallas reportedly died during a hotel in Abia State. He was also the previous PR Officer of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos State chapter.
4.Yomi Obileye: the favored Nollywood actor widely referred to as Obileye gave up the ghost on Friday, April 24th, 2020.
Obileye, who was known for his role within the movie ‘Hostages, reportedly died after battling an undisclosed ailment.
5. Nollywood actress, Jennifer Omole died on January 5th, 2020. She was the CEO of jennisFilms and also produced the movie ‘StolenVow.
6. Popular radio presenter, Daniel ‘Dan’ Foster, famously referred to as ‘the Big Dawg died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The American who arrived in Nigeria in 2000 gave up the ghost after battling complications linked with COVID-19.
Until his death, he worked inspirationally FM and City FM and was a staff of Classic FM.
7. Actress, Emilia Dike, gave up the ghost on May 21, 2020. Although the important explanation for her death wasn’t revealed it had been reported that she slumped and died in Enugu State.
8. Veteran actress, Chizoba Sam-Boye who was the star of the M-net produced TV series, “Tinsel.” died at age 53. Chizoba died of diabetes-related complications.
She was reported to possess battled diabetes, stroke, and high vital sign for several years now and would be remembered for her pioneering role in ‘Living bond .
9. Gbolagade Akinpelu: Famously referred to as Ogun Majek, dead on June 25th, 2020. The actor who was reported to possess battled prolonged-sickness before his demise died at his Imalefalafia, Oke-Ado, Ibadan home.
10. Professor Ayo Akinwale, a prominent senior lecturer and former Nollywood actor died on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
The versatile producer, academician, playwright, and former broadcaster, who produced the favored movie, ‘Sango’died at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
11. Chico Ejiro: The 57-year-old producer and filmmaker died on Christmas , 25 December 2020. Ejiro who was popular for blockbuster movies within the 90s is believed to possess gave up the ghost after a seizure.
The Delta state-born are going to be remembered for his works, which include ‘Deadly Affair, Blood Money, Silent Night, and a number of other others.