The recent passing of the singer Mohbad has stirred a whirlwind of controversy, with prominent figures in the entertainment industry clashing over the details surrounding his demise. Central to the dispute is the disclosure of funeral expenses by Nollywood actresses Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh, which has drawn sharp criticism from controversial investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo.
Tonto Dikeh had publicly revealed that a sum of twelve million naira was spent to keep Mohbad’s body in the morgue. She further stated that this was a discounted price from the initial fourteen million naira. This disclosure did not sit well with Kemi Olunloyo, who took to her Instagram page to challenge the claims made by the actresses. Olunloyo argued that the Lagos State government should bear the responsibility for Mohbad’s expenses, especially since they conducted the autopsy. She further insinuated that the amount announced by the actresses was exaggerated.
In a more pointed critique, Olunloyo accused Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh of exploiting Mohbad’s death for personal attention and publicity. She emphasized that in places like America, where she spent a significant portion of her life, the deceased are usually buried within a week to avoid incurring daily mortuary fees. She questioned the need for the actresses to disclose the breakdown of the expenses and suggested that such actions were indicative of seeking attention.
Furthermore, Olunloyo highlighted that the autopsy had been completed, and the results of the toxicology tests were pending. She urged for the prompt burial of Mohbad and called on the actresses to maintain privacy regarding the funeral expenses.
The entire saga has brought to light the complexities surrounding the handling of celebrity passings in Nigeria. While some argue for transparency and openness, others believe that certain matters, especially those of a sensitive nature, should be kept private. As the entertainment industry and fans mourn the loss of Mohbad, it is clear that his passing has opened up a broader conversation about ethics, privacy, and the role of public figures in shaping narratives.