The news of Mohbad's death came as a shock to many. The young Nigerian musician passed away under unclear circumstances on Tuesday, September 12.
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Shortly after the news hit the internet, many rushed to his social media handles to confirm its accuracy. At the same time, others tried to reach out to him.
Until his death, Mohbad was regarded by many as one of the fastest-rising street-pop singers in the country.
He had an EP, one album to his name, and many hit singles that ruled the streets for a while.
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In this article, Legit examines the life and times of Mohbad.
1. What is Mohbad's full name, and where is he from?
The singer, who is from Ogun state, was born in Lagos on June 8, 1996. He was just 27 years old when he passed.
He was born Promise Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba but was popularly known as Mohbad (Imole).
Imole was the first son of his parents and had an HND in Marketing from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.
2. How did he start his music career?
Mohbad was not born with a silver spoon nor from a privileged home. He went into music as a means to escape his reality.
His father was a pastor, and he started his journey into music from the church. He joined Naira Marley's label, "Marlian Records" in 2019.
Before joining Naira Marley's label, he was pretty popular on Instagram for his freestyles and street-pop hooks.
3. What are his achievements and contributions to Afrobeat?
Mohbad's big break came in December 2020 when he collaborated with Rexxie for the hit single Ko Por Keh (KPK).
The KPK lingua became street slang, and many people were hooked. Ko Por Keh brought the young singer into the limelight as he nicked three nominations for the Headies in 2021.
He was also nominated five times for The Beatz Awards in 2021. In the same year, he was listed in Audiomack's Top 20 Afrobeats artists of the year.
After the collaboration with Rexxie, he went on to drop Sorry, Ponmo, Backside, and Feel Good.
However, in 2022, after leaving Marlian Records, he released his highest-peaking song, Peace.
The song, produced by Rexxie, topped the Top 50 and 100 charts.
4. What happened between him and Naira Marley's Marlian Records?
The late singer had accused Marley of plotting his death at the time.
In a viral clip shared online, Mohbad claimed he was attacked and assaulted by Naira Marley and his gang.
He also alleged the record label boss should be held responsible if he dies.
Mohbad left Marlian Records afterwards and dropped a series of songs and clips dissing Marley and his former label colleagues.
5. Mental health struggles
In a video, Naira Marley reported Mohbad to his father that he was mentally ill.
Buttressing his point, Marley said the KPK crooner found it difficult to remember his phone password and account details sometimes.
The Marlian boss also accused his former signee of being a junkie.
Mohbad's close pal, Bella Shmurda, corroborated the claim when he revealed the musician was struggling with mental health and depression.
Bella, however, blamed Naira Marley and his record label for Mohbad's illness.
He noted that the singer almost wanted to end it all but was rescued by his girlfriend, who stopped him from jumping from a window.
Mobhad's wife reveals what led to his death
Legit.ng earlier reported the account of Wunmi, wife of the late singer, on the circumstances that led to her husband's death.
The singer's wife revealed he lived in constant fear till the end.
In a post via her Instastory, Wunmi wrote:
"He struggled till death, too many pains, threatening, he has always lived with fear, continuous fights everywhere he goes too, he has never been happy for a whole day."