By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
2016 has been quite the year in the Nigerian entertainment industry. First of, we were ushered into the year by one of the most talked about ‘fights’ this year on the 1st of January, literally.
And then, just like that, the year became stuff of movies. With different Celebs giving us front row seats to drama only Nollywood can make.
Let’s get to the list of top 10 controversies in 2016, shall we?
1. Olamide vs Donjazzy in Headies Beef
On the first day of this year, Olamide and Don Jazzy took to the Headies stage to trade words with each other. It was the Headies 10th anniversary but the beginning of a feud that tore social media apart. And let’s not forget the “leave trash for Lawma phrase” that emerged from this beef.
Olamide and Don Jazzy ended their feud days after it started. However, it will go down as one of the biggest fights in Afropop history in recent times.
2. Davido vs Sophie Momodu in Baby Mama Drama
While this started late 2015, there was an intermission of some sort and it picked up this year.
Featuring baby mama drama, insults and dirty laundry, this one ranks high on the list of unforgettable drama in the year 2016.
And let’s not forget Dele Momodu was dragged into this mess and Davido’s billionaire father also starred in it.
And Davido decided to make lyrics out of the whole situation after. Yet, Nollywood is the one that makes unbelievable drama.
3. Ice Prince Zamani and Maima in My Boo is innocent.
In January, Rapper Ice Prince made the news when allegations were made against his boo.
According to these allegations, Maima was dating some other guy while with Ice Prince.
What was worse, there were numerous ‘proof’ of this affair.
However, the Aboki Rapper defended and eventually returned to his boo after the noise died.
True love or nah?
4. Linda Ikeji vs Wizkid in House Ownership
In April, Linda Ikeji published a post about Wizkid’s refusal to pay rent in a house he said he’d purchased.
Wizkid did not find this funny and he responded with not so nice comments. Things got out of hands when Linda Ikeji replied and their fans hopped in.
Needless to say this drama got so bad until the Commissioner of Police got involved and had things resolved.
5. Wizkid and Binta Diallo in The Kid is not my son
Earlier this year, a certain Binta Diallo claimed Wizkid fathered her newborn son.
However, no matter how much she seemed to try, she couldn’t seem to get Wizkid’s attention. She called him a deadbeat dad, had him put on Shaderoom and tried everything she could.
Wizkid never confirmed the news. He still hasn’t.
6. Gbemi Olagbegi vs Olumofin guys in Party Crashers
When Gbemi Olagbegi threw subtle shade at the Olumofin brothers this year, they caught it. They refused to be called party crashers even though she never mentioned their names.
They called her names, made noise on social media and eventually were allegedly thrown out of the wedding Gbemi had shaded them for.
This one ended without any acknowledgement from the ‘beefee’.
7. Wizkid vs Dammy Krane in Jacking my style
According to Dammy Krane, Wizkid jacked his style and stole some of his songs. Before their fans could wrap their heads around this, a fight broke out. Dammy Krane was injured and photos emerged on social media.
The feud was eventually ended by a mutual friend.
8. Tiwa Savage and TeeBillz in Dirty Laundry
When TeeBillz took to Instagram to air dirty laundry about his marriage, it seemed like film trick. But when Tiwa released a ‘tell all’ about their marital troubles, the reality dawned on her fanbase.
The couple is reportedly said to be working on their marriage but this public separation is hands down one of the most talked about controversies this year.
9. Omoni Oboli vs Jude Idada in The script is mine
In September 2016, allegations of theft trailed producer, Omoni Oboli. According to Writer Jude Idada, Omoni Oboli ‘stole’ his work, Okafor’s Law and refused to honour their contract.
As of today, Omoni Oboli still hasn’t responded to the allegations.
10. Mide Funmi Martins and Afeez Abiodun in Trouble in Paradise
In April, Actress Mide Funmi Martins made headlines for drama. No, it was not the one she acted in. It was one in her home.
According to her, her husband had abandoned her and their family. She took photos, spoke on social media and lamented at how badly he had behaved.
The husband eventually moved back in and their differences were resolved.