There is no gainsaying the fact that the entertainment industry plays a vital role in Nigeria’s economic growth. It’s also the one sector that puts smiles on the faces of otherwise distraught and despondent masses, particularly in this era of hardship occasioned by insecurity that is presently bedeviling the nation.
While it is evident that one stands a good chance of acquiring wisdom from the Nollywood genre of the nation’s entertainment industry, some of its practitioners who ought to be the moral compass of the society ate the direct opposite.
No doubt, some have been exemplary in their public conduct, staying off scandals, some others are synonymous with opprobrious conducts.
Cases of husband snatching, sexual immorality, hard drug peddling, to mention but a few, are rife in the industry thereby taking the shine off the good deed of many others.
Entertainment Gists brings to you some of the faces behind some of the scandals.
MERCY JOHNSON OKOJIE
Loved by many for her adroit interpretation of roles, star actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie has had her fair share of controversies. From been accused of a wayward lifestyle while she was single, to alleged husband snatching and lately witchcraft.
The Kogi State-born artiste, who is now happily married with four kids, has been accused of involvement in crazy stuff. When news hit the airwaves that this beautiful actress had finally decided to settle down, it was reported that wives of men who had something to do with her heaved a sigh of relief. They may have a point. Mercy Johnson Ozioma is one Nigerian actress who has courted scandal as a way of life. She virtually has scandal as her middle name as she enjoys being in the news for the wrong reasons.
The dark-skinned screen diva has allegedly been merciless to many a lady and wives, and it was not therefore a surprise when special thanksgiving services were held in churches when she finally tied the nuptial knot. Her name had often featured prominently in lurid stories of being hot pants, employing charms and habitual quarreling
The naturally endowed actress intoned sometime ago that her boobs and hips have been a door opener for her, and that it was prophesied that she was going to become a successful actress by a friend who walked up to her some years back.
According to her, “after watching actresses like Genevieve Nnaji and others, I later approached a friend for assistance to feature in a movie. He stared at my boobs and hips and told me that I would make a good actress.”
Little wonder she’s been accused of using the very parts in the prophetic assessment to climb the ladder in the make-believe industry.
It will be recalled that a few years back, she was alleged to have aborted a pregnancy for a man identified as Obi by those who are in the know. Not done with her alleged wild lifestyle, she was at another time rumoured to be in a sizzling romance with Ibrahim Dumuje. She had told whoever cared to listen at the time that she had met her “Mr. Right” in Ibrahim before that relationship crumbled simply because she was accused of helping herself with some oof belonging to the businessman, a development that led to a tiff. The rest, it is said, is now history.
Inibong Edobong, better known as Ini Edo is one Nollywood actress whose name is said to be synonymous with sex scandals. Her wedding to Philip Ehigwina was controversial as it was said that she actually snatched him from society’s lady, Ruth Okoro. She was also rumoured to be having an affair with a governor in the South-South region of the country. It was denied at that time. Also recently, she was reported to have left a nightclub with a man while still in a relationship with yet another.
Reacting to the allegation of husband snatching, she had maintained that Philips was single when they met. But a close friend who knew the couple inside-out before and after the crashed union disclosed that property was at the core of the break-up. According to the source, Ini acquired a property at Lekki, Lagos, Philips was said to have insisted on joint ownership, a suggestion Ini reportedly rejected. Philips thereafter moved out of their matrimonial home to take up residence in Accra, Ghana with another lady, All efforts to settle the differences reportedly proved abortive.
If there is an award for “Most Controversial Actress”, Tonto Dikeh would win it many times over.This fair complexion thespian has been in the news since her emergence in the movie industry in 2006. She was recently alleged to have been paid some millions for sex by the Managing Director of a leading maritime company based in Lagos.
Tonto is also noted for being a lover of tattoos as she has more than 57 designs on her body. One other thing about this lady is that she is believed to be a chain smoker. She once had a brawl with Van Vicker on a movie set in 2011. She confessed to having started smoking at age 14.
When she was confronted with the alleged sex trade between her and the maritime guru for a N5 million naira fee, she denied the allegation, stating that it was a needless distraction. Her plea for understanding regarding her chain-smoking habit was widely reported in the media.
Not many were taken aback when her marriage to Olakunle Churchill hit the rock with allegation and counter allegation flying around. Olakunle has since settled down with Rosaline Meurer, said to be Tonto’s erstwhile Personal Assistant.
Some time ago, Iyabo Ojo’s name was mentioned in the messy sex scandal involving Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide as she was named as one of his mistresses.
Stephanie Ogbonna listed her in a threesome kinky sex with the pastor, claiming he rented her Agungi, Lekki, Lagos home, gave her a Range Rover and money for her son’s upkeep in the United States of America. The mother of two has refused to say anything about the allegation.
Iyabo Ojo is not new to negative stories. It was reported that a top Lagos politician and former Senator gave her the Range Rover SUV she cruises around town. Her bitter fight with a colleague, Lizzy Anjorin was almost becoming monumental until some industry heavyweights stepped in, to broker peace between the duo. Apart from that, the controversial actress has been involved in several sex scandals and she was once reported to have been caught having sex with a man at the back seat of a car in London.
At 21, she married a Lagos-based movie marketer who later introduced her to Nollywood. After 2 kids with marriage issues, she reportedly quit the marriage.
In 2013, she was rumoured to be in a sizzling romance with fellow actor, Muka Ray. Unlike her colleague in Nollywood, Fathia Balogun, who insists on using her ex-hubby’s name, movie producer, and Fespris CEO, Iyabo Ojo recently told fans she will be changing her last name soon. The actress who dumped her ex-husband and the father of her 2 children a while back said she was ready to move on. She has lately been one of Baba Ijesha’s Achilles heels.
Until her recent wedding to Abdulrasheed Bello, Funke’s name had featured prominently in many séx scandals leading to crashed marriages. She was alleged to have fought with one of her colleagues on a movie set over a man. Some rumour also has it that she had escapades with some notable men before her marriage. Her marriage to an Oshodi, Lagos big boy and property merchant, Alhaji Kehinde Oloyede Almaroof on May 26, 2012, sooner than expected hit the rock.
She had lately maintained a low profile following a court conviction for flouting laws on COVID-19 when she held a birthday bash in her Lekki home.
Genny, as sexy Genevieve Nnaji is fondly called, has been romantically linked with several actors in Nollywood. Ramsey Nouah, RMD, Pat Attah, et al are some of the men she was rumoured to have dated. Genevieve was once said to have dated a topmost politician in Nigeria, apart from other alleged sexcapades here and there. Though she has become the face of a popular vehicle manufacturer, her sex life in the industry may not be easily forgotten.
Genny is presently using her Facebook page to preach against immoralities and educate women on how to sustain marriages.
TAYO ODUEKE (SIKIRATU SINDODO)
Not many know Sikiratu Sindodo by her real name. Tayo is better known and addressed by a name she got from one of her movies flicks produced by ace broadcaster, Yemi Sonde. One of her recent scandals was a reported hot romance with a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos, Musiliu Akinsanya also known as MC Oluomo. Oluomo was said to have sponsored her to Saudi Arabia for holy pilgrimage.
She was also rumoured to have dated actor and producer, Kunle Afod. Just a few months ago, the gist went around town that she was having an affair with the younger brother of Kunle Afolayan, Aremu, an allegation she has denied. She is presently rumoured to be in a sizzling romance with top Fuji artiste, Malaika, although the delectable actress confirmed her relationship with Malaika but was quick to say that they were only dating for fun. She went under when she was alleged to have killed a minor with her vehicle. It is reported that she now lives on breadline.
Until she was alleged to have snatched the husband of fellow actress, Stella Damasus was seen by many as the industry ‘good girl’
Stella was reported to have started a love affair with Daniel Ademinokan before his marriage with Doris Simeon crashed. Believe it or not, Stella Damasus has covertly revealed the secret sex charm she used in snatching her colleague’s husband. It will be recalled that Daniel Ademinokan dumped Doris Simeon over an alleged unsatisfactory performance in the” other room” (apology to President Muhammadu Buhari). Daniel bad on that occasion described the issue as “boring sex life”.
Stella Damasus has since consummated her affair with Daniel and the couple has relocated to the United States with Doris’s child. Stella is presently empowering women worldwide on how to keep their men which she tagged “Keeping Your Man”. She’s been revealing some tips on how women could keep their husbands for life, an initiative said to be indicative of her antecedent.
Daniel and Stella were said to have started out as business partners before matters of the heart crept in.
Her failed marriages and romantic affairs with some industry bigwigs have been a source of gossip for many. Bukky Wright’s pretty look has been a source of attraction to many men. The mother of two is surely not free from some scandals associated with the play-acting profession in Nigeria. She has been severally alleged of jumping from one bed to another.
Her acting career has since nosedive so much so that she now finds it difficult to get movie roles in recent time and she has been managing her business outfit as a means of survival.
This estranged wife of top Nollywood act, Saidi Balogun, Faithia is certainly not free of scandals. She was once rumoured to have fought her colleague in the Yoruba genre over a young Ibadan politician, Rotimi Ajanaku. She was rumoured to have alleged that the lady snatched Ajanaku from her. She was also reported to be in a sizzling romance with the Director of Corporate Pictures, Alhaji Abdullahi Razak. The alleged relationship almost reportedly destroyed the marriage of the top marketer.
Yet another puzzle about Faithia is her decision to retain her ex-hubby’s family name.
Stephanie Okereke was, in 2011 reported to have fought with Genevieve Nnaji when she discovered that the former had allegedly upstaged her in the presidency. She was said to have felt bad that Genny cornered her in getting access to the presidency through a former aide of President Goodluck Jonathan, Douglas Oronto. Stephanie was said to be the only link Genevieve had to Douglas until she found her way through other means.
Stephanie has also been linked with some sex scandals in the past.
BABATUNDE OMIDINA (BABA SUWE)
Fondly called Baba Suwe, Babatunde Omidina is known for his comic roles in the movie industry. His fortune began to nosedive when he lost his wife, Monsurat Omidina. Rumour mills had it that Baba Suwe suspected his wife was involved in an extramarital affair. Moladun’s death was said to have resulted from a severe beating by her entangled husband.
Aside this, the ace comedian was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in 2011 on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps. During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), but no drugs were found. arrested by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA). This generated so much heated debate within and outside the entertainment industry.
ASANAT AKINWANDE YETUNDE (WUMI)
The 22 February 1960 born actress holds the record of being the first know ex-convict in the industry, though she avoided jail term by opting for the 3 million naira fine option. She was found guilty of drug trafficking, Wumi has since tendered an unreserved apology to the public. Not much has been heard of her thereafter.
OLANREWAJU JAMES (BABA IJESHA)
Olanrewaju James is currently in the midst of a rape scandal, Baba Ijesha as fondly called was seen in a video confessing to a rape allegation. He was said to have defiled a minor. Baba Ijesha was said to have begun the sexual harassment of the minor when she was seven years old. Although snippets have it that Baba Ijesha may have been released on bail. However, industry watchers are of the view that the actor may suffer the effect of the allegation, conviction or not, as he may be denied juicy roles in the movie industry going forward.