The Nigerian music industry has been a hotbed of talent, churning out some of the world’s most celebrated artists. One such artist was Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, who graced the music scene with his unique blend of Afrobeats, Amapiano, Afropop, and hip-hop.
Tragically, MohBad’s promising career was cut short on September 12, 2023, when he passed away at the age of 27. In this article, we pay tribute to the life and career of this young musical sensation.
Mohbad Early Life and Background
MohBad was born on June 8, 1996, in Ketu, Lagos State, Nigeria. His birth name was Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, and he grew up in the vibrant city of Lagos, which is often considered the epicenter of Nigeria’s music industry. It was here that he nurtured his passion for music from a young age, setting the stage for what would later become a remarkable career.
Mohbad Musical Journey
MohBad’s musical journey took flight in 2019 when he signed with Marlian Records, a label associated with the influential Nigerian artist, Naira Marley. This partnership would prove instrumental in shaping MohBad’s career. His debut album, “Light,” released in late 2020, gained significant attention, particularly due to the viral hit “Ponmo,” which featured Naira Marley and Lil Kesh.
The success of “Light” was just the beginning. In 2021, MohBad continued to make waves in the music industry. He was nominated five times for The Beatz Awards in the same year, a testament to his rising prominence. His inclusion in Audiomack’s list of the top 21 Afrobeat artists of 2021 further solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian music scene.
In 2022, MohBad released the song “KPK (Ko Por Ke)” in collaboration with producer Rexxie. This track not only became a massive hit but also garnered three nominations at The Headies Awards 2022, showcasing MohBad’s impact on the industry.
A Shift inMohbad’s Career
As MohBad’s career soared, he decided to take control of his destiny. In June 2023, he made a pivotal move by releasing his EP titled “Blessed” under his own label, Imolenization. This project featured collaborations with fellow Nigerian artists Zlatan and Bella Shmurda, as well as the talents of producers Niphkeys and Timi Jay. The EP immediately reached the number one spot on Apple Music in Nigeria, marking a triumph for the artist’s independent journey.
Controversies and Challenges
MohBad’s career was not without its share of controversies. In February 2022, he, along with fellow artists Zinoleesky and others, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for the possession of illegal substances. This incident, which involved allegations of mistreatment by the authorities, garnered significant media attention.
Additionally, MohBad’s departure from Marlian Records in October 2022 led to accusations of assault against his former manager, Naira Marley. He claimed that Naira Marley ordered an attack on him after he decided to hire a different manager for his career. This incident further highlighted the complex dynamics within the music industry.
Mohbad’s Tragic End
The music industry and fans were left in shock when, on September 12, 2023, news broke of MohBad’s passing at the age of 27. He had been undergoing treatment for an infection when he tragically succumbed to it. This unexpected loss sent shockwaves through the Nigerian music community and beyond.
Investigations into the circumstances of his death were initiated by the police, and his body was exhumed on September 21, 2023, to shed light on the details surrounding his untimely demise.
MohBad’s journey from a young boy in Lagos to a rising star in the Nigerian music industry was nothing short of remarkable. His talent, determination, and unique style endeared him to fans across the nation and beyond. While his career had its ups and downs, he remained a symbol of hope and inspiration to many aspiring artists.
As we remember MohBad, let us celebrate the music he created and the impact he had on the industry. Though his life was cut short, his legacy as a talented musician and a complex figure in the Nigerian music scene will endure.
Rest in peace, MohBad, you will always be remembered.