It won’t be wrong to label 2017 the year of celebrity scandals. There was more than enough controversies in the entertainment industry in and outside Nigeria.
It got to a point where we just unconsciously waited for the next scandal to unravel. It was that bad.
Here are 10 of such scandals:
Mercy Aigbe’s marriage crash
The 7-year marriage of Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe to hotelier, Lanre Gentry came to an end due to allegations of domestic violence.
Nigerians woke up to stories of how the actress’ husband battered her after they had a nasty fight.
Pictures of Aigbe’s battered face and other wounds circulated on the internet, including a message she posted on Instagram. She posted, “Say NO to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE…… Only a Coward hits a woman! REAL MEN don’t HIT! Repost if you concur 😡”
Gentry gave a scathing response to the allegation, advising men to “say No to the promiscuous and irresponsible women” via his Instagram account.
In a typical Nigerian fashion, a video interview where the actress denied being beaten by her husband four years ago was unearthed and circulated on the internet.
Sordid details of what led to the crash of their union was later revealed. According to NET, close sources said the marriage hit the rocks due to promiscuity and infidelity on the part of both parties.
To further keep him at bay, the actress filed a restraining order against her husband, with the court ordering Gentry to avoid going anywhere within a one-mile radius of the applicant and her two children.
In an interview, Gentry claimed the actress is mentally unstable.
Tonto Dikeh and her controversial divorce
We had just started the year, when Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh announced that she has separated from her husband, Olakunle Churchill.
Things, however, started getting ugly with rumours flying around that Churchill had an affair with his female personal assistant and beats her (Tonto), a rumour he denied.
The actress later said her marriage has been based on “lies, scam and deceit.”
In an interview with Azuka Ogujiuba, an emotional Tonto Dikeh gave a detailed story of her troubled marriage, even as a Ghanaian police officer confirmed she pulled a gun at her husband in the country.
Churchill also held his own interview where he alleged that the actress tried to attack his mum.
Seun Egbegbe, the celebrity kleptomaniac
Even after he was disgraced last year, filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe still found his way into the news for the wrong reason. He was arrested for allegedly defrauding some bureau de change operators of $60,000.
The Police Special fraud unit later arraigned Egbegbe for alleged serial fraud, where over 30 BDC operators testified against him.
A Federal High Court in Lagos granted Seun Egbegbe and one Oyekan Ayomide bail in the sum of five million naira.
Murder allegation against Davido
One of Nigeria’s biggest superstars, Davido was enmeshed in one of the biggest scandals of the year; the death of his friend, Tagbo.
The controversy began when Nollywood actress, Caroline Danjuma took to Instagram to challenge the singer over the death of Tagbo.
The actress claimed Davido and his friends abandoned the deceased at a hospital after he died in their car.
But in his response, the singer said, “God knows the truth.”
In its bid to investigate the scandal, the Police invited both the singer and Caroline Danjuma.
An autopsy report on Tagbo, however, showed that his death was caused by excessive alcohol consumption and drug overdose.
To put everything to rest, Davido released video clips showing what transpired at the club where he last saw Tagbo.
Kemen and Tboss
It was all fun at the The Big Brother Naija house until Kemen was alleged to have groped fellow contestant, Tboss’ privates under the sheets, while she was asleep.
The Akwa Ibom indigene and fitness trainer was disqualified and evicted from the show, but the controversy was far from ober.
One would have thought Kemen will stop there, but no, he went ahead to stoke the fire in another interview, where he said Tboss held on to the truth even though she knew he was innocent.
After the show, Tboss reveal that Kemen has been calling her but she’s not ready to speak with him.
The controversy was put to rest months later when both of them were spotted in pictures at an event.
Psquare at it again
The Okoye brothers treated us to another round of fights and exchange of words after the first one in 2016.
It all started as a rumour, due to cryptic messages shared by both brothers on social media, which was amplified by the cancellation of their US tour.
While fans were still wondering if the rumours were true, Peter Okoye made public a letter sent to their lawyers to terminate the Psquare contract.
This was followed by a rather disturbing video of the brothers almost throwing punches at the office of their lawyers, released by Peter, who has now adopted the stage name Mr P.
R Kelly’s sex cult
For a man who has repeatedly been accused of sexual abuse, it didn’t come as a surprise to many when singer R Kelly was accused of running a “sexual cult”.
Some parents accused the singer of holding their daughters against their will and engages in sexual activities with them.
But one of his alleged sex slaves refuted the claims by her parents but refused to reveal her location.
Usher’s escape from a herpes lawsuit
We had just gone back and forth on allegations of an abusive cult raised against R.Kelly, when an allegation against Usher surfaced.
Reports had it that the R&B superstar settled an unnamed woman with a sum of $1.1 million in 2012 because he infected her with Herpes.
The singer responded with a legal document against the woman, urging the court to toss out the $20 million suit against him.
The accuser later told someone that she had only protected sex with the superstar, leading to the dismissal of the suit.
Cheating Kevin Hart
The comedian decided to join the party almost the same time as Usher’s scandal, when a video of him cheating with a lady in a car found its way to the internet.
His wife, Eriko was pregnant.
He initially denied it but later shared a video where he apologised to his wife and fans.
Harvey Weinstein’s terrible year
No one’s year could be as bad as Weinstein’s with over 20 women, including celebrities coming out to accuse him of sexual abuse.
The women also accused the movie mogul of rape in some cases.