Naira Marley: Top 3 most controversial celebrities in Nigeria

Deborah Dan-Awoh

Nigerian celebrities such as Naira Marley, Tonto Dikeh are renowned for their craft and a trail of hot controversies.

Naira Marley

Controversies in the Nigerian entertainment industry are like fire to dry bush. And no month goes by without a regular dose of 'gbas' 'gbos'(wahala), ranging from issues with the EFCC to Spa fights, sex scandals, and friendship battles.

You may wonder at the frequency of such occurrences, but it's impossible to miss out on celebrities making headlines for the wrong reasons. Why? Because once the spotlight is on you, the public scrutinizes the nitty-gritty details of your life. One little mistake, alarms are blaring, and Nigerian celebrities are getting dragged.

However, this does not mean that most of these Nigerian celebs are not to blame in any way. Most of the time, rumors, scandals, and controversies thrive because of carelessness.

This article highlights the most notable controversial Nigerian celebrities.

Naira Marley is one of the most controversial Nigerian celebrities.

1.Naira Marley

Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, makes the top of our list for the most controversial Nigerian celebrity artiste.

Naira Marley has made news headlines for all the wrong reasons: From his sexual innuendos in music lyrics to alluding to yahoo boy lifestyles.

The 'Soapy' singer Naira Marley boasts of a huge loyal fan base called 'Marlian's. 

Just like an evangelist, Naira's fan group has a dress code of 'no belts,' 'saggy jeans,' and alternate clothing.

However, Marley was picked up by the EFCC following his controversial hit song  “Am I a yahoo boy” after being warned severally by the agency.

He further landed in hot trouble after traveling and hosting a show despite the government's lockdown order in 2020.

Naira Marley unbothered by criticism and reactions released another controversial hit song 'Coming' on March 18 2021. The vulgar lyrics of the song didn't rest well with authorities as the song was banned within 24 hours of its release by Nigeria Broadcasting Communication (NBC).

Tonto Dikeh is popular for both her acting prowess and controversies

2. Tonto Dikeh

Popular Nollywood actress, onstage Influencer, and philanthropist Tonto Dikeh make the top two of notable most controversial Nigerian celebrities.

Tonto Dikeh struggled in her acting career before becoming a hot trending item after featuring on a reality TV show, ‘The Next Movie Star’ in 2005, where she finished up as the first runner-up.

Soon, Tontolet(one of her nicknames) became renowned for taking on daring controversial roles. The sultry actress tried her hands' music in 2012, but it was a disaster-fans criticized her music and showed their disapproval.

Not relenting, Tonto released another single, 'Crazically Fit’ in which she featured singer ‘Terry G.’ However, since she got no support from her audience Tonto soon dropped out of the music industry after D'banj signed her his record label.

Tonto returned to acting by 2015 she became romantically involved with Olakunle Churchill. Not too long after, Tonto and Churchill's marriage crashed like a pack of cards.

Tonto started trending again in searches after repeatedly dragging Churchill on social media for domestic violence.

In a short while, Tonto was again making headlines for having cosmetic surgery, which the actress confirmed.

Recently, Tonto was linked with controversial crossdresser Bobrisky, however their friendship took an ugly turn in September last year as both parties dragged each other on the streets of social media.

Tiwa Savage is also known as African bad girl and she has lived up to the title.

3. Tiwa Savage

Queen of Afrobeats star, Tiwa Savage aka African bad girl makes the top three list of the most notable controversial Nigerian celebrities.

Tiwa Savage is not just renowned for her exceptional musical talent but also for her serial controversies.

The songstress first made headlines after the hot brawl between her and ex husband Teebliz.

Tee Billz levelled allegations of infidelity and lack of commitment to their marriage against Tiwa Savage. The matter escalated to the point that Teebliz almost committed suicide at Lagos Lagoon.

In defense, Tiwa released a press interview where she recounted the domestic violence in her home, Teebliz's extravagant lifestyle and addictions.

The marital crisis led to the dissolve of their marriage which produced Jamil Balogun, their son.

When Wizkid released his song Fever in 2018 featuring the mum of one(Tiwa) the internet went ago with reaction.Both Wizkid and Tiwa showed a chemistry in the video that made fans certain of their possible romantic entanglements.

Although, Wizkid and Tiwa Savage have vehemently debunked claims fans have not stopped wondering if 'they were just friends' or 'there were benefits to.'.

Later on, rumors spread that Tiwa was romantically involved with Obama DMW. The singer gave no reply to speculations. Sadly, Obama died, and Tiwa penned a warm tribute to him.

Last year, things went haywire for Tiwa after she clashed with Seyi Shay at a Spa salon. Both musical divas had never seen eye to eye and their ugly feud of many years manifested into a hot exchange of words.

Tiwa and Seyi Shay dragged each other with derogatory terms; the fight was tagged 'the messiest celebrity fights on 2021'.

Finally, the African bad girl disclosed after the release of her 'Somebody son' that she was being blackmailed over a sex tape.

The tape later went viral and stirred mixed reactions online.