Celebrities are always in the spotlight; some have found ways to stay out of controversies while others have made it a lifestyle.
Nigerians are talented people with celebrities spreading across the entertainment industry. Music artists, actors &actresses, OAPs, filmmakers, comedians, dancers, and so on makes the bunch of celebrities from this part of the world.
Some of these celebrities have therefore be known to be controversial as they were always involved in issues leading to public disputes and disagreements.
Nigerian artists such as the late Fela-Anikulapo-Kuti, Charlie ‘Boy’ Oputa, and so on have been found to cause an uproar in the public in the past and have been popular with it. Today, there are also Nigerian celebrities associated with controversies.
Top 5 Controversial Celebrities in Nigeria
Here is pop at the top 5 most controversial celebrities in Nigeria today. They are listed below in no particular order;
- Naira Marley: Marlian President, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley is one of Nigeria’s most controversial musician today. The ‘soapy’ crooner became well-known when he was taken into EFCC’s net for cases of fraud. He has since used his music and social media platforms to make controversial posts in the society. Recently, Naira Marley travelled and performed in a show despite government’s ban on social gathering and inter-state movement this period. This is not the first time he will be flouting government’s order; he was arrested alongside actress Funke Akindele and others for the same reason few months ago.
- Burnaboy: Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu aka Burnaboy is one of Nigeria’s finest artist today. The BET 2019 award winner has been known for controversies in the music industry. Burnaboy is seen either dragging fellow artists (Reekado Banks, Davido, and so on) to claim his seat as one of the best in the Nigerian music industry or speaking ill of the Nigerian government just like Fela-Anikulapo-Kuti. Burnaboy has once been banned from entering the UK where he studied before it was lifted years after. He was recently arrested with his father for causing too much noise in his neighborhood.
- Bobrisky: Nigerian popular crossdresser and transgender, Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju is another celebrity known for controversies. She has been in the bad view of the Nigerian public for being a transgender woman in a country with no LGBT rights. She was once labelled ‘’a national disgrace’’ by Otunba Olusegun Runsewe (DG of Nigeria’s National Council for Arts and Culture). Bobrisky has also been alleged of scam at some points even though he has a fair share of fans.
- Tonto Dikeh: Tonto Charity Dikeh is unarguably Nollywood’s most controversial actress. The Port-Harcourt born singer, songwriter, and actress is known for her frivolous lifestyle. Tontolet as she’s fondly called was involved in a marriage dispute with ex-husband, Olakunle Churchill which led to their divorce. The mother of one is definitely one of Nollywood’s biggest actors but has caused more controversies with her posts and comments. Tonto Dikeh is also an associate of transgender woman, Bobrisky.
- Tacha: Reality TV star, Tacha Akide completes this list of Nigeria’s most controversial celebrities today. Tacha is an Instagram sensation who went viral for tattooing Davido’s face on her body as well as posting raunchy photos and videos on the app. She became well known when she participated in Big Brother Naija reality TV show. Tacha has however disqualified from the show after getting in a fight with eventual winner, Mercy Eke. The Titan queen has since been known for her derogatory remarks even though she has a lot of fans.
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