Popular Nigerian singer, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, known by his stage name, Iyanya, has recounted how he almost ended it all after he became bankrupt.
The Kukere hit-maker said he lost his house in 2020, and was staying in a hotel but couldn’t afford the hotel bills anymore at some point.
Iyanya opened up on his past struggles when he featured on a recent episode of the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh.
According to Iyanya, his brankruptcy happened around the same period he was taken to court by his former management, Temple Management Company, for allegedly “stealing” a car belonging to the company.
“I was in court for a long time, I didn’t do shows. I couldn’t do anything. You know, when you stopped doing show, you now have to fall back on your savings. But when you are popping, that inflow [of money] is different, the way you spend is different from the way you spend whatever you saved. So, I felt it.
“I got to a point where I was like, mehn, I need to start touring. That was a crazy period for me. Guess what, two days after my last court case, COVID-19 started. I was stalked. I was in a hotel. My house was gone. I was in the hotel for a very long time. It got to one point, I couldn’t pay for the hotel bills anymore.
“The owner of the hotel is such a great human being. I have never seen a such an amazing human being like that. He allowed me stay there. His name is Alaba. He allowed me stay there for over a year. COVID literally caught up with me there.
So, imagine not doing shows. Not touring for over a year, no inflow, and you are in court for the whole year. And then finally, it’s looking like the court case is finishing, the lockdown. I was in that hotel throughout the lockdown. I almost committed suicide. The manager stopped me one time. All of that stuff. Madness, man.”