Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, better known by his stage name, Iyanya, a well-known singer in Nigeria, has talked about how being bankrupt almost made him lose his life.
The Kukere hitmaker claimed he lost his home in 2020, moved into a hotel, but at some point found himself unable to pay for the room.
Iyanya shared details of his past hardships during a recent appearance on the Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh-hosted program Tea With Tay.
Iyanya claims that his bankruptcy occurred at the same time as his former management, Temple Management business, sued him for allegedly “stealing” a business automobile.
He said; “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.”