Fact check: Did they burn Naira Marley’s house? Viral video reacts to former signee Mohbad’s death

Nigerian music executive Naira Marley’s residence was reportedly set on fire following the tragic death of his former client, Mohbad. A TikTok video capturing the incident has gone viral on various social media platforms. Some fervent fans of the late rapper are accusing the label boss of playing a role in Mohbad’s demise. As of the time of writing this article, Naira Marley had not officially addressed the situation.

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Did they burn Naira Marley’s house?

Mohbad, whose real name is Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, passed away on September 12, 2023. The exact cause of his death had not been publicly disclosed at the time of writing this article. However, there were rumors circulating that the singer had died after consuming a substance associated with traditional African spirituality known as “juju.” On September 14, a TikTok video surfaced online, allegedly showing Naira Marley’s house being set on fire. This occurred amid speculations that Marley may have played a role in Mohbad’s departure from Marlian Records, the record label owned by Naira Marley.


In the viral video, there are scenes of people rioting near what is claimed to be Marley’s residence. At one point, an individual from inside the house appears to try to close a door, while others outside attempt to pull it open. People can be heard angrily questioning Naira Marley about Mohbad’s death. The video then shows significant smoke and flames. It’s important to note that while social media users claim that the burned residence belonged to Naira Marley, no official sources have confirmed this information. Additionally, Facebook user Zamani’s Blog suggested that Marley had been receiving threats to leave Nigeria. The relationship between Mohbad and Naira Marley had deteriorated, leading to Mohbad’s departure from Marlian Records in October 2022, which surprised many in the industry.

Naira Marley established his record label during the Marlian Fest in December 2019 in Lagos State, Nigeria. At the time, he proudly announced the signing of four artists to his label, which included Cblack, Mohbad, Fabian Blu, and Zinoleesky. However, tensions between Mohbad and Naira Marley escalated three years later, leading to a significant fallout. Mohbad’s legal representatives issued a letter to Naira Marley’s record company, officially terminating Mohbad’s contract. Among the allegations in the letter were accusations of assault and battery against Mohbad by the organization. The legal letter also claimed that Naira Marley’s company had failed to provide the agreed-upon advances and royalties to Mohbad since 2019. In an interview on the Big Friday Show, Mohbad discussed the reasons behind their separation and his current status. He stated: “I’m doing my own thing. I’m happy being on my own because that’s what I wanted all along. It’s been more challenging, but that’s normal because nothing good comes easy… There’s nothing that has made me consider going back to Marlian Music… Between Naira Marley and me, it’s just ‘hi, hi’ from afar, you know?”

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