The rumoured death of Juju legend, Ebenezer Obey has wrongfully gone viral again.
As a result, his Personal Assistant, simply identified as Mr. Odunbaku has debunked the news for the umpteenth time..
Speaking in an interview, he said Ebenezer Obey is alive and feeling fine in spite of the death rumours.
“People have been calling me to confirm if I am dead or alive but I want to assure you I’m alive. The news is false,” Mr Odunbaku also quoted the Miliki crooner as saying.
However, this is not the first time the news of the juju maestro’s death has been falsely peddled.
Similarly, at least four other Nigerian celebrities have had cause to also debunk death rumours about themselves.
These celebrities are:
1. Olu Jacobs:
Fake news causes trauma. It once time knocked on the doorstep of veteran Nollywood actor Olu Jacobs.
On Tuesday 10 June, rumour quickly spread on Nigeria social media that the 77 years actor has died.
But the story turned out to be false after movie producer Lala Akindoju spoke with him.
She told reporters: “Uncle Olu Jacobs is alive and well. Very much so. I just got off the phone with him. Please stop spreading fake news.”.
2. Pete Edochie:
Not once, not twice have internet users don reported the death of popular Nigerian actor, Pete Edochie.
In 2012, a story emerged that the Things fall apart star died in Austria on a movie set. The rumour mongers claimed he fell from 50 feet mountain.
Also in 2016, Yul Edochie had a reason to debunk another report claiming, Pete, his father has died.
He wrote: “My father Chief Pete Edochie is alive and well. What do people gain from spreading these fake rumors without confirmation? It’s just crazy.”
Report of the death of fast rising singer Divine Ikubor alias Rema emerged in February 2020.
The story appeared real after the singer’s Wikipedia page reflected that he died.
But Rema’s manager Sean Okeke told the BBC Pidgin at that time that “Rema did not die.” However, he accused hackers of tampering with the singer’s wikipedia page.
Since that rumour, Rema has even released another banger he titled Beamer. It became a proof that he’s alive, bake and hearty
4. Sky B
In October 2019, Nigeria rapper and singer, Sky B ‘died on the internet’. At least, that’s what many bloggers reported, but it turned out to be a fake story.
The singer personally said via his Instagram page: “I’m alive oh.”
The ‘Pray for me’ singer explained that the rumour originated from a scene in the movie he acted.