Prominent Nigerian celebrities, Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh, recently found themselves at the center of controversy when they recorded the process of purchasing a new casket for the late artist Mohbad. This incident occurred amid discussions about the size of the initial casket in which Mohbad was buried.
Many people had expressed concerns that the original casket was too small to honor the artist properly, which led to calls for a new, more fitting casket.
In response to these concerns, Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh decided to take action by purchasing a new casket for Mohbad’s burial. However, what raised eyebrows among netizens was their decision to document this private and solemn moment.
Some Nigerians began to question the motives behind this recording, wondering whether it was driven by genuine compassion for the deceased or if it was merely an attempt to garner attention and clout on social media.
The controversy surrounding the recording highlights the fine line that public figures often tread when it comes to sharing sensitive and personal moments on social media. While many celebrities use their platforms to raise awareness and show support for various causes, there is always a debate about whether such actions are driven by a desire for genuine change or simply for public image and attention.
It’s worth noting that, in the midst of this debate, the CEO of Ebony Vaults, Dehinde Harrison, offered several services for Mohbad’s burial ceremony free of charge, including a free hall, pallbearers, a horse carriage, and wreath bearers. This generous gesture by the CEO added another layer to the discussion surrounding the handling of Mohbad’s burial arrangements.
Reactions to the incident varied among Nigerians, with many expressing criticism and concern about Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh’s decision to record the process of purchasing a new casket for Mohbad.
Here are some of the notable reactions:
Dr. Dípò Awóiíde expressed doubt and disapproval, stating that recording and sharing such a video was excessive and inappropriate for a solemn occasion like shopping for a casket.
Fela Cas labeled Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dikeh as “clout chasers,” suggesting that their actions were driven by a desire for attention and social media recognition.
Osun è ku iroju I shared a skeptical perspective, emphasizing that the individuals involved seemed more focused on gaining publicity and clout than genuinely caring about Mohbad. They found the act of recording while shopping for a casket unusual and unsettling.
Abeni questioned the necessity of recording the commemoration, acknowledging that it wasn’t necessarily about labeling them as clout chasers but expressing discomfort with the sight of coffins in the video and the overall approach to the situation.
These reactions reflect the concerns raised by many Nigerians about the appropriateness of documenting and sharing personal and sensitive moments, particularly when it involves solemn occasions like a burial.