Nigerian music sensation, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, widely recognized as Iyanya, has revealed a deeply personal and challenging period in his life when he came perilously close to contemplating suicide due to financial hardships that struck in 2020.
During this difficult phase, Iyanya found himself entangled in a legal battle with his former management company, Temple Management Company, which accused him of misappropriating a car owned by the company.
This legal conflict effectively halted his ability to perform and earn an income from shows.
In a candid conversation as a guest on the Tea With Tay podcast, hosted by actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, also known as Taymesan, Iyanya shared his ordeal.
He recounted, “I went through a period where I was in court for an extended period of time, which meant I couldn’t do shows. I was unable to earn from performing, and it required me to dip into my savings. However, when you’re in the limelight, your spending patterns change, and your savings aren’t equipped to support that lifestyle.”
Iyanya went on to explain the challenging circumstances that further exacerbated his situation. He narrated, “I was at a point where I realized that I needed to start touring to recover.
But just two days after my last court appearance, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. My life took a hit. I found myself in a constant state of instability. I stayed in a hotel since I no longer had a home, and then COVID-19 struck. I was stuck, unable to perform or tour for more than a year due to the lockdowns.”
Describing the emotionally intense time he spent in the hotel, Iyanya revealed that he reached a breaking point. He disclosed, “I was stuck there for an extended period, and there were moments when I almost gave in to the dark thoughts of ending my life. It was an incredibly tough period, and I credit the hotel manager, Alaba, for showing immense kindness by allowing me to stay there for over a year.”