Nigerian singer, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, popularly known as Iyanya, has recounted a suicide attempt after he became bankrupt in 2020.
Bahdstreetvibes reports that the singer narrated the incident that triggered the attempted suicide while featuring in the latest episode of the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by actor, Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, also known as Taymesan.
The ‘Kukere’ crooner said he was taken to court by his former management, Temple Management Company, for allegedly stealing a car belonging to the company.
Iyanya also revealed he lost his house and was staying in a hotel but could not afford the hotel bills anymore at some point due to no inflow of cash.
He added that the situation made him lose hope and attempt suicide, but the hotel manager stopped him.
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.”