In the month of September, the Nigerian music industry was filled with sadness following the death of singer Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
The circumstances surrounding his death made it a trending topic as his former boss Naira Marley was alleged to be a suspect due to videos that trended online of the singer being physically abused before he passed on.
Nigerians became sympathetic about the late singer’s death and did not just take to the streets protesting for justice, but also streamed his songs online.
Mohbad’s songs dominated music charts in Nigeria and were also used for several social media posts and promotions.
Hence, our top 10 list for the month is filled with his tracks.
This track became the anthem for protests online and offline in Nigeria demanding #JusticeForMohbad. The lyrics line “Been through many things, many many gists, but I still find my peace,’’ saw Nigerians grow more sympathetic about his death and called for justice. This song also moved up music charts across the globe and some artists did a cover for it.
Walking Dead- Mohbad
This song had Nigerians saying the singer saw his death ahead. Part of the lyrics said “every man is a walking dead.’’ This song also fostered the belief that the constant physical attacks Mohbad faced killed him mentally before he bid mother earth goodbye on September 12. Bet, this track will be used for funerals in Nigeria henceforth.
Ask About Me- Mohbad
Another song by the late singer that blew up after his demise. This track was used for several social media campaigns as it shot up several streaming charts.
Feel Good- Mohbad
“I know there is a day all my friends will go away, till then I smoke it away,’’ is a popular lyric line in Mohbad’s “Feel Good.’’ Nigerians associated the “friends” the late singer was talking about here to members of the Marlians record label who he fell out with after deciding to leave the label. “Feel Good” was a hit song when it was released, but the singer’s death saw it making its way back to top of music charts.
KPK- Rexxie, Mohbad
Without a doubt, this was the biggest song Mohbad made while he was still alive. His death saw the song shoot up the charts again as DJs made it an anthem in club houses once again in honour of Mohbad.
Komajensun- Mohbad, Naira Marley
“Komajensun’’ was the first song Mohbad made after joining Marlians music label. While Nigerians accused Naira Marley of having a hand in his death, people trooped to stream the song and reminisce about how beautiful his relationship with Naira Marley was before it turned sour. The song shot Mohbad to limelight after it was released in 2020.
Beast and Peace- Mohbad
Mohbad’s songs reflected his struggles with depression and constant physical abuse. “Beast and Peace” is one of such tracks. It gained strong popularity after Mohbad’s death.
Pariwo- Mohbad, Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda was Mohbad’s close friend and has seized every opportunity to seek justice regarding Mohbad’s death. “Pariwo,’’ making it up the charts comes as no surprise as people were eager to listen to a track made by both singers before the unfortunate incident.
Rhythm and Blues- Ayra Starr
Despite the fact that Mohbad’s death became an unending topic this September, Ayra Starr’s “Rhythm and Blues” found its way into the charts and social media promos. The love song is probably the singer’s biggest release this year.
City Boy- Burna Boy
Burna Boy’s “City Boy” is another track that defied the odds this month to trend. The song off Burna Boy’s “I Told Them” album is a jam that is likely to stay longer on top of the charts.