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Iyanya talks near suicide attempt after bankruptcy

Iyanya talks near suicide attempt after bankruptcy


Nigerian music sensation Iyanya, born Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, has opened up about a difficult time in his life when he faced financial troubles and even contemplated suicide.

In 2020, Iyanya found himself in a distressing situation after experiencing financial setbacks that led him to lose his home.

During a candid conversation on the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, Iyanya revealed that after losing his house, he had been staying at a hotel but eventually could not manage the hotel bills.

The turmoil deepened as Iyanya found himself entangled in a legal battle with his former management, Temple Management Company. He was accused of “stealing” a car belonging to the company.

As a result of these challenges, Iyanya’s career suffered a blow, and he could not perform shows or generate income.

He explained that the sudden halt in his income affected him profoundly. He emphasized that during successful times, the flow of money is different, and spending habits vary compared to tough times.

Recalling the tough times, Iyanya 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.”

Iyanya’s struggles took an even more unexpected turn when, just after his last court appearance, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. Stuck in a hotel and with no steady income, he found himself facing challenging circumstances.

Despite the difficulties, Iyanya expressed gratitude for the kindness of Alaba, the hotel owner, who allowed him to stay for an extended period.

“The owner of the hotel is such a great human being. I have never seen such an amazing human being like that,” he said.

As the pandemic continued, Iyanya’s situation worsened. Unable to perform or tour due to lockdown restrictions, he grappled with the absence of income and the ongoing legal battle.

This accumulation of stress and uncertainty led Iyanya to a point where he almost considered ending his life. He shared that the hotel manager played a crucial role in supporting him during this difficult time.

“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.”

Source:  guardian.ng

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