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Grieving the Loss: Omowunmi Aloba Mourns Husband Mohbad

Tragic Loss of a Music Icon

The Nigerian music world was plunged into mourning on September 13, 2023, with the heartbreaking news of the passing of the renowned singer Mohbad, also known as Ilerioluwa Aloba. The artist, celebrated for hits like “Koma Jensun,” “Ponmo Sweet,” and “Feel Good,” met a tragic end when unknown assailants fatally shot him in Lagos. His association with Naira Marley’s Marlian Music label added to his fame.

The Woman Behind the Singer: Omowunmi Aloba and Their Family

Behind the fame and success was a family, and at the core of it was Mohbad’s wife, Omowunmi Aloba, who now faces the daunting task of coping with this loss alongside their children.

A Decade-Long Love Story

Omowunmi Aloba, aged 24 and working as a fashion designer, shared a deep bond with Mohbad that spanned a decade. Their love story culminated in marriage in 2022. Tragically, their young son, Liam Light Aloba, born on April 13, 2023, was just five months old when his father’s life was cut short. Omowunmi’s Instagram, boasting over 100k followers, provided glimpses into their life as a family.

Unbearable Grief and Fond Memories

Omowunmi’s grief was palpable as she turned to social media to express her profound sorrow. She painted a poignant picture of Mohbad as a loving and supportive husband who meant the world to her. She shared his inner struggles and the elusive happiness he sought, saying, “I tried my best to make him stay, but they took him away from me. He was my everything: my best friend, soulmate, and criminal partner. He gave me the best life I could ever ask for. He made sure I didn’t lack anything. He always had my back.”

A Son’s Future Without His Father

Omowunmi also grappled with the uncertain future of their young son, Liam, who would grow up without his father’s physical presence. She pondered how to explain this heartbreaking loss to him, knowing that he would only know his father through the internet and photographs.

Mohbad’s Roots and Musical Journey

Mohbad’s life journey began in Lagos State, Nigeria, on June 8, 1996. With Yoruba heritage and ties to Ogun State, his humble beginnings shaped his determination. His educational path took him to Government Secondary School in Lagos and later to Tai Solarin University of Education, where he pursued a degree in History and International Relations.

The Rise of a Music Star

His ascent in the music industry commenced in 2016, marked by the release of his debut track, “Dreams Turn Reality.” However, it was his 2019 freestyle, “Imole,” that catapulted him into the limelight and led to his signing with Naira Marley’s record label. Throughout his journey, Mohbad cherished his family bonds, particularly with his mother, who featured in his songs. In a touching gesture, he gifted her a car in 2021 on her birthday. His close-knit family included two sisters and a brother.

A Lasting Legacy

Despite his untimely departure, Mohbad’s legacy lives on in his music. His fans, friends, and family will continue to honor the memory of the talented singer who left an indelible mark on the Nigerian music scene.

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