Iyanya, also known as Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, a Nigerian singer, has shared a deeply personal and emotional experience about his struggles, revealing that he nearly attempted suicide in 2020 during a difficult period of his life.
He recounted how he faced financial difficulties, losing his house and being unable to afford hotel bills after falling into bankruptcy.
His troubles were further exacerbated when he was taken to court by his former management company, Temple Management Company, over allegations of “stealing” a car belonging to the company.
During a guest appearance on the Tea With Tay podcast hosted by actor Temisan Emmanuel Ahwieh, Iyanya opened up about the difficult circumstances he endured. He shared, “I was in court for a long time, I didn’t do shows.
I couldn’t do anything. You know, when you stopped doing shows, 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.”
He continued, “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.”
Iyanya went on to share that he was in the hotel for an extended period, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.
He mentioned that he was pushed to the brink, even contemplating suicide at one point, and credited the hotel manager for intervening and stopping him. He referred to the experience as a time of intense madness.