Controversial Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi has waded into the controversy surrounding the death of Nigerian singer Oladips.
There have been speculations that the rapper might be alive following the announcement of his management last week Wednesday.
His management had announced in an Instagram post on Wednesday, November 14, 2023, that the artiste died after keeping his battle within himself for two years.
Plunging into the contentious matter, Fabiyi in a chat with The Punch on Monday stated that if Oladips was truly dead, his management would have reacted to rumours of him being alive.
The actor who described the rapper's move as "youthful exuberance" said he could have experienced a “death scare” and decided to “test his popularity” by pulling a “stunt that may work”.
Fabiyi who said there was nothing new in the the game of fame said the 'Lalakukulala' crooner tried to pull "a stunt that may work".
“There’s nothing new in this game. Maybe he is trying to test his popularity. He may have had a genuine death scare and they wished to play around it or he feels it is a stunt that may work.
“The quest for more popularity takes different tolls on people. This is just a personal opinion though. Whatever it is, let’s just wish him well and be hopeful he is alive. His death has nothing to add to anyone,” the actor said.
When asked if the act was not fraudulent, Fabiyi said; “It’s not fraudulent, but it’s a very expensive publicity stunt or prank.
“Do you have anything to prove if he passed out truly or was a stunt? Nothing concrete or substantial has surfaced to prove otherwise. Like I said it is expensive and dangerous.
“The stunt may work and may not yield. In most cases, it works, if it is managed well. Copycats may have it go south and they practically use such to ignite their career demise (God forbid in his case, even if he fakes it for PR, financial gain or so).”
The actor added; “Isn’t it a Yoruba proverb that says ‘let’s pretend we are dead and see who will truly mourn us?’ The competition and copy in the game are too much.
“I am not in a position to judge any. The entertainment industry is beyond ordinary. People don’t fancy natural or ordinary things much from the sector.
“If I die or suffer any hate-like attacks online or offline it’s the truth or my guts that caused it.”