Joseph Aloba, the father of Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, has disclosed how the late singer met his wife, Wunmi, at Naira Marley’s Marlian Music label.
While describing Mohbad as a simple and modest individual, he added that the duo had known each other at a very tender age at Oke-Iletu, Ikorodu, Lagos, before they were able to reconnect at Naira Marley’s label.
However, before they reconnected, there was no string attached between them.
Clarifying this through the song “Komajensun”, which Mohbad sang in 2020, Aloba spoke of a lyric, “Naira lo gbe omo fun mi, I’m not a womaniser”.
“He (Mohbad) met the lady (Wunmi) there (at Marlian Music), but they had known each other from Oke-Iletu, even though the lady was a student then,” Aloba disclosed to the reporter.
He also said his ex-wife, who happens to be Mohbad’s first stepmom, once asked him to choose between Mohbad and her.
Aloba said this while clarifying Mohbad’s lyric in the song, “Sorry”.
Aloba, while shedding more light on the lyrics, disclosed that his relationship with her was complicated.
He stated that his decision to choose Mohbad over her led to her packing out from the family.
“The stepmother told me one day, ‘Choose me or your son.’ I chose my son (Mohbad), and she packed her loads and left. I and the lady were together for more than seven years. I married her around 2005. That stepmother did not want me to send Mohbad to school, and I chose my son. And she decided to leave,” Aloba said while speaking exclusively with Saturday PUNCH.
Mohbad died on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, in Lagos State.
Circumstances leading to his death have yet to be unravelled. However, the Lagos State Police Command has begun an investigation into the case.
Meanwhile, the Coroner’s inquest into the death of Mohbad has fixed October 13, 2023, for witnesses to appear before it.
Attorney Funmi Falana, who represented Mohbad’s family, alongside other lawyers, had closed-door proceedings to discuss the modalities for hearing of evidence.
Speaking to the journalist after the proceedings, Falana said, “What we did today was to decide how and when the procedures would help get justice. The date has been fixed, and we will be bringing our witnesses.”