Nigerian pop star Skiibii sacks manager after reports of his death seen as 'PR stunt'

The Nigerian pop star Skiibii Mayana has sacked his manager the week after reports of the musician's death - with his manager now apologising over what some have suggested was a PR stunt.

Skiibii: Fans got heebie-jeebies, but they can now breathe easy
Skiibii: Fans got heebie-jeebies, but they can now breathe easy

In an interview with Nigerian radio station Cool FM earlier this week, which has been released on YouTube and can be seen below, Skiibii attempted to clarify the situation.

He told the station that on Friday last week he suffered a blackout, saying that he had experienced this on several previous occasions.

When he got out of hospital, rumours had circulated on social media of his death. Skiibii said: "When I got out people were sharing pictures, I was like 'what is happening?', people were like 'rest in peace'."

It is not clear where rumour's of Skiibii's death started, but they appeared to be based upon pictures of the musician lying down, which he told Cool FM were from a party in South Africa several weeks before.

The misinformation of Skiibii's death quickly spread across Nigeria, only for the artist to be discovered alive and well, prompting some people to suggest that the affair was designed as a hoax to create publicity for the artist.

Speaking to Cool FM alongside Skiibii, fellow artist KCee said he blamed their manager Soso Soberekon for allowing the rumours to escalate. "My so-called manager confirmed it, I put the blame on him," said KCee, going on to say: "We are going to treat him according to his mistake, and right now as I speak he is fired."

Soberekon this morning released a statement via his Instagram page offering an "unreserved apology to everyone". He said: "With my wealth of experience in the entertainment business, I would like to state that events leading to the above misinformation through my channel was due to a breakdown in communication."

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