The passing of famed Nigerian gospel musician Osinachi Nwachukwu on Friday, which shocked many, has sparked controversy with new claims about their marriage.
The singer, who rose to fame with the hit “Ekwueme“, which has been viewed 72 million times on YouTube, died in an Abuja hospital.
She was a lead singer at the Dunamis International Gospel Center. She was featured in several popular gospel songs such as “Nara Ekele” by Pastor Paul Enenche (Dunamis, Abuja) and “You don’t dey use me play” by Emma.
Her family and her husband, Peter Nwachukwu, who served as her manager, have yet to release a statement.
However, close friends and associates have suggested that their violent union led to an early death.
On Saturday, her colleague, Frank Edwards, alleged that the late singer had an abusive husband, who regularly abused her before he died.
Edwards made the comments in an Instagram live video.
Frank Edwards said on several occasions that the late singer’s husband had a habit of publicly insulting his wife and abused her on several occasions.
Recounting an encounter with the singer, she said: “Once in a studio, this man slapped her in the studio just because she wanted to record the song in Igbo against her will. She does nothing on her account.”
“She said, please beg my husband. She was at her mercy. She didn’t know the intensity of what was happening; He didn’t know how anyone would be jealous of his wife or claim to love.
“There are many stories where people told him this and that, but what I know is that the control was too much. The other time someone wanted me to get her for an event and I contacted her but she said ‘beg my husband’.
The singer also alleged that the late singer’s husband was controlling her and would take the money she earned from the events. He did, however, say that the singer was secretive about what was going on in her marriage.
“I couldn’t even tell people what I was going through. I only found out because Aunt Joy contacted me to promote her song. That’s when I got a glimpse of what was going on,” she said.
“It’s crazy,” he lamented.
“People have tried to invite her on their shows, but she keeps telling them they need to beg my husband first,” she said.
In addition to recounting her experiences on the late singer’s marital hurdle with her husband, she said that a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Joy Nunieh, once gifted the singer with a studio in Abuja. Still, her husband never allowed her to use the studio simply because it was built without her permission.
Nwachukwu could not be reached for comment on Saturday. A message sent by PREMIUM TIMES to the Dunamis Church also went unanswered.
demand for justice
Screaming for justice, Edward said he would go to great lengths on social media for the first time in his career until justice was done.
“I have never had any reason to have a court case with anyone because I am a child of God, but you will see this case, it will not be because she was a blessing to the world.
“I don’t normally get involved in stuff like this, I keep my family and personal stuff off social media, but this hurt me,” he said.
He also said that Ms. Nunieh, a lawyer, promised to take legal action against Mr. Nwanchukwu.
The gospel singer also advised women in abusive marriages to take a long walk.
He said: “My advice is that even if you are not a wife, if you are being physically abused, go back to your parents’ house.”
“I am not a married man, but I cannot advise anyone to stay where they have been physically abused. You may not get divorced right away. Just go to save your life.
The circumstances surrounding Osinachi’s death have provoked various reactions from Nigerians. It is, in fact, one of the most popular topics on Twitter right now.
Here some reactions https://twitter.com/novievrest/status/1512700834030788612?s=20&t=Plg-UES1q2z1EUxIOW1RPQ
Imagine coming across a news story saying that Ms. Osinachi Nwachukwu divorced her husband, she would have gone online and ranted her disappointment at so-called gospel propellers…:
But the worst news came out yesterday, she’s dead and that’s because she stayed in an abusive marriage.
— Seun_Ayo (@Priesthood10) April 9, 2022
— Joan Ngomba (@joanngomba) April 9, 2022
Now everyone says, leave the marriage, leave the abusive relationship, divorce is an option, and so on. Yes I agree
But I hope that in the near future we won’t make fun of the people who took the bold step of doing it.
Rip Osinachi #Osinachinwachukwu
— Austine (@AustineOtoo) April 9, 2022
#Osinachinwachukwu I will forever have great memories of you,your angelic voice,the worship and ministration helped many come as they are, willing to be vulnerable and broken for christ..God bless you and give you true rest daughter of Zion 🙏 pic.twitter.com/BjlJnTMi8K
— Ocarina (@its_Aijay) April 9, 2022
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