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It is one week, one trouble for KWAM1


March 24, (THEWILL)- This is obviously not the best of times for Fuji maestro, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, more popularly known as KWAM1. In the last two weeks, the 67 year-old has been battling to prevent his reputation from going to ruin. First, it was one of his drummers who alleged that he maltreats his staff. The drummer, Kunle Ayanlowo, said that he worked with KWAM1 for 32 years and in all those years, he achieved nothing as he lived in fear throughout his time with him. He noted that people only see his good side, but don’t know who he really is behind the scenes.

Ayanlowo also claimed that the musician treated him and his colleagues like slaves and would always seize their passports each time they travelled and returned to Nigeria. He also disclosed how Kwam1 ordered him to return home when he ran into him while he was on the way to the hospital for the treatment of ulcer, an ailment he has been suffering for a while.

This expose is coming barely six months after two of KWAM1’s band members, the lead guitarist and the keyboardist, absconded without a trace while they were on a musical tour in the United Kingdom. Refuting the allegation on his behalf, a media aide to the singer alleged that Ayanlowo disrespected Kwam 1 in public. The media aide claimed that upon sighting Ayanlowo at the venue of an event he was to perform, not dressed in the band uniform, Kwam 1 told him not to perform with them that day. This got Ayanlowo angry and he asked the singer “are you God?” — before leaving the premises.

According to the media aide, Anyanlowo would later beg Ayinde for forgiveness, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. This made the drummer to turn against Kwam 1 because he was not reinstated to the band. While that was still on the front burner, the singer was accused of having an amorous affair with a socialite, Folake Ibile and a female chef.

Cheating allegations have also dogged KWAM1’s highly publicised marriage to Emmanuella Ropo, his latest wife. Each time the allegation arises, he is quick to dismiss it as a mere rumour. The first controversy to hit his less than three-year-old marriage was in April 2022, when the singer denied being slapped by his wife over infidelity allegations. Then in 2023, he denied having issues in his marriage after a footage of him rejecting a kiss from Emmanuella at his 66th surprise birthday party surfaced online.

Debunking rumours of cracks in his marriage, K1’s media aide again came to the rescue. He reiterated that K1 and his wife enjoy a strong and harmonious marriage, untouched by the lies and rumours of malicious sources. They are deeply devoted to each other and without any insinuation of discord. He further denied rumours of any secret marriage between his principal and Ibile as false. He clarified that KWAM1’s only connection to her is a coincidental surname, emphasising that Ibile is happily married to another man. He also denied being in a relationship with a female chef, stating that he had never been involved with one or employed a female chef. He dismissed the allegations as baseless and purely fictional.

After several shots at matrimony, Kwam 1 married his current wife, Emmanuella, an entrepreneur in November 2021. The couple had an elaborate wedding ceremony at the Palace of the Alake of Egbaland, Ake Abeokuta, graced by over 30 monarchs. It was the first time the Fuji maestro would stage a grand and public wedding. In July 2022, the singer reassured his wife that she was the last wife he would ever marry. Hopefully his reassurances to his wife and his attempt to deny any extra marital affairs are not just mere words but an affirmation of his resolve to remain with her.

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