Nigerian recording artist, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk who is popularly known by his stage pseudonym, Iyanya confessed in a new interview session with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on the program: Rubbin’ Minds on Channels TV that the continued demand from the music industry made him take a break.
The entertainer left the music industry for four years to re-attain his maximum self and rid himself from dealing with the complexities of trolls on social media, record label conflict, and creating hits.
The 2011 Project Fame winner, in 2016 entered a well-publicized feud with Made Men Music Group (Triple MG) founder and music executive, Ubi Franklin following a contract dispute. He signed a deal with Don Jazzy’s Mavins record label before he left the label a year later.
Speaking up about his mental health relapse and recovery in a new session with Ebuka, the ‘Kukere’ crooner had this to say;
“With song hits come pressure; the ups and the downs. Fans don’t see that. But you as an artist have to tell yourself the truth, take some time off, and do what’s right. It was really intentional for me to leave and come back better”
He further added;
“For me, I wasn’t prepared for all of that. I knew I was going to be popular but I didn’t realize it was going to be that huge. The effects on me were not so good at some point. Yeah, of course. It was a toxic time for me.”
The singer has since re-joined Ubi Franklin’s Triple MG and they have made up and set aside their differences.