Papaya Ex, also known as Arab Money (Real Name: Halima Abike Raheem, born 9 January 1995) is a social media influencer, actress, and model. The 28-year-old Nigerian is also known for her controversial nature and for working with national and international brands such as The Shawn Exchange, Zedapex Academy, and Oba Farms.
While the projection her works, especially through social media may be at the forefront of how Papaya became famous, the controversies that she has stirred on the internet have equally made heads turn. Well, here is all about her life before fame, career, and the controversies surrounding her life and career.
Summary of Papaya Ex’s Biography
- Full name: Halima Abike Raheem
- Nickname: Papaya Ex, Big Paps, Arab Money
- Gender: Female
- Date of birth: 9 January 1995
- Papaya Ex’s Age: 28 years old
- Ethnicity: Yoruba
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Zodiac Sign: Capricon
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Muslim
- Marital Status: Single
- Papaya Ex’s Parents: Mr Olakunle & Mrs Muti Oyo
- Siblings: Yomidun Raheem, Islamiya Raheem
- Papaya Ex’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 6 inches
- Height in Centimetres: 164.64cm
- Weight: 70 Kg
- Papaya Ex’s Net worth: US $100-300 (Estimated)
- Famous for: Social media influencing, Acting, modeling
- Papaya Ex’s Instagram: @Papaya_ex
- Twitter: @Abikearabmoney
- Facebook: Halimah Abike Raheem (Papaya Ex)
- Education: University of Lagos
How Old is Papaya Ex?
There are different ages associated to the influencer. Most reports claim that she could be 29 years old and was born on 9 January 1994. Other sources report that she is 20 or 19 years old and was born in 2004.
While there is a bit of uncertainty about her exact age, Papaya Ex celebrated her 27th birthday in January 2022. With this, it would mean that the influencer was born in 1995 and not 1994, 2003, or 2004 as claimed by sources. Going by this report, it is safe to say that Papaya Ex is 28 years old.
Whatever the case, she was born Halima Abike Rasheem and is from Oyo State. The model is from a Yoruba Muslim family consisting of her parents Mr. Olakunle & Mrs. Muti Oyo and her siblings, Yomidun Raheem and Islamiya Raheem. She also claims to be the royal granddaughter of the late Alaafin of Oyo.
Her sister, Yomidun Raheem is likewise a famous social media influencer for several enviable brands. Jointly, they refer to themselves as ‘The Raheems’.
Papaya Ex’s Education Was At The University of Lagos
Papaya Ex is allegedly a graduate of the University of Lagos. She has lived in Oyo State and obtained both her primary and secondary school education from different schools in Lagos State and Oyo as well.
Although her mother wanted her to study medicine, Arab Money as she is also dubbed, decided to chase her passion in art instead of science. Growing up, she would prefer to attend auditions and exhibitions rather than spend all her hours studying.
What Does Papaya Ex Do for a Living?
Papaya Ex is a popular social media influencer with a heavy fan presence on social media. She is also a model, actress, events host, and YouTuber. Currently, Papaya Ex has recorded a net worth of $100,000 to $300,000 from her rising career.
Big Paps started to ascend the ladder of fame in 2019 when she began to get attention online for the content she created . A little afterward, it was observed by many that her fashion sense and the pictures are mostly catchy.
Slowly, she has been capable of building a fan base of over 1 million followers on Instagram. Since, her influencing career has touched both the local and international market shores.
Papaya Ex has operated as an ambassador and promoter for brands like Zedapex Academy, a Forex and stocks trading institution. She is also responsible for being an ambassador for Zikel Cosmetics. In 2018, Papaya Ex requested to work for the cosmetic brand but to no avail. Despite her initial predicament, they reached out to her in 2022 with a monumental deal worth the sum of ₦50 million.
Other brands like The Shawn Exchange that have worked with celebrities such as Lasisi Elenu, and Oga Sabinus also have her on their payroll. Papaya Ex’s endorsement with the company came with a Mercedes Benz C300 worth about $43,550, equivalent to 20 million NGN.
In February 2022, she signed yet another deal for six months with Rhik’s Place, a hair brand for ₦15 million.
Her Career as an Actress, Model, and YouTuber
Asides from being a successful and sought-after social media queen, she delved into the movie industry in 2020, although she refers to herself as a part-time actress. The actress has so far been featured in short videos like Two Way Street.
She is a model and has a wide range of brands that she works with to display their product such as fashion houses, hair brands skin products brands, and many more. Papaya Ex boasts brands like Throwbies Makeover, Browlashians, Persian Couture, Oba Farms, and many others.
As with many celebrities and entertainers such as Taaooma, Mr. Macaroni, Maraji, and many who own YouTube channels, Papaya Ex also started up her page in 2016 but it started functioning in 2020. The channel has been running a show called Abike Talks, and the medium has produced over 7,000 subscribers and about 140,000 views.
The model who is in the service of providing all-around entertainment is also a host and master of ceremony. She hosts occasions such as listening parties, birthdays, get together, and small shows.
Who is Papaya Ex Dating?
Papaya Ex leads a private life and mostly makes only her business and career achievements known to the public. Despite the influencer being unmarried, it is unclear whether she is in a relationship or not. In recent times, she has been linked to a couple of people and the possibility of having a relationship.
The Oyo State native was rumored to have been dating a man called Leggy who is married with a child in Lagos. According to some reports, Leggy is responsible for the lavish lifestyle she leads. Sources have claimed that he is a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and he is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for online fraud.
In response to the rumors, Leggy and Papaya Ex refuted the talks. Leggy on his end denied being married and the lady that was alleged to be his wife is an ex-girlfriend. He has disavowed dating Papaya’s Ex or funding her lifestyle. Papaya, on the other hand, stood her ground, claiming her job as an influencer as being the root of her wealth and not a man.
Controversies Papaya Ex Has Been Associated With
She is Allegedly Involved in a Giveaway Sham
Papaya Ex has a reputation for her ability to host giveaways online to her fans and the public. In 2022, however, she received a backlash over a supposed fake giveaway she staged when her Instagram page hit one million followers.
The controversy began after Papaya Ex promised a Lexus car, iPhones, and other prized items to fans who may get lucky when they grace the occasion aimed at marking her one million Instagram hit.
The case turned sour when she was blindfolded and asked to pick anyone to be given the Lexus car. Her fans were generally displeased when she chose a lady called Precious who purportedly manages her social media pages and was part of the party’s organizing team. A large number of them felt cheated and threatened to unfollow her after the stunt she pulled on them.
Papaya Ex’s Supposed Viral Sex Tape
While her career continues to bloom, Papaya found herself in the middle of a leaked sex tape controversy. The video gives an inkling of the intimate affair going on between a man and a woman and the public concluded that the woman in the video was Papaya.
Despite the attention that the news garnered, the public has not received any commentary from the influencer. Hence, there is no certainty if she was the woman in the video.
Her Popular Halo Photoshoot
In 2022, Papaya released a picture where she was dressed in a halo, long dress, and holding onto a crucifix while looking like a Christian nun.
The picture got a lot of reactions from the public because they thought it was a mockery of Jesus Christ while others seemed unimpressed by the actress’s decision. She was also reminded that she does not even practice the faith.