Death is inevitable, it is the only thing certain to happen to everyone. Yet, we still get sad and cry when nature takes its course. The recent passing away of an OAP sent shockwaves around the country, and that led to the research of this post. It is always tragic when lives are cut short at the peak of their careers, especially the creatives. With no disrespect to non-creatives who have died, this is a post to musicians. Here is a list of Nigerian musicians who died at the peak of their careers.
Olaitan Olanipekun aka Dagrin was the shining light of indigenous rap music. He was arguably the best in his prime, but it was short-lived. Nigeria was thrown into grief on the 22nd of April, 2010 when news of his death sufficed. He died 8 days after he had an accident in front of Alakara police station, off Agege road in Mushin Lagos state.
Goldie was born Harvey Oluwabimpe Susan, she died at 41. She was rushed to Lagos state teaching hospital on the 14th of February 2013 after complaining about a headache, she died at the hospital. According to autopsy reports, she died of a heart attack. It was reported that she willed her properties to charity foundations in the country.
The “Branama” queen was a famous gospel artiste who died at the age of 34 in 2014. Sources said that the singer was on a flight to Chicago, United States when she suddenly collapsed. It was reported that she was unconscious for fifteen days before she eventually gave up on the 12th of June, 2014 due to lung failure. Her full name is Kefee Obareki Don Momoh and one of her prominent songs is “Kokoroko” where she featured Timaya.
Eric Arubayi was a famous gospel singer who became known when he took the 4th position at the West Africa idols music event in 2007. He died on the 11th of February 2017, after a brief illness. Although the actual cause of his death is unknown, a family member came said he died of complications from the use of expired malaria drugs. His notable songs include Mr DJ, one love one voice, mama song and many more.
Ras Kimono was a Nigerian reggae icon whose original name is Augustine Oseloke Onwubuya. The legend was born on the 9th of May, 1958 in Delta state and died earlier this year at the age of 60 in Ikoyi, Lagos. He was buried on August 25, 2018, in Delta state, his wife died a month after due to brief illness. Four albums were sold in his name which includes: Rub A Dab, what’s Gawn, We No Wan, and under Pressure. He remains a music hero and a role model to many upcoming reggae artistes.
God bless their souls.
light sleeper, heavy dreamer.