By John Abayomi, Deputy Online Editor
Popular Nigerian hip-hop starÂ DagrinÂ , born Olayitan Olanipekun Oladapo,Â is dead. The rising act who has been dubbedÂ Nigeria’s 50CentsÂ died from complications arising from injuries he sustainedÂ in a ghastly motor accident last weekÂ Wednesday when he ran into a stationary truck around 3am at Mushin in Lagos.Â Â Sources say heÂ died yesterdayÂ at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.
The singer of Pon Pon Pon hit single, alreadyÂ getting massive airplay,Â last known stage appearance wasÂ at the Kennis Easter Music fiesta in LagosÂ where he had an outstanding performance.
According to an earlier Vanguard report: ” ï»¿After surviving a terrible accident involving a truckÂ last week Â Wednesday, which left him unconscious, rapper Da Grin has been hospitalised and operated upon at a Lagos hospital.Â According to on-line entertainment journal, netng.com, a source close to the rapper who claimed to have been in the car at the time of the accident had initially said there was only a brief argument after a truck driver lost control and damaged the fender of Dagrinâ€™s Nissan Maxima. However, other inside sources have squealed on the gravity of the accident and its aftermath on the rapper.
TheÂ report saidÂ that DagrinÂ was Â in a very bad shape; in critical condition with doctors working round the clock to save his lifeâ€, said the source as at press time, last Â Thursday.
He was operated upon at the Lagos University Teaching HospitalÂ (last Week Wednesday).
He was said to have been returning home from an assignment, and he had called home severally to tell them not to lock the gate; that he was coming home.
The manager and close family sources allegedly confirmed to NET that the rapper was left unconscious after running into the truck, and was left hanging between life and death before he was rescued by policemen on patrol.
The policemen reportedly called his manager after finding his number on Dagrinâ€™s â€˜last dialledâ€™ list. He was initially taken to Tai Solarin private hospital in Mushin, before his minders moved him to LUTH.
The rapper is believed to have sustained numerous injuries, especially in the chest, jaws and head.
His manager confirmed he had an operation same day at LUTH and has been under intensive care.
The doctors say heâ€™s improving but they have to keep him in ICU until his condition stabilises.
He hasnâ€™t been able to open his eyes or speak since yesterday(last week thursday). I believe theyâ€™ll move him from ICU to the ward once he comes roundâ€™, his manager was quoted to have said.
However, Dagrin could not make it as Â reports yesterday comfirmed that Â the rapperÂ has passed on.
The youngman will be remembered for his swagger,Â creative rap style,Â grass to grace back street tales,Â Â indigenousÂ Â lyrics laced with humour on rich dance-able beats.
As at press time over 700 fans have written their condolences while some, in disbelief, still wish the lyricistÂ a Â quick recoveryÂ onÂ hisÂ Facebook wallÂ . A few excerpts:
Eugene Ronny: “Dagrin where are you? Please come out and Â tell the world that you are not dead.”
Bhellow Harrordhale: “RIP Da’grin”
Michael Rooney: ” You will be healed, also I’ll pray for you”
Femi Daniel: “IT’S A LIE”
Emmanule Kingsley Oprah:” Dagrin, as long as the Lord liveth… you shall live to sing more songs —-of praise..”
Hodun Olagokun: “Orun ree oo Akogun, omo naija… miss u die– Rest in peace”
Amodu Iyanda: “Why Dagrin?”
DaBishop Dread: “Too early, God!!!”
Opeyemi Oluwatibi, “Olaitan Oladepo….It’s painful”
Aruma Cole:” Rest in peace bro… I will miss youÂ more than my wife in dis life bro”
Dagrin, real name Olayitan Olanipekun OladapoÂ hailed Â from Abeokuta, Ogun State. He attendedÂ Good Shepherd Nursery and Primary SchoolÂ andÂ Egbado College.
He released his first butÂ little known albumÂ Â under Leo EntertainmentÂ about 3years ago before his current album, CEO on his own label, MOSOFUNYIN Entertainment that has been generally acknowledged as successful.
Before his death, he hadÂ becomeÂ the most sought out lyricist for collabos byÂ both old and upcoming artists. There are a few collabos to hisÂ credit – withÂ Â Dark Poet, So Sick, T Frizzle, Omawumi, Lala, Bigiano, Owen Gee, YQ,Â Kenny St. Brown,Â 9ice, Teeblaq,Â General PypeÂ and many others.