Just as the world was starting to settle into their talents, their lives were tragically cut short. Here are 4 Nigerian artistes who died too soon, but continue to live on in our hearts.
These are some of Nigerian Artistes who died at their peak;
Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, – better known as DaGrin – ruled the airwaves and clubs with his records and was undoubtedly one of the biggest acts in the country. In the short time, he was in the spotlight, he made a remarkable impression with his life before death took him His album Chief Executive Omota, shook the industry to its core, helping place his name in the sand of time as well. The CEO album held within it several hit singles, which peaked on several charts as well as secure a couple of awards. The late rapper in his life also collaborated with other acts as well as feature some on his records. Following his death, he became the first artist to have two posthumous #1 hits – “If I Die” and “Tribute To Dagrin”. In all, Dagrin accomplished more with one album than most artists will in their entire careers.
Born Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey, on October 23, 1983, Goldie was a breath of fresh air to the Nigerian music scene. Armed with her eccentric and unique fashion style, the throne was hers for the taking. Goldie began her music career in 2007 and released her debut album (Spin me) the same year.
In 2010, she signed a record deal with Kennis Music and released her 2010 album ‘Gold‘ which had the monster hit ‘Jawo Jawo, ‘Don’t Touch My Body’, know it ft ElDee on it,’ songs that earned her mainstream success with over 10 awards to include; Best Female Video’ at the Soundcity Awards 2010, ‘Best Use of Costume’ and ‘Best Afropop’ at NMVA, with ‘Best Female Artist’ at the City People Awards. In no time, She became one of the most-talked-about celebrities in the country, with her fame skyrocketing following her participation in the 2012 edition of the Big Brother Africa StarGame, sadly, she was evicted on the 70th day of the show.
Upon leaving the house, Goldie worked tirelessly on improving her brand and was working on a new project ”The African Invasion Album” before her untimely death in 2013. Goldie had just returned from that year’s Grammy Awards when she passed out. She died of ‘hypertensive heart disease,’ which triggered an “intracerebellar hemorrhage.”
Obiajulu Nwaozor, a.k.a MC Loph hit the limelight in 2009 with the song ‘Osondi Owendi,’ a remix of the original song with the same title by Osadebe. The rapper had just begun to garner major attention across the country, following the release of his second album titled ”Hands Up” which had his monster hit song, ”Osondi Owendi,” and had just signed a juicy recording deal with Morgan Entertainment when his life was cut short. MC Loph died in a fatal auto-crash along Benin-Ore road on 14th September 2011 while on the way to hia hometown in Enugu State. The late rapper has been credited for nurturing the likes Mr. Raw, Flavour amongst others.
It is quite rare for a gospel act to enjoy the same level of respect and love most secular acts do, but, Kefee did. T Known for her effortlessly vibe creation with her songs, Kefeee was a favorite amongst many across the country. She released her debut album ”Branama” which shot her into the limeligt. Her velvety voice, groovy sound and downright beautiful songs till date resonates.
She again garnered massive attention when she recorded a song with Timaya, titled “Kokoroko.” The song went on to top charts and snag several nominations.
On the 12th of June 2014, her death was announced and an autopsy confirmed she died from lung failure.
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