In this post, Ogunwatch delves into the lives and unfortunate deaths of five Nigerian music artists who all passed away tragically under the age of 30, including the latest addition to this sad list, Mohbad.
Nigeria has a vibrant and dynamic music scene that has produced some of Africa’s most talented artists. However, along with fame and success comes the pressure and challenges that can sometimes lead to untimely tragedies.
Dagrin – A Shining Star Lost Too Soon
Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, famously known as Dagrin, was a trailblazing Nigerian rapper whose career was on an upward trajectory until it was cut short on April 14, 2010, at the age of 25. He lost his life in a fatal car accident, leaving behind a legacy of groundbreaking music that still resonates with fans today.
Dablix Oshaa – A Young Talent’s Untimely Departure
Oniyinde Azeez, known as Dablix Oshaa, was another promising talent in the Nigerian music industry. Tragically, he complained of a stomach ache on November 7, 2022, and passed away on November 8, 2022, at the age of 27. His sudden demise shocked the music community and his fans.
Damino Damoche – A Student and Musician
Damilola Olaniyan, known as Damino Damoche, was not just a musician but also a final year student at the University of Lagos (LASU). On February 28, 2013, at a tender age, he fell victim to unknown gunmen suspected to be cultists, robbing Nigeria of a rising star with a bright future.
Mohbad – The Latest Tragedy
Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, was a versatile Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter. His life was tragically cut short on September 12, 2023, at the age of 27.
While the circumstances surrounding his death are still being investigated, speculations online suggest that it might be linked to complications arising from excessive drug use or injuries sustained in a recent fight.
Mohbad followed up his viral hit song “Ponmo,” featuring Naira Marley and Lil Kesh, with the release of his debut album titled “Light” in the latter part of 2020. His impressive work earned him five nominations at The Beatz Awards in 2021.
Goldie – A Multitalented Star
Susan Oluwabimpe, known as Goldie, was not only a professional singer but also a Big Brother Africa star. On February 14, 2013, she passed away at the age of 29, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the Nigerian music industry.
The Nigerian music industry has seen its fair share of promising young talents whose lives were tragically cut short. These artists, including Dagrin, Dablix Oshaa, Damino Damoche, Mohbad, and Goldie, all had the potential to achieve greater heights in their careers.
Their untimely deaths serve as a sobering reminder of the challenges and pressures that come with fame, and the need for artists to prioritize their health and well-being.