10 Nigerian Entertainers Who Died Before the Age of 40


The life of Nigerian entertainers are no different from that of a regular man. However, when a singer or actor dies young, the loss is felt by not just his or her immediate friends and family but also fans and business associates who must have looked up to or benefited from their talent.

A couple of Nigerian talented entertainers left the scene before they got to age 40. They were not privileged like 2Face Idibia who recently celebrated life at 40. While the Hypertek boss ages gracefully, a few other entertainers were not so lucky to have seen four decades on earth. This article remembers 10 Nigerian entertainers who died before their 40th birthday.

10. Ireti (2002)

Adebimpe Adekola popularly known as Ireti was a popular actress in the 90s who was amoung the leading females in the Yoruba sector of the Nigerian movie industry. She died on Friday, September 27, 2002 while in her early 30s.

9. Dagrin (1987 – 2010)

Nigerian Entertainers – Dagrin

Born as Olaitan Olanipekun, Dagrin was a promising rapper, who died just before his rise to fame on April 22, 2010, 8 days after he was involved in a ghastly car accident in front of Alakara Police Station, off Agege motor road, Mushin, Lagos. Dagrin left behind a blossoming career, heartbroken parents, devastated fans and colleagues.

He was barely 23 when he gave up the ghost, and everyday he is remembered whenever his songs are played on radio and television. To celebrate the Ogun state born rapper, a biopic titled “Ghetto Dreamz” has produced and released in his honor.

8. MC Loph (2011)

Nigerian Entertainers – Mc Loph

MC Loph died in an auto accident on Benin-Ore expressway on September 14, 2011. His career was on the rise, his song was already becoming fan’s favorite across the country but his musical dream was cut short, courtesy Nigerian bad roads.

7. Bisi Komolafe (1985 – 2012)

Nigerian Entertainers – Bisi Komolafe

It was indeed another dim moment for the Nigerian entertainment industry when the death of budding actress, Bisi Komolafe was confirmed. The pretty actress who was a product of Lagos State University died on December 31, 2012 at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan. She died at the age of 27.

6. Goldie Harvey (1983 – 2013)

Goldie Harvey
Nigerian Entertainers – Goldie

Born as Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey, Goldie had a fantastic career and had established herself as one of Nigeria’s most vibrate female performer before her death. The hip hop singer represented Nigeria at the 2012 Big Brothers Africa All Stars. She died from complications emerging from a lung failure on February 14, 2013, 8 months before her 30th birthday.

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