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)
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)
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 fans’ favorite across the country but his musical dream was cut short, courtesy Nigerian bad roads.
7. Bisi Komolafe (1985 – 2012)
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)
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.
5. Fada U-Turn (1977 – 2013)
Born as Olufemi Mayomi, Fada U-Turn is best remembered for his popular reggae inspires songs especially ‘Yetunde’ which rocked the Nigerian music scene in the 90s. He died on Sunday, November 17, 2013 due to a kidney-related disease. Fada U-Turn was buried on the same day in Badagry, Lagos. He died at the age of 36 and is survived by a wife and 3 children.
4. Zara Gretti (1986 – 2014)
Just like the others on the list, popular singer, Zara died in her prime after a battle with multiple scesclerosis. Born as Margret Oluwatoyin Ejiro Joseph, Zara died at the age of 28. Prior to her death she was an on-air personality on Rhythm 93.7 FM Lagos.
3. Kefee (1980 – 2014)
The gospel music industry lost a rare gem when Kefee Obareki, AKA Miss Kokoroko died. The Warri praise singer died of lung failure in a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was married to popular OAP, Esosa Don Momoh and was rumoured to be pregnant with their first child at the time of her death. Kefee died at the age of 34.
2. Muna Obiekwe (1979 – 2015)
The year 2015 started on a sad note for Nigerian entertainment when popular Nollywood actor, Muna Obiekwe lost his battle with Kidney disease. Muna died on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the age of 36.
1. Nomoreloss (1977 – 2016)
This is the most recent loss in the entertainment industry. Born as Olumiyiwa Osinuga, Nomoreloss died on Monday March 21 2016 and was buried on 8th April 2016. The late R&B singer and songwriter died from pneumonia in a hospital in Lagos, leaving behind his wife, Phoenix Adeola Osinuga and little daughter. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 39, just one more birthday and he would have escaped being featured on this list.
The above entertainers may be physically gone, but their legacies still lives. There will be no more loss, and for these fallen heroes, may their gentle souls continue to rest in the bosom of the lord. Amen!
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