Nigerian rapper Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, popularly known as Oladips, is dead.
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The 28-year-old artiste died on Tuesday evening, two years after battling with an unknown ailment.
This was disclosed in a statement by his management via his verified Instagram page on Wednesday.
“We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, Nov 14th, Tuesday evening, at precisely 10:14 pm. We are still in shock as we speak!” the statement read.
“For over two years, he has kept his battles within himself. His body is now with his family, and funeral services will be announced as soon as it is concluded! The family asked that we respect their privacy in this trying time. May God give us all the fortitude to bear this great loss.”
Before he died, the rapper released a song titled ‘Die Young’, that highlighted competing with people when they are alive and then turning around to celebrate them when they are gone.
“People compete with the living and care for the dead. World people. They will watch you beg for the bread when you make it, or you die when they care for a friend. Bandwagon, everybody jumps on the trend,” the lyrics of the songs read.
“‘That was my friend; he was a cool guy. One of the best talents. He was a good guy. Let me post his picture on my story and my page so the world can see my agony and my pain.’ Reality check: this is everyone’s reality. This song is the truth and for clarity… What is the point of showing love to a good person when they aren’t with us?”
Oladips’ death has thrown the music world into mourning. It is coming barely two months after the death of rapper Oladimeji Aloba popularly known as Mohbad.
Reno Omokri, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to the death of the Nigerian pop star.
Reacting, Omokri in a tweet via his X account on Wednesday, compared Oladips’ death to that of late singer Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad.
He also prayed to God to give Oladips’ family the heart to bear the loss.
“First MohBad, and now Oladips. The similarities in the manner of their passing are eerily unnerving. Sudden illness. Allegations of self-medication. Rushed to a hospital. And then death. This is one déjà vu too many,” Omokri tweeted.
“Perhaps it is time for the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria to approach a Health Insurance provider to offer their members affordable, accessible and quality healthcare with HMOs.
“We do not need tributes for our artists. We need long lives for them. It is a significant loss to Nigeria when young, talented entertainers, capable of rebranding our image internationally, meet untimely deaths.
“May God grant the family, survivors, and fans of Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji the fortitude to bear their loss.”