The Nigerian music industry is grappling with the sudden loss of one of its rising stars, street-hop rapper Oladips, who tragically passed away at the age of 28 in Lagos.
The news of his death was confirmed by his management on November 15, 2023, revealing that he had lost his battle with an undisclosed illness.
Statement from Oladips’ management
“We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka OLADIPS passed away yesterday, Nov 14th Tuesday evening, at exactly 10:14 pm. We are still in shock as we speak!
“For over two years he has kept his battles within himself; his body is now with his family & 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. (amen).”
The Final Hours
Oladips was said to have collapsed on Tuesday, hours after calling out his friends on social media for leaving him alone at home.
A video surfaced on Instagram on Wednesday, showing Oladips unresponsive while his friends tried to help him. The video, posted by a friend, captured the chaotic and panicked moments following his collapse.
Before he collapsed, Oladips made several posts on Instagram, expressing his fear of being left alone and pleading for his friends to stay with him.
One post read, “Gonlyonelifetime_ Please Where Are You? I Done Call Your Number Tire I Talk Say Make Una No Dey Leave Only Me For This House… Please Dey Come House Please Tori Olorun.”
A Mother’s Cry
Amidst the chaos, it was revealed that Oladips’ mother had allegedly instructed that he not be taken to a hospital. This decision, shared by his friend in a follow-up post on social media, has sparked debate and concern among his followers.
The details are still sketchy, but some people insinuate that the mother may have made the call because she believed her son’s illness defied medical treatment and presumably wanted to seek spiritual help for him.
Oladips’ Final Words
In what would be his last message to his fans, Oladips tweeted a request for prayers, a subtle hint at his deteriorating health. This tweet, now a sad reminder of his final hours, resonated deeply with his fans and followers.
“I Done Mean To Scare Nobody,But Dipsciples Please Pray For Me! I Don’t Feel Good,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Oladips’s passing is coming weeks after another promising and rising afrobeat singer, Mohbad, 27, controversially died in Lagos after years of being emotionally taunted and physically assaulted, allegedly by his former label boss, Naira Marley and his team.
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