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Mohbad and four other well-known Nigerian musicians who passed away young

The death of Nigerian singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, on Tuesday, hit the internet.

PUNCH Online reports the former Marlian Record signee died at the age of 27.

Mohbad left the Marlian Record belonging to Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, in February 2022.

He released his debut album, “Light EP”, in the fourth quarter of 2020 as a follow-up to his viral song “Ponmo”, which featured Naira Marley and Lil Kesh.

He was best known for his hit singles Ponmo, Feel Good, and Ko Por Ke with Rexxie which was nominated three times for The Headies Awards 2022.

The management of late artiste released an official statement confirming his passing away.

The short statement posted on both his Instagram and X handles said ”It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Promise Oladimeji Aloba PK/A Mohbad (Imole) today, the 12th of September, 2023.

“Mohbad was light until the very end, and as we mourn the loss of the brightness he carried, the family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. Imole is finally at Peace”

Mohbad had collaborated with several artistes including Naira Marley, Davido, Zlatan, Oladips, Small Doctor, Lil Kesh, Bella Shmurda, Lil Frosh amongst others.

Several Nigerian artistes and celebrities have mourned the death of the late singer. Among them are Naira Marley, Zinoleesky, Olamide, Chike, Davido, SuperWozzy, Bukunmi Oluwasina, Ibrahim Shatta, Woli Arole, amongst many others.

An old video of Bella Shmurda saying Mohbad was battling mental health issues recently resurfaced online minutes after the reported death of the singer.

Meanwhile, no official statement has been released on the cause of his death as of the time of filling this report.

PUNCH Online complies list of four other Nigerian artistes who died at an early age.


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Oladapo Olaonipekun, popularly called Dagrin died on April 22, 201o.

Until his death, he was a promising and fast-rising Nigerian indigenous rapper.

He was reported to have rammed his newly acquired Nissan Maxima into a stationary truck at night in front of the Alakara Police Station in Mushin, Lagos State, on April 14, 2010, and was taken to two hospitals for treatment. Unfortunately, he died after eight days in a coma as a result of the car accident.

Dagrin, fondly known for his song “Pon Pon Pon” died at the age of 25.

His demise remains one of the most prominent tragedies in the Nigerian music industry.

Dagrin was in the spotlight before rappers like Ycee, CDQ, Ladipoe, Falz, Chinko Ekun, and others.

Nigerian rapper, Olamide, had severally referenced Dagrin in his songs.

Dagrin was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Olaniyi Abolaji Olaonipekun on October 25, 1984.

Some of his hit singles include Pon pon pon, Ghetto Dream, and Thank God, Kondo, among many others.

In 2010, he was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album, Hottest Single “Pon Pon Pon”, Best Rap Act, and Best Collaboration with vocals.

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He was also nominated as the Artiste of the Year and won the best rap album at the Hip Hop World Awards in 2010.


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Nigerian rapper and songwriter, Oniyide Azeez, popularly known as Dablixx Osha, also died at early age.

He was reported to complain about stomach ache on November 7, 2022, and he was later rushed to a hospital where he died.

The late rapper focused on Trap music and some of his hit songs include “No feelings”, “Eruku”, Dagrin came back”, “Dagrin Kamal” and many others.

He was born on August 27, 1995, in Lagos State, and died at the age of 27 on November 8, 2022.

He has collaborated with popular Nigerian artists, including Lil Frosh of DWM, Oladips, and Zlatan.

Before his death, he released various songs and two EPs titled “50” and “Moller.”


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Obareki Don Momoh, popularly known as Kefee, was a Nigerian gospel singer.

The singer was reportedly said to have fallen into a coma while on a flight to Chicago, United States of America.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing and she was rushed into the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Los Angeles.

She was born in Sapele, Delta State on February 5, 1980, and died February 12, 2014 at the age of 34.

She was awarded the International Young Ambassador for Peace Award in 2009. Kefee also won the 2010 Headies Awards for Best Collaboration with Timaya for “Kokoroko”.

Some of her songs include Kokoroko, Africa, Branama, Celebrate, Congratulations, and many more

Against rumour that the artiste was six months pregnant before her death, an official release by Adeline Adelicious Adebayo, Kefee’s UK Manager, said: “On behalf of the family, it is with a sense of great sadness but grateful hearts that we announce the passing to glory due to lungs failure this morning of our God’s mouth piece, chorus leader, daughter, wife, sister, friend Kefee Branama Queen … May her beautiful, gentle and precious soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN!!!

“PS: In contrast to all earlier rumours and stories in circulation, I do state that Kefee wasn’t 6 months pregnant and neither did she have pre-eclampsia.”

Artistes such as Sasha P, Niyola, and many more mourned her demise

Music producer, K-Solo, in a post on June 13, 2014, said “My Girl KEFEE is Gone. She’s one artiste I produced Kokoroko for and she was so wonderful…”


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Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey popularly known as “Goldie” was born on 23 October 1981  and died February 14, 2013.

She was a Nigerian professional singer and a Big Brother Africa star.

She won several African music awards including a Top Naija Music Award. She also appeared on Big Brother Africa in 2012 which was her first TV appearance.

Her genre of music was R&B, pop, rap, electropop. Some of her songs include: Jawo jawo, Don’t touch, Who we are, Point and kill, Breathe again, amongst others

She was said to have complained of a severe headache shortly after returning to Nigeria from the US where she had attended the music industry’s Grammy Awards and was rushed to a hospital in Lagos, where she was pronounced dead.


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