Gone Too Soon – Remembering CD John, Chidinma Mbalaso & All Our Dearly Departed

Posted on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 3:35 PM

By Gbenga Awomodu

There are so many things we may never be able to understand. Life presents us a myriad of riddles; conundrums that elude us. For example, how and why, like a gust of wind smothers the bright light from a glowing candle, sudden occurrences snuff the life out of promising young people. Last week, within the space of six days, Nigeria lost three of her entertainment practitioners.

First, it was Ishola Durojaiye

On Sunday 20 March 2011, Ishola Durojaiye, popularly known as Ahmed Alasari, died in a ghastly motor accident while travelling from Abeokuta to Lagos in order to promote his new movie, ‘omo night club’. Amidst tears and sorrow, the late Nollywood actor, was buried at his residence in Abeokuta on Wednesday 23 March 2011.

CD John

Then, an Abrupt End of CD John

Later that day, when Abia State born comedian John Chijioke, better known as CD John, made the audience laugh and have a good time, whilst anchoring singer Harrysong‘s album listening party at Tribeca, Victoria Island, nobody knew the tragedy that lay ahead. After carrying out his MC duties at the late night event, he left the venue homeward bound in convoy of three cars involving the Gulder Ultimate Search Season 7 winner, Kunle Oluwaremi. “My friend drove my car, but immediately we realized a car was on the road, he managed to swerve to the left, but since it was sudden; my car hit the rear side of the Toyota. Meanwhile, CD was coming behind in a top speed and uncontrollably ran into my car (an Explorer Jeep) seconds later”, the 2011 GUS winner tells The NET NG.

He was immediately rushed to St. Nicholas hospital on Campbell Street, Victoria Island, where he died at about 7AM on Thursday 24 March 2011. CD drove the black Golf 2, with his girlfriend Ebere sitting next to him, and a certain Joy and an unknown young man at the back of the car. He died few hours after being treated for supposed head injuries while others who were in the car with him are still in at the hospital, recuperating from sustained minor injuries.

CD John’s fame had risen fast in the quite competitive comedy entertainment circles. Since breaking into the limelight in 2010, he had steadily warmed up into the hearts of numerous fans with a unique blend of music and comedy. He had parodied the diverse ways Christian praise and worship leaders from different ethnic backgrounds sang in church. Blessed with a sonorous voice, and a confident, yet calm, mien, he seemed set to join the biggest players on the stand-up comedy scene. CD John would have been a year older on Sunday 27 March 2011. ‘This is very sad. He used to call me his mom jokingly and he was even supposed to go with me for a show in London soon‘, comedienne Princess, expressed sadly.

And Chidinma Mbalaso is Gone Too

Chidinma Mbalaso

Whilst we were all still grappling the harsh reality of CD John’s death and the social media was still heavy on the sad news, on the night of Thursday 24 March, Chidinma Mbalaso, another scion of the Nigerian entertainment industry was involved in an accident in Kaduna. The 22-year old University of Abuja undergraduate who had been 2nd runner-up in the maiden edition of the Dbanj/HiTV reality show, Koko Mansion was returning to Abuja in her newly acquired car when a motorcyclist carelessly crossed the road; and in a bid to maneuver, she lost control. Mbalaso, who was building a career as a stylist and actress, was reportedly in a coma for hours, as friends and family members ran helter-skelter trying to get her blood donation. She died in the early hours on Friday 25 March 2011. ‘RIP Chidinma Mbalaso – 22 Jan 1989 – 25 Mar 2011. You will be remembered fondly and with love. Adieu little sister’ Amara Nwakpa posted through his Twitter handle (@bubusn).

A Culture of Unnecessary Deaths?

In the wake of this new string of unfortunate incidents, it behooves us to reflect and seek some careful observations. It would be recalled that just a few months ago, Terry G was lucky to be alive, after a nasty accident that left his car badly damaged around 3AM on September 8, 2010. The singer-producer was on his way home, after hanging out with friends in Ikeja, Lagos, when he ran into the road demarcation around Chemiron, close to Sunday Market, in Ogba. The car, a Toyota Camry, was beyond recognition. Terry G survived.

Da Grin

Four months earlier, Mr. Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun, A.K.A. Da Grin had died at 6PM on Thursday 22 April 2010 – eight days after he was involved in a ghastly accident. He survived a serious head injury, as a result of the crash. Dagrin, 26, a recording artiste, songwriter, rapper and performer, had left a friend’s place at 2AM on Wednesday 14 April 2010 when he ran under a stationary truck and his car was crushed. The cement-delivery truck had been parked in front of Alakara Police Station in Mushin, Lagos. He was initially admitted at Tai Solarin Hospital, Baba Olosha Bus stop, Mushin before he was transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi Araba where Doctors made serious efforts to save his life. He was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit and operated upon, and later moved to the private wing of the hospital.

In 2005, Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke survived a ghastly car accident. Stephanie underwent months of out-patient treatment for burns and grueling physiotherapy to regain full use of her legs.

A common denominator in all these incidents is the involvement of cars. Perhaps we want to ask ourselves why all of these notable cases have been about car accidents. It is no news that many of our roads in Nigeria are in a really bad state. Even many politicians, who are largely seen as responsible for pushing and ensuring the proper completion of some of these failed road projects, have died on some of those roads too.

More appalling is the state of the healthcare system in our country. In the case of CD John, according to a report by the NetNG, Oluwaremi also added that St. Nicholas hospital demanded an upfront payment of N200,000 before they could attend to them. “They didn’t want to admit CD and other injured people despite seeing the serious injuries. In fact, I don’t know what this county is turning into”, he lamented. NET’s efforts to speak to the management of St. Nicholas hospital proved abortive as the Chief Matron K. G Vigo refused to answer any of their inquiries, including on the injury CD suffered before the untimely death. She noted “It’s confidential”. Doubts have been raised severally about the ability of Nigerian hospitals to adequately respond to emergency situations.

“She lost so much blood. We were really working hard all night to get blood donations” a friend of Chidinma Mbalaso said. This was true because from midnight till morning, on the fateful day, several messages spread across the social media, urging anyone with contacts in Kaduna to please rise and convince them to donate blood for the young lady. “Chidinma is at St. Gerald’s hospital in Kaduna. Please call … (numbers withheld) if you can help. If you’re a B- or O-. She needs blood donation. Please save a life. Thanks!”

The Need for Sincere Introspection

Whilst it is almost automatic that we point accusing fingers at the government and our failed systems, some introspection could do us all a lot more good. As we mourn our departed friends, and would not accuse the dead, we ought to reflect and take our own destiny in our hands. If you have to party till late at night, which has been a trend for quite some time now, maybe you could arrange to sleep over somewhere really close to the venue. By all means, avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. Friends, watch your back and be on the look-out for others. If you will be travelling a really long distance and/or you feel tired, having a more experienced and alert driver might just save the day. Remember, “Speed kills!” The FRSC has preached the message a zillion times, even if it is more conspicuous during festive periods – to motorcyclists and drivers alike. There is not much we can control in matters of fate, but the little choices we have to make, let us all do with utmost care and regard, not just for our own lives, but for the many people out there whose lives depend on us. Here’s hoping and praying that in a long time to come, more young people like these would not be plucked too soon by the cruel hands of death.

Here’s a video of one of CD John’s best performances. (Warning: I fight tears now, whenever I attempt to watch this!)

*Special research credit to: The Net NG.
Photo credit: HiMagazine

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Gbenga Awomodu is an Editorial Assistant at Bainstone Ltd./BellaNaija.com. When he is not reading or writing, Gbenga is listening to good music or playing the piano. He believes in the inspirational power of words and pictures, which he explores in helping to make the world a better place. He blogs at Gbenga’s Notebook (www.gbengaawomodu.com).

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    • StephanieIj March 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      *sigh* I woke up on yesterday to the news of my friend’s dad’s death. May their souls and other departed souls Rest In Peace, Amen.

    • Luvlyn March 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

      I was in shock wen I heard chidinma was in a coma and died on friday?? Dis really makes u wonder if u will c 2moro. Life is so unpredictable and dis got me thinking. How wud one one know if dey don’t wake up 2moro?? Goosebumps* so wierd. May all dier souls rest in peace wif God. Amen

    • cathy March 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      may they rest in the bosom of our GOD amem

    • asanwam March 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Sleep well Chidinma, Da grin and CD John, we ‘ll never forget you.

    • StephanieIj March 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      *yesterday

    • ruby March 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      Really said stories

    • Babe March 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      If i am right most of the guys who end up in accidents were drunk driving, as a grown man they should realise that coupled with bad road, drunk driving is not the best!!!

    • EsTee March 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Like the writer has rightly said, while bad roads and utterly ineffective health care system in Nigeria are major factors to these untimely deaths, the people have huge parts to play. Whilst on hols in Nig last year, myself and two friends were involved in a car accident. Cause: drunken driver. While we were very very very lucky to have escaped with little or no injuries, the car was severely damaged. Our car had swerved from one side of the road after our driver, drunk as he was, was over-speeding unnecessarily. Apparently, he fell asleep for a wee second and lo and behold, the car hit a post and literally did a few full rotations before ending up on the other side of the road. Imagine what could have happened, if there was oncoming traffic at that particular time. I was at the front passenger seat and I still bless God till today that I was wearing my seat belt. It was so bad that the airbags came out. The fact is that such accident could have been averted by all means. The culture of drink driving in Nigeria is such that it’s the norm. I or my other friends could have said something about the guy being drunk, but no, we didn’t and that could have cost us our lives, if not for God. Very rarely does anyone bat an eyelid when they see someone driving under the influence of alcohol or even drugs. If anything, it probably looks “cool”. Over-speeding is the order of the day, especially at nights. I saw how guys engage in car races on that road from VI to Lekki after popping one too many champagnes in the clubs. I haven’t heard of any of these presidential candidates campaigning against over-speeding and drink-driving…(I stand to be corrected, if there’s any). If Nigerians, esp the youth, can change their mentality about this silly culture we have developed, it would save a lot of lives. Yes, the government needs to fix those bad roads and sort out our medical infrastructure…but we should all remember SPEED KILLS AND SO DOES DRINK-DRIVING!!!

      • THE AMAKA March 29, 2011 at 6:45 AM

        you are right! there are drunk drivers everywhere on this Earth, but the issue becomes, WHO IS THERE TO ENFORCE THE LAW? why is it that the Nigerian “police” aka “Police is your friend” (crap) are there to take your 20 Naira but they don’t give a hoot about making sure everyone is safe on the road. they may pull you over, but thats only to inspect and see how much they think you’re worth, so they can see if you have 500 or even 1000 Naira to spare. MTCHEWWW. its bad enough that the roads are bad, but to add speeding/drunk drivers into the mix is just setting a rat trap for yourself. coupled with the poor health care system in Nigeria. i mean even the blind can tell our health care system is poor if people like Yar’Adua has to fly thousands of miles away just to get decent medical care instead of fixing the health care system in his own country. na wa! i seriously weep for Nigeria. many people die preventable causes daily in Nigeria. one of the highest infant mortality rates, etc etc, do i need to go on? when the doctors are going on strike, who is there to care for the sick and dying patient?
        Okadas are a MENACE to society and should be totally banned. not a week goes by that you dont hear about someone being injured in an okada-related incident. btw, has the Okada guy been caught? or did he just speed off as if nothing happened? the way they drive on the roads you will often question their sanity or if they have a drop of human blood in them at all. it seems they don’t care for anybody because whats on their mind is “ME FIRST” on the road type of thing.
        it seriously makes me sick.
        RIP Chidinma (and to think she was my favorite girl in the house after Rita. it just made me sick to my stomach. not really at the fact that she died, but the fact that she could have lived, but the failure of the Nigerian government to provide and care for its citizens played a big role in her death.)
        again, RIP dear Chidinma.

      • hifi April 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        Estee you hit the nail on the head. you just summarized the real situation of things.

    • Aibee March 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      Sad, Sad, sad. I’m not a fan of any of these folks and probably wouldn’t recognise them if I saw them, it’s however very sad that our Country continues to lse the lives of its productive generations to a poorly-managed health care system. May they all Rest in Peace.

    • French Naira/Lady Gaga March 28, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      R.I.P … we shall all be dust some day

    • thatgal March 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      It really is so sad. God help us.

    • Tiki March 28, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      This is really sad, I attended the Comedy of the Titans show in Lagos in Feb and was blown away by CD John…I can still remember marveling at his voice, and commenting that this was someone to be watched…When I heard he was dead I was just speechless for about ten minutes…all that talent gone to waste. RIP CD JOhn, Da Grin and all others…Your art will speak for you now that death has taken away your voice.

    • amarachi peace March 28, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      i still cant believer dat they are gone exp CD JOHN, may there gentle soul RIP in GODS BLOSSOM.

    • Yhello March 28, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      and they say there is nothing wrong with out country…Let them fix the damn roads, put lights on our express roads, then we can judge if it was drunk driving!

    • nira March 28, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      I’ve seen CD John perform twice and he was marvellous,one of the funniest,most original comedians ever!! I was shocked when I heard he died,really unfortunate. Chidinma,such a pretty young girl in her prime!! Hmmm… So so sad. RIP.

    • Chibaby March 28, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Aaah Mr. Gbenga Awomodu- Good write up but have an editor review and revise the way english is used in write-ups before posting.

      Now to comment on your post—- Common factors on all these untimely deaths are Car, speed and maneuver. What all these means is “person don’t know how to drive but enta motor”. When you don’t know how to drive and enter into a car, that person is just risking his or her life for no reason at all. RIP to all of them. Our Motor Department where driver licenses are acquired need to really make sure when they hand out licenses, person can drive.

      Which maneuver person dey do and lose control. For one to lose control in an attempt to avoid hitting something, that person must have been speeding(risking his or her life for no reason). If one’s speed is controllable, and he or she maneuvers, there’s no way he or she will lose control of the car.

      When I’m in Naija I see how people speed to levels that they can’t control. Me, I speed but I make sure that other cars are at good distance from me; Keep my eyes on the road. When you speed, there’s an added responsibility to the work you have to do to make sure you don’t harm yourself or others. Our folks in Naija don’t know that. Someone need to teach them.
      May all their souls rest in Peace.

    • Lami March 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      This is all too sad,more so loosing all these bright stars at such young ages! We can’t control what fate has designed but I believe caution goes a long way!ensure you guard this life God gave us all,speed,drunken driving and all of that..God help us all,may they R.I.P…

    • Pam March 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      May their souls rest in perfect peace and may God continue to strengthen their families and those affected by their loss. It’s a warning for everyone to be extremely careful when they are driving or being driven. God will continue to protect each and everyone of us and our families. Amen

    • Miss ATL March 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      *tears* May they rest in perfect peace. May God grant their families and loved ones comfort and strength with time. Amen.

    • partyrider March 28, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      the loss of these guys is sad..but like the article rightly said,in as much as we have a failed system,we can also save our selves.i dont intend to blame the dead,but if CD wasnt on top speed,he probably would have been able to control the car or the situation that was ahead of him.if people are not on top speed for no good reason,some are drinking and driving or engaging in one thing or the other inside the car,and the next thing its an accident..pls people if you are not driving an ambulance there is seriously no need for flying on the road.the roads are bad enuf,lets reduce harm on ourselves and drive carefully.after i bumped into the roadside pavement cos i was answering a call,den i really realised why the road safety esp in abj wont hesitate to fine u and seize ur license and the importance of just focusing as u drive.
      i know of a gal who bled to death in a private hospital in abj,just cos no one was there to make a damn deposit,so the nurses and doctors watched her bleed out.the sad thing was that her mum is an SSS so money would never have been the problem.i wonder where the oath these guys swore has gone too,God has placed sick people in ur hands and the truth is that you will answer..
      and all these evil people in the name of okada riders,i just tire men.they cos half of the accidents that happen on our roads.
      if the bad roads wont kill u in naija,the poor health system will eventually kill you.may God protect us all and help us.but most importantly you are your first safety.
      may their souls rest in peace and i pray God grants the families fortitude to bear the loss..amen.

    • awelewa March 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      Let us preach it all.But come to tink of it,if we have good hospitals,good security system like d ones abroad dat can check drivers,things will be better for us in dis country.Dey want us to vote for them but what are dey doin to put all dese tins in place.God help us.

    • swarovski March 28, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them..

      • partyrider March 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM

        ..may their souls rest in peace.amen

    • mercy March 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      i can believer dis gold voice is died, them souls rest in peace

    • rosenk March 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      @Babe March 28, 2011 at 4:04 PM
      U are not right . Not all of them.In the case of CD John, i don’t think he was drunk bcos he can not be drunk and still crack joke bf leaving the venue of the event where he was invited as the MC

      • Karimah March 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

        he can’t drink afta d show?

    • bebeee March 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      its a pity but like BN said people have the biggest role to play! because our govt dont enforce the speed limit rule, no phone or the alcohol limit rule infact alot of road rules r being violated just once u knw how to match the throttle off u go. you’ll see someone driving a very sleek showing off the speed n maneuvring skills n expertise intimidating others…smh and then the baboons (sorry if u r related to one) called okada drivers i swear there’s an evil spirit that controls them once the climb on. am sure if we start telling our okada experiences nollywood wont even finish the story even wit all the part 1,2,3 kini. heaven helps u if u jam or kill one of them they will burn u n ur car even if their collique was the cause o. i love Nigeria and am content being a Nigerian but we have along way to go. All man n their own wahala see we suffer bad roads n japan suffers earthquake…into ur hands oh Lord we commend ourselves, amen! drive carefully

    • Ready March 28, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      Even though I’ve never heard of any of these people, I empathize with their loved ones. And I’m glad the writer mentioned the importance of individual responsibility…as much as many people would love to instantly blame the government and the health care system, reckless driving or drunk driving is what usually gets many people in this position. Also, a lotta people wanna buy cars for status symbols, but if you buy an 8 year old Jeep with a tainted history and unsolved problems, that exacerbates the possibility of car accidents. We need to be more responsible not just as drivers, but as vehicle owners and consumers.

    • bella March 28, 2011 at 7:53 PM

      i still find it very hard to belive as true as it is.we are just about d same age.i really feel for her family especially her mum and i just pray dat God in his infinite mercy protects and guide us all especially d youths.*sobs*

    • Chamcham March 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM

      Don’t be deceived, God cannot be mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, the same shall he reap. Lets be careful of the decisions we make with the short time we have on this earth. Eternity is forever and cannot be reversed. Choose Jesus today.

      • aramide March 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

        Seconded

    • Uchechi March 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      RIP dear ones…so so sad!

    • Myne Whitman March 28, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      My sister had a terrible accident last year, and by the time they got to the hospital, it was locked cos they were on strike. Only God saved her. So when I read about these young passed souls, it was like a deep wound opened again. May their souls rest in peace.

      I hope things do become better, roads, cars, drivers, etc, so that we have less of these unnecessary loss of lives and talent.

    • Africhic March 28, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      I agree with the writer about personal responsibility, but in my case i was stationary trying to drive into my street when a reckless person rammed into my car from behind. Fortunately the car i was waiting for acted as a support if not i would have been thrown into the gutter. This guy had only been driving for two months and was running like crazy in Ikeja when he ran into me. Thank God i don’t have a gun, its never more than sorry you will hear from them.

    • chioma okongwu anih March 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

      i can’t believe that they are dead. Nigeria is a great country but is still need to be develop more cos it is still in a dark planet. Especailly our hospital cos if the doctors and nurse are wise they shud have given treatment to cd john imediatly atleast he culd have survive somehow and also if the hospital that chidinma was adimit have blood bank it will have been anoda story but they don’t have. Most importantly goverment shud help us with our road cos gud roads helps to save lives. All the same lets pray to GOD to help us and protect our going out and coming in. I hope that there souls are resting in perfect peace. Adieu. CD JOHN. Adieu CHIDINMA MBALASO. (R.I.P)

      • emi March 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

        actually ma’m Nigeria is not a great country. Nigeria is a a country that had and still has the potential to be great but we’ve somehow missed it. The problems of Nigeria are enormous. Bad roads, epileptic electricity, rubbish health care , idiotic police force, non existent emergency services , non existence of legislation or enforcement of the existing legislation concerning DUI e.t.c… the list is endless. What makes it more pathetic is the attitude of the majority of nigerians to driving. Drunk driving, impatience , road rage , crazy okada riders , making calls while driving , texting while driving, bbing while driving , the health workers attitude to patients…..a good mix of all these issues and we get is exactly whats happening right now.

    • Teablinks March 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      This is really painful.. May their souls REST IN PERFECT PEACE…AMEN

    • NG MAAMA March 29, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      DIS IS SAD, WE ALL HAVE TO DRIVE FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS’, AVOID OVER SPEEDING GUYS.

    • Miss-cRaZy March 29, 2011 at 1:27 AM

      Really sad stories…this issue of road accidents..dunno if its the bad roads, wreckless driving or the issue of driving under the influence of alcohol….R.I.P to all of them….and Nigeria….SMH!! ds issue of hospitals going after money first, instead of lives…no medical insurance schemes?? poor medical services….no blood banks around?? Really pathetic….sighs*

    • deka March 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM

      I’m truly in shock, i attended the purple valentine in Abuja and laughed so hard dat my ribs literally cracked when CD John performed and i’ve been talking about him telling my friends here in London to go check him and now dis???!! What a talent dat guy was! death is so real and dats why i don’t go a day without my prayers… RIP all our fallen Angels, truly wish our government will start to empathise with d citizens and correct this situation. Artists (apart from Chidinma cos i doubt if she was intoxicated) should also try and be more responsible with der drinking, drink less so u can live to drink again!

    • bobbydox March 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      well all i can say is that may their gentle souls rest in perfect peace

    • olubee March 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      R I P

    • tbn March 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      May the souls of the departed celebs and other unknown victims of bad roads, bad driving, bad hospitals and so many other issues affecting us in this country. This is however a time for reflection on what part we play in our destinies and what contributions we make to these avoidable accidents, this is why I agree with the writer on his point about the way we also drive on our roads. I live in abuja where a good percentage of the roads are good. However, I have noticed that majority of those who drive know nothing about driving or the rules of driving, I see how they speed like some demon is chasing them, I see people running traffic lights and stop signs (that is if they even know what a stop sign is for) , I see cars overtaking another car just to trafficate in the next turn (then I wonder why did you overtake instead of slow down?) I see people with cars that are hardly road worthy trying to compete with new cars on speed, just to show that they can also speed…senseless!!! These are traffic offences that would not be tolerated in developed countries. I just wonder what the road safety people are doing, I have never seen the police or road safety stop anyone for driving recklessly. Its such a big pity. We complain so much about the government’s short comings but we should ask ourselves how are we contributing to these unfortunate issues that plague our country?

    • tbabs March 30, 2011 at 1:24 AM

      May the soul of the departed rest in ð bossom of ð lord,, we don’t αv to blame it on alchol..

    • Helen March 30, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      May their soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

    • Rica March 30, 2011 at 8:07 AM

      Okay, this is a serious matter that calls for cencern. There are way many issues involved here. First of all, our roads in Nigeria are terrible.. No speed limits, no signs, okada and bicycle riders on express ways…so our drivers just drive as they please.
      Second, our laws are not properly enforced..If they were, there would be stricter laws on getting drivers license and even stricter laws on arresting those without the necessary papers. But alas! all these things are overlooked.
      Third, our healthcare system is in shambles..How can they be looking for blood as if they are looking for asoebi to buy..I live in Canada, and I got a text in my blackberry asking for O- and B- blood, and am like, OMG..really? Our hospitals have no blood banks..That tells us no one is safe anymore..cos it can be me, you tomorrow..
      Also, as for those driving late at night, Naija does not even enforce laws on drunk driving..I been in a car in Naija and the guy driving was drunk..When i complained, he said he functions better when he is high cos “im dey see road well”.
      Now sincr our government is all about enriching themselves, its our own duty to be sure that the people we entrust our lives to at night after having fun are in the right frame of mind..Cos if your eyes are fully open and u were not speeding, there’s no way you would go under a truck..or avoid hitting okada and been involved in such a ghastly accident..
      I am not blaming the victims for what happened..but we should learn from this..even if the road is free and clear and u have the urge to speed, u never can tell if one foolish bike man is gonna cross ur path or a mad truck driver foolishly parked by the edge of the road..Lets be wise my friends…

    • Rica March 30, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      Most importantly, may they find eternal rest in Gods bosom.AMEN
      and lets reflect on our lives and strive to live righteously..ME INCLUDED

    • idu March 30, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      they say that yankee police walk the staraight line drunk test does not work for a nigerian. But the essence of dnt drink and drive isnt for fancy it can mean life or death. if you have one drop of alchohol in your system it relaxes you and makes your ability to react slower including heart rate. back in the days when we hang out in the night and even if we get a free ride home we always have to contribute money for the cab that takes all of us safely home. young people are taking this drinking think to another level its way cooler not to drink or ocassionally one glass of wine. the sprits are taking over and its become a thing of pride and hip to ask for jack daniels etc. Parents also watch out your child will not develope a taste for alchohol if they are not exposed to it keep all alchohols away from the house. let your visitors go to a bar if they can not take soft drings or juice. let your house not be a mini bar where friends come to drink awoof drink

      • Karimah March 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        nuff said

      • rica April 1, 2011 at 12:35 AM

        Lol….AWOOF DRINK..been long I heard that word..

    • blessing March 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      so so sad, so hard 2 believe dat cd john is gone……

    • blessing March 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      may their soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

    • Adeboye's Child March 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      May their souls RIP…Nigeria celebrities need to be prayerful and carefull…Its not just about fame o..y’all shud take ur lives seriously…life is short and no1 know 2moro. stop drink driving o. may God grant us all longlife and prosperity.

      • THE AMAKA March 31, 2011 at 6:20 AM

        and who said any of them were drinking and driving? what is it that some people are jumping to conclusions. there were no reports that Chidinman or CD John had any anything in their system, so i think we should stop already.

    • Adeboye's Child March 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      We are all aware of d bad roads and lack of euipments in hospitals,yet we drink nd drive and speed unecessarily,not needed at all. Let’s all caution ourselves and save our future. About hospitals,mehn its really sad that some of us don’t av conscience,some1 z dying and u r asking 4 deposits b4 u treat em,y can’t they admit d patients first,many peeps r gone cus of that…y cnt we av free medical care with great hospital facilities in Nigeria? y cnt we av good roads in Nigeria? y shud it be just about coruption? y shud citizens struggle and lack food to eat? There are loads of kids on the street hussling,why? This is so Sad! We need a change in this country,so therefore let us all VOTE right….God bless and Heal Nigeria. It breakes my heart so much.

    • Purpleicious Babe March 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

      I agree with the writer… time of accidents indicates all were driving late in the night… Seriously, what with these nyt business considering the current state of Nigeria.. I do believe we are responsible adults and I agree with the advice, don’t just simply blame the governments etc without failing to see your wrong. Drive in the morning not midnight. . Pls people take caution…. No more midnight travelling… Even in the day, there are concerns, let alone middle of the night where there is a possibility for blackouts, foggy nights etc. Pls God have mercy…..

    • Purpleicious Babe March 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      May God bless their souls and Jesus comfort their grieving families….

    • celest March 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      sad indeed.our roads o lord have mercy.

    • daniel young March 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      may your souls rest in perfect peace amen

    • diva April 1, 2011 at 5:36 AM

      really unfortunate and such a huge coincidence that they all happened within a short time

    • Roli April 1, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      may God comfort their loved ones

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    • Ope April 2, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      This is very sad.
      Just a question, don’t we have blood banks in Nigeria?

    • WaleAdeniji April 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

      May the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace. However, permit me to correct the impression that there is more accident on our roads in Nigeria probably than any other places around the world. I used to think we do not know how to drive while in Nigeria until now. I live in a country where drinking of alcohol is a grave offence whether driving or not. Their road network is superb and the lighting is second to none. But you see accidents happening everyday with some losing their lives as a result. It all boils down on over-speeding. The advice to our youth is to drive safely while on Nigeria roads. It is bad enough that the road is bad not to talk of the fact that there is no any form of lightings on some of the roads. And we must consider the fact that the health care system in the country is nothing to write home about. Let’s all embrace safe and defensive driving to stay alive. We can’t continue to lose our up-coming stars to avoidable accidents on our roads.

    • Babatope r. olajumoke April 13, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Its so so painful and unbelievable cause cd john performed in ma skool on march 6th and two wks later I heard about d shocking death. I knew dis guy was a promising celebrity a an endowed voice. I pray his soul rest in d bosom of d lord although I dint rili knoe d remaining pple but I say rest in perfect peace. And to all oda nigerian celebrities I must say we need to take caution buy reflecting on our lives brcause life is just too short and we don’t knoe wat tomorow holds. We need to be very carefull and put God almightyt first in whatever we do. Let’s serve him wholeheartedly.

    • Babatope r. olajumoke April 19, 2011 at 6:21 AM

      Pleaseeee let’s be carefull oo!! Speed kills and let’s limit it also!! Its slso very painful for me to have seen cd john in ma skool live before dis painful loss . I must say he was a promising act and may his gentle rest in d bosom of d lord. As for nigerian celebrities let’s take tyme to reflect on our lives and also be concious of every step we take cause we dnt know wat might happen anityme. Look nau cd and d rest of our dearly departed did not know wat fate held for dem and so let’s make sure we should put God first in wat ever we do and love him well.

    • Irems May 7, 2011 at 9:52 PM

      May your souls rest in perfect peace, i pray the lord in his infinite mercy saves the lives of our remaining artists. Amen

    • roni February 1, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      gone 2 soon. very sad loss. their memories live on and i’ve just had a good laugh watching cd john. gone but still making my blues disappear, rip soldiers. x