This is the sort of story that you never want to report.
A rising star cut short in his prime.
Today, 22nd of April 2010, Nigerian rapper, Da Grin – real name – Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun passed away at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
23 year old, Da Grin was involved in a ghastly accident during the early hours of 14th of April 2010. According to reports, his car collided with a stationary trailer (heavy duty vehicle), he sustained injuries but was rushed to the hospital.
For days after the accident, goodwill messages flowed from fans and colleagues all around the world. All were hoping that he would recover and proceed with his career.
He had just been nominated for several Hip Hop World Awards and was still billed to perform at his first international show in May 2010 but it was not to be.
Da Grin passed away from reported ‘cardiac arrest’.
Since his death, tributes have been pouring in for this well respected and immensely talented artiste.
Our prayers are with Da Grin’s family. We pray for strength and grace to empower them through this tragedy.
We also pray for our country Nigeria and continent Africa, that we will rise above and develop so that young lives will not be lost due to poor infrastructure and failed systems.
Da Grin’s music and legacy lives on.