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A Special Tribute to A Loving Father: Timi Dakolo & Rilwan – Cry For You – Dedicated to Mazi Okpaleke



The loss of a parent is one of the most painful things to experience. They raise and nurture us and our prayer is that they live long and experience beautiful moments with us. Perhaps playing with their grandchildren or being there for your graduation.
Sadly its not always picture perfect but we are grateful for a life well spent.
Madonna Okpaleke recently lost her dad and her brothers have found a unique way to pay tribute to their father – Late Mazi Julian Okpaleke.

The song is a joint effort of Elvis and Charles Okpaleke who instigated the idea of conjuring a song in remembrance of their father who was such a music lover. Timi Dakolo is close friends with Charles opted to make the song and recommended that Cobhams produce it. Rilwan, rapper and close friend of the family got on board when he heard the concept of the song and decided to grace it with his delicate rap words.
The song is evidence of what it feels like to lose someone so close to your heart.

Timi Dakolo and Rilwan recorded the song which is entitled “Cry For You” and was produced by Cobhams.
It is a powerfully moving yet soothing song. We pray that all those who have experienced loss find peace and are assured with the knowledge that their loved ones are in a better place.


  1. BIBII

    August 27, 2010 at 1:34 am


  2. shade

    August 27, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Eya.. Beautiful song. May his soul rest in peace.

  3. oluchi

    August 27, 2010 at 6:00 am


  4. Chris

    August 27, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Not that bad….

  5. t-girl

    August 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

    i think this is such a lovely song and yeah, im surprised that there are few comments

  6. Otoks

    August 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hmm. God bless my dad forever. may his soul n that of all faithfuls departed continue to enjoy repose till we meet to part no more.

  7. Aibee

    August 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Hey Bella, cant listen to the song cos ‘file not found’. Please help me.Wanna hear the song. Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeeeee.

  8. Dr Dee

    August 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful song. Timi, the world anxiously awaits your album!

  9. Pinky

    August 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

    May his soul rest in peace… The song is very moving….

  10. Ogo

    August 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This is sooo cool!!! Sorry for ur loss, Okpalekes!!

  11. Ogo

    August 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I keep playin dis song and tears r running down my eyes!! Gosh!! i havent lost anyone but feels like i have!!! i love u timit and thanks alot for this song!!! GOSH!!

  12. alice

    August 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

    lost my mum recently so so so sad

    • O.D

      August 27, 2010 at 10:48 am

      This is great…we need more songs like this to show appreciation of life…timi nice one…rilwan…real smooth

  13. tunde

    August 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Lovely rap! Who’s this Rilwan dude? He’s with PLAY records rit? Kai bad ass combination men! Timi and Rilwan this song doesn’t sound like is nigerian! Good job

  14. swaybay

    August 27, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Heard d song really gd is dench lost some1 close so it made a lot of sense.big ups to timi and rilwan 4 dis.

  15. felicia Akubue

    August 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    This is a really moving song. Its the type of song you wanna play over and over again. Maddy, God be with you and yours.

  16. bugo

    August 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Song has bn on replay since I got the link yesterday!!!beautiful track!Daddy Okpaleke,may you continue to rest in peace and may the wonderful family you left behind find every moment of your life worth celebrating!!!God bless Timi&Rilwan,God bless the Okpalekes,God bless all of us…Amen..xx

  17. uzo

    August 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    this song is so deep, i love it.

  18. Hardeytholar Hardeymeora.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    pls ow can i download this MUSIC i rily LOVE it cos i JUST LOST my AUNTY. ND WOULD LOVE TO PLAY IT @ HER FUNERAL.

  19. saddeyya

    August 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    nice comment people… wonderful song. If n wen eva Timi releases his album, ill def buy a lot of it. i love d guy (musically)…

  20. Peperempe

    August 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I knew Elvis when i was in Abuja and attended school with his sister Helga and brother Charles. It’s really sad to hear that they lost their dad, particularly hearing it like this for the first time.

    I wish them all the best as they mourn their loss, the song is very moving.

  21. Anuola

    August 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful. Just Beautiful.

  22. judy

    August 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    i love this song. can’t stop listenin to it

  23. Ikenna Okafor

    August 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I love this song and was almost in tears while listening to it. I attended high school with Helga and its so sad hearing the loss of your dad whom you loved so much and was no doubt a role model. I pray God grant you all the heart to bear the loss. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN!!!

  24. Amaka

    August 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    THIS IS SO NICE! To a beloved uncle, we miss you so much. Timi and Rilwan God bless you , I can’t stop listening to the song.

  25. Glory edozien

    August 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

    LOVE THIS SONG! Lyrics,vocals and production top notch. Fitting tribute for a great man, husband and father!.

    Helga and Madonna….keep your heads up babes…love u guys!!

  26. odi

    August 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

    May his soul rest in perfect peace. News of his death was such a shock to me.

  27. Bee

    August 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hey Madonna, sorry for ur loss oh. My condolences to u and ur family

  28. the truth

    August 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    this is a great song…full of remorse and heart felt emotion…nice work timi and rilwan…splendid

  29. double B

    August 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    rilwaaannn……i see you…this is a great effort..and timi’s voice is heaven sent

  30. Ify O

    August 30, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Awesome!!! Timi you rock big time…U are “IT”

  31. Tega

    August 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Rilwan, mayne this is nice! little steps

  32. Lohi

    August 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Amazing song! May the soul of the departed RIP…

  33. jolie

    August 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    so so sad!!!!!!!!!!!! may his soul REST IN PEACE God bless ur family @ivorymanilov

  34. hill

    September 1, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Wow!dis is a hot new single!

  35. Franky

    September 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Very nice Jam! Great honour for a Great Man.

  36. ifeoma

    September 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    very touching, Rilwan is one to watch out for!

  37. sam

    September 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm


  38. sexy hot mama

    September 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, this is a very deep song. I love eet!

  39. khloe

    September 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, just seeing this. I can hear the grief in the song. Sigh.

  40. Adekunle

    September 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Been waiting for a deep song like this to come out for a while now… Nice job!

  41. SexyGeek

    September 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Lovely song!!! we need more of this in the naija music scene.

  42. Tayo

    September 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I have this song on replay!

  43. ben

    September 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful dedication…. Very beautiful.

  44. jessica

    September 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Finally got this song on my ipod today, can someone say REPLAY??!!!

  45. Halima

    September 5, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely song!

  46. Femi

    September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    thats a jam right there..

  47. emeka

    September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    very deep. I love it mehn.

  48. chinedum

    September 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Gone too soon. Nice job rilwan.

  49. bukky

    September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    SIGH… this right here is music.

  50. borede

    September 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm


  51. borede

    September 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    love it!

  52. james

    September 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Thumbs up to the two artistes.

  53. Lisa

    September 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    this is good music,

  54. mami

    September 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    all i can say is WOW! good music.

  55. scott

    September 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Very very good job guys. I’m proud.

  56. Phury

    September 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Rest in peace Dad.

  57. afr:stract!

    September 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    …beautiful song. I knew the man..and it’s hard not to cry after listening to this. Mazi, we’ll see you when we get there.

  58. bcgeorge

    October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    so so soulful….timi can song sing…lolss..alwys on repeat wen i jst feel lyk crying fr woteva…amazing therapeutic effect it gives..cry sumtyms y’all

  59. danny

    July 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    au do i get to download diz song cos i too lost a darling father,i mean one in a millions,if i had to choose ova and ova,hmmmmmmmmmmmm! i will alwayz choose you daddy,tankz to yu timi and partner,please au do i get to download and also wud love to meet you to sing plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,i think i love singing but nid a motivator like yu guyz ,plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  60. Anthony

    June 29, 2012 at 3:44 am

    A great song indeed,pls TIMI, can I get the lyrics of this song

  61. bayo

    August 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    A song I listen to when I miss my wondeful bro who left us 28/8/2008.its a reminder of how great he was like mazi julian okpaleke. Today makes it 4 years rest in peace IBRAHIM OLADAPO MAJEKODUNMI.

  62. KayDee

    January 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Lost a loved one yesterday(13th Jan.2019).
    I’ve always loved this song,raw emotions, deep lyrics. This is almost 10 yrs after it was originally done. I’m listening now and I can’t stop weeping.
    Keep resting in peace Mazi Julian Okpalaeke,Jack ???

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