Oladips, a Nigerian up-and-coming rapper whose real name is Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, has been confirmed dead.
The news of his untimely death was shared by his management through an official statement on his Instagram page. The statement also revealed that the talented 28-year-old artist had been silently fighting an undisclosed illness for the past two years.
It reads, “We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, November 14th, Tuesday evening, at precisely 10:14 p.m. 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, and 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.”
It has been suggested by certain accounts that the artist had a foreboding of his own demise, which he expressed in his final song called ‘Die Young’. The lyrics of this song delve into the concept of rivalry with individuals during their lifetime, only to later commemorate them once they have passed away.
The song lyrics go, “People compete with the living and care for the dead. World people. They will watch you beg for the bread when you make it, or you die when they care for a friend. Bandwagon, everybody jumps on the trend.
“‘That was my friend; he was a cool guy. One of the best talents. He was a good guy. Let me post his picture on my story and my page so the world can see my agony and my pain.’ Reality check: this is everyone’s reality. This song is the truth and for clarity… What is the point of showing love to a good person when they aren’t with us?”
“His story telling rap was top notch” one fan wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Big Brother Naija contestant Hermes Iyele expressed his shock over the young rapper’s death saying: “May God grant the family the grace to carry this grief.”
The rapper was due to release his new album titled SUPERHERO ÀDÚGBÒ (The Memoir) on Thursday. His last single was called Die Young.
Oladips rose to fame when he won a rap competition called the King is Here hosted by Nigerian music giant DBanj in 2015.