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#RIPDagrin: Things You Didn’t Know About Dagrin’s life, death and burial [5 years in mind]

#RIPDagrin: Things You Didn’t Know About Dagrin’s life, death and burial [5 years in mind]

| On 22, Apr 2015

Olaitan Oladapo Olaonipekun “DaGrin” (Oct 25, 1984 – April 22, 2010)

Late DaGrin (R.I.P)


On this day, April 22, 2010, the unforgettable rapper, Dagrin died after he was involved in a ghastly motor accident.

What no one will tell you about Dagrin’s life, death and burial;

- The Rapper attended Meiran community primary school, Roseille Nursery and Primary School, Meiran Community high school and Egbado College.

- His father lives at 43, Kola Oretuga Street, off Meiran Road, Iyana Meiran bus stop, Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA. He was the fourth child in a family of nine.

- Dagrin’s mother, Mrs. Olaonipekun, was the second of his father’s three wives.

- His father’s nickname is Nelly. He has a music store located at Meiran bus stop, ‘House of Nelly sounds’ store where he used to stay before moving to Surulere.

- His Twitter ID was @Dagrinfimile, Facebook was Dagrin fimilejo. He had 4,930 friends on Facebook.

- He was a Yoruba lyricist inspired by the likes of Lord Of Ajasa and co

- He had two albums to his credit, titled: Still on the matter and Chief Executive Omoita

- He got the nickname Barack O’Grin from the remix song he did with General Pype titled ‘Champion’.

- He had three videos to his credit, titled: Kilowale –ft PK, Rap rules and Ponponpon

- He was 26 years old when he died in a car accident.

- His ill-fated car, Nissan Maxima was a 2008 model and carried the number plate, DAGRIN 03

- He planned to buy two other cars, to be numbered Dagrin 02 and Dagrin 01

- There were underground speculations that Dagrin had a baby outside wedlock which he refused to accept responsibility of before he became a rap star.

- Artiste manager, Sunday Are and comedian, Tee A were part of logistics support team

- The unfortunate incident which would later claim his life happened in the early hours of April 14, 2010 after his car collided with a stationary trailer (heavy duty vehicle) in front of Alakara Police Station, off Agege Motor Road, Mushin, Lagos.

- He was initially admitted at Tai Solarin Hospital, Mushin before being transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH) Idi Araba, where doctors made serious efforts to save his life.

- The late rapper was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit and operated upon, and later moved to the private wing of the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

- His father’s speech at the candle light ceremony was the rap he did to the song he was featured in by YQ, titled: ‘Efimile’….

-. Candle light procession in honour of the late rapper started from his former home at Emmanuel Dada Street, off Bello Road, to Ojez, National Stadium, Surulere at about 6pm on Thursday, April 29, 2010

- The late rapper’s body was brought into the cemetery for burial in a black Ebony Escalade Cadillac ESV 2007 model.

- His body was left for Twenty Four hours before embalment. The late rapper was buried at the Ebony Millennium Private Vault, Atan cemetery.

- The late rapper was buried, wearing white hand gloves, white belt and a white T-shirt; black waist coat, black bandana around his neck, a black trouser and a black fez cap.

- The slabs on his tomb were four in number. His body was brought into the cemetery at 9.00am on Friday, April 30, 2010.

- His casket was coloured brown, with a touch of gold

- He died 6.00 pm on Thursday, April 22, 2010, eight days after his car crashed, and was buried eight days after his death.

- Desperate fans almost tore down the Ebony gate at Atan, when they were initially prevented from getting in; and refused to leave after his burial.

- The burial was originally designed to have only 150 people in attendance, but thousands stormed the cemetery to pay their last respect.

- Two months before his death, Dagrin moved into Block 10, Flat 3, at the Sunshine Estate, Oko Oba in Lagos

- Websites like and jammed because of huge traffic, following news of the rapper’s death.

- The bandana on the late rapper’s neck for burial was the same as the one on his Manager, Tunde Peters, Zeez, YQ and his close friends.

- Sources at Ebony Casket says his casket cost N150,000

- His email address was Striking doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH resumed work the same day he was buried.

- Touts were seen at the burial, smoking Indian hemp and selling Dagrin T-shirts.

- The late rapper had three nominations at the coming Hip Hop World Awards. His parents were both absent at his burial.

- Julius Agwu and Omo Baba anchored his Candle Light ceremony, held at Ojez, National Stadium, Surulere on Thursday, April 29, 2010.

- He died of severe head injury

- He was finally interned at about 10.45 am on Friday, April 30, 2010

- At the time of his entombment, there was still a vacant tomb, opened beside his vault. Apart from mortuary expenses, the total bill incurred during his stay at LUTH was about N800,000

- The last time he logged on to twitter was on Thursday April 8, 2010.




The Video of the hit song Pon Pon Pon was released finally and we had a very dope and hard core music video; first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa. Watch Below;