In 2023, Nigeria bids farewell to some of its brightest stars, as a solemn list unfolds, recounting the untimely departures of beloved celebrities. From the realms of music to film, their legacies endure, leaving a void in the hearts of fans who mourn the loss of these iconic figures.
Saint Obi, also known as Obinna Nwafor, a veteran actor and movie producer, died at 57 in May 2023 after a prolonged illness. His death was disclosed later in the week, and he had battled an undisclosed ailment, seeking treatment in Jos, Plateau State.
Yoruba actor Murphy Afolabi tragically fell from his bathroom in Ikorodu, Lagos, and passed away on May 14, 2023, just after celebrating his 49th birthday. Afolabi, born on May 5, 1974, entered the movie industry in 2001, appearing in over 60 movies.
Nigerian singer MohBad, formerly with Marlian Record, passed away at 27 on September 12, 2023. He gained fame with his hit singles, including “Ponmo” and “Ko Por Ke.” His departure from the Marlian Record occurred in February 2022.
John Oboh, the pioneer of Ajegunle Music known as Mighty Mouse, passed away on September 18, 2023. He was considered the godfather of music in the Ajegunle environs, Lagos.
Nigerian singer and rapper OlaDips, famous for ‘Lalakukulala’, died on November 14 at the age of 28. The artist battled depression for two years, as revealed by his management. Notably, he won the ‘King is Here’ rap competition organized by DBanj in 2015. Among his notable songs were ‘Die Young,’ ‘Lalakukulala,’ ‘Ajala Travel,’ ‘She Tell Me Say.’