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10 Nigerian Musicians Who Left The Music Scene Too Soon


Nigerian musicians make some of the best music from the continent of Africa and that’s a fact. When you consider our music pedigree, we have produced legends like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Majek Fashek to younger contemporaries and legends in the making in Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy etc.

Legends like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade have had careers that have spanned several decades backed by prolific discographies some of which are still very relevant today.

As music from Nigerian origin keeps evolving, we have also witnessed several musicians hit the spotlight and thrill us, albeit, some were short-lived even when we expected more from them. Unfortunately, they left without formal warning and somehow we still miss them.

Some of the Nigerian musicians mentioned in this post took long breaks in-between releasing music then eventually stop releasing new songs entirely. The quit the music scene without warning and we woke up to realise that it’s been quite a long time since we heard from this person or that person. And that’s how they fall off the spotlight while new folks gradually took centre stage.

In some other hurtful cases, some musicians died while they were just at the prime of their careers and there was nothing anyone could do about it either by the fans or colleagues. And so the left the Nigerian music scene unceremoniously and way too soon.


It’s 10 years since Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun who we know by his stage name Da Grin departed from us at age 25. The indigenous rap titan was at the prime of his career inspiring ghetto youths across Naija when he lost his life in a fatal car accident on 22nd April 2010. I am pretty sure the Chief Executive Omo Ita would be proud wherever he is seeing that lots of music stars now still draw inspiration from his works.

During his prime, Da Grin was everywhere killing features while dishing out personal hits. He was a huge cultural influence on the music scene that transcended his niche as an indigenous rapper. This is one musician we wished stayed longer in the music industry but death is cruel.

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