It saddens us to know that the critically acclaimed indigenous rapper and serial hit-maker, Olamide Adedeji, is presently grieving. The talented lyricist recently took to social media to announce the passing of his beloved mother, Alhaja Adedeji.
Olamide’s rather disheartening announcement came as a rude shock to his fans and followers who had – barely four hours earlier – gladly joined the 28 year Nigerian music industry heavyweight to celebrate his son, Batifeori Maximiliano Adedeji’s third birthday and pour out profound wishes of goodwill, after the superstar penned a birthday message to his son, which read:
“Happy birthday Batifèori Maximiliano Adedeji more life young King from Dad, your best pal.”
Fans of the uncrowned king of the streets would recall that 2018 – though barely one month old at the time – had already been a rollercoaster ride of sorts for the phenomenal entertainer, who kicked off the year with a resounding bang by dropping his rave of the moment, ‘Science Student’.
The firecracker – which got virtually every lover of Olamide’s musical flavour updating their rusty Shaku Shaku skills (if they had any to begin with) and making videos on social media to show off their dope dance steps – was however met with significant backlash from members of the public who felt the song’s lyrical content promoted substance abuse, and a consequent plea for the song to be banned.
Despite Olamide’s efforts to set the record straight, the NBC – in agreement with these disapproving sentiments – recently declared ‘Science Student’ unfit for broadcast by Nigerian radio stations, promising to sanction defaulters accordingly.
It is against this backdrop that Olamide, who was just recently marking his son’s birthday anniversary is now bereaved, and we can only imagine the mix of emotions he must be passing through at this time.
While we are yet to ascertain late Alhaja Adedeji’s cause of death and when her remains will be laid to rest, we commiserate with Olamide, and earnestly wish him and his family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.