EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated after evidence emerged that the announcement was false.
Budding rapper Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, popularly known as Oladips, was falsely declared dead by his management.
His management announced the passing of the 28-year-old singer via his personal Instagram page on Wednesday afternoon.
The statement announcing the demise of the rapper suggested that he has been battling with an unstated ailment for the past two years.
It reads, “We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, Nov 14th, Tuesday evening, at precisely 10:14 pm. 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.”
However, a day after the announcement, Oladips posted a video on his Instagram story on the same handle.
In the video, he vibed to a song from his new album, ‘Superhero Adugbo.’
Captioning the video, he wrote, “Proof of life”, an apparent contradiction to the obituary post that had been deleted.
Born on 24 March 1995 in Ogun State, Oladips’ rapping career started in 2012 when he was 17 and did a cover of Drake & Trey’s song.
The cover drew attention to him and sparked a new beginning in his life.
In 2015, the young rapper participated in and won the rapping contest, ‘King is Here’ organised by D’banj.
This further introduced him into the Nigerian music industry, earning applause from various music icons.
After winning the “King is Here” rapping contest, Oladips began performing in music events, gaining a fanbase.
In 2016, he got a record deal with Edge Record (LRR), owned by Reminisce.
He was almost signed into Olamide’s YBNL, but Olamide revealed that he couldn’t have Oladips and Chinko Ekun on the same record label. His reason was that both artistes do almost the same style of music.
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