Just as his star was rising high, his light was almost extinguished prematurely. Nigeria, in fact, would have been robbed of one of its newest music stars, but for the grace of God. Dagrin drove his newly bought Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE under a stationary cement truck in front of the Alakara Police Station, Mushin (Lagos) at about 3am on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.
He had gone to visit a friend and stayed till the early hours of the morning. It was on his way back that he ran into the truck. He was immediately rescued by nearby policemen who rushed him to Tai Solarin Private Hospital, Mushin. There, they administered first aid on him and then advised his manager and some of his friends who had arrived by then to move him to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital. Dagrin was unconscious all this while and had to be admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at LUTH.
The doctors at LUTH did their best for him. His parents, manager, Tunde and friends all kept vigil at the hospital while he remained unconscious. A number of Nigerian artists have been visiting LUTH since, but none has been able to see him. However, on Friday, April 16, 2010, the crooner was reported to have regained consciousness. His manager, Tunde, later told us that he was out of danger and responding very well to treatment.
A couple of weeks back when the news of his new car got to me, I had visited him at his new place at Sunshine Housing Estate, Agege. And he had happily posed beside his ride for me. He told me then that he numbered the car, DAGRIN 03, because he had ordered a couple of bigger cars and he preferred them to bear DAGRIN 01 and DAGRIN 02, while the Maxima remains number 3. He had also explained to me that his arrangement with Edylne Records was just for management. “I am carrying on with my Misofuyin Entertainment and very soon, we would unveil a number of artists to the public,” he had revealed happily.
For an artist who rose from obscurity, overcoming the impediment of limited education by rapping in his mother tongue to get to where he is today, it was a great achievement and the news that he is gradually coming back to himself is a very welcome one. The pictures here were taken by me a week before his accident.