NIGERIAN rapper, Oladipupo Oladimeji, popularly known as Oladips, has apologised for his fake death claim.
In an interview with Naija FM on Thursday, December 7, the rapper took full responsibility for the announcement and apologised for the confusion and distress caused by the alarm.
“I apologise to Nigerians and my followers. I will never play with people’s emotions like that. It was never a prank. I am sorry for the confusion, distress and false alarm. I take full responsibility,” he said.
In November, the rapper’s team posted on his Instagram page that he passed on after being rushed to the hospital.
“We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, November 14, Tuesday evening, at exactly 10:14pm. 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 the funeral service 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. (Amen),” the statement read.
Weeks after the announcement, another rapper, Fakoya Oluwadamilare, fondly called Qdot, revealed on social media that the rapper was alive.
Following Qdot’s disclosure, Oladips came forth with video evidence to indicate that he was alive and well, fueling social media speculation that he faked his death to promote his new album.
During the interview with Naija FM, Oladips said would have the right people around him to avoid more problems such as what happened.
“From now on, I will make sure I’m surrounded by professionals because I feel like that’s where the problem started from…
“It got to a point where I didn’t even have a manager again. It was just my boys and me, so I feel like that’s where the problem came from. Right now, I’m trying to select the right people and be sure they are professionals,” he added.
The rapper’s assistant, Abdulrasheed Opeyemi, had confirmed that Oladips died for three days before resurrecting.
Opeyemi had also disclosed that Oladip’s manager was sacked after the incident.
In 2019, Oladips announced his exit from LRR/ Edge Records, owned by Nigerian rapper Remilekun Safaru, aka Reminisce, after which he launched his label, Disciples Music.