D’banj confirms his absence was the cause of the death of his 13-month old son.
D’banj Afrobeats star young son has reportedly died in a drowning accident.
D’banj, real name Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, was a no-show at the 2018 BET Awards on Sunday night (24Jun18) in Los Angeles, with local media in his home nation of Nigeria reporting that his absence was due to the death of his 13-month-old son Daniel Oyebanjo III.
Editors at the Pulse Nigeria website report that baby Daniel drowned in a pool at D’banj’s residence in Lagos, the country’s capital.
The musician hinted at his loss on social media, writing: “Trying Times (broken heart) (black heart). But my God is Always and Forever Faithful (praying emoji).”
At the BET Awards bash, fellow Afrobeats star Davido paid tribute to his friend and offered his “condolences” before accepting the Best International Act prize. D’banj, 38, won the Best International Act (Africa) prize back in 2011 – and achieved global fame with his hit Oliver Twist the following year.
Fans were quick to offer the musician and his family their support after the tragedy, with one writing underneath his Instagram post: “My condolences to your entire family. I pray God grants you all the fortitude to bear this loss.”
The Nigeria Police on Monday directed the Afrobeats star, Oladapo Olabanji, “D’banj’’, to make a formal report on the circumstances that led to the death of his son.
Mr Edgal Imohimi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, said that the family should report the incident to the police after the period of mourning.
D’banj had lost his only son, Daniel Oyebanjo, who turned one year in May, in a swimming pool inside the singer’s Lagos home on Sunday, June 24.
CSP Chike Oti, the command’s spokesman, quoted Imohimi as saying in a statement that the state command had sent a delegation to condole with the family.
“The CP wants the family to know that at this period of their grief, the entire command shares in their pains.
“It is expected that when the mourning period is over, the family will formally report the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of the little Daniel to the police,’’ Imohimi said.
D’banj’s Instagram feed features numerous pictures of his son – including a couple of snaps with British-Nigerian actor John Boyega.