In the early hours of Friday, October 7th, 2016, chairman of Koga Entertainment, a Lagos-based entertainment company, Mr. Chris Jeyibo was reported dead after his car ran into a stationary trailer in Magodo, Lagos.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the accident which claimed the life of the entertainment boss, happened around 1am. Jeyibo was driving home after an event when his car ran into a stationary trailer.
This brings to mind the death of popular rapper, Oladapo Olaonipekun, a.k.a Dagrin, who lost his life in similar circumstances after his car, a Black Maxima crashed into a trailer parked outside Alakara Police Station in the Mushin area of Lagos. This was on April 22, 2010. Dagrin’s untimely death remains a source of national bewilderment till date as fans as find still find it difficult to accept the reality of the death of the enigmatic.
One of the most common causes of accidents in Nigeria, after over-speeding and bad roads is carelessness of trailer drivers. It is either they are parked along the road at night without any warning signs, or their containers are falling on cars. These two showbiz personalities were victims of mindless tanker drivers who abandoned their broken down vehicles in the middle of the expressway with any cautionary signs.
But the entertainment industry has lost some of its own to other forms of road accidents.
In 2011, fast rising singer, Mc Loph died after his car crashed along the Benin- Ore expressway. Mc Loph became popular after his remix of Osita Osadebe’s Osondi Owendi became a hit. Mc Loph was on his way to the east with his sister and fiancée when the accident that claimed his life occurred.
Yoruba Actor, Ahmed Ishola Durojaiye, aka Alasari, was pronounced dead at the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta after a terrible car accident he was involved in along Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in 2011. His wife, Adeola also died in a motor accident some years later.
Gratefully, the entertainment industry has had reasons to celebrate with some performers who survived car accidents. Singing duo, Psquare, Wizkid , Comedian Bovi as some of the lucky ones. They escaped death by whiskers and lived to tell the tale.
Until his untimely death, Chris Jeyibo was the owner of Koga Entertainment which provides assorted media and entertainment related services. Koga is the parent company of Koga Studios, KogaXtra.TV, Koga Lounge, Koga Hall, and KICL Clothing.
As sabinews calls on authorities of the Federal Road Safety Corps and other road maintenance agencies to enforce the safety requirements on all vehicles especially articulated vehicles traveling at night, we pray that the departed ones will rest in peace.