Singer's 13-month-old son drowns in home swimming pool

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 27, 2018
11:54 A.M.
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Nigerian Afrobeats singer D'banj lost his son, Daniel Oyebanjo III, to a swimming pool drowning on Sunday. Details of the child’s death haven’t been released yet.


In response to the tragedy, the musician posted a simple message on Instagram. Fellow musicians have also sent out their condolences to the star.

D'banj, 38, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo is a Nigerian musician who became a father last year. His son, Daniel Oyebanjo III, turned one in May this year.

The boy reportedly died in a swimming pool at the singer's Lagos home. D'banj has not made a comment addressing the death directly but on Sunday he posted a black background on his Instagram page


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. He captioned the post saying these were trying times for him but that God was forever faithful.  

The star wasn’t at home when the incident occurred. D’banj was actually in the US attending the 2018 BET Awards when his son died.

‘Trying times but my God is Always and Forever Faithful.’

D'banj, Instagram, June 24, 2018

He is believed to be flying back to Nigeria to be with his wife, Lineo Kilgrow. The singer had often shared pictures of his son on his Instagram page.


He recently posted an image of him changing his baby boy’s soiled diapers on Father's Day. Celebrities and fans around the world have been posting their condolence messages to the family on social media.


Another Afropop star, Davido, who won the BET Awards' Best International Act on Sunday, offered his condolences to the star while receiving his award. The Lagos state police released a statement saying a delegation of officers had visited the family at their home in the Ikoyi suburb of Lagos on Monday.

They said no one was home. In their statement, they asked D'banj and his wife to report the circumstances of the boy's death to the police station after their mourning period.


"It is expected that when the mourning period is over, the family should formally report the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of little Daniel to the police. May his soul rest in peace. Amen," police spokesman Chike Oti wrote.


D’banj was one of the frontrunners of the new wave of Nigeria's popular music style called Afrobeats. He had a global hit in 2012 with his song Oliver Twist.

The award-winning video featured a cameo from Kanye West and has been viewed 45 million times on YouTube. His music is a mix of Yoruba, English and Pidgin.

D'banj calls himself the "Koko master" which could mean a variety of things from being the "boss", "lover" and the "main topic."