NIGERIA singer, Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D'banj has revealed what kept him going since the death of his only son, Daniel Jr.
DAILY POST recalls that the sensational entertainer suffered a shocking loss on June 25 after his son drowned in a pool at his Ikoyi residence.
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He has, however, returned to social media, after several weeks of absence, disclosing that ‘God’s love’ is the only thing that has kept his family going since the sad incident.
He revealed this on his Instagram page alongside a sombre photo of himself.
D'banj wrote, ‘’The past few weeks have been incredibly trying and difficult, but God’s love has kept me and my family going.
‘’I can’t thank my team enough and the incredible love from you all, may God keep us together.’’
D'banj, also known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee, was born Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo on June 9, 1980 in Zaria, to a military officer and a devout church dignitary businesswoman.
D'banj who was expected to follow his father's military career enrolled at the Nigerian Military School at age eleven but resisted the system and left the school after three years. However, he was a member of the elite drum corp of the Nigerian Army while at the Military School.
He however proceeded to another military owned institution Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta where he was a church worker. There he completed his secondary school education.
D'banj was introduced to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a plane crash at age seventeen. With D'banj's love for music being greater than his parents' military aspirations, he struggled for his parents' approval; this can be best heard through All Da Way from his debut album.
D'banj continued to the Lagos State University to study mechanical engineering, but due to the constant strikes and several irregularities in the school he decided to withdraw.
Plans to continue his studies as a mechanical engineer in London were derailed when he arrived in the UK in 2001, and met Don Jazzy who was trying to make it as a songwriter and producer. D'Banj started hanging around the studio, making ends meet while working as a security guard.
Don Jazzy and D'Banj returned to Lagos in 2004 and in that same year came the single Tongolo; the video of which was paid for by D'Banj's mother.
D'banj has won several music awards, including Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa, 2011 BET Awards, Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, and Evolution Award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards
D'banj is ranked as the richest solo musician in Nigeria according to T.I.N Magazine.