This car should have been put up in a museum to honour legendary Nigerian entertainers, like a hall of fame, instead like everything in Nigeria it has been left to waste.
The date is now regarded as a moment to celebrate a budding legend, Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun aka Dagrin whose music legitimized indigenous rap music in the Nigerian entertainment space.
On April 14, 2010, Dagrin had a fatal accident as his car, a Nissan Maxima rammed into a truck. The car which was a wreck after the accident was last seen in public during the premier of the rapper's highly criticised biopic in 2011. Where is the Nissan Maxima that Dagrin was driving on the ill-fated night?
It is a global practice that properties of legends are kept and consciously preserved to keep the history and facts undisputed for younger generations to learn from. The ill-fated Maxima car Dagrin was driving when he had a collision was abandoned at the Lagos State University (LASU) premises for over six years because of N20,000.
A visit to the University by Pulse revealed that all abandoned cars in the university premises have been tolled away by the university authority at expiration of the given time for removal. This means that Owode Onirin – a popular iron and motor parts market in Lagos, is now the home of the battered ride.
Mr. Peter Ogundana (Pepero), a former Treasurer of the school’s Student Union, also confirmed to Pulse that the car was detained by officials of the Student Union due to a failed agreement. The school management later took up the case.
An official of the University, who chose to be anonymous, also confirmed that the car has been abandoned at the spot for years without any attempt at retrieving it. Hence, it has to be removed as the school is clearing the environment of unwanted items.
Dagrin's car should be preserved as part of our national history but unfortunately like every precious thing in Nigeria, it has been thrown away.