by Taiwo Damilola
On April 22, 2011 it will be a year since rapper Dagrin passed on from injuries sustained in a ghastly car crash on his way back from an event. NET Newspapers Ltd, publishers of Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) have announced plans to organise a memorial lecture in honour of the rapper. In a statement by the paper’s publisher Ayeni Adekunle, he is said ‘the reason for the memorial lecture is obvious to us all. Dagrin died in very tragic circumstances. A young man who was full of life; who was very hardworking and very promising had his life cut short in such horrible manner. Could his death, just like that of CD John, Chidinma Mbalaso and many others have been prevented?’ Ayeni asks.
The Memorial Lecture, is scheduled to hold at Protea Hotels, in Ikej GRA, though a date has not been fixed yet. It will feature speakers across several industries: security and safety; media, health, medicine, governance, entertainment, communication, and management. ‘It is our desire that our artistes and their minders will find important lessons from this lecture; as well as all those who work within the entertainment industry. How many of us still sit behind our steering and drive even when we’ve been drinking? How many have all the relevant insurance? What can we do about the hospital policy that makes it impossible for you to get even emergency treatment unless you pay a deposit? Who benefits when you’re dead? What’s the role of the FRSC, state governments, Federal Government, Nigeria Police, PMAN, Record labels, and other institutions in all of these?’ Adekunle said.
Speakers and facilitators for the inaugural Dagrin Memorial Lecture will be announced in a few weeks.