Only the groundsmen at the cemetery remember to tend to his grave and places wreaths in his remembrance.
Back then, we reported that the grave was abandoned with no sign of activity since the rapper died in 2010.
Today, it is still the same, except that the ‘charges’ demanded by the groundsmen has increased from N3,000 to N5,000.
The bare concrete slab which his name is etched into with a stick still is devoid of any sentimental touch.
There are no wreaths or elaborate tombstone or any special treatment to connote his status as a popular individual in his days.
The withered flowers near the head stone was placed there by the cemetery gardeners, two gentlemen who claimed to be the only ones who have been looking after the grave since 2010 when Dagrin was buried.
‘Nobody comes here to check on him,’ they said. ‘No family members or friend; it’s just like he has been forgotten here. Even the annual maintenance fee of N30,000 has never been paid’.
That said, they asked for their own payment; saying that their job is thankless and only pressmen who occasionally stop by to take pictures can ‘assist’ them to keep up the work.
Our correspondent inquired on the cost of an elaborate marble tombstone: between N850,000 and N1 million.
Seven years later: TheNetng remembers Dagrin
As we have been to his family house, it is clear than such fund is not likely to come from that direction. The Nigerian music industry too seems to have moved on from honouring one of its brightest stars.
It appears that the final honour his peers gave him was burying him in a private vault within the 150-year-old cemetery.
There’s no doubt that if he were alive, Dagrin would have been one of the most successful entertainers of his time.
Standing above his nondescript final resting place, one can only sigh and wonder if his spirit hovers around, taking notes of those who remember him, seven years later.
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