A popular Nigerian disc jockey, Olaniyi Oladigbo, professionally known as DJ Ola has died.
Niyi, a Popular UK-based Nigerian DJ commits suicide moments after dropping off his kids at school, According to friends of the deceased, DJ Ola, who was quite popular in the Nigerian community in the UK, committed suicide on Tuesday, September 13 after battling depression.
He is said to have ended it all over how people treated him. One of his friends claimed that he usually complained about how people talked down on him.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Ola’s wife’s pastor, Philip Oyewale, who described him as one who was always willing to help others, said he had threatened to kill himself on several occasions, before finally taking his own life yesterday.
According to Oyewale, special evening prayer will be held in Liverpool on Friday night, September 16, to celebrate his life.
One death, too many!!!
I was in a prayer program yesterday, when the wife of D J Ola, called. I declined the call and she sent me one of the most distressing text ever; ‘ I just lost my husband’. I quickly went out to verify the rude joke. With tears, she explained the circumstances that led to his death.
Niyi was married to his beloved wife, Hellen. I can categorically tell you, he loved his wife and children to bit. He was a responsible father. He will do anything to protect and provide for his family. He adored his wife. He hated it when you report him to his wife. He loved her and we that were closed to them know it. Let me move to the next point, the cause of his death.
Contrary to what has been circulating on the social media, Niyi has always been dealing with depression and insomnia.
He had on several occasions threatened to kill himself. Any little thing, he would say, ‘I will just kill myself’. I remember telling him one day in my office with the wife present, that he needed mental health assessment.
I instructed the wife to encourage him to see the doctor. Since his demise yesterday, I gathered he had attempted to kill himself few times without success. He sent messages to few people a night before, telling them he was depressed. He sent a message to his wife and children also, telling them he loved them but really depressed.
“Personally, I noticed during the son’s tenth birthday thanksgiving in the church on the 28th August, 2022, he was not himself. Niyi will always make a scene with his dancing. That day he was too quiet. And I was thinking, this man eventually is growing. I narrowly missed the hint that could possibly have averted the ugly incident of yesterday.” Oyewole wrote on Facebook.
Colleagues and friends have also trooped to Facebook to mourn his tragic passing.