Legendary music producer, Babatunde Okungbowa known as OJB Jezreel died in the early hours of Tuesday, June 14, 2016. In a statement released by his team, it confirmed his kidney transplant had failed completely since last week. He has been battling kidney related disease and was consequently flown to India in 2013 for a kidney transplant.
ENCOMIUM Weekly paid a condolence visit to his residence at No. 4, Gbaja Street, Surulere, Lagos at 1:25pm. At the time of our visit the atmosphere was moody as friends, family and colleagues flooded the house to commiserate with the family of the deceased.
As effort to get the attention of his family members proved abortive as one of his managers, Moradeyo Folajaiye told ENCOMIUM Weekly, “The family is not ready to grant any interview to anybody. You guys can check back later.”
He further said, “If there is anything we want you to know about his death, you should contact our publicist.”
Speaking to one of the in-laws of the deceased, Mrs. Udeh, she said, “This is very sad. Yesterday (Monday, June 13, 2016)I was here around 10:30 am. We spoke extensively. He was not really alright but he managed to talk. He told me he had an appointment today in the hospital after the last one he had last week Thursday. So, I prayed for him to get better. I was not expecting something like this. It came to me as a shock.
“Even when I was leaving at about 5:30 pm, he was already asleep and I did not bother to wake him. So, I left, not knowing that was going to be our last conversation.”
Another of his managers, Saromi Ademoluyi described OJB Jezreel as a great loss to the nation. It is so sad OJB is gone. If only he could wait a bit for his 50th birthday in three weeks time. We were planning his 50th birthday in a big way not knowing the unexpected will happen.”
OJB Jezreel was born on July 4, as Babatunde Okungbowa. He is survived by three wives and eight children.
-GLORY OSIGWE and FEMI SOEWU