Afrobeat star Davido’s young son drowns in family pool

Afro pop star Davido’s little son has died a week after his 3rd birthday.

Lagos, Nigeria police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin confirmed Tuesday to The Times that little Ifeanyi – full name David Ifeanyi Adedeji Adeleke Jr. – drowned in the swimming pool at the singer’s home on Banana Island around 6pm Monday.

Neither Davido nor his fiancee Chioma Rowland, the boy’s mother, have commented on the death. Neither parent was home when the boy drowned, but both were reportedly in contact with police Monday night.

Hundeyin told the BBC that eight members of Davido’s domestic staff were brought in for questioning. An employee reported the drowning to the police on Monday evening.

“We are checking the surveillance cameras for additional information about the circumstances surrounding his death,” Hundeyin said. “His body was dumped in the morgue.”

Davido, real name David Adedeji Adeleke, was born in Atlanta to Nigerian billionaire Adedeji Adeleke and the late Veronica Adeleke. He has collaborated on numerous tracks including with Nicki Minaj (“Holy Ground”); Chris Brown (“Blow My Mind”); Gentle Mill (“Fans Mi”); Brown and Young Thug (“Shopping Spree”); and Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd (“Pere”).

“Happy Birthday to the love of my life,” chef and influencer Rowland posted on Instagram last week, celebrating Ifeanyi’s 3rd birthday. “Mom loves you so much, may God bless you always for me. God has been so faithful to us and I am so thankful to be called your mom. May you be greater than your parents, in Jesus name. Amen. Love you twin! #big3.”

Davido also posted birthday wishes to his son on Instagram, writing, “I pray with all my heart that God grants you perfect health and pure happiness for as long as possible. You will grow taller than me, happy birthday son.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-11-01/davido-afro-pop-star-son-drowns-pool-nigeria Afrobeat star Davido’s young son drowns in family pool

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