DJ JIMMY JATT IN TERRIBLE AUTO CRASH
It was a few minutes past 2.am, local time in Lagos Nigeria.
The country’s most iconic disc jockey, DJ Jimmy Jatt was holding a cup of red wine, sipping excitedly and exchanging banters with friends. Seated at the lobby of the Night club inside Planet One hotels, Jimmy was in the mood to celebrate.
Few hours earlier, ‘Stylee’, the lead single off his career-defining mix-tape ‘Definition’ had been named ‘Best Collabo’ at the 2008 hip hop world awards. The song’s video, directed by DJ T, was also named ‘Best Music Video, at the keenly contested awards. Jatt has worked hard for all the recognition he’s getting. But everyone knows he’s not gotten all the recognition he deserves. But tonight, sorry, in the early hours of Sunday March 16, the itinerant DJ was in no mood to complain.
And it’s not just because he’s getting applause for the work of his hands. Jimmy is happy, grateful to God for sparing his life, after a very serious auto accident in the early hours of Saturday March 15.
He told me, as we stood side by side, exchanging notes, over our impression of the third edition of HHWA 2008, that ‘I’m lucky to be here. I crashed my GMC this morning. If you see the car, you won’t believe it. It’s a complete write-off.
According to him, ‘I had already gotten home the night before. I was relaxing when a call came in from some of my friends who were visiting from South Africa. They were bored, and thought I was the only one that could take them round Lagos. So I had to go pick them up. We went round, and I later dropped them off at their lodge in GRA, Ikeja. I knew I was tired, ‘cos I didn’t sleep at all the night before. But I hit Ikorodu road, driving very slowly just in case there was a broken-down truck on the way. I don’t know what happened, but I musty have dosed off. When I opened my eyes, my four airbags were out, my car had climbed a culvert, and it was an electric pole that stopped it’.
‘The impact was serious. Let’s say I was lucky to have had my seatbelt on; and that my airbag was working. God saved me; if not, we would have been saying something else now.’
Jimmy bought the GMC SUV from the US in 2005. With customized number plate J.JATT, the blue jeep has in a few years, become part of the DJ’s identity, even though he has other cars.
‘This is my first accident since I’ve been driving’, he told AyeniTheGreat regrettably. ‘And I’ve been driving since I was 14…’