Sad day as Family, friends and colleagues came to pay final respect to Music Legend Ras Kimono. From his beloved wife, Efe to other music stars, Orits Williki to Alariwo of Africa and Shina Peters, it was a free flow of tears as they filed out to pay their last respects to their departed colleague.
It was a free flow of tears and emotions yesterday, as the remains of late reggae legend, Ras Kimono, who died on June 10, were brought for lying-in-state at the headquarters of Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, in Ikeja, Lagos.
The COSON House received the legend’s body at about 9.30a.m.,where a short prayer for the repose of the soul of the departed was offered, before setting out for his home town in Onicha Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area in the Delta State for the activities leading to the burial tomorrow.
Kimon’s daughter, Oge who has taken after her father as a reggae star, said she would miss everything about him, including his love and care, while his widow, Efe, described him as ‘a loving husband’ adding that he was a different specie. “We were always together, he was always the best. Of course, I have had other relationships, but Ras Kimono was different. I would miss him forever,” she mourned.
Speaking further, the Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, said his happiness is that Ras Kimono did not die unsung. His words: “Ras Kimono was a giver. He always gave his heart, his smile, his immense talent and his love to one and all. He had no angst against anyone. “Kimono was totally dedicated to the COSON cause. He was not just a COSON member, but 100 percent committed COSON activist. As a hyper-creative person, he fought anything that he thought would bring COSON down or tear the music industry apart. He saw in COSON a watershed institution for the development of the Nigerian creative industry which must be nurtured for the next generation.”
Ras kimono was 60 years old.