The body of Nigerian reggae icon, Ras Kimono, will be laid to rest in his home town, Onitsha Olona, Delta State, this August. Recall that Kimono died in a Lagos hospital on June 10, after a brief illness.
Mr. Theophilus Ehizibue, who spoke on behalf of the family at a briefing with newsmen said: “Kimono’s journey to eternity will commence on Friday, August 17, with a social wake keep at his residence in Magodo, Lagos.
“Thereafter, his former record label, Premier Music, will hold a night of tributes in his honour at Freedom Park on Monday, August 20, while reggae dancehall party comes up at his Magodo residence. “Association of Music Band Organisation of Nigeria, AMBON, will equally hold a night of tributes at Freedom Park on Tuesday, August 21, with the reggae dancehall party continuing at his Magodo residence.
“ On Wednesday, August 22, will be Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON’s night of tributes holding at COSON House, Ikeja, Lagos. The reggae dancehall party continues in his house in Magodo, while Thursday, August 24 would be his lying-in-state at the Lagos Television Blue Roof Arena, Agidingbi, Ikeja, from 9a.m. to 12noon. Same day, his body leaves for Asaba, Delta State.”
In the same vein, there will bea procession for him in Asaba by the Reggae community on Friday, August 24, followed by a brief lying-in-state between 1p.m. and 3p.m. Thereafter, the wake-keep holds at his home town, Olona. . Kimono will be lying –in-state on Saturday, August 25, in his compound in Olona, followed by interment. There will be a thanksgiving on Sunday, August 26 2018 .
In his lifetime, Ras Kimono exuded energy that could easily rival that of any young musician on stage. His dexterity on the stage was incredible and that endeared him to many fans. Tributes have continued to pour in for the veteran reggae singer.