The family and associates members of the late Nigerian reggae music legend Oseloke Augustine Onwubuya (popularly known as Ras Kimono) wept at Kimono’s graveside at Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State in remembrance.
The ceremony was part of activities marking one year remembrance of late musician who joined his ancestors on June 10, 2018 in Lagos.
Among those present were Kimono’s close associates – Gideon Nwaomu, Phil Ehizibue; and relatives including Afam Ugah, Ochei Odiakose, Chief Austin Elumelu (the Ozoma of Onicha-Olona) and the President-General of Yoruba community in Delta State, Otunba Ayoola Fafowora.
Mr. Nwaomu who was overwhelmed by emotion said they were at the graveside to keep the memory of the legend alive.
According to him, “We have come here to remember our brother, friend and father, the lion who rose from this village and became a super star. Last Monday was exactly one year when he left us. That is why we are here to spend some time with him.
The brief ceremony witnessed some community members wailing and crying for their departed brother.
The legendary Kimono breathed his last after over 35 years on stage. He was 60 years when he died.
His album include: “Under Pressure”, “Natty Get Jail” and “Rum-Bar- Stylee” was a hit, ruling the air wave of the Nigerian music scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Kimono’s last music record “Stop the Senseless Killing” was a passionate plea and admonition to Nigerians to stop the killings of fellow Nigerians and other citizens of the world, before.
Kimono, according to his associates, lived an exemplary life devoid of hate, bickering, bitterness, rancour and acrimony, adding that he was scandal-free all through his music career of over 35 years, and never indulged in smoking or drinking unlike most of his peers; more of a teetotaller.