“She made such a huge impact in her short life that some men of 50 years have not achieved.”
The remains of the late pop-gospel artiste, Kefee (Irikefe Don-Momoh), will be laid to rest on Friday,
July 11, in her hometown — Okpara-Inland in Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta.
Her family made this known to the Kefee Memorial Committee (a collection of artistes) during a condolence visit to her parents in Sapele, Delta on Wednesday.
Kefee, who was born on February 5, 1980, in Sapele, passed away on June 13, 2014, in the U.S.
She had been active in the entertainment industry for the past ten years.
The condolence team that travelled to Sapele from Lagos was made up of Sammie Okposo, Nikki Laoye, Annie Ibrahim, Gordons, Princess, Linda Etukudo, Rex Anighoro, Noah Momodu, Covenant and Chika 100%.
Okposo, who spoke on behalf of the committee, told Kefee’s family members that the delegation was in Sapele to commiserate with them on the loss, and to be involved in her burial plans.
He said that Kefee contributed immensely to the growth of the entertainment industry.
“We will show the last respects we owe our sister, to the best of our abilities.
“We will let the world know that a queen was here and she will always be celebrated.
“She brought peace, happiness and love to the world even in her passing.
“Though we are heartbroken, we will be comforted in the fact that God knows best, and we cannot question him,” he said.
Annie, a Gospel artiste and a close friend to Kefee, spoke of how Kefee introduced her into the entertainment industry.
She said that she would no longer mourn Kefee but celebrate her.
A comedian, Princess, said: “Kefee was a huge gift put in a small container for all of us; we didn’t even know how powerful she was.
“She made such a huge impact in her short life that some men of 50 years have not achieved.
“You are a lucky man to have had her as your child,” she told Kefee’s father.
Nikki Laoye, a gospel artiste, said: “Kefee was a fighter and passionate about her music and art.
“Till her last breath, she spent her time and energy sharing her message of love, strength and peace across the world.”
She promised the family that the entertainment industry would continue to support them.
Responding, Kefee’s father, Andrew Obareki, thanked the committee for the visit, which he said, reduced the family’s grief.
Obareki prayed that God would continue to guide and guard the entertainment industry.
“I stand on the authority of the word of God to shut the gates of death from the entertainment industry; there shall be no more sudden, tragic, premature and untimely deaths.
“I am glad Kefee touched the lives of many; her memory will continue to live on,” he said.
Kefee’s husband, Teddy Don-Momoh, had said that he would soon conclude arrangements to fly her remains back from the U.S. for interment.
Teddy said that his wife’s family requested that she be buried in her hometown, with a celebratory service in Sapele, afterwards.
He said that he was comfortable with the arrangement.
Kefee was known as the Branama Queen in reference to her debut hit track and album, ‘Branama’.
She also scored a hit with the track, ‘Kokoroko’, featuring Timaya.
Kefee had four albums to her credit — ‘Branama’ (2003), ‘Branama 2’ (2005), ‘A Piece of Me’ (2009) and ‘Chorus Leader’ in 2013.