Nigerian Reggae Icon, Ras Kimono, has been buried in his hometown, Onicha-Olona, in Aniocha North, Delta State.
COSON’s Head, Corporate Affairs, Chibueze Okereke, confirmed he was buried at 3.20 p.m. on Saturday. He also shared details from the burial rites.
He said, “Kimono was buried in a marble tiled mausoleum situated in his hometown in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Asaba, Delta State on Saturday. His casket was painted in a Rastafarian colours while Ven. Josiah Ogom of the Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion presided over his burial rites.”
During his tribute at the burial, COSON, Chairman, Tony Okoroji, reportedly described the deceased as “unbeatable”.
Mr Okoroji said, “Kimono was unbeatable, unpiratable and wonderful. He was a Nigerian like no other. We don’t mourn him; we celebrate him. Kimono never drank, never smoked and never ate meat, yet he was great in his chosen field.
“As we say goodbye to this lion, let us remember that he had no father, no mother, no brother and no sister but see the way the world has honoured him. We should unite to support the daughters he left behind.”
According the COSON official, several Nigerian performing artistes also attended the burial. They include Opa Williams, Orits Wiliki, Daddy Showkey, Buchi, Yellow Man, Righteous Man, Candy Sea and Bright Chimezie, among others.
Members of the Rasta Fraternity including the national grand patron for Nigeria, Ras Dickson, were also present.
Other dignitaries present at the event were Delta state Commissioner for Youth Development, Karo Ilolo, (who represented Governor Ifeanyi Okowa), Ameachi Mrakpor, Emeka Nwaobi, and Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Bazim Chinye.
Kimono, who celebrated his 60th birthday with friends and family, had concluded plans to travel to the United States before his demise in June.