The final funeral rites of the late reggae icon, Ras Kimono, kicked off on Wednesday the 22nd of August, 2018, at the COSON house, Ikeja Lagos.
The event which featured a red carpet display, hosted the likes of Dede Mabiaku, Clarion Chukwuka, Faze, Essence, Alariwo of Africa, Kenny Saint Best, Florence Ita- Giwa and several others in attendance.
According to a report from Premium Times, Ras Kimono’s daughter, Oge Kimono, who took after her fathers art, drove the audience down memory lane when she performed ‘Under Pressure’ a song her late dad recorded in 1989.
Reggae veterans, Majek Fashek and Oritz Williki, also performed some of Kimono’s greatest hits to the delight of the audience.
Chinedu Chukwuji, general manager of COSON, while addressing the media said;
“Ras Kimono was not just a COSON member, he was a 100 per cent committed member, totally dedicated to the cause. As a hyper creative person, he fought against anything that will destroy COSON as he saw the organisation as a watershed development in our country and an important legacy for the Nigerian creative industry.
“No one should forget that until he passed on, Ras Kimono was a key member of the COSON Board and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our chairman. Chief Okoroji was one of the last persons Kimono spoke to on his sick bed, before he passed on.”
Further burial announcements reveal, the Rastafarian community will hold a procession on Friday, which would follow by a brief lying-in-state between 1p.m. and 3 p.m.
Then the wake-keep will hold at his home town, Olona, Saturday, followed by lying-in-state and interment.
A the thanksgiving service will hold on Sunday.