Nigerian reggae icon, Ras Kimono, is dead and we will see him no more, except for his memories that live with us in his evergreen music and videos.

The organization responsible for ensuring that his works live on and continue to generate revenue for his family is the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, explained how he received the shocking death of the legendary musician.

He said, “Kimono was not just a great musician but a truly fantastic person.

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“He had no angst against anyone and stood for truth and justice at all times. I have not just lost a colleague but a valued friend. This is absolutely devastating.

“I was by his hospital bed at Lagoon Hospital, Ikoyi Saturday night before he passed on, on Sunday.

“Despite his ailment he was in good cheer and we even shared jokes. I spoke to the doctors who expressed the view that he may have passed through the worst.

“I was at the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja on Sunday when I got the devastating phone call that got me screaming like a mad man.

“I was already checked in for a flight to Owerri. That was the end of the trip and the Airline had to go to the aircraft to retrieve my already loaded baggage.”

Tony Okoroji, and other top COSON board members have since visited Lagoon Hospital, Ikoyi to condole with the family and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made afterwards.   

COSON has promised to ensure that Kimono is buried like the great star that he was and that his memory is never forgotten.

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