A Nigerian social media user and friend to late gospel singer Irikefe Obareki Don Momoh, popularly known as Kefee is full of guilt as he visited his dear friend’s grave, where he had not visited nor laid a wreath on since her passing 7 years ago.
Kefee, who was also referred to as Branama Queen has passed away in 2014, after taking ill on a flight. The Kokoroko and Branama singer collapsed mid-air on a flight to Chicago for a performance and slipped into coma two weeks before her death. She eventually gave up the ghost on the 12th of June same year in a hospital in America as a result of lungs failure.
Taking to Facebook to share pictures from his visit, Rex Ekuigbo Anighoro said he is sad and feels he’s betrayed his friend and sister. Stating that the ‘irrepressible’ Kefee should not be forgotten, even in death, Rex promised to visit her family to take the permission to clear her grave. “I AM GUILTY! EVEN IN DEATH KEFEE MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!”, he began. “Today I am quite sad! I am sad because I feel I have betrayed and let down my dear sister and friend the very irrepressible Branama Queen Mrs Irikefe Evelyn Don Momoh nee Obareki musically known as KEFEE.”
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“Earlier today, I visited Ovu community in Ethiope East Local Government Area as I was driving to Ughelli, I passed through Okpara Inland and then I remembered that this was Kefee’s community. I decided to come down by the roadside as I still can identify the place where Kefee was laid to rest. Sadly, the place has become so bushy. I felt terrible, I felt so empty, Kefee would be so sad to see that even me could not be there for her, what a shame. I have been lost in thoughts because I know no matter how busy I could have been, I could have done better for a dear friend who was always there for us when we needed her.”
“I could have been there for her parents, if nothing visiting them periodically, I could have been holding at least biennially a remembrance event/concert in honor of her memory. To make it worse I have not gone to her graveside to lay a wreath since we buried her over seven years ago. I abandoned even her final resting place which sadly is now bushy and does needs urgent clearing and respectability As a friend I hold that I am guilty, I failed. I do not judge others I only judge myself as an elder brother she looked up to.
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I have asked her for forgiveness and I sincerely hope I will be forgiven even as I try to make a change. In a few days from now I will visit her family and also seek their permission to clear and clean the place and make it more respectable resting place. Yes Kefee died 12th of June 2014 and was buried 11th of July 2014 to some it is long time now to others it is just yesterday, no matter what your view on this is, I don’t think it is right for me/us to neglect and forget Kefee, NO!NEVER! Her songs still blesses us and her impact remains a livewire.
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