A year after his death, some associates of late Reggae music star, Ras Kimono, have announced plans to launch a foundation in his name.
The foundation announced via a statement signed by Godfrey Osakwe on behalf of the associates. The statement further said the plans are led by Gideon Nwaomu, who owns Giddy’s Place, a hospitality and entertainment resort in Asaba, with the support of late Kimono’s family members.
The launch of the foundation is planned to coincide with a farewell concert to officially wind down Giddy’s Place which has suffered from a depressed economy along with the Nwaomu’s 64th birthday on the same date.
According to Mr. Nwaomu, a close associate of Kimono, the event will feature karaoke by renowned musicians and up and coming artistes.
“It promises to be a spectacle in celebration of life, God’s goodness, perseverance and in tribute to brilliant achievements in concert as we launch a foundation in memory of Ras Kimono,” Nwaomu was quoted to have said.
Kimono’s cousin and member of the central working committee, Augustine Ugah, added that “the launch of the foundation is in fulfillment of the deceased’s vision to create a platform for young and talented Nigerians and others of African descent.
“Growing up, Kimono knew what it means to live in absolute poverty, and therefore craved for others not to witness such.
“It was not a surprise that his music was often said to be greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality, and hardship he witnessed in his early life.”
Dubbed the rub-a-dub master, Kimono was declared dead on June 10, 2018, at the age of 60 after a brief illness.
He had been a professional singer for 35 years.
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