The Associates, in partnership with the family of the iconic late reggae artiste, Oseloke Onwubuya, known as Ras Kimono, has announced June 15 as the launching of the Ras Kimono Development Foundation in Asaba, Delta State. This was disclosed by a signed statement from Mr. Godfrey Osakwe, the Associates’ Communication Consultant.
The late artiste died at age 60 on June 10, 2018, after he spent 35 years on stage and was buried in his home town, Onicha-Olona in Delta.
According to the signed statement, the proprietor of Giddy’s Place; a hospitality and entertainment resort in Asaba, Elder Gideon Nwaomu, will lead the launching of the foundation with the support of Kimono’s family.
The statement reads that the launch of the foundation, a center for talent development and community service initiative would be announced by a farewell concert to formally close down Giddy’s Place.
He said that the decision to shut down operation at Giddy’s Place was reached following much consideration and consultation of the environmental factors characterized by the shambolic economy.
Nwaomu, an associate of Ras Kimono revealed that “the event will hold on Saturday, June 15, at the Giddy’s Place, Ekwumekwu (Inter Bau) Roundabout, on Government House Road, Asaba.
“The event will feature Ras Kimono in karaoke and orchestra by renowned musicians and upcoming artistes with many entertainments. Even more, there will be different personalities from all walks of life in attendance, including government functionaries, movie practitioners, top business executives, renowned musicians and notable politicians,” he said.
The organizers of the launching have promised that the event will be a memorable one and also use the opportunity to celebrate the late star brilliant achievements.
“It promises to be a memorable celebration of life, God’s goodness, perseverance and a tribute to brilliant achievements in concert as we launch a foundation in memory of Ras Kimono”.
He further said that the foundation’s board of trustees has personalities of proven concern, and it would partner with good spirited individuals, corporate organizations and development agencies for the unwavering pursuit of its objectives.
Mr. Augustine Ugah, Kimono’s cousin and member of the central working committee said “the launch of the Foundation is in fulfillment of the vision documented by the late reggae maestro to create a platform for young and talented Africans.
“It is to build and advance their creative skills, particularly the less privileged in the society. While growing up, Kimono experienced what it means to live in absolute poverty. Therefore, he wants to help others not to witness such. It wasn’t a surprise that his music was often said to be greatly influenced by the hardship, inequality, and poverty he experienced in his early life.”
His albums “Under Pressure”, “Natty Get Jail” and “Rum-Bar- Stylee”, were a smash hit, ruling the entertainment industry in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
His last recorded track “Stop the Senseless Killing”, was a passionate plea and warning to Nigerians to stop the killings of fellow Nigerians and other citizens of the world, before he passed away.
Kimono was said to have lived a life devoid of acrimony, rancour, bickering, hate and bitterness. He was scandal-free all through his music career of over 35years, and didn’t smoke or drink all through.