Nigeria on Sunday lost one of its musical legends Ras Kimono after a brief illness in the commercial nerve centre of Lagos.
The singer was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi after he slumped on Saturday and passed away on Sunday, a family statement said.
Factional Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) Tony Okoroji also confirmed his death.
Okoroji, who said he shook hands with Ras Kimono, lamented, “This is a terrible loss to the music industry.
Here are five facts about the late reggae icon you might not know:
1. He was from Onicha Olona, in Aniocha North LGA of Delta State.
2. Kimono’s real name is Austine Okeleke Onwubuya.
3. In 1988, he released his breakthrough album: “under pressure” which won several awards including the Nigerian music awards.
4. The singer got his name, Ras Kimono, from his native language. According to Emeka Esogbue, an Anioma historian, Kimono adopted the name from the Igbo word, “Kie eme unu.”
5. Kimono was a student of Gbenoba Secondary School in Agbor, Delta State, where he started his career and later became a member of the legendary Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie.