The board and management of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) have expressed great sadness at the passing on of Ras Kimono.
In a press statement, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji said, “Kimono was not just a great musician but a truly fantastic person. 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, on 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.”
Shortly after receiving the news of the passing on of Ras Kimono, Okoroji, Sir Shina Peters, Maureen Ejezie and some members visited the Lagoon Hospital, Ikoyi to condole with the family and start appropriate arrangements.
Okoroji further added, “Everyone at COSON is devastated because we all loved Ras Kimono who stood firmly for our cause.
“From Monday morning, flags begin to fly at half-mast at COSON House in Ikeja. A condolence register will also be opened at COSON House for the many lovers of Kimono to personally express their feelings at the loss of the Rub- a- Dub Master.
“On the many TV screens at COSON House, there will be continuous replay of the many great performances of Ras Kimono including his unforgettable performance at the last COSON Song Awards. I can assure everyone that COSON will ensure that Kimono is buried like the great star that he was and that his memory is never forgotten.”