Following the demise of the popular gospel singer Kefee, stakeholders in the Nigerian entertainment industry met on Monday at the office premises of well-known gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, in Surulere, Lagos to discuss how to give the late gospel singer a befitting burial.
The committee known as Kefee Memorial Committee (KMC) was constituted to plan the various events which would hold in Lagos and Sapele, the hometown of the late singer.
Some of the notable faces at the meeting included, Nikki Laoye, Anny Ibrahim, Tosin Martins, DJ Gosporella, Emem Ema, Wamilele, Princess, Tee-Y Mix, Perry Martins, Praise Machine Mudi, Righteousman, Nene Soul Diva, Victor Gospogroove, Gordons and representatives from Kefee’s family.
Sammie noted that not just the gospel industry was affected by the death of the singer, but the whole of the Nigerian entertainment industry and the world in general.
”Kefee was a major contributor to the development of the entertainment industry in Nigeria and the industry will be there for her even in death.
”We are going to bury her as a queen and it would be nice for us to work together to make her burial a grand affair.
”It would also be nice to use this opportunity to get our acts together as gospel artists and entertainers in general because that is what Kefee would love,” he said.
At the event, Tosin Martins said that celebrating Kefee should be an annual memorial event which could be expressed via an entertainment symposium.
He said this would ensure that pertinent issues in the entertainment industry were discussed for the development of a foundation in her memory.
The members of the committee are Sammie Okposo, Nikki Laoye, Comrade Rex Anighoro, Momodu Inu Noah, Tosin Martins, Anny Ibrahim, Joan Paul, Aity Dennis-Inyang, Emem Ema, Gbenga Akintokun, Tee-Y Mix, Tim Tehilla, DJ Gosporella, Praise Machine, Victor Gospogroove, Princess, Perry Martins, DJ Direal and Chilee Agunanna, a journalist, who was Kefee’s publicist.
The committee will plan befitting burial events in Lagos and Sapele which include a symposium and service of songs tagged: ”An Evening with Kefee” in Lagos.
There will also be a documentary of the singer’s life and times; performances of her songs by other artists; Kefee memorial merchandise and a tribute concert in Sapele.
Kefee’s husband, Teddy Don-Momoh, monitored the proceedings of the meeting from the U.S. where he pleaded for the privacy of the family to be respected in these trying times.
He observed that most of the stories written about Kefee since her death were mostly untrue, especially the reports ”of a pregnancy that didn’t exist” and the story that her body had been flown home as very insensitive and mischievous.
Don-Momoh said that customarily, he would have to return home to Nigeria first, in order to be on ground to receive the body of his wife and would be finalising the required paper works before Kefee’s body could be flown from the U.S. to Nigeria, after which more details of the burial proceedings would be released.
He stated that Kefee’s family had requested that she be buried in Okpara-Inland, Ethiope East Local Government Area which he was comfortable with. A celebratory service will them take place in Sapele afterwards.
Meanwhile, a condolence register had been opened for the singer at her restaurant, Branama Kitchen, at 11 Ajose Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos.