Hip-hop artiste and Nigeria’s representative at the 2012 Big Brother Africa Star Game reality show, Oluwabimpe Susan Harvey, popularly known as Goldie, has been laid to rest.
The event took place at Vaults and Gardens in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday morning.
The burial date was fixed after her husband Andrew Harvey arrived in the country on Saturday night.
Although an announcement revealing burial arrangements of the late singer indicated that no recording device was allowed to the event, pictures of the remains have gone viral on the internet.
Goldie died shortly after she returned from the US where she attended the 2013 Grammy Awards.
She was said to have been rushed to the hospital after she complained of a migraine and then gave up the ghost in the hands of her friend and Channel O Veejay, Denrele Edun, who was in the hospital with her.
With so much pain, Denrele gave a tribute to the late music star.
“My super star friend sways away and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says ‘she’s gone’…Gone where?
“Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as gorgeous now as when last I saw her.
“Her slightly disappearing figure and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.
“And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she’s gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout; There she comes! That is what dying is – an horizon and just the limit of our sight.”
To unveil the top 12 contestants of the Nigerian Idol music competition, organisers of the show on Saturday, staged an event titled Night Of Love Songs at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
For the first time, the contestants performed together alongside celebrity guests performers Lynxxx, Tiwa Savage and season 2 winner Mercy Chinwo.
The event which was hosted by Ill Rhymz featured food, fun and fanfare.
The talented singers showed off their spectacular vocals and the gathered audience that included celebrities like singer Nneka, Michelle Dede, Lala Akindoju, OC Ukeje, Toke Makinwa and more, alongside the judges of the show, Femi Kuti, Yinka Davies and Jeffrey Daniel.
“We know we have got the best talent we can find,” said Rotimi Pedro, Group Managing Director of the show’s production company Optima Media Group (OMG).
The CEO of Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, who was also effusive about his praise for the show said, “You need to watch. [The contestants] are all hungry to be the third Nigerian Idol…The quality of talent is bigger, brighter and better.”
The performances were the crowning jewel of the evening, starting off with Lynxxx, who, with the help of the live band, seduced the crowd with a knock out live performance. Tiwa Savage sang a touching tribute to late singer and performer Goldie Harvey, before she performed some of her most loved hits.
And then came the most exciting part of the evening: the twelve successful season 3 competitors were unveiled. Singing ‘No One Like You’ by P-Square, the talented group were luminous as they made their stage debut.
That was not all for the evening, as the contestants then formed more intimate groups and sang again. Immaculate Victoria, Abasiakan, Joe Emmal, and Kome sang ‘A Whole New World’, from the Walt Disney animation, ‘Aladdin’.
Then Jay Feel, Danny Angus, Debbie Rise and Amara performed ‘Oyi (I Dey Catch Cold)’ by Flavour. Moses, Efezino, Vicci and Sefeeyat were the last to perform for the evening, singing George Benson’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You’.
The night was brought to an explosive end as Season 2 winner, Mercy Chinwo, brought the house to its feet and started an impromptu party with her infectious vocals.
Now, the contestants have been unveiled and have had their first top 12 performances, which aired on Sunday, 17 February. Who will be the first two contestants Nigeria will choose to evict from the show?
The top prize for this season is worth a superb $100,000, in which the lucky winner will get: 7.5 million naira in cash, a recording contract also worth 7.5 million naira, and a brand new SUV.
Runners-up will not be left out as they will be given prizes to the tune of N10 million.
Hip-hop artiste and Nigeria’s representative at the last Big Brother Africa Star Game reality show; Goldie is dead. Goldie passed away on Thursday night shortly after she returned from the US where she attended the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Although details of the cause of her death are yet to be ascertained, the musician who is famed for her renaissance style, died at Reddington Hospital, in Victoria Island, Lagos.
She was said to have been rushed to the hospital after she complained of a migraine and then gave up the ghost in the hands of her friend and Channel O Veejay; Denrele Edun, who was in the hospital with her.
Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey was signed on to Kennis Music Record label in 2010 and the deal has since re-launched her music career with the release of her acclaimed debut titled, ‘Gold’.
The album had hit songs including ‘You Know It’, ‘Jawo Jawo’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Body’.
Her latest effort, she described as “three nawti singles” from her forthcoming ‘African Invasion album’ are ‘Skibo’, ‘Miliki’ and ‘Got To Have It’ presently enjoying air plays on radio and TV stations across the continent.
She was reported to be working on collaborating with American Hip-Hop artiste; Keri Hilson, which was arranged during her trip to the US for the Grammy Awards.
Confirming her demise, the President of Kennis Music, Keke Ogungbe, in a statement on Thursday night stated that “with a deep sense of loss, we announce the shocking death of our darling music star, Goldie Harvey.”
“Goldie, 31, died on Thursday after she complained of a severe headache shortly after her arrival from the United States where she went to witness the Grammy Award. She was rushed from her Park View, Ikoyi, Lagos residence to her official hospital, Reddington, Victoria Island, Lagos, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival at exactly 7:30pm in the evening.”
“We consider this period a gloomy moment for us and the entire Nigerian music industry in view of the circumstance in which she passed away; the abundance of talent she exhibited in her short but eventful music career and the various opportunities her trip to the United States of America would have availed her.”
The first of four kids, Goldie attended the Green Springs Montessori Primary School and St. John’s College, Palm Groove, in Lagos.
She is also survived by her father and step- mother.
He has been seen at a number of social events in Lagos with Nigeria’s Pop Princess Goldie Harvey, but Kenyan rapper and second runner-up at the last Big Brother Africa Star Game, Prezzo has revealed plans to settle in Nigeria and build a career in the nation’s fledgling entertainment industry.
The Kenya trained and certified pilot turned rapper stated on Channels TV Sunrise that “my purpose of visiting Nigeria is to broaden my musical career and work with a couple of producers here.”
“Nigeria will be my second home from now on and I don’t want to feel like a tourist when I come to Nigeria, so Nigeria will be home” he stated, adding that “fufu and Eba makes one live longer and stronger” as he showed his reverence for Nigerian local meals.
On which city in Nigeria he will be settling, the Kenyan artiste who also sings in Swahili said “most definitely in Lagos. I think Lagos is a beautiful place.”
“I just love the aggression of the people out there. I love the hustle” he stated about the daily struggle of residents in Nigeria’s most populous city.
According to him “Nigeria is the leader of Africa’s music industry and for me to achieve my goal, I have to JFK” he said, defining JFK as – “Joining Forces with the Kings”.
“So I have come to join forces with my Nigerian brothers and sisters” he added.
“I love the positive energy in Nigeria and I feel it is the kind of positive energy I want to be part of.”
When asked who his choice producers in Nigeria are, Prezzo replied “I am very inspired by the Nigerian music industry as a whole. It is a big industry and I am willing to work with anybody. I don’t need to use anybody as a stepping stone.”
The musician also revealed plans to make a foray into Nollywood.
Prezzo is expected to drop a single, on Monday ahead of his forthcoming album.
When questioned on his famous relationship with Goldie, with whom he has being seen at various events in Nigeria and abroad in recent weeks, Prezzo cheerfully grinned saying “Goldie is busy. I have seen her just once since my arrival. ”
“She’s been very busy” he stated, adding that “Goldie is a beautifully person, both inside and outside.”
Prezzo had a stormy relationship with the Nigerian participant in the Big Brother Africa House and that they have both evolved to be great friends since the reality show ended.
Kenyan rapper, Prezzo whose real name is Jackson Ngechu Makini on Wednesday confessed his feelings for his former housemate in the just concluded Big Brother Africa stargame, Goldie Harvey saying one of his missions in Nigeria is to see her.
Prezzo who is currently in Nigeria, in an interviewed with his fans said at first he came to the Big Brother House as an individual, along the line he said he developed feelings for Goldie.
“In all honesty, I cared about her and she cared about me. In that house, you don’t know what to expect. With God on my side I pray everything works out well.
“The attraction was nature taking its cause. We found ourselves mostly together all the time. I will tell Goldie I’ve been thinking about her since I left the house. Emotions started building up when we were in the house. You can’t control your emotions.
“My mission here is to look for Goldie, Yes I will marry her,” Prezzo. Prezzo also spoke about his broken marriage.
“I was married before and now we are separated but I have a baby girl with her and that is not the end of the world. My baby mama has the divorce papers with her and it is in process. We don’t live together for the past 3 years and my wife knows our relationship cannot work. There is no relationship between the both of us anymore”.
He however added that he is willing to get the Nigerian singer back “My mission here is to look for Goldie. The time for looking out for fan base will come.
“I travelled from East Africa to West Africa and that is just the beginning. The Big Brother House will bring the worst of you and the best of you. For everyone who felt offended I am truly sorry, I am not that kind of person. It’s just a game of strategy. The BBA House is nothing but a game”.