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Nigeria: Details emerge amidst mourning of music Legend Ras Kimono

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It is no longer news but shocking, that Nigerian reggae star, Ras Kimono, has died.

It was gathered that the dreadlocked musician had slumped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the United States, on Saturday night. 

According to sources close to him, Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to another hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning.

The death of the artiste, who was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and who recently clocked 60, was confirmed by the President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor and the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji.

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The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning.

Okafor described Kimono’s death as shocking. According to him, Ras Kimono was a very humble and excellent person. He was more like a father than a friend or colleague. He never had any issue with anybody in the music industry.

”We are really going to miss him” He said 

Another reggae musician, African Chyna, said that Kimono’s death had left a vacuum in the music industry that would be difficult to fill. Describing the deceased as a great musician who died before his time.

Meanwhile, a former President PMAN, Tee Mac Iseli, also expressed shock at the sad event. “I am shocked. I took him to PMAN as a young man in the 80s. We had since been very close,” he said.

Also, reacting, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State described the death of Kimono as a great loss to the people of the state and Nigeria’s music industry.

Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday, commiserated with the Nigeria music industry, family and friends of Kimono.

He said, “I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend. He will be remembered for his hit song, ‘Rumbar Stylee’.

“I join lovers of reggae music to mourn this great loss. He belonged to an era of great reggae music exponents in Nigeria.”

The governor added that Kimono had spent all his life promoting good governance through reggae music, good entertainment and healthy community relations.

Still shocked by the sad event, a popular musician, Baba Fryo, said he spoke with the deceased three days before his passage. “We spoke and, based on my observation, he wasn’t sick. I am worried at the news of his death. I am shocked,” he said.

Reacting to a message posted on Facebook, a close friend of Kimono, Iwa Okosun, suggested that Kimono might have been ill. He said, “We were together on Wednesday afternoon. He said he was coming from the clinic.” 

Then, addressing the deceased, Okosun added, “Just last month, we were with you celebrating your 60th birthday. I’m in shock. God will strengthen your family to bear this huge pain. Rest in peace, Kimono.”

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Amazon Studios is betting big on its Lord of the Rings prequel series

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Amazon issued a press release in November 2017 confirming the acquisition of global television rights for The Lord of The Rings and its intent to produce a prequel series with a multiseason commitment. The series is reported to “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” and the deal also includes rights for a potential spinoff series. (There’s been no official word as to whether it will also predate the events of The Hobbit, too.) Here’s everything we know about the show so far.

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American pop star R. Kelly could face 6 years in prison.

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The American famous pop singer R. Kelly had re-stated that he didn’t harass anyone following to the allegation of sexual abuse level against him.



When speaking in an interview, he angrily urged everyone not to believe in the allegation but stated that ”They’re going back to the past and they’re trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that’s going on now feel real to people”.

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However, he has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, involving four alleged victims, three of whom were minors,Chicago prosecutors says.

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If convicted, he faces three to seven years in prison for each crime.

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