It was all sorrow and tears as the body of the late gospel musician, Irikefe Don Momoh, also known as Kefee, was flown in from United States of America to Nigeria on Thursday night.
The late musician’s burial ceremony took place at her hometown in Okpara, Sapele in Delta State as her remains were takenround Sapele metropolis, where she grew up with her family.
Her remains arrived Okpara in a white casket, surrounded by six pall bearers who helped in carrying the body around the streets filled with family, friends and well- wishers of the musician.
During the week, a candlelight procession was held in honour of Kefee at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City, Edo State, as her colleagues, all dressed in black, listened to sermons, songs and speeches rendered in honour of the late vocalist.
Among other gospel artistes who performed were Maleke, Benjamin Okorodion, Ifeoma Ikusemoro, Godfather and Asemota.
Kefee’s death was announced on Friday, June 13, 2014 in an official statementwas released by her United Kingdom-based manager, Adeline Adebayo. The statement read: “On behalf of the family, it is with great sadness but grateful hearts that we announce the passing to glory due to lungs failure this morning of our God’s mouthpiece, chorus leader, daughter, wife, sister, friend, Kefee Branama Queen … May her beautiful, gentle and precious soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!
“In contrast to all earlier rumours and stories in circulation, I do state that Kefee wasn’t six months pregnant and neither did she have pre-eclampsia. “
Kefee’s death happened the day veteran filmmaker, Amaka Igwe, was buried.
Until her death, Kefee lived with her husband in the United States; pursued courses in video production and directing and managed her restaurant, Branama Kitchen, which was launched in 2012 in Lagos.
This project did not last long though, as the restaurant was closed down a few months after it was opened.
It was gathered by Saturday Tribune that Kefee’s husband, Teddy, said that Kefee’s family had requested that she be buried in their hometown, Okpara-Inland, Ethiope East local government Area, with a celebratory service in Sapele afterwards and that he was comfortable with it.
Kefee, until her death, an aftermath of 15-day coma, had been active in the entertainment industry in the past ten years.
She was born on February 5, 1980 in Sapele, Delta State and was known as the Branama Queen, in reference to her debut hit track and album, ‘Branama’. She also scored a hit with the track, ‘Kokoroko’, featuring Timaya and had four albums to her credit— ‘Branama’ (2003), ‘Branama 2’ (2005), ‘A Piece of Me’ (2009) and ‘Chorus Leader’ in 2013.