How Nigerian reggae star, Ras Kimono died

Published on : Jun 11, 2018 06:49:09 | Posted by : Anayo Ugokwe

More information has been unravelled as to how the dreadlocked Nigerian musician, Ras Kimono met his death.

According to sources, Kimono was scheduled to travel to the United States of America, and was actually at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while waiting to board a flight to the US when he developed medical symptoms.

The musician was immediately rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, a suruban part of Lagos State in Nigeria from where he was further moved to another hospital on Lagos Island where he reportedly passed away the following morning.

Ras Kimono was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State and recently clocked 60. The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning.

The demise 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.


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

 Also, reacting, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu  described the death of Kimono as a great loss to the people of the state and Nigeria’s music industry. The Governor commiserated with the Nigeria music industry, family and friends of Kimono.

Born Ekeleke Elumelu, in Delta State, Nigeria, Kimono was a Nigerian reggae artist who was a memeberof a group called The Jastix which included majek Fashek. His debut album Under Pressure, was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989. The album had hits such as "Under Pressure", "Natty Get Jail" and the massive hit "Rhumba Style"

His music was greatly influenced by the poverty and inequality and this contributed to propelling him to success.. He later released a string of hit albums which included We no wan, Rub a dub, and What’s gwan.

What’s Gwan proved even more successful, with the topics selected including legalisation of marijuana, and the need for Africans to intellectually repel colonialism

He won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards and many more.