Leadership (Abuja)

16 February 2013

Nigeria: Goldie Exhibited Abundance of Talent - Kennis Music

Goldie's last interview with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND on How Celebrities Will Celebrate Valentine's Day is featured below:

"Actually, I'm in the US for a tour in Houston, Chicago and Atlanta with my CEO, Mr Kenny Ogungbe. It is scheduled to take place right after the Grammys.

Outside that, what I really have planned is to have a romantic day by waking up in the arms of the love of my life, looking into his eyes and whispering, "Happy Valentine's day Honey, I love you." I also plan to make us some breakfast, eat and discuss our plans for the future. At about noon, we would go to a Spa for a full body treatment and afterwards attend an event that I have been invited to perform. Afterwards, a romantic dinner at a lovely restaurant and if he proposes, I would gladly accept." Goldie- February 13, 2013

As Nigerians reel from shock over the death of Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey, aka Goldie who died on Valentine's Day, the news has been generating a lot of reaction from fans in Nigeria and abroad. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM, Abuja and SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos write on the life and times of Goldie, a rising star and Nigeria's housemate in the Big Brother Star Game, 2012.

For those who knew her, shock, grief and devastation are understatements compared to what they are really going through since they received the news of Goldie's death. People are still in shock; fans that were enjoying their Valentine had their moods dampened on Thursday night when news of her death struck.

Since her emergence on the pop culture radar a few years ago as a signee of Kennis Music, Goldie had cut large swaths through the field of musical accomplishments; exemplifying a special conception of a musical heroine who can say or show anything while providing a view of the bold, confrontational and liberated woman.

Goldie represented Nigeria at the Big Brother Star Game in 2012. 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 heavy rotations on radio and TV stations across the continent.

Colourful and cerebral, Goldie's musical strength and depth, sensuality and serenity have appropriated her as the high water mark that other female singers have to live up to.

The multiple award-winning singer created a smouldering, public persona that bordered on the eccentric and eclectic, otherwise creative and precise, but engaging enough to keep you talking about her. Despite the mixed reactions to her participation at the 2012 Big Brother Star Game, she was full of life before news of her death spread like wild fire on Thursday night.

According to on- air personality who happens to be a close pal of the late actress, Derenle Edun who was still in shock over her death and said in a telephone conversation, "I can't really talk about it now, I'm just short of words. It's really devastating. I am not really in the mood now, maybe later," he said in a faint voice as he dropped the call.

Early Life

Growing up in a family where music was virtually the only bright spot in a tripartite existence that revolved round home, school and church, it did not come as much surprise that she chose to be a singer, songwriter and performer.

Goldie was born in the early 80s to very educated and successful parents - her mum, late Mrs. Olabisi Betty who died after a long-drawn battle with cancer, leaving behind four children, is from the illustrious Olaiya family in Ijebu, Ogun State and was a former managing director in a bank, while her dad, a native of Ikole-Ekiti, Ekiti State, also retired as a director in a new generation bank and clerical work.

The first of four kids, Goldie's education began at the Green Springs Montessori Primary School and then St. John's College, Palm Grove, Lagos.

When the news hit that the songstress, who just got into the country from the US where she attended the Grammy Awards last Sunday died at Reddington Hospital in Victoria Island, there was shock from all angles.

In a related development, Kennis Music officially confirmed her shocking and untimely passing. A terse statement issued by the President of Kennis Music, Keke Ogungbe, midnight Thursday reads: "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....Meanwhile, the remains of Goldie who hails from Ekiti State has been deposited at the mortuary of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos.' He said.

Mr. Ogungbe said the 'Burial arrangements will be announced by the family. May her soul rest in peace.'

Goldie exhibited abundance of talent

Kennis music label under which she released her major hits notably, 'Jawo jawo' Say My Name and Mo le gboko lowo e' in the official statement praised Susan 'Goldie' Harvey as an abundance of talent that will surely be missed, not only by the record label but the entire music industry.

Fellow BBA star Karen Igho wrote this on his twitter handle in respect of Goldie's shocking death. "This is a wakeup call to Nigerians to always express unconditional love, support & compassion towards one another. We don't know what tomorrow holds"

Jaywon, a Kennis Music label artiste and one who had collabos with Goldie is also distraught about the sad development as his phone was switched off, declining to speak to the press and just noting through the social media, 'I am in a bad shape right now'.

Iyanya, Kukere crooner and Leadership Entertainer of the year 2012 was one of the celebrities that went on twitter to comment on her demise. He wrote: Rip Goldie, the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace!!!! Amen.

Another comment posted on facebook by Actress Annabella Zwyndila said, 'She was humble, good natured and respectful... You will surely be missed. Susan Filani (Goldie) Rip.

Meanwhile, there are reports that one of Goldie's best friends and partner, Prezzo is on his way to Lagos from Kenya. Prezzo was devastated when he heard the news.

An unconfirmed report said that Goldie died of pulmonary embolism, an obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs usually due to a blood clot, which blocks a coronary artery.

Goldie, who won the Best Use of Costume at the Nigeria Music Video Awards NMVA 2012 is known for her colourful dressing and is compared to Lady Gaga.

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