Kefee, one of Nigeria’s most famous gospel artistes, has passed away.
According to her publicist Adeline Adelicious Adebayo, Kefee – real name Irikefe Don Momoh (nee Obareki) – died on Friday morning of lung failure after 15 days in coma. She was said to have collapsed mid flight on her way to Chicago from Los Angeles.
Kefee’s music career began at age 8 when she joined her church’s children’s choir. Then she moved to the adult choir at age 15 before becoming its leader three years later.
Kefee was well-known for her unique traditional costumes and sleek dance moves … and achieved national fame with her 2003 monster hit Branama, which earned her the fond name ‘Branama Queen.’
She rose to international fame in 2010 with her hit song Kokoroko featuring Timaya, which won the Best Collaboration Headies Award. She has also won several awards, including UN’s Young Ambassador of Peace award.
Kefee was married to Nigerian media personality Teddy Esosa Don Momoh in 2012. She was previously married to former manager Alec Godwin, who she divorced in 2008.
News of her death was received with shock by her fans, which caused ‘RIP Kefee’ to trend worldwide on Twitter.
She was in her early 30s.