From all indications, it has emerged that Nigerian music legend, Majek Fashek, who passed on, June 1, 2020, in the United States, will be committed to mother earth in the Yankee country, after efforts to bring his remains back home had failed. ONYEKA AJUMBI ONOCHIE reports
This much was reavealed by his eldest son, Randy, in a video message on Monday, August 10, 2020. Although Randy did not disclose the exact date and time for the burial, he confirmed the internment will be done in New York, USA, where the legend perfected his music career and eventually died.
It would be recalled that soon after the crooner’s death, his Edo State Fasheke family had made a public appeal for financial assistance to enable his body flown home, but it appeared all did not work out fine, thus the decision to inter it in New York, which was seen as the reggae icon’s alternative home.
Particularly, a Majek’s staunch fan and music enthusiast, who is also the owner of U&I Records, Agbonayinma was on the forefront of the effort carrying out the campaign on behalf of Fasheke family.
Agbonayinma who was also a former House of Representatives, standing in for Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency of Edo State, then told newsmen Majek was such a music legend and Africa pride that he would not be allowed to be buried away from home just like a destitute. He said, “with the support of the family, children and other well wishers, we are looking at how we can bring him to Nigeria to be buried here. This is going to cost quite a lot of money, especially with the challenge of COVID-19,” adding, “so we’re trying to raise funds. The only account we have right now to be donated into, is the senior son’s account, Randy. Making this public is not my decision alone; some people came and said we should set this up. They said we should set up accounts both in America and Nigeria. We want him to be buried here in Nigeria, his fatherland and not in some foreign land like a chicken.”
But as the saying goes, ‘man proposes & God disposes ,’ as it appeared the effect of the COVID-19 global pandemic has put a clog in the wheel of proactive plans, especially in the areas of logistics and fund raising. What with the all-round lull in economic endeavors? But the truth remains that Nigerians and continental music pundits remain with the African legend in spirit wherever he is interred, just as they already see him as global citizen. Adieu, the Pangolo Grandmaster.