While the nation is still mourning the death of popular singer,Envagelist Sonny Okosuns, the news broke out that Sammy Needle, another vibrant musician may have lost his life to typhoid fever.A source told http://www.niyitabiti.blogspot.com/ that the musician who got married few years back in Lagos, died this morning. Other details is still sketchy at the time of going to press.We are still working on our phones to find out the true state of things.
As we were working on the Sammy Needle's story, news filtered to my ears from those who should know that Elder Steve Rhodes also died today around 3 P.M in a London hospital.I have called a number of people on the phone and they confirmed the gist.A senior journalist lamented "Why is all these happening at this time?"
Meanwhile the burial committee of Africa's foremost music revotionaire, Sonny Okosuns has unanimously agreed and ratified the underlisted progammes to honour Ozzidi King, the late social critic, music maker and philosopher, Francis Sonny Okosuns in appreciation of his immense contribution to peace and unity in Africa.
Babafemi Oshodi, Chairman of the Sonny Okosuns Burial Committee reeled out the following programmes: July 18,2008( official burial date), First Bank Nigeria Plc(official banker), a carnival-like motorcade which culminates in Sonny Okosuns' Memorial Concert in cities like Lagos state(his place of residence), Enugu state (his place of birth), Abuja( Nigeria's capital) and Edo state( his home state).
Okosuns' Burial Committee members are- Engineer George Dureke, Ist Vice President of the Performing Musicians Employers' Association of Nigeria,PMAN
( Director, Programmes), Ladi Ayodeji, President\ Minister-in- charge( Director, Programmes),Peter Aburimeh(Director, South- South); Charles Okosuns, brother to the music maker(Chief Host), Henry Asin(Director, Protocol), George Elijah-Otumu,Editor, Arts& Tourism, Africa Today Magazine,UK(Director,Media& Publicity).
The Sub- Committee Media Members include- Ogbonnaya Amadi, Editor, Entertainment, Vanguard Newspapers, Funso Arogundade, INSIDER WEEKLY Magazine, Leke Adeneye, Encomium Magazine, Segun Ajayi, Sun Newspapers and Richard Ayeni, Africa Independent Television,AIT. Other Foreign Sub- Committee Media Members include Niyi Babade, Cable News Network,CNN, 'Tunde Agoe, AFP, George Esiri,Reuters and Patrick Okolo, Voice of America,VOA.
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