One of the famous faces on television and premium live events in Nigeria, Denrele Edun, said he has been visiting the grave of his friend and Nigerian female singer Goldie Harvey every Valentine’s Day to ensure that the legacy of the singer who died in 2013 is kept.
The entertainer who said he has never missed visiting Goldie’s grave once in every year since 2013, said he kept doing so not because he wanted to be on the news but for the people to remember that there was a musician in Nigeria known as Goldie.
Goldie Harvey was one of the most popular female voices in the Nigerian music industry from 2011 until her death on February 14, 2013.
The news of her sudden demise held that the singer was pronounced dead in a hospital in Lagos where she was rushed to after complaining of a headache immediately she returned to Nigeria from the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States.
After her death, many blogs in Nigeria speculated that overdose of drugs led her to her early grave, speculation her husband debunked. The result of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital confirmed that she didn’t die as a result of hard drugs.
According to the autopsy report, she died at age 31 of “hypertensive heart disease”, which triggered an “intracerebellar haemorrhage.” She was buried on the 25th of February, 2013 at the Vaults and Gardens Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“I go there every year and I can authoritatively say that I have been the one going there for the past seven years. It is not about going there because I want to get attention or I want to be in the news. No, it is my own little way of protecting my friend’s legacy and making people remember her. I am not going to come up with a controversial agenda. It is my little way of letting people remember that there was once a Goldie, there still is a Goldie and there will forever be a Goldie” Denrele Edun told SUNDAY SCOOP.
The entertainer noted that anytime he visits the late musician’s grave, some radio stations in the country remember her and honour her by playing her music at least for that day.
“No matter my schedule, I make sure I visit her grave every Valentine’s Day. It is so weird because the guards at the grave usually expect me. That is the only way I can communicate with her”, he added.