The manager of Kefee Obareki popularly known as Kefee, Adeline Adebayo has dismissed the widespread speculation that the gospel artiste who passed on in the early hours of Friday, 15 days after she slipped into a coma died of Pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia.
An official statement released by the UK based manager reads: “On behalf of the family, it is with great sadness but grateful hearts that we announce the passing to glory due to lungs failure this morning of our God’s mouthpiece, chorus leader, daughter, wife, sister, friend, Kefee Branama Queen … May her beautiful, gentle and precious soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!
“In contrast to all earlier rumours and stories in circulation, I do state that Kefee wasn’t six months pregnant and neither did she have pre-eclampsia.“
It would be recalled that Kefee started singing in the church choir at the age of eight and met Alec Godwin (her ex-husband). They formed a group and came to Lagos to settle down. They got married and Kefee released an album with the hit single, Branama, a song that pivoted her to instant fame and sold millions of copies.
Kefee, according to her mother, Mrs Obareki, at a celebrity show organised for mothers in 2012, reportedly went into coma when she was a child and did not wake up until after six days.
In her recollection of the trials and tribulations of the past, which combined to make Kefee a strong personality and a musical force, the older Obareki recalled that she went through a lot raising the late singer and her other siblings.
“Kefee almost lost her life years back while growing up. As a devout Christian, the family was to fast every Friday. Then, one day, Kefee slumped and was unconscious for six days,” she recalled.
In 2008, Kefee’s marriage came crashing after Alec Godwin accused her of infidelity, and Kefee accused her husband of battery her. It eventually became a messy affair, which affected the musician’s career as Alec was also her husband and producer, as well as her song writer.