Kefee Obareki Don Momoh, born on February 5, 1980, in Sapele, Delta, radiated in life as a musical talent deeply rooted in faith. Her life’s journey was not merely a career path, but a divine calling that molded her existence.
Kefee’s early years were steeped in religious fervor. She hailed from the Obareki family, where her parents, including Andrew Obareki, devoutly served as Deacons in a church founded by the parents of her ex-husband Alec Godwin’s parents. She actively engaged in church activities, with her enchanting contributions to the choir standing out.
As time unfolded, Kefee’s musical passion flourished, propelling her into the realms of songwriting and composition. In the year 2000, she embraced a leap of faith by releasing her debut album, “Trip,” marking her entry into the Nigerian music scene as a Gospel artist. This marked the auspicious beginning that paved the way for her future successes.
In 2003, Kefee inked a deal with Alec’s Entertainment, a record label founded by her former choir director. This partnership led to the release of her debut studio album, “Branama,” which propelled her into the spotlight as a fulfilled Gospel artist. “Branama” achieved remarkable success, with sales surging to nine thousand cassettes in just three weeks and over two million CD/VCD copies in a month, cementing her status in the Nigerian gospel music scene. Noteworthy hits from her illustrious career include “Branama” and “Kokoroko.”
Kefee’s dedication to her craft did not go unnoticed. In 2009, she was bestowed with the International Young Ambassador for Peace Award, a testament to her commitment to using her music as a beacon of inspiration and unity. Moreover, she clinched the 2010 Headies Award for Best Collaboration, teaming up with Timaya on the chart-topping track, “Kokoroko.”
In her personal life, Kefee embarked on two matrimonial journeys. Her first marriage was to Alec Godwin, which lasted for three years until 2008. Later, she found love again and married radio host Teddy Esosa Don-Momoh on March 3, 2013, in her hometown of Sapele, Delta State.
Sadly, tragedy struck in the form of lung failure, leading to Kefee’s untimely passing on June 12, 2014, in a Los Angeles hospital, California. She had been in a coma for fifteen days before her passing. Kefee found her final resting place in her hometown of Okpara Inland, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria, where she was laid to rest on Friday, July 11, 2014.
Kefee’s legacy endures through her music, unwavering faith, and profound impact on the Nigerian gospel music industry. She remains a beloved and cherished figure in the hearts of those who were touched by her melodious voice and uplifting message of hope. We at Blue Pie Records are honoured to share new responsibility managing and distributing her catalogue, keeping her musical muse and legacy alive as they deserve to be.
In Loving Memory of Kefee Obareki Don Momoh (February 5, 1980 – June 12, 2014)
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