Nigeria: Baba Kokoro Goes Home on Thursday
May 5, 2009 by bunmi
The burial ceremony of Pa Benjamin Aderounmu a.k.a. Kokoro, will begin on Thursday, 7 May in Lagos.
According to the burial committee and the President of PMAN, Admiral Dele Abiodun, Artistes’ Night will flag off the two-day event, when PMAN members, both elite and up coming, will converge to give their last musical respect to one of the oldest members of the union.
Before this, Pa Aderounmu will be laid-in-state at PMAN headquarters from 10a.m. to 12 noon that day.
On Friday, 8 May, the second lying-in-state takes place at his residence, Millennium Housing Estate, by Afonja Police Station, Mosalasi bus stop, Shasha, Lagos, at 9 a.m.
Church service takes place at the same venue at 11 a.m., after which his remains will be buried at Ikoyi Cemetery. Entertainment of guests will follow at his residence in Shasha.
Pa Aderounmu died during a brief illness on Sunday, 25 January, 2009.
The burial was initially slated for April but has to be rescheduled due to logistics reasons.
Meanwhile, the entire Aderounmu family has expressed appreciation to the government of Lagos State and Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), the governor, for their support which has made the burial arrangement possible.
Aged 84 years, the veteran musician is survived by wife, children and great grand children.