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Andrew Harvey & Denrele Edun Write Heart Touching Tributes to Goldie as She Is Laid to Rest

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Nigerian music star Goldie Harvey was laid to rest today Monday February 25th at a private funeral held at Vaults and Gardens cemetery in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The funeral was attended by close family and friends. May her soul Rest In Peace

To honour her, her husband Andrew Harvey and close friend, Denrele Edun wrote heart touching tributes to her.

Here is Andrew Harvey’s tribute to his wife:

“Susan you walked into my life, it was like God sent you as a fresh breath. I still remember your response to my first love message. You said ‘Love killed romeo, sent Diana to an early grave and killed Jack on the Titanic. Forget about love, just have friendship and live long.
Overtime our love grew to a depth I have never known. You were the best years of my life, your smile, your desire to live your dream.”

Here is Denrele’s tribute to his friend:

“My super star friend sways away and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says “she’s gone”…Gone where?

Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as gorgeous now as when last I saw her. Her slightly disappearing figure and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she’s gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout – There she comes! That is what dying is – an horizon and just the limit of our sight.

My lifeline, my lexicon, therapist and support system…we have known lots of pleasure, at times endured ppai, we have lived in the sunshine and walked in the rain. I had acute malaria (was shaking terribly) but performed “skibobo” with you at the Industry Night and Loud&Proud show, I sprained my ankle but still shot your three videos in a row in S/A.

I left my family house and moved in with you and your family right after all the Big Brother Africa madness, I did all the damage control…

I fought every organizer simply cos I wanted you on the bill with me and split my show earnings with you. I dragged you to the American Embassy even if it meant I had to get up at 4am. I endured negative criticism because shallow minds couldn’t comprehend your brand essence – I started wearing block heels (you got me the most fabulous pair of Jeffrey Campbells) and I damned the consequences. I recorded the reality show “Tru Friendship” with you because you went on and on about it and I wanted to please you.

I have been your fierce-alter ego in all your videos, I have fought your fights, endured countless eccentric P.As with you…I can go on and on and this is how you leave me? You chose an eternal sleep over a fabulous life with me? Lest I forget, I ate the entire box of birthday chocolates Bola sent to you!

Phew, I can’t type anymore, I’m playing “Good To Me” (always disturbed you to release that song) and my notepad is a misty mass of my never ending tears. So sad when people who give you the best memories, become a memory!

The Goldie I knew, despite your success and worldwide recognition, still wondered, “Am I good enough?” “Am I pretty enough?” “Will they like me?” It was this burden that made you great…And that made you stumble in the end.

Goldie if you can hear me now, you weren’t good just good enough – You were abso-frigging-lutely GREAT! You sang the whole damn song without a band- you made the picture of a showbiz star look so perfect!

Your parting has left a void, but I will fit it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss and oh yes, these things I too will miss. Even though we are separated and for a time apart, I am not alone cos you’re forever in my heart. I will move mountains to continue your legacy, I will crash ceilings to spread your good works, I will break barriers to sell your “market” but above all, I will cherish the awesome times we spent together…You will forever be my source of infinity!

We wore the same shoe size and had the same body proportions. You made me start strutting lashes and recall I wore that black dress of yours you never got to wear? No masterpiece can ever match your face! To everyone reading this piece, let my dear friend rest in peace! Speak no evil about her, she was too good to be true!

I can hear you say to me…Mbirikoko, do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep, Do not stand at my grave and cry…I am not there, I did not die!”

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

97 Comments

  1. ebrufles

    February 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    rest in peace

  2. chicandy

    February 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    RIP goodie…may God accept your soul

  3. Gbeemmy

    February 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Adieu Goldie. May God pls in his infinite mercy accept ur soul. May God console all ur loved ones.

  4. Retrochic

    February 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    this is seriously touching, RIP Goldie

  5. Abimbola

    February 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Hmmmmmm, so sad!!!
    Tears rolling down my cheeks as i read Denrele’s tribute,true friendship.
    R.I.P Goldie!!!

  6. Jd

    February 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Hmmmmmmmm

  7. Gracie

    February 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    So touching….What a friendship shared!!

  8. Prism of an Immigrant

    February 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Is it just me or is something about Denrele’s tribute is a bit self-centered?

    http://lookingglassofanimmigrant.blogspot.com/

    • ij

      February 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      just a tad, a lot of “I”s but nevertheless it was a nice piece

    • Bee68

      February 26, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Wow, after all the Grammar, you were still grammatically incorrect… “tad” means “small, insignificant”, So you can’t exactly use the word “tad” and “a lot of” together in one sentence. #justSaying…. So when next you decide to post a comment on a tribute to someone who has passed away, just be a little more respectful and keep it moving. After all, the mouth must not say everything it sees…

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      It’s not just you. But that’s what the beauty of friendship is, being part of a relationship where you both understand and accept each other’s great & not-so-great qualities. He was her friend and every friendship has it’s own unique mechanics.

      I pray her family receives all the comfort they’ll need in this season.

    • Paula

      February 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      U are right my dear…….Well May her soul rest in perfect peace.Amen

    • Teetoe

      February 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Denrele is mouring….. Just simply say RIP and stop been insensitive. Na Wa ooo, some people just naturally look for flaws and yet they are not perfect.

    • observer

      February 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      i knowwww i was just about to say the same thing, there’s too many I’s

    • observer

      February 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Oh i’m thinking he was speaking to her , type of thing, like a letter , yeah so he’s allowed to be self-centered i guess

    • Juliet

      February 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Yes I thought the exact same thing! LOL

    • WIse One

      February 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Don’t make this about you. Kindly be quiet. You didn’t know their relationship, don’t criticize his grief.

    • Titi

      February 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Yes dear, it’s just you. A truly moving tribute from a friend……..rest in peace

    • Jay

      February 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      It’s not just you. I felt the same too.

    • B.I.T.C.H. babe in total control of herself

      February 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Yep all I could read was him talking about his – self and nothing much about her, letting us know he was a big part of her success and did the big brother damage control and how people didnt want her and he did this that that.. turned the tribute about himself. R.I.P Goldie

    • x factor

      February 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      oh pleeeaasseee…..spare this dude

    • NELLIEDIVA

      February 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Na so life be,pple only miss u for what they get from you.

  9. POSHILLA!!

    February 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    RIP MY 24KARAT ‘GOLDIE’ MAY GOD ACCEPT UR SOUL!! @DERENLE NOT UR FAN THO BUH U JST MELTED MA HEART WITH YOUR TRIBUTE!#PEACEOUT

  10. veer520

    February 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    “The Goldie I knew, despite your success and worldwide recognition, still wondered, “Am I good enough?” “Am I pretty enough?” “Will they like me?” It was this burden that made you great…And that made you stumble in the end”. – Wasn’t that Kevin Costner to Whitney Houston, during her lying in state? Please this whole thing hurts, let it not come across in any regard like someone is trying to trivialise or make it about them, please.,

    • Nigerians be careful

      February 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      My sentiments exactly. Some Nigerians should be careful on how they copy and paste people’s word or word without giving credit to the source they got their info. from. Plagiarism is a serious crime!

    • funmi

      February 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

      yes, that was Whitney’s fear too? I wonder why they never believed in themselves! a
      lesson to all is to first seek God so those other things we all worry about will come
      smoothly and perfectly because one with God is a majority!

  11. fauzy

    February 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    so touchy

  12. benita

    February 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    RIP Goldie

  13. Joy

    February 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Rest in Peace Goldie.

  14. YSO

    February 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Rest in peace Goldie. Life is indeed vanity..May God grant us all the fortitude to bear the loss.

  15. Ng baby

    February 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    adieu Goldie till we meet to part no more

  16. Maureen

    February 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Im confused, husband?Prezzo?

    • Winny

      February 26, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Stay confused and buzz off abeg . RIP GOLDIE

  17. Mum Enoch

    February 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Rip Goldie !

  18. Nana Esi

    February 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Pls i am Ghanaian. wht does Oluwabimpe mean? RIP Goldie…………

  19. Msheyo

    February 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    R.I.P Goldie. Take heart Denrele…

  20. www.brandigest.wordpress.com

    February 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    What’s Denrele saying?…Brevity is key to effective communication. Denrele pls this’s less a Eulogy / tribute and more of self praise. Adieu Goldie. RIP Diva.

  21. Ngozi

    February 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    A rare gem gone. Rest in peace. Adieu!

  22. loveth O.

    February 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Susan May ur Soul Rest in Perfect Peace

  23. Opsy

    February 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    @Prism of an Immigrant, Can you explain the self-centered bit about Denrele’s tribute? He wrote about the friendship, work life they shared together, the joys, thrills and down turns too. Those are the memories he has left after she is gone. Would you have rather he writes something abstract?

  24. Anon

    February 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    What a sincere, honest and heartfelt eulogy by Denrele. Goldie was truly blessed to have such a true friend like him. People live for years without experiencing what true friendship is all about. I can just imagine what he is going through since Goldie died in his arms! May her soul genuinely rest in peace.

    As for Mr Andrew Harvey, I’m lost for words when it comes to him. Something just doesn’t add up to his and Goldie’s marital relationship. Why did they have a long distance marriage? Why did he allow her to publically philander with Prezzo? What deove Goldie to never disclose hwr marital status? I am certain that they were estranged and now that she has passed, it is more convenient for him to appear as her white knight in armour. Hmmmmm…

  25. opeoluwa

    February 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    this is so touching. i will miss her greatly.

  26. SUE

    February 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Some very disturbing pictures of her corpse going round on social media and it’s disheartening. RIP Goldie. God be with you.

  27. Stella Kashmoney

    February 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    This is so touching, God bless the dead. RIP Goldie.

  28. fatty

    February 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Exactly!! So self centred, as in this is not the time and place, that whole I did this and that part should have been left out for some later day and interview.

    • dee

      February 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      y’all are just silly… if you have problems with understanding the write up, just say so instead of talking nonsense. he was not bragging bout the things he had done for her… he was questioning and wondering aloud why she had to go… if you’ve ever lost someone very close to you then you would understand better the spirit behind his words.

  29. Esta

    February 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    May God comfort her family and friends 🙁

  30. Reflection onto our life!

    February 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    “The knowledge that will would all die ,profoundly shape our live,but the nature of death itself is elusive and changeable.As if we needed any reminder,while some knew exactly when death will come,(illness that defy medical solution),will all know eventually it will come,but contemplating about our own death,is one of the most powerful force in our lives.only recently has it become common place for death to come too early than we would like,and with it comes fears!But few poets and philosophers have argued that without death,we would be at a loss.It is the prospect of it coming that get us out of bed in the morning and drive us to a great deed.People might dream of deathless civilisation,but without death,there would be no civilisation at all.With death,we live with the struggle that we are…Death itself don’t seem terrific,but with the love ones they leave behind,which might lead to undeniable acceptance,series of grief and total withdrawer.Death is envitable,but the loss of close friends and family can be traumatising,hence grieving is painful but necessary!

  31. Rose okwy Arinze-Maduka

    February 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Prism , no, I do not think that Denrele is being selfcentered I just think that he is reminiscing and being nostalgic of all the times they shared and how they had each other’s backs. I see no ego here or selfcentredness just a grieving person wondering why his best friend left so early when they were about to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Billy Joel sang it best “…only the good die young…” We must try never to judge for we have no idea what truths and pains she was carrying. Life, like she has shown is too small for petty bickering and small business. We will all be there one day, till that time be kind to one another and be true to yourself and no one else, folks will come around when they see that your brand of crazy is not harmful to you or anyone. Let her rest, and let the good Lord or whatever you bow down to judge her and her truths.

  32. jcsgrl

    February 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I still don’t understand how a married woman was on BBA flirting as a single chick. Anyway oyibo love I will never get. RIP

  33. Show some love

    February 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Deep. RIP Goldie

  34. lola

    February 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    @prism,ur not wrong..i kept seeing I,I up and down.

  35. Ronky

    February 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I’m sorry, but Denrele’s tribute is very much about himself… Geez for once, let all that narcissistic attribute go and just talk about Goldie and who she was as a person and friend….
    RIP Goldie

  36. Omo Jesu

    February 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Awwwwwwwww RIP GOLDIE!!!

  37. Uche

    February 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    errm…. @ Prism, no comment.. Goldie R.I.P

  38. Babydoc

    February 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Denrele is just on an ego trip.

  39. Herbie

    February 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Death no doubt is a debt we all owe, wasn’t really a fan but her death brings into sharp contrast the fragility of our existence, young n old we are helpless when death comes calling. Adieu Goldie.

  40. 'Bimpe

    February 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Nana Esi, Oluwabimpe means “born complete by GOD” or born or made perfect by GOD but literarily n Yoruba it means GOD born me complete.lolz

  41. Ebun

    February 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    *wipes tear* so touching

  42. cauwdle

    February 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    true frdship. 2 qll d critics in d house, denrele n susan shared a bond and were true frds practically like siblings. in everything he wrote, i see a goldie who pushed him just as hard as he pushed her to be a better person, encouraged her atimes when she second guessed herself(wat u all refer to as alot of “i’s). its his tribute to her not urs. respect their frdship and let her soul rest in peace, pls!

  43. konnie

    February 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    God bless. Rest in peace and may god bless you husband and relations and friends. Amen

  44. Creamy_Amie

    February 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Rest in Peace Goldie. May GOD console ur family and close friend… Adieu

  45. Madam the Madam

    February 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    How can you people come and be criticizing someone’s heartfelt eulogy? There is no pleasing some of you and your overly critical selves. Smh.

    • Bee68

      February 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

      I know right!… people just choose to be simply ignorant!. It is so easy to Pass judgement without even thinking or wondering what it means or how it might feel to be in or be put in that same situation…

  46. Sandra

    February 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Rest in peace Goldie

  47. Omega Female

    February 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Why can’t people just read and move along?! Must you criticize anyone regarding a sensitive issue as grief?! He is grieving, let him do it whichever way he pleases! Urghhh!

  48. Strictly Ro's

    February 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    God knows best……R.I.P Goldie, May God strenghten ur friends n family!

  49. kelvin

    February 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    i dant relly no u as a pesen but i have head so much about u so just wana let u no that the wold well miss u mostly 9ja we lov rest pace

  50. kikelomo

    February 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Adieu Goldie……R.I.P

  51. Purpleicious Babe

    February 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    awwwwwwwwww………..xxxx

    Goldie it is well.

  52. kelvin

    February 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    rest in pace is all i get to sey we lov u miss u

  53. annybaby

    February 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    As much as most of u think he made his tribute more about himself than Goldie….. derenle is human, he’s hurt and still hurting from loosing a dear friend, the only person dat ever understood him…(they were of a kind) please Lets all try to be humane, suspend our criticisms and allow him mourn the demise of his friend. He’s vunerable and in such pain….. if he takes most of all these hurtful things said here to heart and commits suicide ( d wrong word @ a vulnerable time can do a lot of damage)…… u guys will be d same pple who”ll write RIP and glowing tributes.

  54. Oh well

    February 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    WE shared our earnings together , WE paid bills for each other , WE did damage control after BBA or Goldie you did this or you did that …., it is a Eulogy/tribute to another, Rest in peace Goldie

  55. Choice

    February 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    May God in his infinite mercy accept your soul,Adieu Goldie,RIP.

  56. Tinex

    February 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Believe me, human beings can never be satisfied. Can’t you people just read and not comment or type a simple RIP and move on. All of you finding fault about the tribute are just pathetic.

  57. Wow

    February 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Very unfortunate that this lady died at such a young age. No-one should die young. My heart goes out to her loved ones. May God comfort them.
    It’s also unfortunate that some of us are making ourselves judge over every little thing others say/write/do etc. Obviously (by this girl’s death), life is too short to criticise and whine over every little damn thing. This guy is obviously grieving and wrote a letter to his friend. Unless you were in their relationship, you cannot understand how they related to each other. Hence his personal (personal being the operative word) eulogy to his friend. Does it sound self centered? maybe to us. But I’m sure Goldie understands what/how he’s saying. Jeez…

  58. Sara Adebayo

    February 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    May the light of paradise be always on you!

  59. Winny

    February 26, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I pray for Nigerians, we call ourselves BELIEVERS but the way we treat one another and the things we say about our fellow human being is devoid of our Lord Jesus. We will all die someday, honor the dead and stop the judgement you are not GOD remove the speck from your own eyes first.

  60. D Fairy GodSister

    February 26, 2013 at 3:33 am

    RIP Goldie……

  61. Miss Mo

    February 26, 2013 at 3:55 am

    RIP

  62. Sunny

    February 26, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I feel d same way some of u guys do. The tribute was all I, I , I . He didn’t really say much to me. Rip Goldie.

  63. geraldine

    February 26, 2013 at 6:10 am

    im nt a nigerian,but i feel so dissapointed wen pple speak withouth reasoning,do u know wat dt guy denrele is going through???his tribute to his friend was straight 4rm his heart n words alone can not even quantify what they hard going,dt dude is going trough alot right now,to him he thinks he is still dreaming.

  64. faith

    February 26, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Rip Goldie..I also felt derele s eulogy was lil bit self centered

  65. Temizzy

    February 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

    RIP Goldie, Derenle please take heart and try to be strong “FRIENDSHIP” is beautiful when you find the right friend. God bless.

  66. Iphie

    February 26, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Goodness!!!! Can you critics just say RIP and move the hell on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Lola

    February 26, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Its a nice bit but i agree with the other person he made it more about him i don’t know i could be wrong

  68. Sandra

    February 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    so sad…Vanity all Vanity for the first time am moved to comment on Goodie’s dealth humm May her soul rest in peace sleep on ….very touchy

  69. Traditionalbay

    February 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

    We hv so many kids in the house. they’ll criticize both the living and the dead! God is watching U!!! RIP Goldie. Andrew and Denrele pls accept my sympathy.

  70. dAIY

    February 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Honestly some ppl need help. Denrele is writing to a friend whats ur own abt the I’s! Mehn ppl have serious issues. Just say RIP and get out of the page or betta still dnt read it. jobless cows/IDIOTS!

  71. Phamzie Adex

    February 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    The simple look pix used for her burial programme is just damn nice! So natural and matured!

  72. Kris

    February 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Derenle,this isn’t a peom, it is simply your entire history with goldie. It isn’t a tribute to her but you simply blowing your trumpet bro.

  73. omoge

    February 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    pls derenle pass ur tribute through turnitin , for plagiarism check.

  74. rose

    February 27, 2013 at 3:18 am

    get a life loser i never knew common sense is not that common.

  75. pweetie

    February 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Na wah! People of this world shaaaaa! Instead of u to be praying to have friend who will talk dis good of u wen u die! You are busy making noise! RIP goldie!

  76. tee

    February 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    a lot of people have turned the tribute to a huge joke………..am practically rolling on the floor at Kris and Omoges comment…RIP goldie

  77. Pretty

    March 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Na all of una kill Goldie with una bad mouth now una one kill Denrele

  78. jeberry

    March 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This is all about maturity in which l could see that most people are blatantly ill mannered. .what gutsy to criticise someone’s tribute who is in pains. HUH!!! Its called growing up guys…
    U guys should go and sit ur black asses on a couch and fuck off losers… if you dnt have anything gud to say, then shush up your big gob and stop saying jack shit… let denrele mourn his loss!! Oh ma days!!! This is absolutely ridiculous nigerians.

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