Its been a year since the loss of the 29 years old professional singer, rapper, songwriter and television personality Susan Oluwabimpe Filani Harvey popularly known as Goldie. She was born, 23rd October, 1983 and died 14th February 2013 after returning from the 55th Grammy awards Carlifonia, USA. Goldie complained of a serious headache after the trip and died on her way to the Reddington Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Goldie participated in the Big Brother Africa competition in 2012, which was her first television appearance. Her fans got to see the softy side of Goldie. A total contrast from the fierce and strong character portrayed in her music.The Kenyan rapper, Prezzo and Goldie shared an intimate relationship in Big Brother house before she left the competition.
In September 2005, she was married to Andre Harvey a former expatriate in the oil and telecommunications industries in Nigeria and is presently based in Malaysia. Their marriage was very private and most people were unaware of their union. Andrew simply stated that, “Our private life is nothing to do with work life, there has to be a balance.“ Andrew also added that Goldie’s relationship with Prezzo was just a competition scheme to win the Big Brother Africa cash.
In memory of the late Superstar, a lot of artists have paid tribute to mourn the loss of their colleague. Last year, Jaywon released a visual titled, ‘Remembered’ as a tribute to the ‘Jawo Jawo’ singer.
‘Remembered’ by Jaywon
Co-housemate, Prezzo also paid his respect to Goldie via his Facebook account last year in a very poignant note,
“God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not meant to be
So he put his arms around you, and whispered come with me
With tearful eyes we watched you, as we saw you pass away
Although we love you deeply, we could not make you stay
Your golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us…
He only takes the best”
Media personality and best friend who was with Goldie at the hospital wrote a special emotional note in remembrance of the late sensational icon and it reads,
“A friend who dies………it’s something of you who dies.
Trying to figure out what to write today has been one of the most draining and difficult things I’ve ever had to do and what I realized is that these mechanisms of my body, mind and language are too ill-equipped to portray with justice the gravity of the loss that I feel.
Goldie Harvey was my soul mate. Everything about Goldie was unique. Everything about Goldie was complex. She wasn’t only beautiful, she was so captivatingly beautiful in and out that no eye could avoid her, and once she had hooked you with her charming innocence, you were blown away by a beauty that was at once shy and confident, sultry and innocent, inviting and biting and as such, I always described her as a Siren of Sorts!
I used to tell my friends, “Wait until you meet my personal person Goldie, you go love am die.” And I was never proven wrong. We have all been in love with Goldie Harvey.
When I met her, I was blown away by the bizarre and beautiful world that was wrapped up in this tiny whimsical creature.
It was sometime in early 2006; I got a call from a certain Bimpe who wanted to shoot two musical videos in a row. (At that time, I had featured in D’banj’s “Why Me” and was already crowned with the invisible sash of “Most-Sought-After-Video- Vixen” as every artiste believed a cameo appearance from me would not only boost the ratings of the vid but also garner enough airplay from the station I used to work with).
I thought to myself, “Another feature? Na wa!”.
In usual artistic fashion, I kept posting this “Bimpe” until I got another call from a Damilola (who happened to be Bimpe/Goldie’s PA at that time) asking for a meeting. Why not? So right after work, I decided to stop by at this person’s residence somewhere on Etim Inyang street in V/I.
Lo and behold, every female artiste who was a friend of mine was in the building!! Never one to say no to a party, I thanked Baba GOD for making my toothpick legs waka well. I also ran into Seyi Brown (we used to model for the House of KeseJabari in my hey days) and it looked like the house party was in full swing.
“Where is Bimpe ooo??” I kept screaming. And there she was, sprawled on the couch and looking a little pale.
“HA, wetin happen?” I asked and she motioned for me to sit next to her. Headache, she gestured. Amidst the chaos and chattering all around the house, she poured me a glass of white wine (which later became our favourite drink) but I declined.
Drink joor”, she whispered.
“Sorry, I don’t drink or smoke”.
“Just a glass. See it’s the one I’ve been drinking from”
“I’ll rather watch you drink” and then she gave up on me.
“So you asked to see me?” (Me no like to dey waste time. I was eyeing the pastries in the corner of the living room).
“Oh, I’m shooting a new music video. Track is titled “Spin Me”, DJ Tee is directing and I would like you to make a cameo. You were amazing in “Why Me” and Abeg I need your Rockstar self to sell my market in this video. So what would you charge me?”
I thought for a minute. ”Can I listen to the song first?”.
Then she took out her phone and typed 50k and showed me. Omo mehn, I was shocked! 50k gees at that point was good cool cash. Heck, I was earning 65k per month at work and it was strenuous work Monday to Sunday.
But there was something vulnerable about this girl and without thinking, I blurted out “You know what? Don’t worry about the cash. I will do it. When and where is the shoot plus what are you wearing so I can match up with you?”.
Now it was her turn to look shocked. She sat up sharply despite her heavy migraine and looked me in the eye. “You are kidding me. Denrele be serious jo”.
I stood up and said, “Get Damilola to call me with details of the shoot. My madness is good to go. I’m hungry, I wan chop cake.” And so I waltzed round the room, mingled with my people, foil-papered serious take away, grabbed some promo CDs and left. I went back to the office (I used to sleep at the office then), listened to the song over and over and fell asleep on my desk
The day of the Video shoot; I was late as usual, Goldie was freaking out, DJ Tee was being DJ Tee and I had to play a right handed guitar for the opening sequence. Despite my left handedness, I pulled through but not without bruising my fingers badly. I was bleeding all over the place. Goldie was so worried, she tore out the netting under her dress and tied my fingers so the bleeding could stop. Needless to say, the shoot was a success and I made a new best friend!
Fast Forward to 2010 and I became Goldie Harvey’s alter ego in all her videos!!
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect for her to leave so soon- her wonderful voice only a phone call away, her smile that would light up a room in seconds, and her warm heart that could melt a glacier.
She was a jewel that shone across oceans into the hearts of so many.
She was an adventurer, ready to hop on a plane in a heartbeat and experience life to the fullest.
She was a gifted artiste who could weave a song that left you breathless and laughing out loud.
She was a friend who offered encouragement when you needed it most.
She was my long lost sister who opened up a whole new family for me that time and distance will not deny.
When I think of what she accomplished, my heart soars with pride and I feel gratitude that yes, you can accomplish your dreams.
We openly shared our dreams and secrets- Goldie and I- and what I admired the most was her genuineness and style- taking risks, stepping out of her comfort zone, offering her advice and knowledge to total strangers in an effort to empower their hearts and lift their spirits.
Now she is free to work even more miracles from the other side.
I lift my heart to her in honor, and with joy, knowing that she is finally free. And if I experience just a tiny drop of the happiness she feels now, I will consider myself so fortunate to be alive.”
May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey (1983-2013)
Enjoy Footages of Goldie Harvey below;
‘Don’t Touch’ Goldie
The making of ‘Don’t Touch’
‘Jawo Jawo’ ft Jaywon