Showbiz personalities, family members and friends, converged on Tiko, January 6, for the removal of Fhish’s corpse. From the Tiko mortuary to Douala, last respects were paid to the music icon. This was coupled with some incidents both during the wake in Bonaberi Douala, and online which drew public attention and reaction.
Ko-ci is said to have made one of the most striking declarations during the funeral programme of Thursday January 6. He pledged to sponsor Fhish’s daughter’s education for a period of 10 years “no amount of money can bring Fhish back, but I promise to pay his daughter’s fees for the next 10 years” he said.
This bold move was lauded by several fans “if everyone in the music industry was thinking like you, Cameroon would have been a better place” some of them commended on the one hand, while on the other hand, doubts were expressed of the full materialization of the pledge “let him take care of the child’s education let us see first. That’s how they make promises during funerals but don’t keep them” another said.
Besides Ko-ci’s pledge, CY International, a comedian, raised concerns over the absence of some key artists in the country. His mentioning of their names sparked mixed reaction. Some mourners said it was disrespectful of him to call out artists at a wake. CY is known for championing a cause aimed at pushing Cameroonians to predominantly consume local showbiz content.
Sympathizers who have not been able to pay their last honours physically, have been making posts online expressing their pain, though many consider it not to be enough especially coming from colleagues or persons who were close to Fhish.
Mbonjem Lesly Aponglen as the departed music sensation’s full names are, died at the age of 24 in a fatal car crash two weeks ago, along the Douala – Buea stretch of road, precisely in Tiko. He will be laid to rest in Awing, Northwest Region, this Friday, January 7.