When Nollywoodgossip confirmed the news of Goldie Harvey’s passing away last night with Tiwa Savage, the social media went nuts. Blackberry messenger went agog about the story, temperature rose on Facebook, Twitter went crazy. And on stage far away in Lagos, Baba Dee paid an emotional tribute to the fallen star and Tiwa Savage cried. In a nutshell, Goldie Harvey’s death dominated the Nigeria’s space worldwide since yesterday’s evening, such is the impact she made in her short but power-packed career.
As we look back at the incessant unconstructive criticisms, the unnecessary hatreds and deeply hurting comments savagely hauled at this young talented songstress, whose only crime was to entertain us and bring happiness into our homes through soul-filling songs and lovable dance steps, we wonder if we pushed her too far.
Now, reading all the tributes and positive reviews pouring out since the announcement of her demise, tears keep swelling in my eyes and this nagging guilty feeling keeps nibbling at my heart. We must all share in these guilty feelings.
Are we ever going to forgive ourselves? Why did it take the death of Goldie Harvey to realize that Nigeria once had the most colorful music character in Africa? God please, please, and please bring Goldie back, even if just for one day, so we all Nigerians could apologize and tell her how much we love her?
We just lost a great entertainer and it took her death for us to realize that.
That’s why we Nigerians should be so mad at ourselves.