Gor Mahia fraternity have joined other Kenyans in mourning Ohangla musician Maureen Achieng fondly known as ‘Lady Maureen’ who passed on in Uriri, Migori County on Saturday morning.
The late musician is revered by K’Ogalo fans for the song ‘Gor Mahia spirit’ where she praised club officials and players for contributing to the success of the 18-time Kenyan Premier League champions.
Gor Mahia patron and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga led the club in mourning the departed musician praising her resilience that made her remain popular in the competitive music industry.
“My condolences goes out to the family, friends and fans of Lady Maureen. Achieng’ was immensely talented and very dynamic; always adapting to new trends in a very competitive music industry. May she Rest In Eternal Peace,” said Odinga in a statement.
The ODM leader, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, organising secretary Ronald Ngala, and players Anthony Akumu, Musa Mohamed, Edwin Lavatsa, Dan Makori among others are mentioned in her song.
Club CEO Omondi Aduda also sent his condolences saying the late was a great Gor Mahia fan and her music was popular among supporters.
“Lady Maureen was part of Gor Mahia and her song for the club has stood the test of time and still resonates well with the fans. Our condolences to her family during this difficult time of mourning and may her soul rest in peace,” said Aduda.
Thousands of fans also sent their condolences through the club’s social media pages, praising the late musician and called for a be-fitting send-off.
Her music and hits such as Jogi Jokuoge, Alemo, Gor Kogallo, Raila will be played for many years, reminding her fans of the fallen artist’s talent and passion for music.
She is also famed for her hit song Safari ya Canaan song during the 2017 election in support of ODM leader Raila Odinga, having worked previously with Odinga’s CORD coalition in 2013.
Despite her fame and fortune, her life turned around in 2018 when she was diagnosed with hypertension and anaemia.
She spent two of her last years seeking treatment at various hospitals, from Pastor Machage Memorial Hospital in Migori to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.
At one point in her life, she fell out with her mother while seeking help, but the two reunited later on with the mother accusing the songbird’s friends of abandoning her in her time of need.
Various celebrities such as Esther Akoth, Akothee, passionately supported her during her long illness.
Her illness started weeks after she was released from a Tanzanian prison in 2018 where she and her 15 band members were jailed for allegedly performing without a permit. This explained the lengths she would undertake to entertain her followers.
Royal Media Services Radio Ramogi contributed Tsh.4.2 million (Ksh 186,104) to bail her and her team.
“I thought it was the end of my music career because the band had already been slapped with a one-year jail term. We were being woken up every day at 4 am like any other prisoner to do casual work; my worst experience as a musician,” she recalled.
In her last interview in January 2020, Lady Maureen detailed that she felt back pains following an operation that had left her bedridden.
“I find it hard to get up and even walk on my own. My legs are too weak and I have to be supported to walk. It’s traumatising but I believe I will get better,” she stated, hoping to recover and entertain her fans.
The artist’s death comes a month after Ohangla musician Bernard Onyango aka Abenny Jachiga passed away on June 11.