Veteran broadcaster Umoja Ben-Nyah laid to rest

Observer West reporter

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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DUNCANS, Trelawny — Veteran broadcaster Umoja Ben-Nyah was laid to rest at the Duncans Cemetery following a touching thanksgiving service at the Kettering Baptist Church on Saturday.

He reportedly died of a heart failure.

The broadcasting maestro passed away on Saturday, March 9, three days after the inauguration of his own radio station, FIT FM 96.7, on Ash Wednesday in Trelawny.

The station was launched with his morning programme, Today with Umoja Ben-Nyah.

Ben-Nyah, who started off as one of the first voices on Irie FM, also worked at Mello FM, Bess FM, Vibes Fm, Hot 102 FM and provided coverage of the last general election for Love FM.

Saturday's service took on a gospel concert-like atmosphere, due largely to tributes in songs from gospel recording artistes, Clive Warren and Jabez. There was also tribute in song from the Love FM trio of Nadine Blair, Kareem Haynes and Nigel Wilkinson.

The musical aura was maintained even during the remembrance by Umoja's best friend, Dr Roosevelt Crooks, who effortlessly thrilled the mourners with his strong vocal acumen with which he delivered a slew of songs, including his rendition of Frank Sinatra's, My Way.

There was also a tribute on behalf of the media fraternity, friends, musicians and artistes, which was delivered by Professor Dr Colin Jarrett.

The sermon was delivered by Reverend Dr Vincent Fletcher, while Rev Owen Watson prayed for the bereaved family.

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