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The Voice of Heaven Silenced: Ilagosa Wa Ilagosa’s burial will cost Sh1.5m

By Beth Nyambura February 7th, 2023 3 min read

Veteran gospel singer Samuel Ilagosa, known as Ilagosa Wa Ilagosa, will be laid to rest on February 16 at his home in Bugina Village, Busali ward, Vihiga County.

Ilagosa breathed his last on Friday after being in and out of the hospital since December 18, 2022.

The cause of his death remains a mystery as his family has not decided on doing a post-mortem.

Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa in hospital.
Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa in hospital. PHOTO| COURTESY

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However, an undated video has since gone viral, Illagosa is seen calling out his detractors who planned on “poisoning” him.

“They are trying to stop me from preaching God’s word, a well-known adult tried to poison me,” He said, “I stand on the church altar, my friend, you cannot destroy me. God is with me, He is number one and I will continue preaching about Jesus.”

Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa.
Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa. PHOTO| COURTESY

He signed off in the video saying, “Vihiga’s son, Ilagosa was Illagosa, you cannot destroy me, I will not die.”

A close source spoke to Nairobi News saying that the estimated budget for Ilagosa’s funeral service is about Sh1.5M.

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Two WhatsApp groups have been created to help in fundraising, they both have over 1500 people.

There will be a requiem mass and fundraising on Thursday from 1:00 pm at International Friends Church Ngong Road.

“The family has also accepted to have the burial on Thursday 16/02/2023 to allow a good number of Ministers to travel and attend the burial.”

Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa.
Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa. PHOTO| COURTESY

Ilagosa’s body will leave Nairobi on Tuesday, February 14, 2024.

Before his burial, his friends build a house for him in the village where his body will sleep before the burial day. He was a father of one and had separated from his wife.

His sudden death has caused a wave of grief in the gospel music community, with many of them sending in condolence messages.

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Ilagosa Wa Ilagosa was a prominent figure in the gospel music industry, with a career lasting over a decade.

He was a multi-talented individual who was also a pastor and the founder of the Prophetic International Ministry.

Ilagosa’s notable hits include ‘Mungu Wangu, Sala Zangu, Sema Nami, Ni Kwa Neema,

He was an alumni of Kakamega high school.
Ilagosa went to the University of Nairobi before moving to Kericho and later rising to stardom.

He did odd jobs, which included collecting garbage and guarding homes.

”I walked with sleepers held by a wire mesh for some time before I got my set of Sandak shoes which was a luxury to me,” he added.

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Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa.
Gospel singer Ilagosa wa Illagosa. PHOTO| COURTESY

Ilagosa said, he served in the church for seven years as a cleaner and watchman in Kericho, where he spent most of his life before he got saved.

Ilagosa said after leaving Kericho, he was employed by the late gospel songbird Angela Chibalonza as a house boy, where he was inspired to join gospel music.

“I didn’t know how to produce a good voice, let alone sing. While at Chibalonza’s place, I met Solomon Mukubwa, who really inspired me and from there, I joined the industry,’’ he said.

The artist said he converted and got salvation from the challenges he was going through.

‘‘I was going through many challenges and decided to take a new course which yielded. I got a fresh start with the gospel,’’ he said in a past interview.

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