Susan Oluwabimpe Filani, better known as Goldie Harvey, was a Nigerian professional musician and Big Brother Africa reality TV show star. She was a prominent Nigerian female musician who lived between October 23rd, 1981 and February 14th, 2013.
Early Life and Education
Goldie was born in Lagos State on October 23, 1981, to the late Mrs Olabisi Betty, from the notable Olaiya family in Ijebu, Ogun State, who was a former managing director of a bank, and her father, a native of Ikole-Ekiti, Ekiti State, who retired as a director of a new generation bank and is now into full-time pastoral work in Lagos.
Goldie attended Green Springs Montessori Primary School before transferring to St. John’s College in Palm Grove, Lagos, where she claimed Christian Religious Knowledge was her favorite subject because it required no effort on her part to pass. She knew so many bible verses by the time she was ten years old that it was incredible.
She also attended the University of Sunderland, where she studied Business Management.
Goldie was known for her stunning use of colorful outfits both on and off camera. She made her television debut in 2012 on Big Brother Africa, where she appeared to be close to another BBA contestant, Kenyan artist Prezzo.
Goldie released her debut album “Spin Me” in 2007, and her groundbreaking music videos “Komole,” “Spin Me,” “Shift,” and “Nothing Has Changed” received multiple award nominations. Her debut single, “Komole,” was a success.
At the 2011 Headies Awards, she was nominated for Best Collabo for her song “You Know It,” which she co-wrote with other members of her label. She was an ambassador for the organization “Poverty Alert,” which advocates for a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of abuse against women.
She has worked with Kenny Ogungbe, Denrele Edun, and Eldee, among others.
Although it was not widely publicized prior to her death, Susan Oluwabimpe “Goldie” Filani married Andrew Harvey, an engineer with a Malaysian base, in 2005.
Goldie has won other African music awards in addition to the Top Naija Music Award. Her first television appearance was on Big Brother Africa in 2012. On the show, she appeared to be close to Kenyan rapper Prezzo, another BBA housemate.
After returning to Nigeria from the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, she complained of a headache. She was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead. Despite reports to the contrary, her spouse denied that she may have used narcotics that contributed to her death. The Nigerian pop singer died of “hypertensive heart disease,” which caused a “intracerebral haemorrhage.”
According to an autopsy performed by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital’s Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine. Goldie, who was 31 at the time of her death, was laid to rest at the Vaults and Gardens in Ikoyi, Lagos.
She was laid to rest on February 25, 2013, at the Vaults and Gardens Cemetery in Ikoyi, Lagos. On April 13, 2013, press releases confirmed that Goldie Harvey’s properties had been willed to charity organizations.
Impact & Influence
Goldie was an ambassador for Project Alert, a well-known non-profit organization that advocates for a zero-tolerance policy for violence against women and young girls in all of its forms. The organization’s president noticed all of her volunteer work and decided to award her this exceptional honor.
- 2010 – Gold
- 2011 – Gold Reloaded
- Jawo Jawo
- You Know It
- Hands Up
- Dj Play On
- Dont Touch
- Get Loose
- Breathe Again
Awards and Nominations
- Exquisite Lady of the Year (ELOY)
- Best Female Artiste award
- City People’s Best Female Artiste of the Year
- Federal Celebrity Special Marshal
- The Law Students Society of the Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Award for Musical Excellence under the category of Best Female Artiste of the Year S
- United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace by the Federal Government
- Tush Awards for Best Female Musician.
Her net worth is unavailable.