“He often said I was saving his life without realising. He too was saving mine’ -Riky Rick’s Wife Bianca
Bianca Naidoo, the wife of late rapper Riky Rick, is already seated with their young children, Jordan and Maik, as the funeral procession enters the Bryanston Catholic church, surrounded by family and loved ones.
She appears composed, dressed entirely in white, with only her sorrowful gaze revealing her anguish. She has lost her life’s love, her champion, her children’s father, and a friend. At Riky’s final farewell, tribute after tribute is paid, and the young widow and her children look on, their pain palpable.
You could hear a pin drop when she steps up to the podium.
“Today I am here to pay tribute to my partner, my soulmate, Bubzie. When I think about nine years together, here are the things I am grateful for,” she began in her message to Riky Rick at his funeral, a small, intimate ceremony attended by those closest to the family.
“Our journey as parents started at the beginning of our relationship. He was an amazing father to Jordan; they had the most incredible journey since day one,” she said.
“Riky and I were then blessed with our beautiful son, Maik. We loved taking family trips and he taught us to connect with the locals and immersed ourselves in the culture of whatever land we found ourselves in. He loved them deeply, he was their protector, biggest fan, and Mandalorian (American space Western television series) and he will continue to be.”
“He wanted me to shine and find what soul on fire, little did he know he was it.”
“Ours was a destined, preordained match as though God himself made it so we found each other in this lifetime. I was put in his life to love him, to help him on his journey to fulfil part of his purpose. Ours was a deep ,pure love,”
“Part of my role was to help elevate and shine his light into the world and I will continue. His love for me was honest, authentic, and transcendent, as mine for him. He often said that I was saving his life without realising. But he too was saving mine.
“My king, my heart, my forever love. Thank you for giving us all that you had to give in this lifetime. Thank you for choosing me, teaching me, and believing in us. I will forever be grateful for your gift of you. I promise to give our children all your love and might.
“To keep your memory shining brightly I promise to continue fulfilling your purpose and honouring your memory and make sure your legacy lives on, in your children, your work, the whole time. To the fans, friends, and family. I thank you for your love and compassion and understanding and embracing Riky’s energy.”
Taking a line from Riky’s song, Stay Shining, Bianca quoted:“Riky would want you to remember this ‘ It’s gotta be right. It’s gotta good. It’s gotta be nice. Keep smiling for the joy. Keep looking for the joy. Stay shining.”