Don Design and AKA

Don Design has penned an emotional tribute to his slain friend AKA. Image via Instagram: @don__design

‘You left this world without me’: Don Design pens tribute to AKA

Don Design has penned an emotional tribute to his slain friend AKA; thanking him for inspiring him and believing in him.

Don Design and AKA

Don Design has penned an emotional tribute to his slain friend AKA. Image via Instagram: @don__design

Creative director, DJ and fashion designer Don Dedign — real name Tshediso Mokoko — has penned an emotional tribute to his slain friend AKA.

The 35-year-old Lemons (Lemonade) hitmaker — whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes — was murdered in cold blood on 10 February with his friend and celebrity chef Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane outside Wish Restaurant on Florida Road in Durban.

Both media personalities were laid to rest in separate private funerals at the weekend.

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Pouring his heart out two days after AKA’s funeral, Don Design said that he is shattered.

“My heart is shattered and the past couple of days have been nothing short of surreal. I am writing this with great difficulty, trying to put in words what you really meant to me. I would never have imagined that I would be putting together such a message,” he wrote.

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The Python musician shared a series of pictures of him and his late friend; adding that he is grateful that he believed in him when he did not believe in himself. He furthered expressed that he will follow in his late friend’s path.

“I keep thinking about all the moments we shared and replaying our memories together. I wish I had one last chance to thank you for showing me what the true meaning of brotherhood is.

“I am indebted to you for believing in me, believing in my dreams and aspirational visions, especially in moments where I lacked such belief.

“I’m in awe of all that you have accomplished in your lifetime. Your work ethic was unparalleled. You followed your path with honesty and integrity. I will try my level best to follow the path you have laid for us.”

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In addition, the DJ sent his love and prayers to AKA’S loved ones including his parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes; his younger brother, Steffan; the rapper’s daughter, Kairo; his girlfriend, Nadia Nakai; as well as the mother of his daughter, DJ Zinhle.

“To Uncle Tony, Aunty Lynne, Stef, Baby K, Nadia & Zinhle – with heartfelt sympathy, may the Lord heal your hearts and comfort your souls. Let prayer be your ray of hope. Prayer has the power to transform pain and to lift your spirits so that you may overcome this moment. I love you.

“Kiernan, you have left this world without me, but someday, in my heart of hearts, I believe we will meet again and be together again. Rest In Peace,”Don Design wrote.


A day after AKA and Tibz’s murder, CCTV footage of the chilling incident went viral on social media.

In the video, Don Design is seen walking out of Wish Restaurant, yawning and stretching moments before AKA and Tibz appear. As a result of his movements in the CCTV footage, tweeps have been drawing various conspiracies and casting aspersions to pin him at the centre of the assassination.

However, a number of people have come out to defend the designer. These include AKA’s friends; Da L.E.S and Yanga Chief, as well as the Fela in Versace hitmaker’s parents.

Don Design
Don Design broke his Instagram silence on the death of AKA, hours after attending his funeral. Images via Instagram: @don_design/Twitter