‘Mountain is calling’: AKA’s mom shares Everest dream 10 months after his murder

A celebrating her first birthday without her son – rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes – Lynn Forbes has again voiced her desire to climb the world’s highest mountain; Everest, seemingly in his honour.

Five years ago, Lynn – fondly known as Glammy – climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in celebration of her 50th birthday and the birth of her first grandchild; Kairo. But this time around, Glammy is seemingly seeking peace and serenity as she embarks on the dangerous expedition.


Exactly 10 months ago, AKA and friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane, was shot and killed by an unknown gunman outside a Durban restaurant. An arrest by police has yet to be made.

On Sunday, 10 December – ten months after the passing of her firstborn – Lynn Forbes shared her wish to climb Mount Everest.

She shared on her Instagram Stories: “The mountain is calling”.

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Lynn Forbes shared her dream to climb the world’s highest mountain. Images via Instagram: @lynnforbesza
Five years ago, Lynn summited Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro – as part of a charity expedition.

The mom-of-two previously said of her adventure: “Kilimanjaro taught me humility, patience, and gratitude … she showed me how truly small I really am”.

When one follower asked if Lynn would climb Kilimanjaro, she responded: “Mount Everest base camp”.

Mount Everest is located in the Himalayan mountains across the China–Nepal border in Asia.

It’s unclear when Lynn will embark on the dangerous expedition. However, she does have invaluable experience. In 2018, Lynn and a group of climbers submitted Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain in Tanzania.

The mission was three-fold: celebrating her 50th birthday, her first grandchild Kairo Forbes, and raising money for charity.