Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole said late music maestro, Sir Victor Uwaifo, used his talent to take Nigeria and Edo to the international community.
Oshiomhole said this in Benin on Thursday, when he paid a condolence visit to the family of late Uwaifo in his residence, in the company of APC chieftains in Edo.
Oshiomhole, also a former governor of Edo, described Uwaifo as an intellectual, who tried to bring his thoughts to reality in his music and the arts.
“There are many ways in which he affected my life. As a young man in the typical rural village when there was no light and no road, anytime we want to listen to music, we make requests through Radio Nigeria.
“We listen to radio using battery. The number one record we always requested was Victor Uwaifo; Guitar Boy, Joromi and others. We will wear our small knickers and dance and then there were stories about the exploits of Uwaifo in the music world.
“In this part of the world and at that time, the man who forcefully put Nigeria and the face of Edo on the world map was Sir Victor Uwaifo by his creativity, his talent and his industry. You cannot resist the music.
“We always pray that God give us long life and good health because you can live so long and become a vegetable; you are not dying and you are not living.
“We thank God that he came in the manner he did and left without being a burden to the family,” he said.
Oshiomhole said Uwaifo was an original musician, noting that in his days, one had to master the use of English language, and have a natural good voice not digitally aided and shopped.
“The voice of Uwaifo was not the result of manipulation of modern gadgets, it was a natural gift that God gave him and his music had meaning. When you listen, beyond the entertainment, you also pick a lesson.
“Uwaifo was an intellectual. Beyond music, Uwaifo was always busy, if he can think it through he will try to create and translate it,” Oshiomhole said.
According to the former governor, Edo people and Nigeria indeed, have lost an elder statesman.
He said he was happy that President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged the fact that Uwaifo was one of the few artistes that succeeding heads of states and presidents recognised and invited to state functions. (NAN)
Davido, Chioma Welcome Twins
It’s a double blessing for Afrobeat star Davido and his wife Chioma, who have welcomed a set of twins.
The couple, who lost their son Ifeanyi in a tragic accident last year, welcomed twins on Monday.
According to an inside source, the twins arrived at 9pm.
The news was further confirmed by Evangelist Gospel Agochukwu on Tuesday morning.
The cleric uploaded his chat with Davido on the official Facebook page of his church.
According to the chat, Davido confirmed to the cleric that the prophecy he made last year had come to pass.
Agochukwu had in November last year revealed that God told him that Davido and Chioma will welcome twins after the death of Ifeanyi.
Davido and Chioma haven’t announced the arrival on social media, but congratulatory messages have continued to pour.
Ilebaye Crowned BBNaija All Stars Winner
Ilebaye Odiniya is the winner of BBNaija All Stars, the eighth season of the reality television series.
She took the highly coveted top spot at Sunday’s finale, leaving 2019 winner Mercy Eke, 33, in the number two position.
Ilebaye goes home with a cash prize of N120 million, a weekend getaway for two, and an SUV, among other rewards.
The 22-year-old was evicted from 2022’s BBNaija Level Up season after only three weeks.
Cynthia Nwadiora aka CeeC, who was the runner-up of the third season Double Wahala in 2018, came in at number three behind Ilebaye and Mercy Eke.
Adekunle Olopade, 28, was revealed by host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu as the third runner-up on Sunday.
Pere Egbi, 38, and Cross Okonkwo, 33, were named the fourth and fifth runners-up, respectively.
Portable In Police Net After 72-Hour Ultimatum
The police in Ogun State have arrested singer, Habeeb Okikiola, commonly called Portable after a 72-hour ultimatum given to him to honour police invitation.
In viral videos on Tuesday, the musician was seen raining curses on and rough-handling some policemen deployed to the recreational centre he owns in Ogun State.
Portable’s actions have since been condemned by the police authorities with the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, saying the artist exhibited irrational behaviour and hurled insults at police officers carrying out their legal duty.
However, after the expiration of the ultimatum for the singer to honour the invitation, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that Portable has been arrested.
He told Journalists on Friday that the musician is at the State Headquarters of the police in Eleweran, Abeokuta.
The PPRO said as soon as the investigation is concluded, the artiste will be charged in court.
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