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Updated: Life and times of veteran highlife musician, Victor Uwaifo, who died at 80



The Nigeria’s entertainment industry has been thrown into mourning as legendary musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo, has died.

His nephew, Uwaifo Peter The Rock, broke the news on his verified Facebook page Saturday evening.

Uwaifo Jnr, who is a gospel artiste and multi-instrumentalist, wrote: “Daddy whyyyyyyyyyy (?) Did you leave us now?

“Prof Sir Victor UWAIFO has gone to rest. Black Saturday for me now. One week now after collaborating with me.”

But he did not disclose the cause of his death.

The late singer featured in a track titled “Hallelujah” off his son’s upcoming album about a week ago.

The ‘Guitar boy’ as he was fondly called celebrated his 80th birthday in March.

He was also the first professional musician to be awarded with the National Merit Honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).

Uwaifor the first Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Nigeria.


Born in Benin City, Edo State, Victor Efosa Uwaifo started music at an early age. Indeed, he began playing guitar when he was 12 years old. His earliest music influences surprisingly were records of Spanish and Latin American music.

Sir Victor was not only good in music, he was also a brilliant student when it came to academics too.

After attending Western Boys’ High School Benin and St Gregory’s College, Lagos, from 1957 to 1961, he made First Class in the university. He also had a master’s degree from the University of Benin

He had studied Graphics at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos and graduated in 1961–63 before proceeding to the University of Benin in 1994, where he studied Fine and Applied Arts and majored in Sculpture.

Uwaifo jammed with Olaiya’s All Stars band during his secondary school days. After completing his studies, he played with E.C. Arinze’s highlife during late hours.

He also briefly worked with Stephen Osadebe and Fred Coker before forming Melody Maestros in 1965. The band released Joromi which became a hit in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. It has continued to enjoy airplay till date.

Uwaifo made history in Nigeria when he won the first Golden record in Nigeria and Africa for his hit song “Joromi” in 1996.

He developed the Akwete rhythm sound between 1965 and 1968. In 1969, he launched another beat called Shadow which was accompanied its own dance; a mixture of Akwete and twist.

The sound was released when soul music was popular in Lagos and lasted a few years. After the launch of Shadow, his band, Melody Maestros went on tour of various Nigerian cities.

Uwaifo had travelled to many countries, including the United States, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Hungary, Rome, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin Republic, Spain, and Canada.

In 1995, Uwaifo was invited by the United Nations Staff Day International Committee to perform during the UN Golden Jubilee celebration.

He had a total of 12 golden records to his credit.

Additional reports from Wikipedia and Nigeria Summary


Tonto Dikeh: Police give reasons for arrest, detention of Prince Kpokpogiri



Police authorities at the Force headquarters in Abuja have described as false, the insinuation that Prince Kpokpogiri Joseph, the estranged lover of Popular Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh was arrested at Trandcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja because she has a connection with the DIG in charge of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, DIG Joseph Egbunike.

Rather, Prince Kpokpogiri who is currently facing a pending investigation at Force CID was said to have bypassed Police authorities, went and hired 2 police officers attached to Maitsma Police station, took them to Transcorp Hotel and threatened to open fire at Tonto Dikeh if she did not hand over the keys of an SUV to him, Kpokpogiri.

Vanguard investigation showed that in the early hours of Tuesday 19, October 2021, at about 12.30 am, Prince Kpokpogiri took his driver and two policemen and went to Transcorp Hilton.

“They blocked a vehicle that was packed there and stayed till 6 am. Kpokpogiri’s driver said he gave the keys to the vehicle to Tonto Dikeh but Prince Kpokpogiri alleged the car was stolen.

In the confusion and argument that ensued, one of the policemen allegedly pointed his gun on the head of Tonto Dikeh, prompting the Security team at Transcorp to alert the Inspector General of Police.

At that point the IGP, Usman Alkali Baba directed the DIG in charge FCIIB to look into the matter. DIG Egbunike subsequently deployed the Commissioner of Police in Charge Administration at Force CID, CP Umar Sanda and some police operatives to the scene.

At the scene, Prince Kpokpogiri was said to have become violent and was allegedly raining insults and curses on the Police officers while all entreaties for him to calm down failed.

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Consequently, when DIG Egbunike was briefed about the conduct of Prince Kpokpogiri, he ordered the arrest of the Prince and the policemen that the prince came with.

Vanguard was told that his arrest is to enable him to regain his sanity after which he would be questioned on the issue about ownership or otherwise on the vehicle in question.

DIG Joseph Egbunike confirmed the arrest to Vanguard saying, “Yes, I called my CP Sanda Umar, CP Administration who despatched officers to arrest them. He (Kpokoogiri) became insulting and uncontrollable. I ordered his detention to enable him to calm down. Besides, he has a pending petition against him which CP Sanda Umar is investigating.”

It would be recalled that Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh had earlier dragged Prince Kpokpogri to the police headquarters, accusing him of extortion, blackmail and threat to life.

A petition written by her lawyer and dated 10 September 2021 demanded a police probe of the politician/lover for a variety of allegations, including criminal defamation, hacking, cyberstalking, and obtaining by false pretences.

The petition read: “Our client has reasons to believe that Kpokpogri Joesph had planted a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) at private areas of his residence and staged-managed those visits with the aim of blackmailing our client.

“She was surprised when sometime in August the said Joseph started demanding for the sum of five million naira from her and threatened to expose her nude pictures and other such document relating to her if refuses to pay.

“To actualize this demand, the said Kpokpgri started sending messages, documents and files containing sensitive information and materials relating to our clients to her phone while releasing some to the public.

“Our client believes that Joesph hacked her phone and illegally obtained private conversations she had with a third party which he, Joesph Kppkpogri then caused to be released to the public on or about the 6th day of September 2021.

“Our client has been receiving series of threats phone calls which she believes are being orchestrated by the said Kpokpogri.

“On or about the 7th day of September 2021, our client received a phone call from this line 09038727436 which threatened her that if she writes anything against the said Kpokpgri, they will kill her; that they know where her son is schooling and every other detail about her.

“By reason of the above, we urge you to use your good office to cause a detailed investigation into the above facts with a view to bringing Joseph Kpokpgri to book.”

Tonto and Kpokpogri are said to have parted ways over allegations he was cheating on her.


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Tiwa Savage speaks on leaked sex video



Award-winning singer Tiwa Savage has reacted to her leaked short sex video weeks after she claimed someone was trying to blackmail her with the video.

Hours after the video was eventually leaked on Monday night, October 18, 2021, the songwriter took to her Instagram stories to react to the video.

“You hated how I was able to control the narrative and get ahead of the story before it consumed me and how I’m able to joke on stage about something you thought should destroy me and make me feel ashamed,” she wrote.

Continuing, the Universal Music Group recording music act owned up to having a sex video with her boyfriend leaked saying she won’t be cowed in to blackmail. “You must knock my head when you see me otherwise. Gistloversblog with my full chest.”

The video has since set a fresh frenzy on social media platforms.

Tiwa is one of the trending topics from Nigeria, in Lagos, and some other parts of the globe.

In an earlier interview with a U.S-based radio station, Tiwa had said the video was mistakenly posted on snapchat but later deleted.

“So what happened was the person did it on Snapchat and he posted the tape by accident and deleted it but someone caught it.”

She went ahead to confirm the sex video saying she is aware of the implications it might cause her, stating “It’s a tiny clip but it’s me and it’s going to be out there forever. There are probably going to be memes.”

Eagle Online

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I’m giving all my love to my dog- Erica



BBNaija ex-housemate Erica has disclosed that she will be showering all her endearment to her pet dog.

The ex-BBNaija season in a post declared she had decided to give the entirety of her love to her dog.

The Star girl opined that most human beings are incapable of acknowledging and cherishing good people which is what informed her decision.

She wrote, “I’m giving all my love to my dog. Most humans don’t appreciate good people.”

The Nation

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