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

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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

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Meet 22-year-old Kano prince, who marries two wives same day

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A 22-year-old Kano prince, Mustapha Ado Bayero, has caused an ‘upset’ as he marries two wives same day.

Mustapha, saïd to be suffering from congenital hemiplegia or unilateral motor disability, is the last son of the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, and younger brother of current emir, Aminu Ado Bayero.
The prince tied the knot with the his two beautiful brides, Badi’a Tasiu Adam and Fatima Ibrahim Adam, at Markaz Imamu Bukhari Mosque, Rijiyar Zaki and Tsakuwa Juma’a Mosque, Kano, on Saturday.
The young Bayero was famous for sitting with his late father in a horse-drawn carriage during durbars.

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Lupus: I’m a devout Muslim, never attended church for healing – Kemi Afolabi

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Kemi Afolabi

Actress Kemi Afolabi has debunked rumours that she attended a popular church to get healed from lupus, a disease she has battled for months.

Afolabi noted that she was a devout Muslim and had a personal relationship with Allah, as she asked her fans to debunk the reports.

The actress was reacting to a viral picture which showed a lady being prayed for by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Loveworld Incorporated, popularly known as Christ Embassy.

Accompanied with the picture was a report that the actress received her healing during a miracle service.

On her Instagram page on Sunday, she wrote, “Since the news of my illness became public, I have gotten reports of different misinformation and false narratives out there.

“I have ignored it as my focus is on my well-being and health. I am a devout Muslim who believes in calling on God and seeking his face in times of need, this I have done consistently and JOY is certain in the end.

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“Sometime ago, a picture was circulating online insinuating that I had visited Christ Embassy Church for healing.

“I paid no attention to it because I didn’t see visiting a church or getting prayers from a pastor as a bad thing. After all we all serve the same God, I believe.”

However, the actress stated that she received a “disturbing comment” after she posted a video of herself doing her “personal Islamic supplications.”

The comment read, “Why you no tell Allah to heal you then? Why did you run to church? Alfa no dey mosque them na.”

Sharing a screenshot of the chat, she said, “Fast forward to Friday, I posted a video of me doing my personal Islamic supplications, @officialeelahandsome dropped a very disturbing comment today asking if I had just remembered that I was a Muslim or where was Islam when I was seeking solutions from the Church.

“I was stunned at how insensitive humans could get just to score religion points which can simply be considered as blasphemy.

“I personally would like to use this medium to debunk such a false narrative. Never was there a time that I attended a church for healing. The picture circulating online is not me and I want everyone to please disregard it.

“I have a personal relationship with Allah, I don’t need anyone to get through to him.”

In early 2022, the actress disclosed her illness and her colleagues in the Nollywood industry have set up a fundraiser on behalf of her treatment.

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How I used my boxing skill to teach unruly fan lesson — Ogogo

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Veteran actor, Taiwo Hassan, aka Ogogo

Veteran actor, Taiwo Hassan, aka Ogogo, has spoken on how he used his boxing skill to teach an unruly fan a lesson in Ilaro, Ogun State.

In a video that went viral online, the actor could be seen fighting with a lout who was said to have demanded money from him.

Sharing his side of the story on his Instagram page, Ogogo wrote, “Before bloggers pick this up, let me tell my side of the story and the truth.

“I was in Ilaro, my hometown, for the inspection of a project, after which some unknown guys walked up to me for the normal appraisals. ‘We watch your movie’, ‘give up (us) money’, ‘We watched you all through our childhood’. As actors, we hear these every day.

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“I offered all I had on me and one of them dragged me by my ‘agbada’ and demanded for an amount I could not pay. I asked him to leave me, but he said, ‘Do your worse (sic)’. The rest is story (sic).”

The actor also seized the opportunity to plead with fans who are in the habit of harassing celebrities. He wrote, “Please, stop harassing actors (and other) entertainers.

“Do you pay anyone for doing your job? No. It is our job too. Accept all we offer when we do. Remember, once a boxer, always a boxer.”

When Sunday Scoop put a call through to the actor, he said he was on a movie set and promised to get back to our correspondent.

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