Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has described the death of Sir Victor Uwaifo as the end of an era in the African, Nigerian and Edo musical scene.
The legendary highlife star and professor of Visual Arts, University of Benin, UNIBEN, Uwaifo, died on Saturday, August 28, at the age of 80, at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin, after a brief illness.
Reacting to the demise of the musicologist, popularly known as “Guitar Boy”, the deputy governor said, “the death of Sir Victor Uwaifo has suddenly closed an era in the African, Nigerian and Edo musical scene. He brought pride and glory to old Bendel and Edo State, as a worthy son and Ambassador through his magnetic live performances”.
In a condolence message to mourn the global musical legend, Shaibu lamented that “Edo State has lost not just a musical and artistic legend, but a great institution has fallen from us at a time the Nigerian youths need more of his mentorship and experiences”.
“Language was the source of Professor Sir Victor Uwaifo’s fame; besides, his musical talent, the density and immensity of his artistic works, tourist outfit and love for creative arts were perhaps the major things that trademarked him.
“Adieu to the father of undiluted sounds and an all – rounder. A legendary Nigerian musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor, who played virtually all instruments with all humility, in spite of his sound education as a Ph.D holder in Architectural sculpture. He was indeed blessed on every side”, Shaibu eulogised.
The deputy governor prayed to God to give Uwaifo’s immediate family, close associates, the musical and academic community, as well as friends and well wishers, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, the management of UNIBEN, and the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Dennis Idahosa, have described the death of the “Joromi” crooner as a huge loss to the entertainment industry, adding that Uwaifo’s passing had left a void that would be difficult to fill in the industry.
UNIBEN, in a statement by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, said that the university community would miss Uwaifo’s uncommon mastery of the Arts.
“The shocking and wicked news reached us of the loss of a legend and great son of Benin Kingdom. Our most painful and heartfelt condolences go to his family, Edo State, the University community, his friends and loved ones.
“Sir Professor Victor Uwaifo (MON) was our 2nd UNIBEN Alumni Honorary Graduate, May his good soul rest in peace. The University of Benin Community will dearly miss his uncommon mastery of the Arts. We pray to God to grant us all the will to bear this great irreplaceable loss”, Professor Salami wrote.
On his part, the federal legislator, Idahosa, in a statement endorsed by his media aide, Friday Aghedo, said the entertainment industry had lost a legend.
Describing the late Uwaifo as “a pride of Edo in the Nigeria creative industry”, Idahosa added that the state had lost a legend in the iconic musician.
“Sir Victor Uwaifo was a musical export, Edo’s pride and a great patriot. Indeed we have lost one of the very best old wines in the creative industry. Though he’s gone, his music will speak well of his legacies,” the legislator consoled.
PASUMA, REDTV, Jumoke Odetola, Lateef Adedimeji, Others For HAPAwards 2021
Africa’s Lifestyle and Entertainment channel – REDTV alongside Fuji Maestro, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Nollywood celebrities like Jumoke Odetola, Lateef Adedimeji, Etinosa Idemudia and Ayoola Ayoola have been nominated for the 5th edition of Hollywood and African prestigious Awards (HAPAwards).
The star-studded Sunday Show will take place on October 24th at the famous Orpheum Thearter in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
The HAPAwards is a 3-day event starting from Friday October 22nd to Sunday October 24th with a combination of activities – the Fashion and Music Night, HAPA International business Roundtable (HIBR) and The Sunday Awards Night. The awards is designed to bridge the cultural gap between Africa and the global community.
While REDTV is a fast paced lifestyle channel that puts Africa on the global stage. Proudly associated with the United Bank for Africa, REDTV has continued to entertain and inform viewers with content in entertainment, fashion, news, design, music, sport, movies and travel.
The Men’s Club (TMC) – a production of REDTV has also received five nominations this year in different categories ranging from Best Actor in a TV Series (Ayoola Ayolola) to Best Actress in a TV Series (Sharon Ooja), Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series (Daniel Etim Effiong) and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series (Jasmine Mwangi).
Speaking with Adeola Odunowo, Producer and African Representative of HAPAwards, he praised the support of corporate organizations in building the entertainment industry. “Our 5th edition has witnessed an increase in the number of nominations from Africa and that simply underscores the continent’s growing influence around the globe”, Odunowo noted.
Other top celebrities nominated include Jumoke Odetola, an award winning actress with over a decade contribution to the movie industry; Lateef Adedimeji was nominated for his lead role in the blockbuster movie – AYINLA and African Fuji Singer, Pasuma was nominated for Best International Music Video and he will also be performing LIVE at the Sunday Show.
The theme for HAPAwards 2021 is tagged “Collaboration for Global Development, Peace and Prosperity” and some of the Honorees lined-up for recognition include Marla Gibbs, Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, Melba Moore and Dr. Michael K. Obeng to mention a few.”
Reality TV Star, Efe Addresses Alleged Rift With BBNaija Organizers
Winner of Big Brother Naija Season 2, Efe, popularly known as Efemoney, has made clarifications on the supposed rift with organizers of the reality show.
There were reports that Efe was banned from attending BBNaija events for disrespecting the organizers after he sat in his car and insisted that he sees the head of MultiChoice before he comes out after emerging winner of the show.
Reacting, Efe, in a statement released via his Instagram account, noted that such a scenario never happened.
”It is incumbent on me to set the records right and also account to my fans, supporters and well-wishers.
”I was brought up in a family and society where respect to fellow human beings is highly valued and respect to elders is unquestionable. Unnecessary ego-boosting protocols or feeling of much Importance have never been attractive to me as it is to you,” he said.
”Therefore, it is unimaginable for someone to conceive such character from me as a person and create a scenario that never existed. Hence, I’m clearly stating that the scenario which is making rounds in the media and public is false and never happened or occurred. This is as news to me as it is to you.
”I want to use this opportunity to thank MultiChoice Nigeria as an organization and her members of staff once again for giving me the platform to showcase my talent as a music artist thus creating vast amounts of opportunities shaping my person and brand today.”
‘God Behind My Rising Fame’ – Ondo-born Comedian
Ondo-born comedian, Ologun Oluwatosin, popularly known as Paspe, on Saturday, said his belief in God coupled with undying passion for comedy paved his way to stardom in the entertainment world.
The he disclosed this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent recently, saying that:
“Am a devout Christian when it comes to praying, fasting and working for God. Hence, my comedy lines are made in Heaven and divinely released. This rare blessing has earned me huge followership on social media,” he said.
He explained that he attends Church without having a prepared script in mind, but after several hours of communing with God, the inspiration emerges naturally.
“No doubt, prayer is the key. Whenever I enter the house of God, I empty my mind with the aim of praying to God for success and after everything, I would start getting some revelation on what to do,” the mic master stated.
“If I don’t pray to God, I won’t get any inspiration, and if eventually I force myself to shoot any comedy, it won’t go viral as expected because God wasn’t involved.”
Delving into the challenges faced in his career, the Ondo State-born comedian and actor, said paucity of fund was a major factor that militated against his work.
He said, “I have released many comedy that went viral. Even the likes of Woli Agba and others reacted through social media, but inadequate fund is hindering my creativity.
“I am a student of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, I don’t have any job than this. Even when I started, some people hurled insults at me, while others said I was wasting my time.”
Contrary to wide speculation that he is into cyber crime also known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’, he said, “I am not a lazy guy, I have cocoa farm, banana plantation. I also earn income from my farm, so anybody who thinks I am into yahoo-yahoo is ill-informed about me.
“People who once thought I was wasting time, now applaud or envy my rising profile. I am a silent achiever.”
He urged youths to discover their talents in order to have a breakthrough in today’s competitive global market.