The son of deceased music maestro, Prof. Sir Victor Uwaifo, has debunked rumours that his father died of the dreaded COVID-19.
The music legend died Saturday in Benin at the age of 80.
Son of the deceased, Goodman Osarentin Uwaifo, who spoke in company of his sister, Mrs. Evelyn Oghonmwen insisted that his father died from complications resulting from pneumonia and not COVID-19.
Goodman, the third son of the music icon said that the elder Uwaifo was rushed to Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin on Friday and passed on at about 4pm from untreated pneumonia.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to clear this misinformation. We have heard rumours going around that our father, Sir Victor Uwaifo died of COVID-19. It is not true. He died of pneumonia and not COVID-19. He was rushed to the hospital on Friday and passed on the following day on Saturday August 28. We did the necessary tests. He was treated for pneumonia.”
His house on Victor Uwaifo Avenue off College Road was a beehive of activities as people from different walks of life and neighbours trooped in to condole with the octogenarian’s children.
In deep distress, the younger Uwaifo, a pastor confessed that he is yet to come to grip with the loss of his father but had been able to weather the storm because of his strong faith in God.
He said in low tone: “I have mixed feelings over his sudden death. Before he passed on, I had different feelings. I am yet to accept the reality of his death I am very very sad. I am able to bear because of my calling as a pastor. I will not respond emotionally as my brothers and sisters are doing because of my calling as a pastor. I am really sad.”
He said that his father will be remembered for his works which he said are evergreen, noting that people like the multi talented musicians are hard to come by.
A message on his son, Peter de Rock facebook page confirmed news of his father’s death which filtered into the Edo State capital on Saturday night.
The cause of the death could not be ascertained as Peter Uwaifo, a budding musician simply wrote on his Facebook page: “Daddy why did you leave us now? Prof. Sir Victor Uwaifo has gone to rest. Black Saturday for me one week after collaborating with me.”
Born on March1,1941, the music legend was a writer, sculptor, musical instrument inventor and university lecturer.
He was the Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism during former Governor Lucky Igbinedion’s administration and was the winner of the first gold disc in Africa (Joromi) released in 1965 and seven other gold discs in Guitar boy, Arabade, Ekassa series and Akwete music.
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.