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Sikiru Ayinde Barrister: 9 Years Without Fuji Exponent | By Waheed Ganiyu

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Exactly 9 years ago, Nigerian music icon, Dr. Sikiru Ololade Ayinde Balogun popularly known across the globe as Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Alhaji Agba and Mr. Fuji died at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Incontrovertibly, Barrister is regarded as the Fuji creator.

Prior to naming his own brand of music as Fuji what it used to be was ‘were’ genre, which served as a means of entertaining the Muslim faithful during the month of Ramadan. But Sikiru Ayinde established Fuji, a name which according to him was derived from a mountain in Japan (Mount Fuji). Obviously, Barrister made Fuji genre to have commercial appeal.

During his lifetime , Barrister had over 100 albums to his  name and he inspired not only Fuji musicians, but from other genres. According to Sir Shina Peters, Barrister inspired him to release his debut ‘Aye’ in 1989. Shina was challenged when he saw how Barrister combined different juju music instruments in ‘Fuji Garbage’ series 2, in 1988.

Call him a prophet, you’re correct. There’s no doubt that Barrister had the premonition of the present insecurity and other social challenges bedevilling the country. In ‘Precaution’ released in 1995, he sang ‘mo sun mo la ala ala to buru, mo ri pe a n jagun ni Nigeria’ , meaning ‘I had a nightmare that Nigeria is in war’. And truly, Nigeria was grappled with insurgency, thank God they are technically ‘defeated’ now. Maybe the economic meltdown was part of Barrister’s nightmare.

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Barrister also made significant contributions to the enthronement of Nigeria’s democracy. In his album ‘Truth'(1994). He called on the political office holders to make service their watchword. He challenged them to take into consideration the welfare of the electorates. Also in ‘Precaution’ he openly advocated for the release of Chief MKO Abiola and other political detainees ‘ka ni kan fi Moshudi sile MK Abiola’

He has always been on the side of the down-trodden. He used every opportunity to lament the suffering of the poor masses. ‘ka ma puro o mekunnu n jiya o, ka’ye san wo ina lai ma ma ri na o, k’aye san wo omi lai ma ma r’omi o. Meaning ‘truly, the poor are suffering by paying utility bills for service not rendered- electricity and water. Barrister lamented this in his album released preparatory to 1983 general elections ‘Nigeria’.

Many businesses had benefited from Barrister’s advertisement prowess. Some enterprises who were not enjoying popularity were made known in his albums. For instance in ‘Ijo Olomo’ released in 1983, he eulogised Chief Modupe Badero(Naira Pools) ‘ B’omode máa wi o Naira Pools ni…kin ni kan lo yato ti won fi j’olori , Saturday lo n san wo e, Atewolara ni won wa be de Mushin e beere’. Naira Pools also enjoyed mention in ‘Appreciation'(1984), ’emi a ta Naira Pools ni te mi, gbogbo wa la o ta’…
Barrister also extended the same gesture to Chief Rasaki Akanni Okoya in ‘Iwa'(1982),’ma jese mi o gb’ofo, Eleganza gbami odun de’. The business magnate was a major importer of footwear then.

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All Barrister’s works which cover politics, humanity, discipline, celebration and others remain evergreen. His usual intervention as a commentator in the socio-political discourse is missing. Irrespective of the controversy surrounding the creator of Fuji music, I align with Saheed ‘Osupa that ‘Barry ni Fuji, e ma wule janpata’, ‘Barrister is Fuji, no argument’

Born in Ibadan, February 9, 1948, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister attended Model School Mushin and Yaba College of Technology. He started as ‘ajiwere’, in 1958 at Mushin, Lagos. He joined the Nigerian Army in 1958. His focus on music career prompted his resignation from the military in 1976. May his soul rest in peace.

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Gbajabiamila Congratulates Fuji Idol, K1 on Coronation as First Mayegun of Yorubaland

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr.  Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated the King of Fuji Music, Olasunkanmi Ayinde-Marshal, on his selection as the first Mayegun of Yorubaland by His Royal Majesty, the Alaafin of Oyo,  Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.

Gbajabiamila said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi in Abuja on Sunday that Ayinde-Marshal’s selection as the first Mayegun of Yorubaland speaks volume of his contributions to the Yoruba race.

The Speaker noted with delight how Ayinde-Marshal, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate, has been mesmerizing Nigerians with his Fuji genre of music over the years.

He said Ayinde-Marshal, who is to be installed by the Alaafin on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the palace of His Royal Majesty in Oyo, has carved a niche for himself, which most Nigerians, especially lovers of Fuji music, have come to cherish so much.

Gbajabiamila recalled with nostalgia how Ayinde-Marshal popularised his music among Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country, irrespective of tribe or ethnicity.

“I have no doubts on my mind that the installation of Olasunkami Ayinde-Marshal as the first Mayegun of Yorubaland is an honour well deserved.

“This is because he has not only become a household name in Yorubaland and indeed Nigeria as a whole, but he has also been a good ambassador of the Yoruba people to the world.

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“Here is one individual that has traversed the music industry in Nigeria for over three decades, and not for once has he failed to use his music to promote good values.

“I can say without equivocation that His Royal Majesty and the Oyomesis’ have made the right decision of choosing K1 De Ultimate as the first Mayegun of Yorubaland.

“I congratulate Ayinde-Marshal on this great feat,” the Speaker said.

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Mayegun: Alaafin Suspends Fuji Idol, Ayinde’s Chieftaincy Installation

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The Imperial Majesty, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has suspended the scheduled chieftaincy installation of Fuji icon, King Wasiu Ayinde as the new Mayegun of Yorubaland.

According to palace source, this decision was in line with the spirit of common empathy and solidarity with the Akesan Market Fire victims.

The installation of the Fuji idol, Wasiu Ayinde as the Mayegun of Yorubaland, which was earlier billed for  Monday, 13th January, 2020, has been summarily suspended.

“What befell the people of Oyo, in terms of losses and ruins, is unquantifiable and heart-wrenching.

“The institution of the Alaafin of Oyo respects the mood of the masses. We cannot be celebrating while our people are groaning in pains and utter agonies”, Prince Adeyemi Akeem added.

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Google Celebrates Nollywood Filmmaker, Amaka Igwe’s 57th Posthumous Birthday

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In celebration of her 57th posthumous birthday, the image of Late Nollywood Filmmaker, Amaka Igwe is on Google Search Engine today.

Igwe was the writer and producer of acclaimed classic comedies Fuji House of Commotion and award-winning TV soap ‘Checkmate’.

The broadcasting executive who died in 2014 is being celebrated by the tech giant for her contribution to the Nollywood movie industry.

A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures.

 

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