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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Music Maestro,Victor Uwaifo, Dies At 80

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By Heritage Odih, Lagos

Nigerian legendary music maestro and 'if you see mami water' crooner   Prof. (Sir) Victor Uwaifo, is dead.

Uwaifo who was to participate at the maiden edition of the African Legends Nite earlier slated for Lagos this August died at the age of 80 after a brief illness. He was 80 in March.

Unauthorized source close to the family told The Daily Crucible that 
 Uwaifo, the Nigeria’s most educated showman, politician, and sculptor  died on Saturday.

The world-class entertainer and lecturer was the first Nigerian musician to be appointed as a State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, and Tourism in Edo State. He was also a lecturer at the University of Benin.

Aside the "mami water,' which tourned a hit, 'joromi' was another hit song of his.

He once granted the media interview and revealed his encounter with mermaids - marine spirit, at the Lagos  beach after office hour.

“I was working with NTS at the time, the national TV station which is now known as NTA. And usually, after close of work, it was a culture for me to visit the beach just to seek inspiration. And there was this particular evening I was at the beach after I had close from work. Although, I stayed a bit later. 

 “The wave was becoming very restless, and each time, I will move backward, but the wave was advancing in my direction. I was wondering what was happening, then at a distance, I looked towards my right, then I saw a glittering figure that was silverish and shining. I thought it was a dream, I was still swimming, and before I knew it, I saw her (the mermaid) in front of me… I screamed!

 “Having seen her, I transposed into the guitar boy voice I heard, and I started playing… it was that lyrics I carried to the studio for recording the following day and it turned an instant hit. She was standing right in front of me while playing the guitar. It was after she floated away that I took off," Uwaifo said.

The legend and the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion‎, were contemporaries and both grew up on the streets of Benin, the Edo State capital.

While the Esama hawked kerosene, the legendary highlife musician, Prof. Victor Uwaifo sold kolanuts in their childhood days on the streets of Benin.



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