President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the family of Victor Uwaifo and the music industry on the death of the music meastro, sculptor, and philosopher who has passed away at the age of 80.
In a condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the death of the musician and condoled with family, friends and associates of the multi-talented artiste.
In a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, President Buhari joined the Nigerian music industry and performing artistes, home and abroad, in mourning the former first Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Edo State, who was also the first musician and instrumentalist to be given National Merit Honours, Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) in 1983.
“President Buhari believes the renowned musician, with global appeal and recognitions, lived for many firsts, which include invitation to the State House by four presidents and Heads of State, and winner of a gold disc in Africa for his song, “Joromi’’, released in 1965 at the age of 24.
“The President notes the glory that Sir Uwaifo brought to Nigeria through his international tours, and the active role he played in national development, returning to school to get a first degree at age 54 with first class honours, masters degree at 56, and a doctorate at 77. He prayed for his soul, saying the country, particularly the music industry, will sorely miss him,” the statement read in part.
Reacting to the news of Uwaifo’s transition, singer and preacher, Righteousman Erhabor who spoke to The Guardian said that the great lyricist would be remembered for his immense contribution to development of arts and entertainment in Nigeria.
He said, “Though he is aged as he was 80 in March this year, no one prays for the death of a loved one no matter the age. Sir Victor Uwaifo will be greatly remembered. He influenced and inspired a number of us in the industry. He is not just a Benin man, his music cuts across the country with large following fan base.
“It is hoped that his children will carry on his legacies, especially in music and creative art. Those of us in his immediate constituency, entertainment, should also do something about his legacy. He was a legend and should be honoured as such”.