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History was made on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, as the government of Lagos, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, the Mayegun of Yorubaland and the Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria, Fuji Opera and others came together to stage the first colloquium in honour of the late Fuji Music creator, Alhaji Ayinde Sikiru Ololade Balogun popularly known as Barrister.

It is the first time in the history of the world that a colloquium would be held in honour of a musician and no one would deserve it more than a man whose footprint has opened doors for a lot of people born many years after him.

10 years after his death, K1 De Ultimate led a team of others to organize a memorable celebration for the late Icon. It wasn’t just a celebration; it was another way of charting a course for the Fuji music industry. A few conclusions were made on high to continue putting the footprints of Fuji on the world map.

City People’s team of DAMILARE SALAMI 08155134152, SUNDAY ADIGUN and ABDULRASHEED SANNI were at the event and in this report, they bring you all the full details of what went down there, enjoy.


Radisson Blu Hosts Event

The history-making event was held at the popular Radisson Blu hotel in Ikeja, Lagos. Let’s be the first to inform you that the venue suddenly became a tourist centre as celebrity men and women, top entertainers and lovers of entertainment trooped into the venue in their numbers. As a matter of fact, there were many people standing even after the seats had been completely filled.


Gbenga Adeyinka Anchors event

An event of such a magnitude requires the service of a top-notch professional and veteran compere and not many can fall into that category but popular comedian and MC, Gbenga Adeyinka the first does. His experience and professionalism came to the fore when legendary musicians and celebrity men and women began to troop into the auditorium. He not only recognised them, but he also had something very personal to say about every one of them.


K1 Declares Event Open

The event was declared open by the Mayegun of Yorubaland and the King of Fuji music, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, K1 De Ultimate. During his speech, he revealed why he and other members of the planning committee took so long to come up with a colloquium for this legend and why it would become a yearly activity. He also revealed that his music was full of crusades such as preaching morals, political firmness, religiosity and many more. He concluded that Barrister was a truly Fuji commandant who advocated smaller and manageable family sizes.


9ice Takes Energetic Performance

The event was well lit by the performance of Naija’s top hip-hop act, Adigun Alapomeji popularly known as 9ice. He took the people from the past to the present of the Nigerian entertainment industry with his classical fuji performance. 9ice in his usual tradition carried the audience along. Though short, the performance was quite impactful.


Meet The Wives of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister

Alhaji Ayinde Sikiru Ololade Balogun popularly known as Barrister was a lady’s man during his heydays. He was married to six wives and they are all blessed with children. Mrs Aderayo Balogun, Yetunde Balogun, Omokehinde Balogun, Yemisi Balogun, Yinka Balogun and Temilola Balogun (Wives of Agbaakin Sikiru Ayinde Barrister). They were all present at the event.


Alhaji Kollinton Ayinla Came Through

During his lifetime, Barrister and Kollinton were two rivals who had their differences especially because they were both seen as the best of the best when it comes to Fuji music. However, that was in the past. Kollinton Ayinla, popularly known as Kebe Kwara was among the living legends that came to pay homage to the departed creator of Fuji music during the first colloquium organized in his honour. The fashionista Fuji maestro though old is still not tired. He was gorgeously dressed in a royal blue outfits and stood out among the top celebrities at the event.


Prof Jelil Ojuade Takes Keynote Address

There are so many things the late Barrister created and many might have forgotten about them. One of them was the introduction of the piano instrument to Fuji music. This and many more were some of the historic highlights that came to the fore while Professor Jelili Ojuade was taking his keynote address. He also revealed how culturally balanced Barrister was by stating the fact that he had over 25 chieftaincy titles across Nigeria.

In conclusion, Prof Ojuade admonished the Lagos and Oyo State governments to build a fuji centre in honour of the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister as a way of immortalizing the hero of all times.


Top Fuji Musicians Perform Barristers Songs

Popular Fuji musician, Sula Alao Malaika is a household name in the fuji music industry. He was one of the top performers at the event. He performed the late Barrister’s evergreen track, Bisimilahi. Popularly known as the Keblah of Fuji thrilled within minutes and just as he was dropping, Sule Adio Atawewe also took over with another of Barrister’s hit tracks. Just as everyone thought that it was all over, Remi Aluko dropped another banger from the late fuji king. One would wonder if this was a concert in honour of the Fuji king.

At the tail end of the event, Pasuma Wonder, Taye Currency and Alhaji Merenge also mounted the stage to deliver their favourite tracks from the late Barrister’s albums. It was indeed a Barrister Fuji concert.


Gbenga Adeyinka Too?

Gbenga Adeyinka is many things in the entertainment industry but not a singer, many people have retorted. But at the event, he proved everyone wrongly. He just like other fuji musicians mounted the podium to deliver two of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister’s tracks and in appreciation, he received a loud applaud and standing ovation from the cheering crowd.


Barrister’s Friend, Evang. Ebenezer Obey Was Here

Not many would remember that the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and Evangelist Ebenezer Obey were best of friends. As a matter of fact, during the burial ceremony of Evangelist Obeys father, Barrister was the musician that performed. Baba Obey came to honour his friend even in death. He was at the event with one of his sons and he rightly delivered a touching eulogy for his departed friend and colleague.


Commissioner For Tourism, Arts & Culture, Pharm Uzamat Akibile-Yusuf Speaks

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Phar, Uzamat Akibile-Yusuff who represented the state government spoke at the event. She revealed that Lagos has seen entertainment as one of the pillars for building a stronger society. She stated that the government believes in fuji music and that is why it has a strong representation at the event.

She further pledged that the government of Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu shall continue to support the entertainment industry at large and the Fuji Music Association of Nigeria (FUMAN) as an entity.


Dr Muiz Banire SAN Speaks

Talking about the present and future of Fuji music in Nigeria, Dr Muiz Banire (SAN), revealed that Barrister has set a precedence that only a few can match. He revealed that he learnt everything he knows Islamically from the music of the later Barrister. He encouraged the presenting and future Fuji musicians to emulate Barrister in promoting our moral values and culture as a nation.


Panel Discussants Were On Point

Popular journalist, Mayor Akinpelu, a two-time commissioner in Lagos State, Mr Steve Ayorinde, Popular Fuji musician Pasuma Wonder and Taye Currency as well as Miss Nkechi Obidi were the members of the panel who discussed the past, present and future of the fuji music. The moderator was Miss Romoke Lawal and she drilled the panel. It was concluded that the future of entertainment in Nigeria is Fuji because it has evolved over time to become acceptable by all but then, Fuji artistes must produce fuji songs that would appeal to the younger generation.


Barry Jhay Performs Ayeole Track

Popular Hip-Hop act, Barry Jhay is the son of the late Fuji creator. Not a lot of people can link them together but he has a striking resemblance to his late father. He was one of the artistes that performed at the event. He performed his hottest track, Aye O le.


Isolo LCDA Chairman, Hon Bayo Olasoji Thanks Guests

Hon Bayo Olasoji, Chairman, Isolo LCDA took the vote of thanks. He is particularly concerned because the late Barrister’s house and Fuji chamber is situated in his constituency. He appreciated everyone present and noted that the colloquium shall continue to hold annually to mark the posthumous birthday of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.


Roll Call

Hon Mauruf Akindero, Hon Oladotun Olakanni Chairman Onogbongbo LCDA, Hon Sabour Adewale Omiti, Adisa of Osi Offa, Mayor Akinpelu, Hon Bayo Olasoju, Otunba Sesan Rufai (Goldmyne media), Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Agboola, Popular Filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, Taiwo Hassan, Ogogo, Abbey Lanre, Hon Jude Idumogu Member, Lagos House of Assembly, Afusat Sodiq, Princess Uzamat Akewu-Yusuff, Kemi Korede, Hon Steve Eleniyan Ayorinde, Alhaji Love Azeez Agege, Ramoni Kanni, Bashorun Adisa Onifade Alhaji Muyideen Kamnaza, Chief Teddy, Moshood Ayinde Tadiko.

Others are Nollywood actor, Muka Ray, Sanni Alli, Alahaji Wasiu Sodiq, Tosin Eniba, Barry Jhay, FUMAN President, Alhaji Ayoinde Merege, Sulaimon Atawewe, Remi Aluko, 9ice, Pa Iyanda Sawagba, Fuji Sandoka, MD Fuji Radio, Alhaji Marubo and many more.


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