Great Lyricist Victor Uwaifo, “Guitar Boy”, Dies at 80 | The Guardian Nigeria News
• President Buhari Condoles Family, Music industry
Master of music, sculptor and philosopher, Professor Victor Efosa Uwaifo has died at the age of 80. Although details of his death have been sketchy at press time, the music icon, whose tracks “Joromi” and “Mammy Water” were hits until his passing, was a multi-instrumentalist, a great lyricist, melody maker and renowned virtual artist.
One of his children, Uwaifo Peter de Rock, announced the news of the death of the visual arts professor at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Saturday evening on his Facebook page.
Although Peter did not disclose the cause of his father’s death, he praised the music star’s death.
“Daddy, why have you left us now.” Professor Sir Victor Uwaifo went to rest. Black Saturday for me now, ”wrote young Uwaifo with 34 sad emojis. “A week now after collaborating with me,” added a distraught Peter.
The Guardian, however, concluded that the famous musician-turned-college professor and former Edo State commissioner for arts, culture and tourism died yesterday from a brief illness.
In a message of condolences, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his sadness at the death of the musician and expressed his condolences to the family, friends and associates of the multi-talented artist.
In a statement from his media assistant, Femi Adesina, he joined the Nigerian music industry and performing artists at home and abroad to mourn the former first commissioner of arts, culture and tourism of Edo State, which was also the first musician and instrumentalist to be honored with the National Merit, Member of the Order of Niger (MON) in 1983.
“President Buhari believes that the renowned musician, with global appeal and acclaim, has lived for many premieres, including the invitation to the State House by four presidents and heads of state, and winner of an award-winning record. gold in Africa for his song “Joromi”, released in 1965 at the age of 24.
“The President notes the glory Sir Uwaifo has brought to Nigeria through his international tours and the active role he has played in national development, returning to school to earn a first degree at age 54 with high honors, a master’s degree at 56 and a doctorate at 77. He prayed for his soul, saying he will miss the country, especially the music industry, ”the statement said in part.
Reacting to the news of Uwaifo’s transition from singer and preacher, Righteousman Erhabor told The Guardian that the great lyricist will be remembered for his immense contribution to the development of arts and entertainment in Nigeria.
He said: “Despite being 80 years old in March of this year, no one prays for the death of a loved one, regardless of their age. Sir Victor Uwaifo will be remembered. He has influenced and inspired a number of us in the industry. He is not only a Beninese man, his music crosses the country with a large fan base.
“It is hoped that his children will carry on his legacy, especially in music and creative art. Those of us in his immediate constituency, entertainment, should do something about his legacy as well. He was a legend and should be honored as such.
Uwaifo joined the octogenarian club earlier this year on March 1, 2021.
A multi-faceted man and one of the finest music legends to ever live, Uwaifo put inexplicable energy and dedication into his works and made his way to fame and greatness. He has been the recipient of several national and international awards. He won the first gold record in Africa with Joromi, released in 1965. He then won seven more gold records with Guitar boy, Arabade, Ekassa series and Akwete music.
In 1997, he received the Certificate of Honor from the Boston Massachusetts House of Representatives. It is documented in the Groove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Vol. 8, and also documented in Men and Women of Distinction in the Commonwealth, 1983.
Born on March 1, 1941, Uwaifo has been recognized as the legend of stage music, inventor of musical instruments and the world’s most educated artist with a BA with distinction (major de promotion), master’s degree and a doctorate in architectural sculpture from the University of Benin, Nigeria. .
The artist, while taking journalists on a journey of his career during the National Festival of Arts and Culture organized in Benin in 2019, declared his group as the highest paid because of their commitment to musicality.
Recalling his time in music, the ‘guitarist’ as he was affectionately called, in an interview with The Guardian on his 80th birthday, said: “Music runs in my blood and in my family; my father had a gramophone. I made my first guitar when I was 12 years old. I used trap ropes for the ropes, a sardine opener for the ankles and spokes for the belts.
“I managed to produce sound and did it my way until I tried it out with a guitarist from downtown – the palm wine bar. When I played my guitar, they couldn’t play theirs too; there was a gap. Their was conventional, a sort of training, while mine was just my own way, my own style. I am the only one who can play it.
The late Sir Uwaifo began his studies at Holy Cross Primary School, then at Benin Baptist Primary School in Benin City; Western Boys High School, Benin city and St. Gregory’s College, Lagos before moving on to Yaba College of Technology where he obtained the National Diploma in Graphic Design with Distinction.
To push the boundaries of his knowledge, he moved to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) where he obtained an undergraduate degree in applied arts, a master’s degree in sculpture and a doctorate in philosophy in architectural sculpture, thus establishing a new record as the world’s most educated performing music legend, a feat he was very proud of during his lifetime. He was also an inventor with a doctorate in architectural sculpture.
Until his passing, Uwaifo held various positions at different times and made tremendous contributions at the state and national levels. He shaped the culture and ethics of highlife music. He created Akwete Music, which put Nigerian music on the world map. He popularized Edo and Nigerian culture around the world.
He founded the Victor Revelation Tourist Palazzo, which today stands out as the key to historical events around the world. Sir Uwaifo was dynamic and versatile in terms of voice, sound, matrices, rhythm, performance, composition techniques and musical instruments. He established himself as a pioneer of kinetic exploration in the field of sculpture, a pioneer and a pioneer through his unmatched versatility.
Uwaifo invented the rotating magic guitar, a feat that has yet to be matched. He proposed the theory of musical colors and the transposition of colors to sound and vice versa, thus setting standards in several areas that will be hard to beat even in death.
It has been recognized by the United Nations, commissioned by the Nigerian government for numerous international festivals and has been listed in Men and Women of Distinction in the Common Wealth of Nations.
Member of the Order of Niger (MON), elderly statesman, justice of the peace (JP) and man of the people, he commissioned numerous projects, which constituted tourist attractions in various regions of the country such as the cenotaph of Makurdi. , State of Bénoué; the Maiduguri Cenotaph, Borno State; the Cenotaph of the Unknown Soldier in Abeokuta, Ogun State; the giant eagle sculpture in Eleganza Square in Apapa, Lagos State, to name a few.
Uwaifo was visiting professor at American Heritage University and the first Nigerian professional musician of international renown. He was a sportsman, a fine artist, a sculptor, a technologist, a multi-instrumentalist, an innovator, a prolific writer and an academician. His residence known as Superstar Highgate at 4-12 Victor Uwaifo Avenue, Ekewan / College Road Benin City will be a hive of activity following the news of his death.