A Opera Posthumously Honours Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister is one name that is synonymous with Fuji. He was the genre’s first superstar and every Fuji musician traces his musical inspiration to the man who made a Muslim prayer into an internationally-acclaimed creative enterprise.
Of course, we at Fuji: A Opera respect him very much and his impactful contributions in awakening a crucial part of our social consciousness. At the VIP Preview yesterday, his wives were posthumously presented Alhaji Barrister’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Creating the Genre.
More remarkably, it was the tenth year of his passing and we were honoured by his family and several Fuji legends (who had been at his anniversary event in Isolo earlier in the day) who deemed our event important enough to spend their respective evenings.
Speaking to the press, the President of the Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria (FUMAN), Chief Sikiru Ayinde Agboola, praised Fuji: A Opera saying, “It’s always great to give honour to whom honour is due. To Alhaji Barrister, to have gotten it right by deeming it fit to create the genre called ‘Fuji’, and having worked fastidiously to take it to this enviable height”.
To be a part of these exciting happenings, hurry over and register at Eventbrite. The Fuji: A Opera exhibition stays open till Friday. Today, they are having Lehle Balde and Yemi Shodimu speak with Chief Sikiru Ayinde Agboola, the FUMAN President as well as other Fuji icons such as Saheed Osupa and King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (KWAM1) on the history and evolution of the genre, and to discuss the next steps for this genre created over sixty years ago by Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.
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