It was a life worth celebrating at death as people from all walks of life gathered at the International Conference Hall, University of Ibadan to celebrate the 72nd birthday anniversary of the originator of fuji music, Alh. Sikiru Ayinde Balogun MFR popularly known as Ayinde Barrister organized by Oludasile Fuji FM.
The event which was tagged “72 Legends for Ayinde Barrister” according to the Convener, Otunba Olatokunbo Okunola was organized for the purpose of ensuring that the history of Barrister lives on.
While narrating the successes and impacts of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister in Nigeria as well as the scenarios of his death, the convener Muili Olatokunbo said it is imperative for them to establish Fuji FM so as to always entertain and educate the public on Fuji music especially Barrister’s songs.
While speaking on the state of Fuji music, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Siyan Oyeweso stated that education is the best legacy which the deceased used to profess, which therefore should be the reason to have a foundation in his name.
He said Barrister has lovers of his music within and outside Ibadan who should not only attend the event but to support the foundation towards educating the girl child most importantly through scholarship schemes.
In his sermon, the reknowed Islamic Preacher, Sheik Muideen Ajani Bello appraised the efforts of the deceased towards ensuring that his songs are full of wisdom and faith which has remained in the hearts of people even after his death.
He however charged the people to follow the ways of Barrister who has laid the legacy of wisdom and faith as well as to not just listen to his songs but to adhere to the lyrics.
Whale appraising the Legend of Fuji Music, the Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi urged the people to use their gifts just as Barrister had used his. According to him, the Legend is a trail blazer of Fuji music who remained faithful to Islam till death.
Senator Ajimobi said Barrister was an Icon, an intelligent, handsome wealthy man who is worthy of emulation because he is now a Legend.
One of the sons of the Legend, Agbajelola Balogun expressed his gratitude to God for the life of his Father. He said he is proud to be called Balogun having seen the large crowd at the event which had proved to him that his father’s name remain in the hearts of many through his songs and he is encouraged to be faithful to God.
In their separate remarks, the Agbaakin Olubadan of Ibadan land, Chief Lekan Alabi, Babasale Musulumi Of Oyo State , Alh. Lateef Oyelade, as well as the popular Yoruba Actor and Fuji Artist, Saidi Balogun, commended the efforts of the organizers of the events.
According to them, there is the need to revive Fuji music as well as ensure peace and unity amongst all Fuji musicians who are in conflicts.
They also urged other Ibadan Indigenes to support the establishment of Fuji FM as well as plan towards establishing other projects in the name of the Legend.
The event which featured imitation of Ayinde Barrister and cultural dance by the Areonakakanfo Artists, also had in attendance former and present Stakeholders in Oyo State, royal chiefs, Veteran Fuji Artists, Mogajis, amongst other dignitaries.