How heart disease killed Fuji Star, Ojuyobo

…Fuji house mourns with his family

Heart related disease has killed another Fuji artiste, Alhaji Ahmed Adebayo Blessing Akanni a.k.a. Ojuyobo.
He died last Sunday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital Ikeja, where he was rushed to after complaining of dizziness. He had earlier undergone treatment for heart-related complications. He was 45.
Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria, (FUMAN) has started mourning as we report. Not too long ago, the association lost Sunny T Adesokan. He died in Lagos.

The passing away of Fuji artiste, Bayo Akanni Ojuyobo, compounded the loss that fuji music has recorded in recent years. While the ‘exponent’ of the popular traditional genre, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, died about two years ago, Igbo-born fuji singer, Sunny T Adesokan, also passed on two months back.
As finding revealed ‘Ojuyobo’ literally means ‘eyes falling off the sockets’ – a nickname usually portraying the size of the eyeball of the bearer. Beyond such a funny idea that often defines the appellations that many Fuji artistes carry, Akanni, a second-generation Fuji act, will be remembered for his outing in an album such as Three Crown, in which he featured Iyabo Osanle and Tekoye. Incidentally, Osanle, a very promising female Fuji voice, also passed on a few years ago.

Although Ojuyobo was not one of the top players in the traditional genre in his last years on earth, the way his colleagues rallied round him when he was down with the ailment indicates that he maintained a cordial relationship with many of them. At individual and association levels, they had raised money for an operation said to have taken place in India, with Wasiu Ayinde, K1 De Ultimate, donating as much as a million naira. Besides, Ojuyobo was not caught on any side of the rings of the contemporary acts that fought over the ‘kingship’ of fuji music some four years ago.
While the operation was said to have been successful, it was learnt that Ojuyobo had problems with his voice.
Ojuyobo, was buried on Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 at his home in Mowe, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria according to Islamic rite.
We gathered that he left behind 14 children.

Ojuyobo, as Bayo was popularly called, had many wives including Yetunde, who lives in London, Ruka, Iya Funmi and others that could not made his burial ceremony.
Present at the well attended burial were eight of his children including his first son, Abeeb.
Bayo, who shot to limelight with the album titled She mama, also had 14 albums to his credit, including Bayonic, Ila Alasepo, Sex Machine, No person, Jejety, Galala, Aso Ibora, a duet with Shefiu Alao, Three crown, another duet that features Osanle, himself, Wasiu Ajani Tekoye and others.
The burial was attended by music stars, artiste managers, friends and fans of the deceased, some of whom are Rasheed Ayinde a.k.a Fuji Merenge, Love Iris Adisa, Alhaji Saka Orobo, Segun Opontisun, Safejo Amama, Lady Lacasera, Olomide and Bimbo Agogo, representing Lagos PMAN, Kunle Halidu,Telemoon and others.
We heard had earlier reported …FUMAN plans fund raising concert for the deceased.
Then it was gathered that Abaas Akande aka Obesere supposed to lead his mates to sing for Ojuyobo to gather money. Money raise from concert was to be given to the artiste we learnt.
We learnt that date had not been announced in the public but organizing committee on the event was working to make sure other Fuji artistes support the event before he died.
It was recalled that Fuji Act King Wasiu Ayide Marshal recently sowed the philantropic instinct in him by donating a whopping sum of M1n to ailing fuji star, Ojuyobo to support a proposed fund raising dinner in his honour. Alhaji Sulaimon Malaika Adekunle donated undisclosed amount of money.
Ojuyobo has been critically ill since two years ago and he has since been rushed to Durosholeye hospital situated on Allen Avenue Ikeja, Lagos.

Reports added that the sickness came through smoking of Indian helm.
It was learnt that In paying tribute to the departed, Fuji singer, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, currently in the US, is said to have postponed the show he ought to have hard last week by five more days.
Pasuma from United States of America said that Ojuyobo’s death was a big lost to Fuji Music house.
“His death is a big loss”, Pasuma said.
Alayeluwa Malaika stressed that it is a lost again. “ Few weeks back, we lost Sunny T. Ojuyobo is gone again. I couldn’t not sleep when I heard news of his sudden death. May his soul rest is peace”, the Fuji musician said.

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