Makinde to give posthumous award to Late Fuji icon Sikiru Ayinde Barrister

The Seyi Makinde-led government of Oyo State says it would confer on the late Fuji music icon, Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Balogun Barrister a posthumous award.

TheCornet reports that ‘Barrister’ was reputed to have transformed “were” — an early morning itinerant group singing that was popular with 1950’s and 60’s Muslims and usually done during Ramadan fasting —into Fuji.

Wasiu Olatunbosun, commissioner for culture and tourism, said the award ceremony would take place during the state-sponsored ‘Egungun Festival’, coming up on Thursday.

“This is to appreciate his lasting legacy in promoting Fuji music and taking it to the outside world,” Olatunbosun stated.

“The event is also intended to attract both local and foreign tourists for investment opportunities in line with the vision of the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.

“Masquerades hold deep historical significance, embodying the spirit of resilience and unity, which defines the state’s identity and a testament to the enduring legacy of Oyo state’s traditions,” he added.

The Commissioner said the festival, first of its kind in Nigeria’s Yoruba-dominated South-West, is an avenue to promote upcoming cultural artistes in the Fuji and Apala music genres.

“The event will hold at the Race Course, Lekan Salami Sports Complex in Adamasingba, Ibadan.

“It will feature major masquerades offering a dynamic showcase of culture and dance, as well as music, and a savoury flavour of ‘amala with gbegiri, eko and moinmoin’,” he added.

Olatunbosun explained that the focus of the Makinde-led administration was to ensure that Egungun Festival was enlisted by world body UNESCO just like the World Sango Festival.

Source NAN

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