Ayinde Barrister: Controversy rages over fuji creator

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Late Ayinde Barrister

A veteran fuji patron, Otunba Adisa Osiefa, has berated fuji star, Wasiu Ayinde K1 de Ultimate, over his claim that it was not the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister that created and named fuji music.

Osiefa also described as false Wasiu’s claim he (K1) gave Barrister a befitting burial.

In an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, Osiefa, who was one of the biggest supporters of the senior artiste who died in 2010, said that he did not only create fuji, the genre was also synonymous with him.

He said, “Wasiu Ayinde is too small to comment on this matter. I think the story he is telling is just a product of arrogance. Nobody else named the music fuji except Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. He did not only name it so, he also popularised it.

“It is true that were has been in existence since I was born. But when Barrister took it up, he created fuji out of it and named it so. And in several albums, he told us its meaning and why he created it. Who is Wasiu to say Barrister did not create fuji? Why was he bearing Wasiu Ayinde Barrister in the beginning, before he changed his name to Marshal and all?”

The controversy erupted after K1 de Ultimate noted at a forum held in Lagos last month that it was false to say that fuji was created by Barrister.

According to him, although Barrister started practising the art before his (Wasiu’s) generation and he remained his mentor, there were some other artistes that sang fuji before Barrister.

Wasiu had added that ‘fuji’ evolved from a slang expression popular in the Isale Eko (Lagos Island) in Lagos State.

He said it was an offshoot of expressions such asfuji, faji and buruji.

Although many stakeholders have disagreed with Wasiu and accused him of falsifying history, a media executive and music critic, Wale Ademowo, who wrote a book,  titled The History of Fuji,published in 1993, okayed K1’s claim.

He noted in a Facebook post, “King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal is right. The music called fuji originated from were ajisari.  There were a lot of people before Dr Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. This he said in 1993 when this book was put together by my humble self. The book was presented at a hotel in Lagos. It was dedicated to him as ‘The  man who changed the face of the music, in spite of all odds’. There were Omo Olayemi at Daddy Alajas compound, Gani Oluwole, Kao Aminu and Bashiru Abinuwaye, the late Wasiu Anifowose, Karimot Aduke, Ogidan Raimi,Waliu Saudat etc. Later, Ayinla Killington and Sikiru Ayinde emerged clear leaders,  having won the Zik Cup and Coca Cola Cup, respectively. Barrister was Mr Fuji, he revolutionised it but he was not the founder.”

But, while Osiefa noted that Wasiu’s position on the matter not only smelt of backbiting, but also an attempt to rewrite history, he disapproved of  the claim by K1 that he gave Barrister a befitting burial as promised.

According to Osiefa, although Wasiu was a member of the burial committee, he never did anything extraordinary and he was not the sponsor as allegedly suggested.

Osiefa said that another fuji patron and a big fan of Barrister, Alhaji Buhari Oloto, was the chairman of the burial committee. He, Osiefa, was the chairman, with Wasiu as the secretary and spokesperson.

Osiefa said that every member of the committee contributed money towards bringing home the corpse of the deceased, who died in London, and organising the ceremony.

“I can say authoritatively that we all contributed money. Alhaji Oloto did. Chief Ebenezer Obey, who was also a member, did. I did. Even King Sunny Ade sent N250,000 to the committee. Adewale Ayuba also sent N250,000. The biggest sum came from the Lagos State Government, which provided N10m for the programme. So, if the government gave us N10m, what did we do with it, now that someone is claiming that he gave Barrister a befitting burial?” Osiefa asked.

Credit Punch

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