Veteran Musician, Victor Uwaifo, died at the age of 80 on Saturday. He was said to have passed on after a brief illness.
In his lifetime, Uwaifo made a huge impact not just in the entertainment but academic sector.
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The history of Nigeria’s legendary musician is incomplete without him. Below are nine things you should know about the music legend.
- Born on March 1, 1941, Nwaifo started his music career shortly after completing his secondary education.
- In 1965, he formed Melody Maestros, his band.
- He was a musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor.
- He served as the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, and Tourism under former Governor Lucky Igbenidion of Edo State.
- He was a lecturer at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Benin, Benin
- He was the winner of the first gold disc in Africa (Joromi) released in 1965 and seven other gold discs in Guitar boy, Arabade, Ekassa series, and Akwete music.
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- He had a Bachelors’s degree (first-class valedictorian), a Masters’s degree, and a Ph.D. in Architectural Sculpture from the University of Benin.
- Uwaifo’s hobbies included swimming, bodybuilding, gaming, reading, and writing. He was married with children.
- Before his death, he asked the government to take over his private music museum to save it from total rot.
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