Legendary highlife musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo died on Saturday at the age of 80 in Benin.
The music icon whose song “Joromi” was evergreen till his death, was a multi-instrumentalist and a renowned virtual artist.
One of his children, Uwaifo Peter de Rock, broke the news of his death via his Facebook page, on Saturday evening.
“Daddy. Why Did you leave us now. Prof sir Victor UWAIFO has gone to rest. Black Saturday for me now”, the young Uwaifo wrote.
TheNewsGuru takes a look at 5 things you need to know about the self-proclaimed ‘Guitar boy’.
- Victor Efosa Uwaifo was born in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria,and obtained his secondary school education at the Western Boys’ High School Benin and St Gregory’s College, Lagos, from 1957 to 1961.
- He began playing guitar when he was 12 years old, his earliest popular music influences being records of Spanish and Latin American.
- After leaving Benin, Uwaifo continued playing music at St Gregory’s, Lagos. He was a contemporary of Segun Bucknor, and they were among the leading Lagos high school bandleaders. During school holidays and weekends, he jammed with Olaiya’s All Stars band.
- The Federal Government of Nigeria, in appreciation of his talents and contributions to Nigeria, honoured him with a National Honors Merit in 1983, which reads in part:
” … whereas you have been nominated and appointed as Member of the Order of the Niger to have and hold and enjoy the privileges of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of the said Order, MON.”
- Uwaifo’s hobbies included swimming, bodybuilding, gaming, reading and writing. He was a Christian, and was married with children.
He was also a leading Professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Benin, Benin City