The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and veteran highlife musician, Chief Ebenezer Fabiyi (aka Ebenezer Obey) are on Wednesday billed launch a book on the life and times of Ayinla Wahidi Yusuf (Ayinla Omowura), the late legendary Yoruba Apala musician.
The book, entitled “Ayinla Omowura: Life and Times of An Apala Legend”, is a 537-page research work on the life and musical efforts of Omowura, a foremost Apala musician who died in the hands of a former band member, Baiyewu, in a ballroom brawl in his Abeokuta home on May 6, 1980.
The book was written by Festus Adedayo, former special adviser on media to former governors of Enugu and Oyo states, who said it “is in part, a dig into the culture, music, language and morphology of the Yoruba people.”
According to a press statement by the author, the actual presentation, which would not be done due to the observance of the social distancing being observed all over the country as a result of COVID-19, will however be virtually done by the Alaafin and Ebenezer Obey from their different bases in Ibadan and Lagos respectively.
Adedayo added that, “The choice of the two foremost Nigerians and eminent Yoruba sons is an acknowledgment of their voices as cultural, musical and Yoruba societal leaders. While Oba Adeyemi is a cultural repository of the Yorubaland which Omowura’s music projected to the whole world, Chief Fabiyi, apart from being an Egba kinsman of Ayinla’s, also uses his music to exemplify the richness of the Yoruba people’s language and culture,” said in the statement.
He equally said the book would be available for sale after the launch.