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President Muhammadu Buhari poured encomiums on the departed legendary musician and teacher Victor Uwaifo, saying he recorded many firsts in his lifetime.
“Uwaifo lived for many firsts”, Buhari said in a condolence message sent to the family.
These “include invitation to the State House by four presidents and Heads of State, and winner of a gold disc in Africa for his song, “Joromi’’, released in 1965 at the age of 24”.
Buhari also noted Uwaifo’s academic exploits.
Uwaifo returned to school to get a first degree at age 54 and made a first class honours.
He also had a masters degree at 56, and a doctorate at 77.
President said Sir Uwaifo brought glory to Nigeria through his international tours.
Buhari also praised Uwaifo for the active role he played in national development,
He condoled with family, friends and associates of the legendary musician and multi-talented artiste.
He said in the statement signed by his media adviser Femi Adesina that Sir Victor Uwaifo, left a legacy of successes in many areas of life, including academia and administration.
The President joined the Nigerian music industry and performing artistes, home and abroad, in mourning the former first Honourable Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism (Edo State).
Uwaifo was also the first musician and instrumentalist to be given National Honours Merit, Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) in 1983.
Buhari prayed for the soul of the departed musician, writer, sculptor, musical instrument inventor and university lecturer, knowing the entire country, particularly the music industry, will sorely miss him.