The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture, Pharm (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, has extended condolences to the entire entertainment family, especially the immediate relatives of the late musical icon, Victor Uwaifo whose death was announced in the early hours of Sunday following his demise on Saturday 28th of August, 2021.
The Commissioner said that the late guitarist who died at a ripe age of 80 years, was full of life till his demise.
Recalling the last live performance by the Edo-born musicologist, during a 12-hour non-stop entertainment evening hosted by Lagos State Government to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary last year, Akinbile-Yussuf described Victor Uwaifo as an entertainer who understood the art and act of music.
She said: “Papa Uwaifo knows how to combine music with entertainment to thrill his audience. His performance during the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria at Lagos Theatre in Oregun was such that would forever be remembered by everyone present at that event. Seeing a man of almost 80 years performed the way he did at the event last year September, shows that the deceased enjoys the grace of good health even in his old age.
“He did not only play good music but also teaches music, he understands what good music is and that is why some of his hit albums remain evergreen and he would forever be remembered for contributing his quota to the music industry”, she added.
A First Class graduate of Visual Arts from UNIBEN, the late Victor Uwaifo who played the guitar with dexterity and kinetic dancing steps, was once the Commissioner for Arts and Culture under Governor Lucky Igbinedion in Edo State. His tracks ‘Joromi’ and ‘Mammy Water’ were hits till his demise.
Until his death, Professor Victor Uwaifo, was a multi-instrumentalist, great lyricist, melody maker, and a renowned virtual artist.