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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Anxiety Over Ebenezer Obey`s Desperate Agility



Have you been opportune to witness the performance of Juju music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi of late? If not, then you need to read this piece and take your time to look at these pictures. No doubt, Chief Ebenezer Obey is one of Nigeria`s musicians of our time and he was about to make history when he told the world then that he was quitting secular music for God`s vineyard.
At that time, we don’t need any soothsayer to tell us that, the man has made enough money to actually retire which was one of the reasons he contemplated quitting in the first place anyway, aside the avalanche of properties which people in the know said were everywhere in the major cities, Ebenezer Obey`s bank account was said to be so impressively fat as well.
His decision to retire from active musical performance was applauded by family, friends, teeming fans and even foes as the talented music star withdrew from public glare to take over activities at his church, Decross International, a church project he has nurtured over years with headquarters at Mulero area of Agege, Lagos.
Before his eventual retirement, one of Obey`s sons, Tolu has already taken his style of music, in fact the youngman has started enjoying the limelight and goodwill bestowed by his father`s popularity as a man of the high and caliber whilst another of his son, Folarin is a renowned pianist and Pastor who runs the Decross church, at least this availed him the opportunity to enjoy his retirement because he has been able to position his children for the future.
But alas, just about 2 to 3 years into his retirement, words began flying around that Ebenezer Obey is broke, the man was said to be so broke that he almost didn’t have anything left; one of his sons (namewitheld) was allegedly said to have encountered some fast thinkers a.k.a 419ners who shaved him off his father`s belongings including hard-earned life savings and properties, the situation was so pathetic and critical that, good spirited Nigerians such as Otunba Mike Adenuga Jr. were said to have come to his rescue before the man was able to get his groove back.
According to sources, the Globacom Chairman, Otunba Mike Adenuga was the saving grace then who bailed him out with N2m and a state of the art car, otherwise things would have gone out of hand, this we gathered was the major reason the retired Ebenezer Obey decided to come back to stage leaving pastoral job for secular life again.
There`s no doubting the fact that, the legendary musician, Ebenezer Obey knows that he`s no more fit for stage performance but for the need to pay some bills he wouldn’t have been going through the harrowing experience of mounting the stage at this phase of his life.
Concerned minds who have witnessed the man performing of late have not just allayed their fears but have offered blunt advice for his children to savage the situation, the man who`s nudging his 70s officially is obviously tired of climbing the stage.
According to them, his physical appearance at the final burial ceremony of the late father of Iyalode of Gbaguraland, Chief Mrs. Adunni Bankole was nothing but a pitiable sight, the man was practically tottering like a toddler after being helped to alight from his car by retinue of aides who held his walking stick and carefully led him to a corner at the event`s venue before being ushered on stage.
His poor sight is not helping matter as well and it has gone so bad that, he now sits on stage while they read names of important guests to be song-praise to his hearing, these was how he managed at the Bakares` burial in Abeokuta around May, 2012 and recently at Teju Baby Face` traditional engagement that held at 10 Degrees events centre, Ikeja, Lagos where his agile heir-apparent, Tolu was so embarrassed at the fall out of things, it was all written in his eyes that, all is definitely not well. Please take your time to savour the pictures. A word they say…
Jite Usman    

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