It is no longer news that, the mask musician, Bisade Ologunde a.k.a Lagbaja and his beloved ex back-up singer, Ego Ehinacho are hot and cold owing to the fall-out of their one time blossoming relationship turned sour that saw the talented female vocalist walking down the aisle with one of the band boys.
You would recalled that, aside the fact that, Ego remains one of the best things to happen to Lagbaja`s musical career and vice versa, the duo was rumoured to be seeing each other and the whispering was so strong that, Lagbaja`s wife was said to have compelled her husband to send her away if nothing amorous is between them as being speculated.
Though privileged sources who know the duo even more than themselves when the going was good have confided in this office of a certain incident that happened at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife years back. Parts of the reputable confidants of the two-some that were at this historic meeting are Biola Awosemo, a.k.a Oodua-a renowned Theatre Artist and lecturer at OAU, also popular and respected practitioners such as Kola Oyewo and Peter Fatomilola were not left out at the episode that seemed to further tell Ego what the future holds for her in the relationship.
But we would be respecting their privacy by not telling the story today based on confidentiality, rather what we think will interest you is what transpired at a recent event where Lagbaja and Ego re-united for performance.
It was at the fourth edition of Lamina Foundation-Wole Soyinka`s Prize for Literature in Africa where Lagbaja and his new band members were on the stand as the major musician of the evening and just slightly into the middle of the show, Ego made an appearance into the hall of the Civic Centre venue on Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos in company of a friend.
And as she was going to help herself to a seat, Lagbaja beckoned on her in a manner suggestive of begging to come on stage, she was reluctant at first but she got a push from her friend who gave a nod, that was how Ego mounted the stage and shared same mic with Lagbaja as they both performed, “Never Far Away” and some of their old numbers bringing back past memories and rendering other band members especially the new girl redundant.
You could tell that, there was friction because it was unlike Ego, she couldn’t really adlib like those times when they were together and even the whole episode could tell from the faces of the audience that, it was just a patch up after all. Lagbaja had to save the day by quickly announcing to the audience, “Ladies and gentlemen, Ego Ogbaro for you” and the audience applauded her as she took her seat.