PROF. SIR VICTOR UWAIFO’S DEATH HAS ENDED AN ERA IN AFRICAN, NIGERIAN MUSIC AND CULTURAL SCENE —-EDO DEPUTY GOV
Edo State Deputy Governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, has described the death of Prof. Victor Uwaifo as the end of an era in the African, Nigerian and Edo Musical scene.
“The death of Sir Victor Uwaifo has suddenly closed an era in the African, Nigerian and Edo musical scene. He brought Pride and glory to old Bendel and Edo State, as a worthy son and Ambassador through his magnetic live performances,”
In a condolence message to mourn the global musical legend, he said “Edo State has lost not just a musical and artistic legend, but a great institution has fallen from us at a time the Nigerian youth needs more of his mentorship and experiences”,
According to Comrade Shaibu, “language was the source of Prof. Sir Victor Uwaifo’s fame; besides, his musical talent, the density and immensity of his artistic works, tourist outfit and love for creative arts were perhaps the major things that trade marked him.
“Adieu to the father of undiluted sounds and an all – rounder. A legendary Nigerian musician, writer, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor, who played virtually all instruments with all humility, inspite of his sound education as a PH.D holder in Architectural sculpture. He was indeed blessed on every side.”
While expressing shock over the news, the Edo Deputy Governor also said: “Our illustrious son was a cultural icon who recorded many first in various spheres of life. He was a First Class graduate. He was the first Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Nigeria. He was the first winner of a gold disc in Africa. A renowned teacher and Mentor.
The Deputy Governor prayed the good Lord to give Sir Victor Uwaifo’s immediate family, close associates, the musical and academic Community, as well as friends and well wishes, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“Prof. Sir, Victor Uwaifo, Rest In Peace” the message concluded.