27th February, 2013
Nigerian musicians and stakeholders have continued to pay tribute to late music mogul, Chief Joseph Olayiwola Afolabi, the boss of Ogo Oluwa Kitan Records, a music company that positively impacted on a lot of veteran musicians in Nigeria.
Respected fuji musician, Shina Akanni, who said two sons of the deceased, Rotimi and Sunday, are his very good friends, told P.M.NEWS that he was an apprentice at a mechanic workshop in Atewolara, Mushin, Lagos, when he knew the late Chief Afolabi.
“He was a very good and kind father. I had known him when I was an apprentice mechanic in Mushin. We were the ones repairing his cars then. He was a man that really helped develop Nigerian music that a lot of people are enjoying now,” Akanni submitted.
Another music maestro, Emperor Pick Peters, described Chief Afolabi as one of those who popularised many genres of music in this part of the country, adding that he will be remembered for his ingenuity and experience.
“I knew him when I was on TYC, Take Your Choice music label as a record distributor. His death will create a big vacuum in the industry. May his soul rest in peace,” he said.
Chief Afolabi, 80, who died on Monday night after a brief illness, was a patron of the Association of Grammaphonic Records & Distributors, AGRED, and according to the former Secretary-General of the association, Alhaji Adewale Babalola of Babs Records, “he was a pleasant father and leader, very accommodating and always encouraging younger fellows to grow in their various businesses.”
Afolabi, at one point or the other, handled the promotions and marketing of top music stars such as King Sunny Ade, the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Fatai Olowoyo, Ayinla Omowura, Pastor Joseph Adelakun, aka Ayewa and many others.
He was incarcerated in 1998 by the General Sani Abacha regime on allegations of some deals in which some friends of the late despot were alleged to be involved. But he came out of the saga with his reputation intact.
He dabbled into various business ventures before his death. These include merchandising, automobile and freighting.
The late Chief Afolabi was a community leader, philanthropist and shepherd of God.
A native of Ifon, Osun State, Chief Afolabi migrated to Lagos in the 50s and since then became a force to reckon with especially in the entertainment sector.
He is survived by wives and children.
—Bayo Adetu & Kayode Aponmade