Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi is a phenomenal as far as Juju Music is concerned in Nigeria. Obey as he is fondly called by his fans is a music legend. His music is music for all times. Evergreen.
This story was shared on the Facebook Page of Babajide Kolade-Otitoju by Aduloju Olurotimi David.
It was the story of how Obey’s instruments got burnt to ashes in United Kingdom in early 1970’s when he was on a musical tours with his band members.
The Story according to a reliable source:
“Each time Obey traveled abroad to perform, he would not travel with his musical Instruments, he would buy new Instruments there, use the instruments to perform then go back to Nigeria with the new instruments. That was exactly what he did that year. He bought the instruments and stored it in one of the rooms where the band members including Obey himself were staying. On this fateful day, one of his band member called Gabriel Adedeji now late, went to look for something in the room where the instruments were stored, when he got there, he found out that the light bulb in the room has burnt out, he then decided to light a candle to be able to search the room. Unfortunately, he abandoned the candle in the room when he left. The candle later slipped over and sets the house on fire.
It was a lucky escape for Obey and his boys, because they were all sleeping upstairs. It could have been worse if not because of “Oyinbo onile k’eji” screaming Fire Fire Fire. Sadly before the arrival of the fire men, the blaze has ripped through the room within minutes destroying the new instruments stored in the room. However, Obey and his boys were able to get out of the house unharmed.
Obey was fond of mentioning his band members name in many of his songs, he’ll mention his own name first followed by captain Samson Ogunlade’s name, however in this particular song he mentioned Mutiu kekere first because of bravery Mutiu displayed in fighting the fire before the arrival of the firemen.
Mutiu kekere with other Obey band members here died last year at the age of 75. He was Obey lead drummer and one of the founding member of the band. May his soul continue rest in peace.”
“Irinse lo jona Obey o jona, e bami s’poe f’oluwa ogo. A rinrin ajo, a lo si London, a lo d’awon lara ya, London la gba de Torino, ni ilu Italy, a tun d’awon lara ya, lat’ilu Torino, a pada si London, a tun d’awon lara ya, o ku ijo meta ka pada sile, nisele yi sele, t’ina jo wa n’irinse….Mutiu Kekere o ku ewu, ewu ina, ki p’awodi, Mutiu Kekere o ku ewu….”
Thank you Ecowas Ladi Obey for the photo and names of the band members in the photo.
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