LAGOS-The Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji who brought late Sir (Prof) Victor Uwaifo, great melody maker, composer, multi-instrumentalist, sculptor, designer per excellence and intellectual giant on board CONSON as a director ascribed his decision to Uwaifo’s sterling qualities as a top artiste, administrator and an unforgettable African superstar.
In his exclusive tribute to the fallen light of unique highlife brand, described Uwaifo as a legend of the Benin Kingdom, a brother, old friend, confidant, professional supporter and an unrelenting partner in the projection of Nigerian artistes’ works and protection of their legacy.
According to Okoroji, who actually came back to the country the same day the news of Uwaifo’s death broke out, recalled that the late maestro called him one and a half weeks ago, inquiring about his health and how the wedding of his son, simply called TJ, went.
“During our last contact when I was in the US, Uwaifo did not forget to mention how he had been following my Breakfast Column on Saturdays, which centres on the Nigerian music industry, insisting that he loves the series. He even asked me to send him the entire series through his e-mail”, he recalled.
It is of a good source that on March 6, Okoroji travelled to Benin City, Edo State capital where he bestowed late Uwaifo with the Grand Copyright Medal of Honour, the best of its kind globally. The award climaxed late at Uwaifo’s 80th birthday celebration.