The global music and creative arts communities have lost one of their most illustrious maestros with the recent passing of Sir Victor Efosa Uwaifo.

Reputed for his folkloric highlife melodies garnished by the dexterity of his guitar and callisthenics dance steps, Uwaifo was a music exponent whose career spanning over 57 years shot Nigeria and Africa to global music spotlight.

Sir Victor Uwaifo was born in Benin City, Edo State in 1947 and obtained his secondary school education at the Western Boys’ High School Benin and St Gregory’s College, Lagos, from 1957 to 1961. He began playing guitar when he was 12 years old, his earliest popular music influences being records of Spanish and Latin American music. He studied graphics at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State and graduated in 1963 at the age of 22 years old. He received a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours at 54 years old (Valedictorian) and a master’s degree from the University of Benin in 1997 at 56 where he studied Fine and Applied Arts and majored in Sculpture.

Uwaifo made history in 1996 when he became the first artist to win the coveted Golden Record for his song “Joromi”.

In 1965, Uwaifo started developing the Akwete rhythm. In 1969, he launched the Shadow beat, which featured a new dance called Shadow. It was met with success by the Melody Maestros. Later, he experimented with a new rhythm called Ekassa.

Sir Victor Uwaifo, was an award-winning musician.

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