is Sikiru Ayinde ‘Barrister’ a forgotten hero?


By Olaitan Ganiu

It’s nine years since one of Nigerian’s foremost musical icons, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, popularly known as Alhaji Agba, passed away.

The singer and composer died at age 62 at St. Mary’s Hospital, London on December 16, 2010, after a protracted illness.

In a carnival-like funeral, Alhaji Agba was buried in the sitting room of his Fuji Chambers home, Isolo, Lagos, on Thursday, December 30, in accordance with Muslim rites. Among famous musicians who graced his burial ceremony included Ayinla Kollington, Ebenezer Obey, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (K1), Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Obesere, Saheed Osupa, Salawa Abeni, Wasiu Ayinde, Segun Adewale and Dele Abiodun and others.

How is he celebrated?

Unlike other hip hop and reggae artistes who usually reminisce the good old days of their lost heroes with memorial concerts, seminars, statues or in having their house turned to museum like the case of Fela Kuti, unfortunately, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister who happened to be one…



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