The acclaimed king of Fuji music, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Anifowose, also known as K1, has denied the assertion that he ever made a statement suggestive that Barrister never created the famous fuji genre.
At a rescheduled stakeholders’ Zoom meeting moderated by Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi last night, December 7, 2020, K1 declared that no other musician deserves credit for fuji invention beside Barrister, whom he reiterated, he served diligently during his growing up years.
K1 said his 2005 studio release, in which he features a list of indigenous musicians, including Barrister, was intended to appreciate his boss as the catalyst to Were music, stating that he did not set out to reduce Barrister to object of opprobrium and confuse the world on history of fuji music.
“I never ever said Barrister did not create fuji music, and I cannot say it. What I recorded was meant to give honour to Barrister as my boss who God placed at vantage position in the transformation of Were to fuji music,” he said.
While appreciating the unprecedented commitment displayed by Barrister fans clubs across the globe, the Mayegun of Yorubaland, however, made a passionate appeal to them to be wary of the fourth columnist, whom he said, were only interested in creating disharmony by misinterpreting his words on Barrister.
“But henceforth, I want to turn myself to a refuse ground and absorb inconveniences thrown at me because Barrister deliberately bequeathed leadership of fuji to me at a public show, which means I also need to bear some discomforts in the course of protecting fuji music,” he declared.
Two representatives, Alhaji Lukman Badru and Hajia Aolat Sule spoke on behalf of the fans groups and unanimously expressed their gratitude to Evangelist Obey, Otunba Osiefa, K1, FUMAN President, Alhaji Agboola Sikiru Ayinde and entire members of Barrister’s family.
Alhaji Badru, a Kuwait-based scholar, specifically urged K1 to be conscious of his leadership position among fuji musicians and use same to further project the legacy left behind by Barrister. Sule, who is a UK-based social worker, also preached enduring peace. She encouraged K1 to always avoid inflammable remarks.
Otunba Osiefa applauded fans clubs for their steadfastness and devotion to the legacy of Barrister just as he also commended Evangelist Obey for his fatherly role in resolving the differences.
Evangelist Obey rounded off the meeting with generous words of appreciation to all participants and global membership of Barrister fans.
Regrettably, he said,“it is a pity I don’t know name of each person here, I would have loved to mention your name to underscore my gratitude for your turnout and devotion to the course of Barrister.”.
Aside Obey, Otunba Osiefa, K1 and FUMAN president, who offered a lengthy opening prayer, participants at the meeting included: Alhaja Aderayo Balogun, Mrs Olubunmi Balogun, Mr Rasaq Balogun, Mr Almaroof Balogun, Mr Yinka Shutti, Alhaji Lukman Badru, Hajia Aolat Sule, Hajia Monsurat Lawal, Alhaji Kolawole Adigun, Alhaji Olaide Olawumi and Alhaji A. S. Sobowale.
Others were Alhaji Rasak Moruf, Chief Tunde Busari, Barrister AbdulGaney Bello, Mr Ibrahim Ganiyu, Otunba Tokunbo Muhily, Mr Babatunde Omotoso, Arch Idiat Olawusi, Mr Kayode Adejumo-Bello, Alhaji Ismail Abayomi and Alhaji Ademola Adesingbin, who also appreciated all the stakeholders at home and in the diaspora.