GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Tuesday, joined other Nigerians to congratulate eminent Benin-born musician and former Commissioner for Arts and Culture in Edo State, Sir Victor Uwaifo, who was recently inducted as one of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO’S) Human Living Treasure Legends.
Celebrating the music maestro, the governor noted that Uwaifo is a multi-talented artist, whose inventiveness, talent, doggedness, and hard work is taking him farther in life than many of his contemporaries.
He said: “Sir Victor Uwaifo is not only recognised in music, but also in the academia, fine and applied arts, and culture. Even now, musicians are winning the Nobel Prize for literature. I am, therefore, not surprised to find that one of the foremost musicians and legends of highlife music in West Africa is being honoured as a living treasure.”
Governor Obaseki recalled how, in his heydays, Uwaifo crooned such masterpieces as “Guitar Boy”, “Joromi”, and “Mami Water”, adding that his innovative rhythms such as “Shadow”, “Akwete” and “Ekassa” livened his youth.
“Uwaifo used music and sculpting to touch us in many ways. He is a flagbearer of Edo State in culture all over the world,” said the governor.
Meanwhile, he also noted that the musician is contributing immensely to making the world a better place for everyone and that he had contributed significantly to helping the western world understand Africa and its cultural nuances.
Uwaifo is also the first professional musician to be awarded with the National Merit Honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).