Nigerian juju musician, Ebenezer Obey fondly called Chief Commander, has lost one of his sons, Olayinka Olalekan Obey-Fabiyi.
It was gathered that 48-year-old Olayinka died on Friday, 29th of August and was interred on Saturday.
However, the cause of Olayinka’s death has not been confirmed.
Condolence messages have poured in for he veteran:
sauceprince1 wrote: “This is beyond SAD, he must be going through ALOT. Dear God, please grant him the fortitude to bear the loss. No one prays for something like this, LIFE can be UNFAIR sometimes. No! No!! No!!!. This isn’t what we want dear GOD.”
rb__candles : “This is so heartbreaking ( God give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
ernah_beaby: “So painful for a parent to bury their child…lord comfort his family.”
badapplegram_: “And I like his music very humble man in my area may God bless the dead.”
partypacks_solution1: “So sad! May we not weep over our kids in Jesus name”.
northyasake: “I don’t think there is anything as painful as losing your child while you’re still alive.”
abuja.kids_fashionistng: “What a loss @ may God comfort the family. I pray for every parent’s may we never have cause to burry our children in Jesus name Amen.”
Sadly, this is not the first time the juju maestro will be thrown into a state of mourning. The octogenarian lost his 67 years old wife, Lady Juliana Obey-Fabiyi, on August 23, 2011.
Obey began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos.
After tutelage under Fatai Rolling-Dollar’s band, he formed The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlife and jùjú fusion.
The band later morphed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits on the West African Decca musical label.
Obey began experimenting with Yoruba percussion style and expanding on the band by adding more drum kits, guitars, and talking drums.