Why Orlando Owoh was not rich -Musese

 

A great  and notable  man in Owo

……Why Orlando was not rich

…….I’m Muzeze not Musese

……..I’ve never smoked in my life

……..I could have been arrested

….. Story behind ‘Musese l’oko Dupe’

It was a beautiful evening . Meeting the heavily- bearded man  was interesting as he was not difficult to recognize  or locate in Owo , Ondo State. He is a very popular and notable figure , above all he is humble and approachable.

Some call him a philanthropist while some  look up to him as a mentor and  want to drink from his fountain of  knowledge. He is well traveled and exposed. Rich in experience no wonder he is good in counseling for the Solomonic wisdom he possessed . He is contended and believes  in God  . While some would prove too difficult  to be interviewed  but he does not as he was willing to talk especially on the late African Kennery, Dr.Orlando Owoh. No wonder he is loved and more popular even after leaving Orlando as his manager for years.

If you are not careful  and very observant you could go to his younger brother for the interview as both of them wear grey beard .

SEAT OF ELDERS ( IJOKO AGBA)

Sitting comfortably at his Ijoko Agba  section , (Seat of Elders) he said ” this place is not meant for just anybody or everybody, it is for decent old people not for riffraff , that is why we called this place Ijoko Agba”. He said in a very serious and sharp voice that would send  pretenders or roughnecks packing !. Truly , within 20minutes   the place began to receive visitors  having intellectual  discussions  from religion, politics,  among others while reeling with laughter .

 Mr. Samuel Olayiwola Ogunleye  (aka ‘Musese’) was the Manager of the late  High Life  musician Dr.Orlando Owoh.  ‘Musese’ spoke on how he used to pack  the illegal substance -Indian hemp in his stockings for the late musician while he  himself  never smoked  cigarette not to talk of touching Indian Hemp. He spoke about the late musician’s  travails especially the Cocaine saga.

ORLANDO SHAVED  AFTER HE WON THE CASE

He is  a man of  average height and  dark complexioned. His   bushy grey hair  attracts everybody as he ‘celebrates’ it by always  combing it wherever he is. He said ” I cherish my beard and take proper care of it .It makes me  stand out like an albino in the market”, as he said this he burst into laughter.

Asked when he started keeping his beard, he could not remember but said ” When I started working with Orlando was when I started keeping my beard, we have beard in our family , my father had and my brothers too.Our beard is a trade mark  in my family, when they see us they will say this is Musese and this is his brother too.Orlando too kept beard and it was after the trial after he won that   case that he  got rid of  his beard. We were both having beard.

Musese said he does not smoke  or drink alcohol  as many erroneously thought. Though he is over 70 years but  does not look his age , he said ” many don’t know I am as old as that and the secret of my  looking young  is that I don’t do all these things that would make me go old prematurely  .I don’t  smoke  or  drink alcohol but I  drink special  wine.” As he said this , he brought out a special wine , opened it and burst into laughter again.

He continued ” Many thought because I used to  keep  Indian hemp for the late Orlando to smoke  while on tour erroneously  thought I too indulged myself in smoking it , but let me put it to you and set the record straight for the  whole world that I had never for once  smoked Indian hemp in my life”, as he said this he burst into a prolonged laughter , and  continued fiddling with his grey beard he  cherished most.

   IT’S MUZEZE  NOT  MUSESE
 Ogunleye , popularly known as ‘ Musese’ . According to him ” only very few people know his real name as he is only known   as ‘Musese’ the late Orlando’s manager  during his life time . Ogunleye spoke on how he got the nickname , ‘ Musese’, he  replied ” I don’t know the meaning ,and the name was given to me by a lady who is not a Nigerian .She is no more alive now  for I would have asked her the meaning and I  have been given that   name since when I was in primary school.  When I was young I had an Italian pen-pal living in Italy who became  my girlfriend while living in Italy  , she was the one that  gave me the nickname  ‘Muzeze’, but my people  at home did not know how to spell or pronounce it , and they started calling me ‘Musese’ , I tried to correct them but  failed . I later left  it as  they understood it,  ‘ Musese’  eventually became  a household name”.

MUSESE OKO DUPE VS ITALIAN LADY
Musese  said  when he went to  Italy  to meet the lady ( he could not remember her name again) that gave him the nickname , his girlfriend at home  (Dupe) was writing him .He said  “Before leaving here( Nigeria )  I was going out with  a lady called Dupe  whom many thought I would marry. She used to write me  while in Italy   while the Italian lady too  was exchanging letters with her thinking she ( Dupe ) was my sister as I introduced her .But  while staying in  Italy I was  receiving Dupe’s letter  as well unfortunately the bubble burst when the Italian lady discovered  the letters and found out that Dupe was my girlfriend .The Italian lady later   reported  me to the authority that was how I was deported back to Nigeria  in 1971. When I was deported from Italy I went to Ibadan  to settle down .

                            

WHO COMPOSED  THE SONG MUSESE LOKO DUPE?
Asked  to comment on the waxed  record of ‘ Musese loko Dupe‘ ( Musese is Dupe’s husband ) , “this is another story”, the septuagenarian    declared as he does not want to talk about it again, but when pressed further he said     “It was a talking drum of Chief Ebenezer Obey that  its beat sounds  like that , it was not meant for us ( Musese and Dupe).  But when she ( Dupe)  was celebrating  her birthday in the 70s ,my friends  mischievously translated Chief Obey’s talking drum to it . I think it was in  ‘Ajo Mo re Oluwa  si mi dele’s’ album”.

DUPE DIED LONG TIME AGO
Asked where the Dupe is now, but the grey bearded grandpa said in a voice laden with emotion ”Dupe  died  long time ago , it was unfortunate we did not marry .She was my girlfriend. She was attending   St. Louis Grammar School, Owo while  I was a student at  Imade, Owo , Ondo State”, he continued ”Dupe’s  parents accommodated me when  I was living in Lagos .They were great people . But we did not marry and that is life”, he said , shaking his head intermittently.

HOW I MET ORLANDO
Asked to talk of how he met and became the Manager of  the late Musician,Dr.Orlando Owoh,  the grey- bearded man went down memory lane   ” On  my deportation  from Italy  I went to Ibadan to settle down .Anytime  my older brother who was serving in the Nigerian Army in Kaduna  comes home he would bring  Orlando’s records .My street  was very close to   Orlando’s own , while I was living in Omodigbo Street  Orlando was  living in  Oremeji”.
He continued ” There was a man called Orimaro he was a palm wine tapper and that was where we used to go and drink anytime I go to Orlando’s place …myself , my late friend , Kanakana Olympio was in   Custom , we all lived very close . And anytime Orlando was around we would go to Orimaro  to play .One  day we asked Orlando what his problem was , and he said there was no Owo native  who had ever come to help him financially or whatever .And he said he  had nobody from Owo to manage his band .He ( Orlando ) then  asked  me to come and manage him ,that was how I  became his Manager “

A man of  Culture, during Igogo festival

ORLANDO’S MANY OBSTACLES
Musese who spent over 30years as  the Band Manager of  the late Musician said it was not easy with the late ganja singer , ” He had so many obstacles , he was a great man … When I met Orlando he had no instrument , he had  nothing. And when  I came ( from Italy ) I still had some money with me and we started hiring  instruments , he (Orlando) appreciated it and was telling everybody  about what I did” , Musese said .

WHY I SUPPORTED ORLANDO’S SMOKING

In spite the fact that he does not smoke he still supported  and defended Orlando’s smoking of  the  ‘weeds’ . Musese  with voice raised declared ” I  supported him smoking of  Indian hemp .Yes, he was smoking ‘Igbo’,  so what? .But  for me I don’t smoke and had never tasted it in my life”.
He continued “I discovered that  Orlando’s smoking  of Indian hemp did not affect him , anytime he smoked he knew what he was doing . Orlando has a secluded area in   Decca’s studio’s compound where he used to go and smoke Indian hemp .When we were supposed  to start  recording by 9pm , he would not come into the studio until around 2am  but would have been quietly  be with his guitar alone smoking his weeds and strumming his guitar .But when he enters the studio he would just be recording without rehearsal .
” I don’t smoke  but I drink  beer  anytime I have money but if I don’t  have I don’t .I don’t buy Igbo for Orlando , he always have in stocks. When traveling  with him and was in my knicker I would put it ( Indian hemp) in my stockings for him .Those who knew us together then knew I don’t smoke .He was a great man. I spent over 30years with him as a Manager before he died”.

 ORLANDO’S COCAINE PALAVA
Musese did not forget one  of the biggest challenges his late boss faced while alive .Musese said  the cocaine saga that made Orlando sang of his  Alagbon Experience is real  , Musese recollected how it all happened , he said “the day he was arrested I was not in Lagos , if I  was  not around I would be   arrested too.That day when I got the message I had to come down to Lagos  from  Kano  before I got there they were already at Alagbon.I heard about the whole story , how he was arrested , Osennenpen too,infact those who were around him were arrested .If I happened to be around I would have been  arrested too. I was very lucky  that I was not around  for if I were to be around  I would have been taken away , nobody would have believed I don’t smoke or sniff Cocaine for   I was the closest  person to Orlando among the boys , though  I was his manager . The Nigeria security officials  went to Sunny Ade  to ask whether I smoke but he only knew I only drink”.
He continued ” They ( security men ) went to Chief Edebo  who lived in Ibadan to ask too but  they missed me for I took a footpath to Chief Edebo’s house while the chief told  me they came for me from Alagbon .   They even thought  I was giving Investigation Police Officer ( IPO) money  but instead it was IPO in charge of our case that was giving me money , it was a highly celebrated case”.

HAS HE EVER ADVISED ORLANDO TO STOP SMOKING INDIAN HEMP?
“No”, the old man said emphatically , and added ” Orlando was never a troublesome person .On   why he didn’t ask  Orlando  to stop  taking  ganja , but he responded ” he is like Fela. Some people take it ( Indian Hemp) and go  mad but when these people take it they would be singing sense and be active.”
 When asked to compare the two with the late Bob Marley    he said ‘ I have never met Bob Marley when alive.
” It was only Orlando who  Fela  allowed to play at  his (Fela’s) Africa  shrine .And he ( Fela ) used to say he does not want cocaine or  heroine at his shrine. He once said if it was only Igbo ( Indian Hemp) that Orlando was accused of    (during his arrest of being in possession of cocaine ) he could have come and fight for him when he was jailed.”
Pressed further on who among the two ( Orlando and Fela)  could win in a competition of smoking Indian hemp, the old man declared without mincing  words that ” Fela  was greater than Orlando in smoking  of Indian hemp” .

ORLANDO’S BEST RECORD

Asked the most difficult question he confessed very difficult to answer when asked to tell the best records of Orlando, he confessed ”I cannot  say this is the best record but I  prefer Ero Ki mama mi, infact i cannot say, the one that sold most  and  i cannot say  this one or that is the best record except those who are recording them like Decca people and those people were recording for like Alhaji Shanu Olu, Prince Daile, Jolaosho who can say how much they are selling Orlando records but they will never tell us”.

NO MUSIC AGAIN!

Musese complained bitterly about the present crop of musicians , he said ”Precisely  I don’t know what they are playing nowadays  for instance they don’t have anybody to emulate, you see if he knows you are being emulated he would be going ahead while you will be coming behind. What these boys are singing nowadays have no meaning .In those days musicians would sit down, song writers  would do their  job . Orlando as a person would not write anything .There was a time he told me that whatever he was going to sing had been written on the blackboard, that is inside the studio.He would not put down anything .Music would come to him immediately he entered the studio.These boys nowadays I don’t know what they are singing, I am sorry to say there are musicians and there are musicians . What they are singing today had no meaning .When Fela sings it has meaning, when Haruna Ishola sings , Sunny Ade sings they have meanings .  I k Diaro  he waxed a record in 1962 , Gbam gbam la ngbo a o mo bi ibon ti ndun, olori dori re mu o,konikaluku  biye sara , oro Nigeria yio o ko ma baa dogun, we have never had anything like Biafran war by then when he sang this song ,then he was warning , he was warning  .But listen to what these boys are singing nowadays”.

GOVERNMENT CAN CONTROL THEM

”It is the government that can stop them , if anybody is going to the studio let them produce their demo, and if it is good ,okay,  fine but if it is  not good let them forget it and ask them to re wax , they should be stopped.You cannot say because you are a musician and be producing rubbish.If this can be applied  these musicians would sit tight”,  the man said in annoyance .

MY PRESENT BUSINESS

After the death of Orlando , Musese went  into another business , he said ”I am on my own .I am no more in the music line since Orlando is no more .I am in Owo here , I  have a small beer parlour here called Seat of Elders, I know the type of people that come here , people of like -minds , my old friends .The seat of Elders means , Ijoko awon agba , people coming here are responsible” 

WHY  ORLANDO WAS NOT RICH
Musese said it was true that the late Musician, Orlando was hardworking ” If anybody say Orlando could have been richer than how he was I would believe it because Orlando was such a person that if you are in need  at that time if he had it he would give you whatever the amount you are looking for  Orlando would give it to you .It is God’s work. T o me personally, Orlando was not reckless but that is the way God wanted him to be  because Orlando would not like to see anybody suffering , that is way he was. When you get to somebody and beg him for 1,000 naira and the person is having 10,000 naira but   telling  you he didn’t have those people get rich quickly because they  cannot spend. And Orlando would have been richer if the people we are recording for are …. like I said we didn’t know how many they were selling records , when they sell about 1,000copies they would tell you they sold only 200copies and there is nothing we can do about it .We cannot go to the market and be asking how much they sold. That is the problem we have all over the place , that is Nigeria recording companies for you for they are there to cheat!. Again ,Orlando   did not place value on money  for  I can tell you this  also that the producers we have in Nigeria are rip-off because our producers are nuisance , when they make  100,000 naira they would falsify the figure , they are not trustworthy , that is why Orlando never made it before he died .Another  factor was overgenerous , he was generous   to a fault  for he was after other people’s welfare .He would not eat alone , and he had a lot of people living with him at his own expense. No wonder some people like a – one time governor of Osun State  Prince  Olagunsoye Oyinlola ,   Abiola of  Ilesha , Die the Matter, The king of  Ipe Oba Apata, the Olugbenga of Ugbe , Ayesoro  a car  dealer in Akure stood by him  by him when he was alive “.

WHY DID YOU LEAVE ORLANDO?

Many did not know the circumstances why he left Orlando’s Band , but the septuagenarian cried  ”I never left him!. What happened then was that he was given a contract in Ondo State then during Baba Adefarati era as a governor so, they said the money of the contract was so small , he was expecting something like 2million and above and this contractor  was given about 650,000 and he refused to do it , and I was asked to return the papers for that contract , when I  got to my friends  who knew about it said why didn’t I do the contract and that if I should return the paper it might annoy the government , may be they have some other bigger thing to give me  and I now came back to Lagos to tell Orlando , will you allow me to do it , and he said ” if you can do it” , that  was what brought me  down to Akure but unfortunately …. I never succeeded in that contract  .Aside that as at that time  my house rent was pilling up in Lagos .Orlando said I should come back and I said I cannot come back, let me remain here ,Even at that time , he was planning  after the ,Ero festival ( Age grade festival) at Ifon because he was one of those who was to participate in the Ero festival then , so I was here in case there is any engagement for him  I would let him know  and we would  be going together .But I just decided to remain here . I was fed up of Lagos .I never had any misunderstanding ,Osenenpen is there to testify to this.I was here , he was there.

OONI OLUBUSE ‘s ROLE
The role  of the Ooni of Ife , Oba   Okunade Sijuade Olubuse  remains evergreen in the memory of the Manager especially when  Orlando was in jail , he said “many were behind him,  I would say a big thank to Kabiyesi, the  late Ooni  of Ife  who stood by Orlando  while  in prison ,I have never seen any person or king  like him . Anytime  we were from the court , Ooni ‘s palace was always first point of call .Kabiyesi  shall be forever remembered for his great assistance.He really stood by Orlando”.

ORLANDO’S  BAND NO MORE
Though Musese is no longer with the Band , he however added that the Boys had gone  their different ways as the band members are no longer together  ” I am no longer with them .Most of the boys had decided to be on their own .  They might not be able to manage  the Band and they left” , he stated .

WHY HIS BURIAL WAS CONTROVERSIAL
What still pained Musese is the way and where the late Musician was buried , according to him, he had wanted Orlando to be buried in Ifon, in Ondo State his country home, he said ”  I was  the chairman of the Burial Committee with Oblazo .After about series of meetings  we went to the late Olusegun Agagu the then governor of Ondo state , there was this Commissioner from Ifon whom Agagu asked to take over .They had completed  Orlando’s building in Ifon  but only the  roofing  left  to be done, we went to Lagos to see the Orlando’s wives ,they said Orlando should be buried in Lagos”.

ORLANDO’S HAPPIEST MOMENT
Bing very close to Orlando , he knew  when he was angry and happy , Musese said ” He is always happy .He has no time .When we quarrel he would say ” You are calling yourself a Manager but you are a ‘damager’, he easily forgives and forgets”.

I WEPT  WHEN ORLANDO DIED

In tears ,Musese said his saddest moment was when Orlando was arrested while his  happiest moment was  when he was released .But sadly , he narrated how he heard the news of Orlando’s death, he said ”Infact I  never expected him to die when he died  and we never thought he would die , although the thing affected him three times , we never thought that was going  to be  his  end.When he died  there was nothing we could do.I  think he died around 10 o’clock in the  night that day. It was Olu Osennepen who phoned me  immediately that Orlando had passed on that night and I wept for I never knew I would not see him again.”
MY EARLY LIFE
Musese went down memory lane  and spoke of being athlete,a Splinter , ” I represented 100 meters when Queen Elizabeth came to Nigeria in 1956.Up till 1970 , I represented Imade  College . I was the Senior Boy at All Saints’ Modern  School  , that was 1963/ 64 .I  remember some of  my friends and classmates like Chief Akin Aruwajoye ,Justice Olateru Olagbegi ( retired ) were my classmates, this I remember very well”.As the interview was going to an end , the Elders’ Forum [Ijoko Agba] began to receive visitors and while some came for counseling , Musese said ” you can see and testify to what I told you, this place is always full with good ,knowledgeable and intelligent people”

ADVICE ON DRUG

Musese advised musicians as he did not support drugs , he advise that  if you are taking drugs and it enhances your performance and don’t misbehave, good But if it affects you please don’t take it , he counselled, ”think deeply, know what you are doing  if you know it doesnt help , please stop it ”

I thought Orlando would bury me-Orlando Owoh’s mother

 

 

INTERVIEW IN OWO DIALECT

 

GREAT MUSICIANS WHO  DIED BEFORE THEIR PARENTS

BoN standing by Elvis Presley’s statue in Memphis, America

While parents pray that  their children should  bury them and never to have their children buried before their very eyes. But  Man proposes , God disposes. It is unfortunate that some  Musicians  like Michael Jackson, Bob Marley , Peter Tosh , Michael Jackson, Dagrin, Orlando Owoh  among others  left  behind their parents .

Elvis Presley King of Rock and Roll died on August 16, 1977 while his father, Vernon Presley  died on June 26, 1979(two years after the death of his son).

James Brown

The World Reggae King Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 leaving his mother, Cedella Booker who died on April 8,2008 , that is 27years after.

                                   Bob Marley’s statue

Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father on April 1, 1984 while his father died on October 10,1998.

Peter Tosh was shot  dead on September 11, 1987 by some robbers in his house in Jamaica leaving his mother, Ms Coke  behind who later died at the age of 96  on October 29,2013.

Luther Vandross  the R & B legend died on July 1,2005 while his mother, Mary Ida  Vadross died on April 15,2008. King of Pop Music, Michael Jackson died on June 25,2009 while his father, Joe Jackson died in June 27,2018.Wacko Jacko’s mother is still alive.

Teddy Pendagrass died on January 13,2010 and his mother Ida Geraldine Epps died at 92 on May 11,2018.

 James Brown

Whitney Houston died on February 11,2012 while her mother Cissy Houston  is still alive .

Afeni Shakur mother of TUPAC  died on May 3, 2016.She lived  20 years after her son Tupac Shakur an American rapper was killed on September 13, 1996.

Back home

Gbenga Adeboye( aka Fun won tan) died  on April 30, 2003, his mother Madam Rebeca Tinuola died in August 3, 2013,  10 years after her son died.

Roland Olubola (aka Baba Ara) died on September 10, 2004 leaving his parents behind .

Oladapo  Olaitan Olaonipekun (aka Dagrin) died on the April 22, 2010 in an auto accident .The rapper’s parents are still alive kicking!

Orlando Owoh’s mother is still alive and she is around 110 years as many presumed while her son died on November 8, 2008.

Today, Michael Jackson ,Bob Marley, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Peter Tosh,  and all other notable musicians have statues erected honouring them  and in fact books are written about them in their respective countries and homes.  Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s statue is erected at Ikeja.Where is Orlando Owoh’s statue?

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      ORLANDO OWOH’S STATUE

 

Ojo Ibrahim complained bitterly that Orlando’s statue is becoming too late to be erected. He said ” What is wrong with our people ?. Are his friends bad or so poor or is it politics? It is a pity Orlando seems not to have any friends. Please don’t tell me  these people are waiting for the family before they can do anything.I am sad”

Another fan of Orlando said ” my brother , so nobody in Owo can assist to erect his statue? It is a shame ”.

Apart from Orlando’s statue it is high  time we honoured our Musicians like Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Epo Akara, Baba ‘Legba, Sony Okosun ,Kokoro,  Ayinla Omowura among others by erecting their statues in their towns and naming centres and streets after them .

We are appealing to family members, fans and friends especially Die the Matter, Oba Francis Apata and other friends to rescue the situation. However   hands are on deck as Adewuyi Folaranmi Adegbite is set   to launch Orlando’s book soon.

 

I thought Orlando would bury me 

Mama Morenike  Owomoyela is the mother of the late Musician , Orlando Owoh who died 11years ago at the  Lagos State University Hospital, on November 4, 2008 after a brief illness. Mama spoke about  Orlando’s friends and his surviving wives.

 

According to Mama Morenike, her son was a bundle of talent before  death took away her joy, she said ” I thought she would be the one to bury me but contrary is the case. It is painful , I now pray for his children to bury me”.

On Orlando’s  friends, the centenarian praised his friends like Oba Ipe , His Royal Highness Oba Francis Apata  and Die the Matter who have been of  great help to her  and faithful  friends  of her son since his exit. She said ” the two  friends of Orlando are really taking care of me .If you had come earlier you would have seen him. I went  to his house , he gave me money  and he had just dropped me off here”.She also spoke about  Oba Francis Apata  of Ipesi  , ” Oba Francis Apata used to  come here  and not with empty hand but  always with foodstuff. That is where he used to sit with me (pointing) not minding that he is a royal father. I really thank both of them for taking care of me”, the old woman said.

ORLANDO’s WIVES ARE WONDERFUL

Mama spoke about the wives Orlando left behind, as  she is full of praise for them she said ” the wives  of Orlando are in their husband’s ( Orlando) house. They do  come here to check on me ,they have been nice and good to me. I really thank them”.

 Though Mama is not happy that Orlando was buried in Lagos contrary to his wish , but what could she do?. According to the wives of the deceased, Orlando was buried where he instructed them to bury him  and investigation reveals that some of his friends and fans  were not happy over this issue.

While his music is played everyday on radio, Mama said she cries anytime she listens to it , ” Yes, I used to cry while listening to Orlando’s music being played on raido.. and each time I listened to the track he dedicated to me… E ba mi ki Morenike , iye t’eja…iye mi a di b’imi (Greet my mother, Morenike the fish monger, if we reincarnate again she will be my mother ),  I feel like crying .”

Ganja and Orlando

While the mother confirmed that her son smoked ganja, his wives too confirmed it and Mama said she was  aware that her  late son smoked Ganja  which  she never supported .   ”What did she do to stop him?”, she replied “I used to advise him  to stop smoking  Igbo, I even went extra mile to prepare  agbo (herbs/concotion ) for him to make him stop it but he did not take the  concoction,  he  would   argue that if he didn’t smoke it he would not have the energy to play and sing”.

When asked to guess her age , she shook her head and said it is difficult to know(since there was no record of birth during her time )  but she  mentioned  her friends like Caroline Oladoyin Abiodun, Mrs. Asagba, Madam Eunice. Adenike  who have all gone  , that is why I am saying  I am willing to die .There is nothing more I am doing on the earth, she said.

On whether she knew  her late son would be great , she replied with total humility that  she  never knew. ”I thank God thatt I had no intention to abort his pregnancy then , he became great in the end”.

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        Orlando

Mama’s wish is to be buried at the cemetery for she fervently believe in God and also  the Mama Ijo of St.Andrew’s Anglican Church.She is however treated well as Church Bus is being  used to convey her to church every sunday and she attested to this.

But where does  she want to be buried when God calls her home today?, she replied ”I want to be buried at the cemetery where my people slept, that is my wish ” she said as she emphasized.

E se rere ye o e se rere ,

e se rere ko ba le ye wa ooo.

I miss my son, Orlando

All my friends have gone , Says Orlando Owoh’s mother

Orlando Owoh’s Mother

At 100years plus she is still agile as she  walks  briskly around and does not bend or use walking stick  . She weeps when she hears her son  , Orlando Owoh’s music  on radio  ,  taiwoabiodun.com reports

Carved on the wooden  door of the  bungalow is the   sculpture  of the late African Kennery, Owomoyela Oladipupo Olaore aka Orlando Owoh . Each time the centenarian  sees the   carved wooden  sculpture  of her son she feels sad  , ” I am always sad seeing this but I found solace in his  children and friends who are supporting me ” she said .

Mama Morenike lost her son, Orlando Owoh about 10 years  years ago after a brief illness .

One thing that cannot be taken away from the old woman is cleanliness as her environment is clean so also the centenarian herself is very neat showing evidence of good living . She   walks slowly  and with dignity .Her  sparsely decorated living room with sofa chairs makes the place  beautiful. She said “My son , I am always neat and my  children and Orlando’s friends take  good care of me ”you should thank them on my behalf “.

Mama’s Age

Considering her   good stature  many guess that the old woman cannot be less than a 100years of age  while some doubted it but she declared ” I don’t know my age but I know I am over 100 years of age. All  my friends have gone like Madam Eunice, Madam Adenike, , Mrs Asagba , Madam Caroline  Oladoyin   in fact all my friends have died ,I am the only one remaining. That is why I am saying I want to go , there is nothing I am still doing on earth”.

How  I met Orlando’s  father 

Asked how she met the late High Life musician’s father   and who gave the late musician the nickname “Orlando”  , the old woman said “His names are   Oladipupo Olaore   Owomoyela   Orlando Owoh , his father christened him ‘Olaore’  but I called him ‘ Oladipupo’ .Mama  gave the reason why Orlando’s  father named  him ‘Olaore’ , she said “because my late brother Omoyinbo whom I was living with in Owo  was a friend to Orlando’s father   And he betrothed me to Orlando’s father .I  I fell in love with him because he was from Ifon so also Orlando’s father .So when he was born , Orlando’s father said he  benefited   from  the friendship and called him “Olaore” ( Friend’s wealth). His friends called him ”Orlando” and it stuck on him” .

 

Orlando’s friends did not desert me 

Mama has been very grateful to some of her late son’s friends who did not abandon her , she said ” Some of Orlando’s friends  did not desert  me. l just came from Die The Matter his childhood’s friend  house who used to give me food and money .Die The Matter has just dropped me at home now .Same with Oba Francis  Apata, who is the Onipe of Ipe. Oba Apata used to come to me and that is the chair he sits  ( pointing ) whenever he comes here ,not minding his status. Orlando’s friends did not abandon me , I am grateful and I hope and pray they will do same  during my burial when I’m gone”.

Though she looks  hale and hearty but she denied her look and  said ” I can no longer walk as usual , I am not living “, she said sobbing .

 

How Orlando got his Songs 

According to Mama ,  the late musician did not inherit  the skill from his parents , she said ” I didn’t teach him how to sing , though  I was a  chorister  in a church but his own  was natural .And I remember that his father was a member of  ‘ ASINKO ‘ cultural music , and it is believed that may be that was where he also  got it from, but Orlando’s music is more that  of a ordinary  because his music is quite different and unique”.

Where are Orlando ‘s wives ?

Mama who lives with some of her children spoke about Orlando’s wives and said  ” Some have gone to remarry while  I am still seeing  some of them, and they have been very  nice  to me  while for those who remarried  have to move on”.

 

I miss him 

When does she feel her son’s absence?, the reporter wanted to know , and her response ” I am always pained each time I remember him.I thought he was the one to bury me but it turned otherwise .It is painful .No woman will pray to bury her child”

Reincarnation

Will Mama pray to have Orlando  if she comes to this world again? ! her response ” I wish to give birth to him if the opportunity comes again. I wanted to die when his death was announced .Even ,I still feel like taking poison and die anytime I remember him. I remember how the bad news was broken by one of his  sisters, I felt like dying , up till now I am not myself”.

 

I Love his songs

“I used to listen to his music on the radio, yes, he had a good voice while. listening I would be crying .I love the song he  waxed for me in one of his records  that is “Ero ba mi ki yemi Morenikeji ye  teja …”.(  greetings to my mother who is selling fish) I also love the  “Ojo” track, which is  among his most popular music he sang in  praise of “Ojo” , mama added  “He sang the song in praise of  Ojo who is a member of our  family .But I don’t know where he ( Ojo ) is now”.

 

No premonition about Orlando’s fame 

The late Musician’s mother said it is a blessing for her son to be popular for she never expected such in the beginning .She looked  at the ceiling when asked whether she had any premonition that her son would be popular , she swore “nobody told me that Orlando will be a great man when I had his pregnancy and I thank God that I didn’t contemplate to  abort it”

I tried  to stop him from smoking hemp

Mama said she did not support her son  smoking the substance , Indian hemp ( Igbo), she said “I used to advise him not to smoke Igbo  but he  too used to argue that if he didn’t smoke it he would not have the energy to play and sing .I even went extra mile to prepare  agbo (local herbs ) for him to make him stop it but he did not take the  concoction (agbo ).

Bury me at the cemetery 

Asked  where she would like to be buried  after her death, mama said she preferred her church’s cemetery , “though my son , Orlando was buried in Lagos but I have told them all that when I am dead I should be buried at the  Church’s cemetery .I am the Iya Egbe of St Andrew’s Cathedral Church, Owo. My father , Jacob ‘slept’ at the cemetery and Mama  Julianah who took care of me was also buried there .When I die I want to be buried at our cemetery in Owo but not to be carried to Ifon or anywhere”, she pleaded.