World renowned Juju music superlord and Miliki beat and dance exponent, Chief Commander, Ebenezer Oluwaremilekun Olasupo Obey officially knocks 70 years on Tuesday April 3, 2012.
The committed religious champion, who is a full time evangelist for long has been marked for the special treat prior to the demise of his jewel, Mama Julianah Fabiyi-Obey, who died late lat year.
His home city in Abeokuta and his base, Lagos are agog with pre-celebration festivities as family members and admirers across the world are converging to make the occasion a grand one.
Howecver, history will repeat itself as his erstwhile rival and bosom friend, King Sunny Ade will take center stage to perform at the occasion.
The two Nigeria musical icons, had remained ever inseparable in Nigeria Entertainment history as they both had remained consistent as celebrities for almost four decades.
It will be recalled that Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, with other gospel artistes across the country were on the band stand at the christian wake-keep and service of songs for the mother of King Sunny Ade in Ondo town, two years ago.
However, it is pay back time as the indomitable Juju superlord, King Sunny Ade will be on bandstand come April 3, 2012 to celebrate one of the godfathers of Juju music and evergreen versatile vocalist, Commander Ebenezer Obey.
The King of World Beat, King Sunny Ade however has assured of a night of many relived memories.
The celebration will take place in Lagos at 10 Degrees Event Centre, and it promises to leave indelible marks and bring back many past memories in the annals of Nigerian entertainment world and in society parties gathering. Industrialists, socialites, politicians and many crop of Nigeria bigwigs whose successes have been linked to the musician’s goodwill love and publicity through music are
No doubt King Sunny Ade is ready to give a good account of himself at the event billed to attract the crème de la crème in the society, even in christendom and far beyond
However, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi is in high spirit for the celebration and all arrangements are in top gear.
We’re told the event, which is being put together by the musician’s committee of friends will feature a range of activities to celebrate the music icon. ‘It’ll be a carnival of sorts. Obey is a great man that deserves every celebration he gets, especially at this special age he as attained’, a source familiar with the birthday preparations tells us.
A biography and TV documentary have already been commissioned to be ready for public presentation during the reception which comes up in Lagos on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
According to a preliminary programme line-up of activities preceding the event, the Idogo Town Hall in Ogun State will be dedicated and handed over to the governor of that state, Ibikunle Amosun on Thursday March 23, 2012 which coincides with the birthday of the singer’s late wife Juliana Olaide Obey-Fabiyi.
A thanksgiving service is to follow on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 along with a reception and public presentation of Obey’s autobiography and TV documentary.
Dignitaries, cutting across the various strata of the economy are also expected to grace the occasion.
Obey, whose full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, was born in Idogo, Ogun State, Nigeria. He began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos. The Juju band-leader ruled the scene for years, as a composer and performer to beat, before quitting to face full-time Christian ministry