The people of Edo State have lost one of its music pioneers, following the death of Osayomore Joseph, popularly referred to as ‘ambassador’.
The news which saddened many citizens across Nigeria, was confirmed this past weekend by Jaytunes Osayomore, the son of the late musician.
According to him, the icon had suffered a stroke few weeks ago, keeping him bedridden in the weeks leading to his demise. Osayomore was also hospitalised at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) but was discharged after weeks. Unfortunately, his condition worsened, as he was taken back to UBTH, where he spent three days before his final hours on Saturday.
‘He passed on around 10 am. He had issues, he has the first stroke attack that we were managing before now. We have been managing it for about a month now, we took him to Benin Medical Centre before he was moved to UBTH. He got back approximately a week ago and it got aggravated again so we had to move him back to the hospital three days ago and he died in UBTH yesterday (Saturday).
‘He was a great teacher, I will miss so many things about him. I will miss his teachings, our discussions, and his jokes. He was so much to us,’ his son said.
Osayomore Joseph was aged 72, and is respected by many legendary musicians of Nigerian origin. He was also a household figure to the people of Edo State; due to his versatility and longevity. His death have now drawn in numerous commiserations from both civil servants and music artistes.
Meanwhile Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has paid tribute to late Osayomore, describing him as a man of enigma. He also acknowledged him as an important figure due to his quest for a better society.
‘I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of music maestro, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph, who took the music world by storm with his talent and exported the Benin culture to the world.
‘Osayomore Joseph was an enigmatic and versatile musician, who spread didactic messages with his soulful and sonorous voice.
‘His contribution to the creative industry in Edo State is as remarkable as it is transformational. He was a crucial voice in the quest to make society better and more livable with his music which focused on serious issues.
‘His long music career, which started in the 1970s, was very productive and enriched the lives of many. The boldness and candour enmeshed in his rhythmic melodies earned him local and international acclaim,’ Governor Obaseki commiserated.
The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Edo State Chapter, expressed sadness over the loss of Osayomore, via a statement by its Administrator/Governor, Comrade Willy Eghe-Nova.
‘Sadly, PMAN has lost a great member and music legend, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph.
‘May his creative soul rest in peace,’ Comrade Eghe-Nova said.