Osayomore Joseph Biography
Joseph Osayomore was born at Ugha village in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, on October 29, 1952.
He has a reputation as a freedom warrior and an activist musician who has a long history of using his songs to criticize local and national government corruption.
Efewedo, ‘Baba Na Wa,’ ‘Leave us alone,’ and ‘Evil days postponed’ are all pidgin English songs by Osayomore.
Early Life and Education
Joseph Osayomore was born on October 29, 1952 in the village of Ugha, which is located close to Benin City. He relocated to Lagos.
Joseph Osayomore obtained his elementary education and secondary education in Lagos State. Much is not known about Joseph Osayomore’s educational life.
Joseph Osayomore Career
He began his musical career as a member of the Nigerian army officers mess band when he was 19 years old.
He honed his flute and guitar talents while in the band. In 1976, Osayomore Joseph branched out and began publishing his own music, inspired by Sir Victor Uwaifo, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and King Sunny Ade.
He returned to Benin to pursue his career, which was gaining traction among Edo people in Benin, after releasing many albums between 1976 and 1979.
He combined contemporary popular music — funk, Afrobeat, and highlife — with Edo’s traditional songs and rhythms, drawing on his musical background.
His funky, percussion-heavy beats won him followers all over Nigeria, as well as in the increasing Edo populations in the United States and Europe.
In the early 1980s, Osayomore had a string of regional singles, including “Efewedo,” “Ororo No Dey Fade,” and “Soja Go Soja Come,” all of which included this sound.
Between 1980 and 1985, Osayomore returned to Benin and gained success with a string of fan-favorite tunes.
Nigeria was transitioning towards a protracted period of military dictatorship at the time of this success.
People’s social and economic life were disrupted by tough austerity measures and political upheaval to the point where even an artist like Osayomore began to utilize his music to comment on the situation.
In the early 1990s, Osayomore responded to the political climate with a series of critical songs, including “Truth” and “Teacher.” Osayomore had always kept his criticism mostly oblique until Babangida annulled the results of the democratic election of June 12, 1992, which should have brought popular candidate M.K.O. Abiola to power, but he made a forceful statement with it.
His forthright denunciations of corruption and injustice in songs like “Son of a Thief,” “Army of Freedom,” and, especially, “Baba Na Wa,” earned him the Edo people’s long-term loyalty and love, and inspired a long line of Edo State activist-musicians.
Cause of Death
Chief Tony Okoroji, the chairman of COSON, confirmed the music maestro’s death in a post. “I have just learned of the loss of the great Osayomore Joseph, the very vivacious and effervescent music maestro with his origins in the ancient Benin kingdom,” Okoroji stated.
“The late Ulele Power King, as he was affectionately known by his legions of followers, was a friend of mine. “Without a doubt, the legendary Osayomore Joseph arrived, saw, and conquered.”
“Osayomore may have moved on, but the sound of his Ulele Power will live on in the hearts of those who love him.
Joseph Osayomore Net Worth
Joseph Osayomore is a popular Nigerian singer and songwriter. His net worth is not available.