1 By Ifeanyi Olannye
5 The late Uwaifo was 80 years old.
7 He noted that the deceased contributed immensely to the entertainment industry and academia, excelling enviably in both.
8 According to Okowa, Uwaifo was a unique personality, who to the astonishment of many, effectively combined his music career and teaching at the high level, rising to the pinnacle of both.
9 He said the deceased was a great musician, writer, sculptor and inventor of musical instrument.
11 He recalled that in recognition of Uwaifo’s versatility, former governor of Edo, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, appointed him as commissioner in charge of Arts, Tourism and Culture, from 2001 to 2003.
12 “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I offer my deepest condolences to Uwaifo family and friends, including the entertainment industry, where the late veteran musician featured prominently as a forebear.
13 “The late Sir Victor Uwaifo was one of the country’s iconic musicians and was reputed to have had an illustrious musical career spanning over 55 years.
14 “He was indeed, a household name with hit-songs like “Joromi”, “Guitar Boy” and “Mamiwater’ and will be greatly missed by lovers of highlife music.
15 “It is my belief that the late Sir Victor Uwaifo will be long remembered and honoured for his huge impact, not just in entertainment but in the academia,” Okowa said.
16 He prayed that God would grant eternal rest to the soul of the departed Uwaifo and comfort his family and all who mourn him..