Veteran Nigerian singer, Sir Victor Uwaifo has passed away at the age of 80.
The music legend died on Saturday, August 28, 2021, according to The Nation. He died after a brief illness, according to a source close to the family.
While reports had it that the late “Joromi” crooner from Edo passed away due to Covid-19 complications, his son, Goodman Osarentin Uwaifo revealed he died of pneumonia.
Nigerians have been inquiring about the true cause of his death. In response to Nigerians’ demands, Goodman Osarentin stated:
“I want to use this opportunity to clear this misinformation. We have heard rumours going around that our father, Sir Victor Uwaifo died of COVID-19. It is not true.
“He died of pneumonia and not COVID-19. He was rushed to the hospital on Friday and passed on the following day on Saturday, August 28. “We did the necessary tests. He was treated for pneumonia.”
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However, prior to his death, late Victor Uwaifo served as Governor Lucky Igbinedion’s Commissioner for Arts and Culture.
A UNIBEN First Class graduate in Visual Arts, Uwaifo’s undergraduate project of a king on a horse is a signature arts poster at the UNIBEN Ekenwan Campus.
He also holds a Masters degree and PhD in Architectural Sculpture, (University of Benin, Nigeria)
He was a professor at the University of Benin’s Department of Fine and Applied Arts in Benin City until his death.
Uwaifo had dexterous guitar skills as well as highly ambulant kinetic dancing steps.
He won the first gold disc in Africa (Joromi) in 1965, as well as seven other gold discs in the Guitar Boy, Arabade, Ekassa series, and Akwete music.