Kebe nKwara as he is fondly called, Alhaji Kollington Ayinla was born in Ilota, Ilorin, Kwara State in 1953.
Alhaji Kollington Ayinla is 68 years Old.
Ahaji Kolawole Ayinla whose stage name is Kollington also has many aliases like Kebe, Kebe nKwara, Kollington, General Kollington.
Ayinla Kollington had known from an early age that he was destined to do music.
Together with his late friend and fierce competitor – Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (Agbaje lola), they are regarded to be the two most important artistes to dominate Fuji music from its inception in the 1970s through to the 1990.
Alhaji Kollington Ayinla founded Kollington Records in 1982 and released some 30 albums within five years which was a record achievement by any standard.
At a point, he was married to Waka exponent, ‘Alhaja Salawa Abeni’, for eight years and they shared three children together. When they had their first child, Kollington released a song titled, ‘Emi ni O jo’.
Alhaji Ayinla Kollington’s children – Big Sheriff Atanda, Aminat Okiki Ilori, Ikeoluwa Ilori
His albums include ‘Asiko lo to/E je ka toju Teacher’, ‘Message’, ‘Ijo Yoyo’, ‘Austerity Measura (1982)’, ‘Arewa’, ‘Mekunnu Njiya’, ‘Kasabubu’, ‘Lakukulala’, ‘Omo Araiye’, ‘Alakara Ofe Keni Keji Odin’, ‘Kolawore Oku’, ‘Knock Out Special’, ‘Ori Mi Gbe Mi’, ‘American Yankee’ and ‘London Special’, ‘Blessing’. Some of his latest songs and album include ‘Good Example (2019)’ and ‘Baba Be (2020)’
Kollington Ayinla net worth N300,000,000.00
Alhaji Kollington Ayinla signed up for Nigerian EMI in 1974, and in 1978 achieved a pronounced, but temporary, lead over Barrister when his introduction of the powerful bata drum (fuji had until that time relied almost exclusively on talking, or ‘squeeze’, drums) caught the imagination of record buyers.
The veteran musician is still respected as one of the most prolific fuji singers of all time.
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