Omi Tuntun Tiru – Ayinla Omowura Tribute to Late Yusuf Olatunji

“Nibi ti Ajanaku fi ese tele,ni omo eranko gbe njeun”.  Functioning brain to the core.  Even Ayinla sobriquet “Alhaji costly” was fragrantly and flamboyantly suited him.

I was an impressionable 17 year old in 1980 when Omowura was fatally murdered.  It was May 5th. 1980 the gory unsubstantiated story that precipitated his premature brutal ending then was Ayinla was attending a reconcilliation meeting.   He had been having protracted war-of-words feud with his once trusted close lieutenant, a man named Fatai Bayewun amidst heated noisy arguments, in a moment of demented fury,Fatai Bayewun smashed a beer bottle onto Omowura’s head.Ayinla was dead.

Ayinla omowora’s concilliatory and celebrating songs heralding new era when he ended embittered bile-filled feud with his much-praised and loved ultra-talented drummer; affectionately known as “Adewole oniluola” whom apparently Omowura deemed to be “indispensable asset to him”.  What a masterpiece gem of music!


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