Benin city- lt was a moment of grief and celebration of life today Thursday 28th July, 2022 as the remains of Ambassador Osayomore joseph’ s corpse arrived the Samuel Ogbemudia’ s lawn tennis court for lying- in – state.
The programme which was the commencement of the final rites of the journey beyond of the musical icon saw thousands of sympathisers defiling the heavy down pour to paid their last respect to the musical legend who had made many to be happy when they have no reason to enjoy happiness through his lyrices.
Attended by the Performing musicians Association from both within and outside Nigeria saw the event powered by the Edo state government bringing Edolites from both the two leading political divide in the state and the country under one one umbrella all in honour of the musical icon.
Interestly, the state government delegation was led by the chief of staff Hon Osaigbovo lyoha while the camp of the opposition has comrade Tony kabaka Adun.
Even though the relics of the day’s event would take a long time to be erase from the minds of those that attended the function, one lesson that was the talking points of the event was that we can leave together in peace as one irrespective of political affiliation.
The musical maestro whose corpse was herald into the venue with fun fare saw large number of Edo musicians fallen upon themselves to perform at the event.
It was hectic for this reporter to access the podium where the late stage was lie- in-state as the entire arena was seized by fans, sympathisers and admirers of the musical icon.
Right from the morgue where his remains were kept till date and the entire streets in and around the Ogbe’ s quarters there were heavy vehicular and human traffick as the entire area was locked in gridlock.
It was a tasking time for both the FRSC, Vigilante,PUWOV and the combine team of Nigerian police force to control both vehicular and human traffick in and around the stadium environment.
However, it was like a roll call of muscians both oldies and the young who took time to entertain guest at the event as there was no dull moment all through the period the event lasted.