Ebenezer Obey, the ace Nigerian singer, has taken to social media to mark his 81st birthday.
In an Instagram post on Monday, the juju singer congratulated himself on the new achievement.
“Happy 81st birthday To the Chief Commander Evang Dr Ebenezer obey (MFR),” he wrote.
He also accompanied the post with some pictures he took many years ago.
Obey began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos.
After tutelage under Fatai Rolling-Dollar’s band, he formed The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlife and jùjú fusion.
The band later morphed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits on the West African Decca musical label.
His musical strengths lie in weaving intricate Yoruba axioms into dance-floor compositions.
Obey, however, is also renowned for Christian spiritual themes in his music and has since the early-1990s retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.
In 2021, Obey revealed that his late mother never believed he could succeed as a musician because of her perception of people in the industry.
“She did not want me to play music because she wanted me to be a successful person in life. As for my mother, she did not believe that it could happen through music. She wanted me to be either a lawyer or a doctor,” he had said.
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