Singer Adamu Wayya, popularly known as Dan Maraya Jos, has passed on at the age of 69.
Wayya was a popular artiste in Northern Nigeria, performing last at the People’s Democratic Party’s pre-election fundraiser.
Wayya’s death was announced by the Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ladan Salihu.
Salihu wrote on his Facebook:
“Inaa Lillaahi Wa Innaa ilaiHir raaji’un. One of Nigeria’s foremost Hausa musicians, poet, philosopher and philanthropist, Dr Adamu Danmaraya Jos has answered Allah’s call about an hour ago.”
“He died in Jos after a protracted illness. When I visited him two weeks ago, he spoke passionately about the Unity of the North and of one Nigeria. We shared many moments. He was to me a brother and a friend. I am devastated. But I am proud he lived a very useful life, transforming society through music and silently through Islamic endeavours.”
He will be buried soon in accordance with Muslim rites.
Rest in Peace.