According to the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his administration plans to build a museum in honour of juju music maestro, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey.
The governor made this announcement yesterday at the interdenominational church service held at the Chapel of Christ The Glorious King, inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta as the 75th birthday of the music icon was celebrated.
Amosun noted that Ebenezer Obey’s music taught totality of life and it has moved beyond Nigeria to the entire global community. Adding that when he traveled to the United States of America, he saw the works of the Ogun State-born musician displayed in a shop in New York. He said he never failed to listen to Obey’s music every morning before setting out for the office, because there was always a prayer or a philosophy, which could serve as driving force for the day.
“All I see in him at 75 is the awesomeness of God in his life. There is always something to learn from your music. I play Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi’s music every morning”. “Your music teaches the totality of life, it teaches essence of life and living. Your music has moved beyond Nigeria to the global community. We will establish a museum where all your works will be kept for generations yet unborn to know about you and other legends from the state.” The Governor said.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was also present at the celebration described the Juju and gospel music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi as “a musician of international repute, a revered evangelist and businessman of note”. Obasanjo said whenever he was finding it difficult to sleep or while doing a serious work, he would have Obey-Fabiyi music playing slowly at the background.
Also present at the occasion were former Governor of Lagos State; Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Pastor E.A Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Deputy National President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria; Bishop Wale Oke, King Sunny Ade, Evangelist Tope Alabi, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly; Suraj Adekunbi and his Lagos counterpart, Mudashiru Obasa, wife of Lagos State governor; Mrs Bolanle Ambode, Iyalode of Yorubaland; Alaba Lawson amongst others.