• September 25, 2020

Fuji Star Wasiu Ajani ‘Tekoye’ Dies

Fuji star, Alhaji Wasiu Ajani Tekoye passed on to glory at the age of 52 as announced by Wale Onifade for the family of Olaifa.

He died at the early hours of Thursday, May 14, 2020, at his house in Moshalashi Area of Alimosho Local Government in Lagos.

He’s been obviously buried according to Islamic rites. The nature of death was not disclosed.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Family Announces the Sudden Death of Alhaji Wasiu Ajani aka Pure Water. The family of Olaifa has announced the sudden departure of fuji music legend, Alhaji Wasiu Ajani otherwise known as Tekoye. Tekoye, 52 died at the early hours of today Thursday, May 14, 2020, at his residence in Moshalashi Area of Alimosho Local Government in Lagos. He will be buried according to Islamic rites at the family house tomorrow at 10 in the morning.

Signed: Wale Onifade, For the family”

Tekoye was the contemporary of Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and Sunny Tee. The trio contended stardom around the same time in the mid-90s. Pasuma edged both Tekoye and Sunny Tee and still shines to date.

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Before them was Abass Akande Obesere who came out after Adewale Ayuba.

Fuji is a popular musical genre amongst the Yorubas in Nigeria. It erupted from the improvisational Ajisari/Were music tradition – a kind of music performed to wake Muslims before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season.

Fuji music itself was made popular by Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister.

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