Sulaiman Ajilara Ajobiewe Biography, Net Worth, Education, Personal Details, Wives, Career, Education etc.
Ajike our Music Columnist visited this iconic figure at his office in Agege, last week to have a Heart to Heart interview with Ajobiewe on his God-given talent.
♦ Sir, where are you from?
I am from Ila Orangun in Ila Local Government Osun State. I was born on October 8th, 1955.
♦ When did you start this craft?
This is my inheritance. I can’t say it started so and so date. Nobody thought me. It is not like music that you receive training for. My son has also inherited the craft.
♦ If you look back when was your first major performance in this craft?
♦ Do you remember those you have sung their praises?
They are so many. One of my most memorable experiences was when I sang for the former head of state of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo who cried and hugged me when he witnessed his ancestral eulogy . His late wife Stella was at this particular event. Also I have done the praises of Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Kabiyesi Oba Rilwan Akionlu, Baba Subomi Balogun, Chief Mike Adenuga, Governor Aregbesola, Ooni Sijuade, Oba Ogunwusi the present Oba of Ife, Oba Wahab, even in kwara where many believe the Yoruba poetry wont be appreciated Oba Sulu Gambari( Oni wa tutu), Oba Aseyin from the days of Osu Olale, Oba Olofa, Oba Olomu,etc they are so many.
♦ Do we have other people that are in this field?
There are many people in this field but I have been able to perfect my own skill since I see it as an inheritance
♦ What lessons are inherent in Yoruba poetry (ORIKI)?
The same happened with Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu when somebody asked that I should help him beg him immediately I praised him he forgave the person.
♦ How can you describe the coinage of your craft “Esa Oriki Orile”?
Esa in English can be described as something different, something uncommon.
♦ What kind of musical instrument do you use for Oriki Orile?
We rely majorly on Bata and Dundun drums. The drums play major role in Oriki. Ajobiewe sings “ O pe temi O n da “ O pe temi ni ire’ Ilu ni o mu orin dun jo” The drum gives life to the music.
♦ You appeared on Television years ago, which programs to be precise?
I joined Feyikogbon in 1979. The program stopped when there was no sponsor. I have also appeared on Fokomoyo, Ajaka Oko, Oduduwa, etc
♦ What is your message for the Nigerian government and what do you think can be done to promote our cultural heritage?