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FATAI ROLLING DOLLARS PASSES ON WITH AN INSPIRING STORY LEFT BEHIND

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It is no longer news that the sensational, oldest Nigerian music icon: Fatai Rolling Dollars (won kere si number wa) musical maestro passed on to the great beyond yesterday the 12th of june, 2013. The musical star died as a legend at the age of 85. As old as he might have seemed, the news of his demise came as a rude shock to all nigerians and the world at large with the ardent fans of the symbolic legend finding it hard to accept.

The most astonishing thing about this great man is that he transcends all generations, cut across ages and class with his unique style of music. At the age of 85, a significant portion of his followers come from the generation wherein many of whom were not born while he started his musical career. He produced various stunning hits with Won kere si Number wa topping that list of his numerous hit songs. Though he has passed on, his songs live in our hearts and will continue to be evergreen.

For me, it is such a personal loss as he was an inspiration in particular because I've been opportune to watch him live a few times and listen to various of his interviews. I remember seeing him perform live at the recently concluded Nigerian Idol reality show. He was buzzing on stage with a renewed energy and appeared far healthier even than many of the youths. This man was more than a musical star! His story is one to be motivated by. Although he has been an artist for decades, he did not rise to prominence in his own generation during the likes of the great afro-beat icon FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI even though he had worked with him at some point. His musical career only started to pay him off in the 21st century. He had produced over 150 albums which were not major hits. This sufferance had made him turn to various jobs. One of which was the job of a security guard. The beauty of these all is Pa Fatai never gave up on his dreams, forged out through fire and that made him the star he became before his death. He remained focused and didn't let the challenges he later overcame take his passion from him. His society though difficult couldn't hold him down; he soared and conquered. After dying at the ripe age of 85, he will be remembered as a man who shaped the musical scene and also a beacon of hope to generations after him.

Today, I pay tribute to an icon and dove my hat to a man who against all odds succeeded in all its ramifications. And my wishes go out to his family and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear such great loss of a national star in his ephemeral passing.

 - Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide