15 June 2016
History has shown us by the acts of many that age is never a barrier to achieve anything.
The popular saying, “better late than never” posits that it is better to have even begun an action however late such action was begun, than to never have embarked on the venture in the first place.
This perfectly encapsulates the case of popular Nigerian Fuji star, Saheed Osupa, who matriculated alongside over three thousand other students of the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre on Tuesday.
Saheed Osupa, although born in Ibadan, Oyo state had both his Primary and Secondary School education in Lagos state but returned to Ibadan in 1992 to complete his National Diploma programme at The Polytechnic, Ibadan where he studied Business Administration.
His admission into University of Ibadan was confirmed after he was spotted in a cap and gown with other matriculating students of the institution.
Saheed Osupa, who is in his late forties, will be studying Political Science under the Distance Learning Programme of the institution.
His presence at the matriculation ceremony was perhaps the highlight of the day’s events. Though a large number of students were matriculating, he quickly became the centre of attraction.
Saheed Osupa’s journey to music was from birth, being born into “a music-loving family” as his father, Moshood Ajiwere Layeye was a Wéré music artist and also an elder cousin to the legendary Fuji musician, Ayinde Barrister who Saheed has repeatedly mentioned as a big influence on his music career.
He began his professional music career as a teenager and his first album, Fuji Fa Disco received positive responses from Fuji music lovers.
In 2008, Saheed Osupa was endorsed as the “King of Fuji Music” by Ayinde Barrister and has been mentioned as a great musical influence by both upcoming and popular Fuji artists, including Muri Thunder and Kamoru Ishola.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
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