AYINDE BARRISTER: Family Members Meet Over Burial

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Members of the family of Fuji maestro, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Balogun, a.k.a. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, who died yesterday in a London hospital are to meet today at the ‘Fuji Chamber’ residence of the deceased at 24, Lamina Lawal Street, Isolo, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria to decide the final resting place of the late musician popularly called Alhaji Agba by his numerous fans.

The late Ayinde Barrister

Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, a Muslim, P.M.NEWS gathered, will not be buried in a hurry.

Before his death, the famous Fuji musician, it was learnt, told members of his family and close associates to bury him wherever he dies.

This instruction has resulted in a wrangling among his family members on whether to bring him to Nigeria or bury him in London. “Some members of his family will like him to be buried in Nigeria,” a source added.

His first son, Abdul Rasaq Balogun, who is based in Dublin, Ireland, it was gathered, has travelled to London to receive Barrister’s corpse and decide whether to bury him there or bring him home.

Some members of the family have been arriving his Isolo residence for the meeting. Those who have arrived are two wives of Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Deaconess Adebisi Balogun and Alhaja Bola Balogun. Some children of the deceased, Bola, Wasiu, Samson and Demola Balogun were also seen receiving visitors and sympathisers at the residence.

Early sympathisers at the residence this morning include Alhaji Buhari Oloto, a close associate of the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister; Iyalode of Mushin Odi-Olowo; Dr. Frederick Fasehun, founder of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC; Admiral Dele Abiodun, President, Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN; Femi Opalemo and Sunny Wonder.

Commenting on the death of her husband, Deaconess Balogun said she learnt of the death through Raliat, a nurse attached to Sikiru Ayinde Barrister in London around 11 a.m. yesterday.

“I was shocked when I heard the news. I broke down immediately and wept. Barrister was one man every woman would love to have as a husband. He was like a father to me.

“He was generous and nice to everybody he came across. I have lost my better half. I will miss him,” Mrs. Balogun told P.M.NEWS this morning.

Two of Barrister’s children, Samson and Demola Balogun, described their father as great and expressed shock at his death.

Efforts to know the real cause of Barrister’s death proved furtile as members of his family who spoke with P.M.NEWS did not know.

Barrister was said to have died of complications arising from removal of excess fats in his body. The Fuji musician was said to have weighed about 140 kilogrammes. But after he was operated upon in India, his weight was reduced to 70 kilogrammes.

But during the weight reduction operation, some of his ribs were said to have cracked.

He went to fix this in a German hospital. Afer this operation, he travelled to London to recuperate.

In London, complications developed and he was rushed to Saint Mary’s Hospital, London, where he died in the early hours of yesterday.

Another source attributed Barrister’s death to his bad leg where he was shot as a soldier during the Nigerian civil war.

Popular Lagos socialite and Barrister’s childhood friend, Alhaji Buhari Oloto, who visited his family this morning said he was by his bed side in London three days ago.

Speaking on the burial of her husband, Barrister’s eldest wife,  Adebisi Balogun said the corpse of the musician was on its way to Nigeria.

Musicians, especially those of the Fuji genre have continued to visit Barrister’s house to sign the condolence register. Early this morning, the duo of Saheed Osupa and Sunny T. Adesokan visited the family.

—Ayodele Lawal, Bayo Adetu, Kasali Akinwande & Oyinkansola Salimon


  1. Alfa musibau

    Baba baba may your perfect soul rest in perfect peace awan un retire but not now

  2. faderera balogun

    Baba mi may your soul rest in peace

  3. olamilekan

    your death made me remember one of your song, mowo ile aiye oo koje nkankan loju mi ooo, so baba you have been telling us since that you gonna leave us one day well it;s painful we loved you but god loved you most send my regards to my dad KOLAWOLE AKANJI WHO DIED 19 87

  4. Abdulrazaq Lukman

    May Almighty ALLAH connects him with his most beloved our Noble Prophet (SAW).

  5. remi adetunji

    Alumutu kafinimo waisu.
    Agbajelola ayinde balogun omo salami l’ayeye, olabinwoninu omo odere sifawu. May Almighty Allah grant you an enternal rest.

  6. Hadji Lukman

    May Almighty Allah (S.W.T) make it possible (both financial & otherwise) for the family members of Alhaji Agba to be able to bring his corpse to Nigeria for burial, may his soul Rest In Perfect Peace, Adieueueueueueu Alhaji Agba…….

  7. Hadji Lukman

    Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilaehi Rajiun………., I am already missing Alhaji Agba.
    Oku Alhaji Agba is Oku gbogbo Nigeria….., so please bring his corpse to Nigeria for burial, plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  8. Ogundele fatai

    Dr sikiru ayinde barister may almighty ALLAH in his infinite mercy grant you a wonder al jana.R.I.P

  9. ismaheel

    may God in his infinity mercy grant him the best paradise and take after his household cos he [God]is powerful to do it. he will not be queried upon what he does and they [people]will be queried,therefore we urge Allah to overlook his shortcoming and grant him paradise.

  10. ismaheel

    may God grant him paradise and take his households .

  11. akinola segun

    From allah we come ,from him we return………..may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Dr sikiru ayinde was a great and nice man,we all miss him.

  12. akinola segun

    From allah we come ,from him we return………..may his gentle soul rest in perfect. Dr sikiru ayinde was a great and nice man,we all miss him.

  13. nifemi akinwande

    rest in peace baba baba baba

  14. Twinkle

    I pray Allah makes Baba’s onward journey a peaceful one.

    Hopefully, Baba’s family will agree on his final resting place and if they decide to repatriate his remains to Nigeria for the final rites, may Allah make it easy for them.

    May Allah grant him and all dead muslims Jannah – amin.

  15. Ganiyu Taiwo

    Ti mo ba ranti iku omi inu a ko mi eru aiye a ba mi sese, Alayinde mo wa seranti pe o ko se ni ti o ma ma niku, ko se ni ti o ma ma ni lo o. Iku pa abiri, abiri ti ku , iku pa abiri, abiri rorun o, iku naa lo pa Ayinde omo Salawu. May Allah SWT grant him Alijana Fridaous.

  16. IGE Babatunde, from Warri


    Alhaji Agba, its very painfully to hear that you are no more, you made me like quoranic recitation because of the way you used to do it though i am a christian.
    Barry wonder, Barry black, Dr of music, Mr Fuji, Aare, Fuji creator, Baala of Lagos, Seriki N’waka…. Rest in the Bossom of the LORD.

  17. wasiu ayinde olalere

    why so soon, omo agbaje balogun , omo adake ja bi esu layeye, o darinnako otun doju ala. may his soul rest in perfect peace.


    Mr fuji try his best to use his music such as: CURRENT AFFAIR,THE TRUTH, FATASIA etc as sermon 4 us in nig. ORUN REEOO.

  19. Akinrogunde omolere

    he’s remember with the work he has done in our yoruba kingdom when it come to music. he his soul rest in peace.

  20. ojo amos oluwafemi

    Baba baba may his gentle soul rest in peace fuji creator .

  21. Ojo


  22. Olawale

    All faded fuji musicians will be rushing to the studio now to record their ‘tribute’ and use his death to attempt relaunching their dead careers. Barrister was an icon amd a genius who pave the way for the affluence being currently enjoyed by younger fuji musicians. May his soul rest in peace.

  23. John Adewoye

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace amen

  24. John Adewoye

    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace amen

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