REMEMBERING A MUSIC ICON: Chief Dayo Dedeke, MFR. ISE AGBE NI ISE ILE WA was composed by him in 1953


 REMEMBERING A MUSIC ICON.


There is no doubt that there were so many great, but unsung musicians and composers in Nigeria.


One of such is Chief Dayo Dedeke, MFR.


Chief Dayo Dedeke was born in Abeokuta on December 2, 1921.


He was a great pianist, musicologist and composer whose many compositions remain popular and evergreen till date.


The popular song which promotes agriculture, ISE AGBE NI ISE ILE WA was composed by him in 1953 to commemorate the inauguration of the Farmers' Cooperative Society in the Western Region of Nigeria.


The Ogun State Anthem, OMO OGUN, ISE YA, which has become the celebrated wake-up call to all indigenes of Ogun State, was composed by him in 1976.


The first indigenous Christmas Carol, KERESIMESI, ODUN DE was composed by him.


Many popular Yoruba Church Hymns were also composed by him.


One of them is OLUSEGUN, AJASEGUN, IPONJU AYE PO, JOWO TETE DE O...


Chief Dayo Dedeke also composed numerous popular Yoruba folk songs.


One of such is TITI LO S'OJA, KIKE LO SE'GI, OMOTUNDE TO WA NI'LE LO NSUNKUN O...


Those who are familiar with these songs will agree that Chief Dedeke was indeed a great man!


The Ogun State House of Assembly recently passed a resolution asking Governor Dapo Abiodun to name the Ogun State Museum after Chief Dayo Dedeke.


Chief Dayo Dedeke died on May 28, 1993 and was buried 15 days after on June 12, 1993.


His sons, Nekan, Bayo and Fela are close childhood friends of mine.


Nekan was my senior while Bayo was my classmate at Compro, Aiyetoro.


May Chief Dayo Dedeke's soul continue to rest in peace.


Writeup by 

Olasunkanmi Sukky Adeleke


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