Sir Victor Uwaifo:A Legend Goes Home in a Blaze of Glory- Douglas Ogbankwa Esq
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live
– Norman Cousins
You see Stars every day ,but a comet comes once in a generation.The aphorism above depicts the life and times of Sir Victor Efosa Uwaifo , MON , the Ekata Exponent ,who came into international lime light with his ever green song *If you see Mammy Water*, an unusual musical adventure at that time , as the Mermaid was a dreaded spiritual element , rarely talked about in this part of the World .The song was a trail blazing effort that made Sir Victor Uwaifo MON , a path finder in many issues , there after .
An effervescent character with a charismatic disposition ,Sir Victor Uwaifo MON , rose from being a local Musician in the ancient City of Benin to an International Musical Icon , so much so that he was the Official Musical Act for many Presidential Inauguration Balls in Nigeria ,since Nigerian restarted her democratic experiment from 1999 till his recent demise .
It was in recognition of his contribution to National Development , especially in the Arts , that Sir Victor Uwaifo was bestowed with a prized National Honour, to wit : Member of Order of the Niger (MON), a well deserved accolade , befiting of one of the Precursors of Traditional Music in Modern Nigeria ,who has traversed the length and breath of the World , promoting Nigerian Music and Culture in this regard.He has also projected the very rich cultural heritage of the Benin Kingdom , surmising Benin Folklores ,Folk Tales and Mores into memorable songs , with lucid lyrics accentuated by mellifluous tunes .
A very neat personality ,who was seen adorning spotless and sparkling white apparels ,in his life time , Sir Uwaifo acquired his first university degree at the age of 50, but rose to become a Professor of Music in my Alma Mata ,the Great and highly Prestigious University of Benin ,Benin City .Sir Uwaifo attaining this feet is an apt reflection of a time honoured Benin aphorism that : The water a person would drink would not run away from him or her
He was also the Commissioner of Culture and Tourism in Edo State ,where he distinguished himself ,making in roads in spurning cultural activities akin to a cultural Renaissance .Sir Victor Uwaifo MON will be sorely missed by his immediate family and friends , his class mates at Western Boys High School ,Benin ,St. Gregory College, Lagos, the great people of Benin and the world at large .It was Thomas Campbell that said : To live in the hearts you left behind is not die.
Sir Victor Uwaifo MON imprinted his foot prints in the sands of time , making him an unforgettable , as he has achieved immortality by his gargantuan achievements , while alive .
So ,it was Chuck Palahniuk that said :
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. That is exactly what Sir Victor Uwaifo MON has done. He has created songs and mores that will live forever .Your life as a human is transient ,but your actions can live for ever .Adieu Sir Victor Uwaifo , until.we meet to part No more .