By Kenneth Paul – Umuahia.
Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganui Fasasi, also known as Sound Sultan was more than a musician in his lifetime. He was an advocate for Good Governance, Gender Equality, a Devoted Muslim and De-tribalized Nigerian.
He was a native of Oyo State but born in Jos, Plateau State on November 27, 1976, he had his elementary education at Steppingstone Nursery and primary School Lagos from 1981 to 1987. His secondary education would be at the Federal Government College, Ogbomosho, Oyo State and would proceed to Obtain a degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the Lagos State University in 1999. Having been assimilated to various social groups, cultures and communities as a teenager and witnessing first-hand the disparity between the rich and poor, it is no surprise because he used his songs to champion for a better country for the common man, a wish largely unfulfilled till his last day.
Late Sound Sultan.
In 2000 his renowned single Jagbajantis was a hit and household anthem and many more hit tracks followed suit, while signed to the Kennis Music record label. In 2008 Sound Sultan would go on to find his record label “Naija Ninjas” where he would release numerous tracks and albums, remarkably he also signed many artists including Karma Da Rapper, Young Grey C, Blacka, Shawn and many others and was involved in the music projects of so many more. His collaboration with Wyclef Jean on the “King of My Country” project in 2009 became a foundation that gave leaps to so many international collaborations for Nigerian hip pop artists, He would later work with Wyclef jean again on the People Bad project in 2012. An all-round entertainer, Sound Sultan would make his cameo appearance in Nollywood in 2014 in the universally acclaimed comedy movie “Head Gone” which he produced and was directed by his brother Dare Fasasi whom he always described as his mentor in the entertainment industry.
He got married to his long-term girlfriend Chichi Morah an Igbo by descent in 2009, she converted to Islam and is now known as Farida Fasasi. The marriage is blessed with 3 children and devoid of the usual rancour of marriages by most celebrities. A viral video of his wife holding tight the coffin, not wanting to let go for interment to mother nature, will drive a strong message of the close bond that these two shared during Sound Sultan’s days on earth.
As eulogies kept pouring from all sectors over his demise it was not hard to understand that really, Africa has lost a rare gem in Sound Sultan, for his voice resounded largely against anti-government policies through his music, remarkable was a picture of him praying besides a bridge during the End Sars protest which was truncated by the military shootings at the Lekki toll gate. Even Sound Sultan had undergone treatment for his ailment in the United States of America before his sad demise a clear sign of the decade long rot in the Nigerian health sector.
Rest in peace Sound Sultan for the mathematical question of the Nigerian state remains largely unsolved.
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