By Glam & Essence
His name is Bisade Ologunde,a veteran Nigerian afrobeat musician and percussionist,but many Nigerians know him better as Lagbaja.This week,the masked man turned 60,and so many of his followers were pleasantly surprised as he didnt look 60 at all.The marked man who ran the Motherlan’ in Opebi, ikeja,Lagos for years have been receiving encomiums and well wishes from many top Nigerian personalities to rejoice with him as he turned 60.
Notable among the celebrities who did a shout out for Lagbaja include top comedian,Ali Baba,Ovation lnternational boss,Bashorun Dele Momodu, and PDP presidential candidate in the last election,Alhaji Atiku Abubakar were among those who celebrated with the artist.
Ali Baba had this to say in his post: “The history of the commercial success of stand up comedy can’t be written without mentioning the role this man, @officiallagbaja played in its, process, development, and activating the cash.
“From #SeaGarden to #Motherlan’, he was very clear about how he wanted me to be part of his project.
“Ali, I want you on stage by 12 midnight till 12:30 or thereabout. Can you handle it?” He asked me at an auto mechanic shop on Oregun.
“I had seen him play at some events in different parts of Lagos. I knew he had a cult following amongst the upwardly mobile young men and women.
“I said yes. And were My assumptions right?
“I need intelligent and spontaneous jokes that will cut across, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, and all others who will come to watch us. And I want you to yab (to make fun of someone) them well well.”
“What l then said must have sealed it. “Shey you won’t say I should tone it down?”.
There was one guy, who sat in at the meeting. He had eyes like a Tortoise Car. His mind was half there at the meeting… and half at the BMW he had instructed one of his mechanics to fix.
” His fears were not unfounded. Because, as he was trying to respond to my rhetorical question, the car the young apprentice was trying to jack up, rolled over what he used to wedge the front tyre.
“We all dashed to assist in pushing the BMW back from where it had rolled into the door of another car.
It was a sloppy workshop”.