Nigerians Celebrates Music Icon Lagbaja On His 60th Birthday


Many Nigerians have celebrated popular music icon, Bisade Ologunde, better known as Lagbaja, as he marks his 60th birthday.

Fans took to various social media platforms to wish the highlife musician a happy birthday, sharing photos and music videos of Lagbaja.

The percussionist is known as the man behind a traditional mask on stage and even in his music videos.

According to the ‘Kon Kon below’ crooner, the mask is a symbol for the faceless and the voiceless in the society and the name ‘Lagbaja’ also means anonymous in Yoruba language.

Lagbaja performing on stage
Lagbaja performing on stage

His style of music is also reflected in his stage attire which fully represents the Yoruba culture and that of a ‘common man.’

Many of his songs are mostly about the plight of the common man and songs that are critical of the leadership in Africa.

Some of such songs are ‘Naija Must Sweet Again,’ ‘Bad Leadership,’ and ‘Surulere’ where Lagbaja sang about the biggest problem afflicting Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Lagbaja holding his saxophone
Lagbaja holding his saxophone

Other notable works by Lagbaja are: Feyin E, Konko Below, Never Far Away, Gra Gra, Africalypso, Skentele Skontolo, 200 Million Mumu, and Omo Jaye Jaye.

Among those who took out time to celebrate Lagbaja is the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar. 

Abubakar in a post shared on his official Twitter page, said;

See some other birthday messages below;

Though, the face behind the mask has not officially unveiled, it is said that Aremu Afolayan, a Hollywood actor mistakenly revealed the identity of the singer on his 59th birthday last year.

Afolayan wishing him a happy birthday on Instagram shared the photo of a man a without mask alongside the masked Lagbaja.

Lagbaja unveiled
Aremu Afolayan’s instagram post

The post was later deleted, giving credence to the suspicion that the photo was indeed that of the masked performer.

Happy birthday to Lagbaja.

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