BY UTHMAN ORIYOMI
I’m A Well-Known Musician, But Now, Have Become A Taxi Driver.. does the above read like a familiar line in many lives you know? Well, it is a sample of how fate could sometimes deal with we humans, as evidenced in this report.
On the streets of Ibadan behind the wheels of his taxi, you may not know that the middle aged Mr Monsuru Akanni, has ever thrilled crowds with the melodious sound of his music.
In fact, you would not know that this is the one that used to draw crowds and appeal to their taste of entertaining music any time he played, because life has now made him to abandon his first love, for a living behind the steering wheel, as a commercial cab driver.
In an encounter at the Gate/Adegbayi Garage in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, he was not doing what he loved most to do, but what survival is foisting on him to do.
This much he shared in the brief encounter with our correspondent, adding that inability to provide musical instruments forced him to abandon music for taxi driving.
Going back memory land, he said the skill began to form roots in 1978 while he was in primary four at the St Stephen Primary School, Molende, Ibadan,
“I just discovered that I have talent in this Fuji.
I ‘m a well-known Musician around Sango, Eleyele, Adegbayi and other places around Ibadan because have been singing and people do cherish my songs.
“I sings various Fuji songs, be it for naming ceremony, burial party, Wedding Party and other entertainment ceremonies.
“And I named my band Seleto Wonder Fuji because I am just a musician, I am a producer, song writer and a composer.
“Apparently, my Father was a Famous Drummer in Oje Ibadan before he died. That time anytime he was rehearsing with his group then, I be putting my own lyrics to the beat.
“ I invited to a party sometimes ago to play in a ceremony, the woman who invited me was wondering what I was going to sing upon getting up stage.
“Thank God I performed wonderfully well that day” ,he recalled.
Unfortunately, he had not been able to perfect that act,
“Moreover I have my musical Band but lack of good instruments and finance has stopped me from continuing the smoothies running of the musical Band
“And I am not sure I can make enough money in this taxi driving business to continue my career line”.
He said,I named my band Seleto Wonder Fuji because am a producer ,Song Writer ,Composer and a Musician.